Project Overview

  • Status: Developing processing/analysis pipeline; Preparing Stage 1 Registered Report

In this ongoing project, we extend MB3 investigation on the ability to learn and to apply rules by adding a non-invasive brain imaging technique to the experimental design: near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS). With this addition, we may be able to identify neural correlates that inform whether and to what extent rules’ processing and learning are abstract, rule-based, and/or language specific. We may also be able to explore the time course of learning, thereby adjudicating between statistical mechanisms requiring extended time for sampling and faster symbolic mechanisms.

NIRS is a relatively new imaging technique. Variation across instruments, analysis pipelines, and laboratories is wide and standardization is currently lacking. Using NIRS in this large-scale collaborative project will provide us with the unique opportunity to discuss and solve some of these issues in a global network of experts in developmental research and brain imaging.

Project Lead



We encourage everyone who is interested in the project to contact the Project Lead (see above) or fill out the MB Sign-Up Form.

Please note that access to infants/infant lab is not a prerequisite.