Guillaume Dumas*, Fanny Lachat*, Jacques Martinerie, Jacqueline Nadel, Nathalie George (2010)
IRBM, Ingénierie et Recherche Biomédicale / BioMedical Engineering and Research, 32,48–53. doi:10.1016/j.irbm.2011.01.002
Publication year: 2010


Recently, the neuroscience field took a particular interest in the use of a neuroimaging technique called ‘hyperscanning’. This new technique consists in the simultaneous recording of the hemodynamic or neuroelectric activities of multiple subjects. Behind this small technical step lays a giant methodological leap. Groundbreaking insight in the understanding of social cognition shall be achieved if the right paradigms are implemented. A growing number of studies demonstrate the potential of this recent technique. In this paper, we will focus on current issues and future perspectives of brain studies using hyperscanning. We will also add to this review two studies initiated by Line Garnero. These studies will illustrate the promising possibilities offered by hyperscanning through two different key phenomena pertaining to social interaction: gesture imitation and joint attention.

Keywords: Hyperscanning, Synchronization, Spontaneous imitation, Joint attention, Gaze, EEG