Professor’s paper selected for publication, presentation at international conference

Pictured clockwise from top left are Siamak Aram, Sagar Kora Venu, Roozbeh Sadeghian, .
Saeed Esmaili Sardari, Amir Gandjbakhche, and Hadis Dashtestani.

Congratulations to Analytics Professor Dr. Siamak Aram, whose paper, titled “Neural Correlation of Brain Activities and Gaming using Functional Near-infrared Spectroscopy and Iowa Gambling Task,” has been selected for publication and presentation at the Springer 11th International Conference on Neuroergonomics and Cognitive Engineering “Machine Learning in Cognitive Neuroimaging” session in July.

The purpose of this study was to analyze the neural activity of participants while performing the cognitive task known as the Iowa Gambling Task (IGT), using the neuroimaging technique known as functional Near-Infrared Spectroscopy (fNIRS). It was an experimental research study that looked at the effect of neural activity on the participants while playing games, particularly in the prefrontal cortex of the brain.

Co-authors of the paper are Sagar Kora Venu (ANLY – PhD Student), Dr. Roozbeh Sadeghian (ANLY), Dr. Saeed Esmaili Sardari (CS), Hadis Dashtestani (NIH’s SAFB lab), and Dr. Amir Gandjbakhche (NIH’s SAFB lab’s director).

A statistical technique was used to find the difference between the changes in the blood oxygenation levels of pre-frontal cortex activity in the brain, and to find how the cards were picked by participants as the task progressed.

The major conclusion of this study was that the blood oxygenation levels of the left hemisphere of the pre-frontal cortex of the brain are significantly higher than the right hemisphere of the pre-frontal cortex of the brain.

Also, participants chose significantly more cards from the advantageous decks as the task progressed. More specifically, our findings support the interconnection of the pre-frontal cortex of the brain and decision making capabilities.

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