Using fNIRS to Study Working Memory of Infants in Rural Africa

  • K. BegusEmail author
  • S. Lloyd-Fox
  • D. Halliday
  • M. Papademetriou
  • M. K. Darboe
  • A. M. Prentice
  • S. E. Moore
  • C. E. Elwell
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 876)


A pilot study was conducted to assess the feasibility of using fNIRS as an alternative to behavioral assessments of cognitive development with infants in rural Africa. We report preliminary results of a study looking at working memory in 12–16-month-olds and discuss the benefits and shortcomings for the potential future use of fNIRS to investigate the effects of nutritional insults and interventions in global health studies.


fNIRS Working memory Nutrition Infants 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • K. Begus
    • 1
    Email author
  • S. Lloyd-Fox
    • 1
    • 2
  • D. Halliday
    • 2
  • M. Papademetriou
    • 2
  • M. K. Darboe
    • 3
  • A. M. Prentice
    • 3
    • 4
  • S. E. Moore
    • 3
    • 5
  • C. E. Elwell
    • 6
  1. 1.Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development, Birkbeck CollegeUniversity of LondonLondonUK
  2. 2.Department of Medical Physics and BioengineeringUniversity College LondonLondonUK
  3. 3.MRC International Nutrition Group, Keneba Field StationKenebaThe Gambia
  4. 4.MRC International Nutrition Group, London School of Hygiene and Tropical MedicineLondonUK
  5. 5.MRC Human Nutrition ResearchCambridgeUK
  6. 6.Department of Medical Physics and Biomedical EngineeringUniversity College LondonLondonUK

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