Social neuroscience and hyperscanning techniques: past, present and future

Neurosci Biobehav Rev. 2014 Jul;44:76-93. doi: 10.1016/j.neubiorev.2012.07.006. Epub 2012 Aug 13.


This paper reviews the published literature on the hyperscanning methodologies using hemodynamic or neuro-electric modalities. In particular, we describe how different brain recording devices have been employed in different experimental paradigms to gain information about the subtle nature of human interactions. This review also included papers based on single-subject recordings in which a correlation was found between the activities of different (non-simultaneously recorded) participants in the experiment. The descriptions begin with the methodological issues related to the simultaneous measurements and the descriptions of the results generated by such approaches will follow. Finally, a discussion of the possible future uses of such new approaches to explore human social interactions will be presented.

Keywords: EEG; Hyperscanning; NIRS; Social neuroscience; fMRI.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Brain / physiology*
  • Electroencephalography
  • Humans
  • Neuroimaging*
  • Neurosciences*
  • Social Behavior*