Interpersonal Neural Synchrony

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Interpersonal Neural Synchrony During Father-Child Problem Solving: An fNIRS Hyperscanning Study.

Interpersonal neural synchrony (INS) has been previously evidenced in mother-child interactions, yet findings concerning father-child interaction are wanting. The current experiment examined whether fathers and their 5- to 6-year-old children (N = 66) synchronize their brain activity during a naturalistic interaction, and addressed paternal and child factors related to INS. Compared to individual problem solving and rest, father-child dyads showed increased INS in bilateral dorsolateral prefrontal cortex and left temporo-parietal junction during cooperative problem solving. Furthermore, the father’s attitude toward his role as a parent was positively related to INS during the cooperation condition. These results highlight the implication of the father’s attitude to parenting in INS processes for the first time.

PMID: 33426676 [PubMed – as supplied by publisher]

Child Dev. 2021 Jan 10;:

Authors: Nguyen T, Schleihauf H, Kungl M, Kayhan E, Hoehl S, Vrtička P