Usefulness of simultaneous EEG-NIRS recording in language studies

Brain Lang. 2012 May;121(2):110-23. doi: 10.1016/j.bandl.2011.03.010. Epub 2011 May 4.


One of the most challenging tasks in neuroscience in language studies, is investigation of the brain's ability to integrate and process information. This task can only be successfully addressed by applying various assessment techniques integrated into a multimodal approach. Each of these techniques has its advantages and disadvantages, but help to elucidate certain aspects of the capacity of neural networks to process information. These methods provide information about changes in electrical, hemodynamic and metabolic activities. Ideally, they should be noninvasive in order to facilitate their use particularly in children. In the present review, we describe the advantages of simultaneous electroencephalographic (EEG) acquisition with near infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) to provide a better understanding of the mechanisms involved in cerebral activation. This coregistration is also useful to avoid misleading interpretation of NIRS, notably during the various phases of sleep. Development and implementation of the various tools required and assessment strategies are also discussed.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Brain / physiology*
  • Brain Mapping / methods*
  • Electroencephalography / methods*
  • Humans
  • Language*
  • Spectroscopy, Near-Infrared / methods*