Measuring Brain Activities Related to Understanding Using Near-Infrared Spectroscopy (NIRS)

  • Masayoshi Nagai
  • Nobutaka Endo
  • Takatsune Kumada
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 4557)


We examined brain activation in the frontal cortex during the contents understanding of comic stories with near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS). The present results showed that the left prefrontal lobe region is activated when people actively try to understand the comic stories and to memorize their contents for reporting in the future. The activated area could overlap with or be around Broca’s area. We discussed how to apply this brain activation related to human understanding to evaluation of contents presented in the human-machine interfaces.


contents understanding left prefrontal region near-infrared spectroscopy 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Masayoshi Nagai
    • 1
  • Nobutaka Endo
    • 1
  • Takatsune Kumada
    • 1
  1. 1.National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), AIST Tsukuba Central 6, 1-1-1 Higashi, Tsukuba, Ibaraki, 305-8566Japan

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