Cognitive Engineering

Imaging the Social Brain Activity: Hyperscanning

The hyperscanning methodology, the simultaneous multi-subject recording of different subjects, opens a new way to address the analysis of brain functions, allowing studying such functions in group of humans during real-life social interactions. In many daily-life situations, we often observed that components of a successful working group are recognized to possess a shared feeling, a "spirit of cooperation" or the "spirit of the group", which characterizes and promotes their collaboration and social interaction successes. In this context, the "spirit of the group" could be investigated by means of the patterns of functional connectivity between the neuroelectric cortical waveforms measured simultaneously in different brain regions of the subjects belonging to the group during the performance of the cooperative task.

This work is in Collaboration with Prof Fabio Babiloni, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy.