Head and Coordination


  • Karl-Heinz Untch, Dipl.-Psych.


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07/2011 - 09/2014

Project NEIS

Neural Development of Inhibiton and Shifting

Project NEIS is concerned with the development of self-regulatory skills - the ability to perform goal-oriented behavior - in children aged between 5 and 8 years.

Self-regulatory skills consist of different competencies, such as blinding out irrelevant stimuli (inhibition) or switching between different tasks (shifting). In project NEIS children solve playful tasks which measure self-regulatory skills. While doing so, the brain activity is measured via functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS).

Project NEIS aims to deliver a detailed overview on the development of the two self-regulatory skills. This precise knowledge is supposed to help identifying deficits at a very early stage and to offer developmental advancement in affected children.  What is special about project NEIS that within this project developmental data is collected at a behavioral as well as at a neural level, which provides information about the brain's development. This happens by means of functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS). The results may contribute to a better understanding about cognitive development and the conditions for successful learning at school.