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NEIS – Neural Development of Inhibiton and Shifting

NEIS – Neural Development of Inhibiton and Shifting

Project NEIS is concerned with the development of self-regulatory skills - the ability to perform goal-oriented behavior - in children aged between 5 and 8 years.

Project description

Self-regulatory skills consist of different competencies, such as blinding out irrelevant stimuli (inhibition) or switching between different tasks (shifting). In project NEIS (Neural Development of Inhibiton and Shifting) children solve playful tasks which measure self-regulatory skills. While doing so, the brain activity is measured via functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS).

Project NEIS aims to deliver a detailed overview on the development of the two self-regulatory skills. This precise knowledge is supposed to help identifying deficits at a very early stage and to offer developmental advancement in affected children. What is special about project NEIS that within this project developmental data is collected at a behavioral as well as at a neural level, which provides information about the brain's development. This happens by means of functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS). The results may contribute to a better understanding about cognitive development and the conditions for successful learning at school.




Goethe University Frankfurt

Further information

Website: IDeA Center

Project Management

Prof. Dr. Christian Fiebach

Project Details

Completed projects
07/2011 – 09/2014
External funding
Department: Education and Human Development
last modified Aug 04, 2017