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Human neuroscience research has greatly developed with the proliferation and refinement of functional brain imaging technologies such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and near infrared spectroscopy (NIRS). As our cognitive functions emerge from interpersonal interactions, understanding these interactions enriches our comprehension of cognitive processes within a single individual's brain. This symposium will cover three emerging trends important for the next decade. First, we discuss a promising paradigm shift from fine-grained cerebral localization toward the understanding of neural processes within a social brain network. Second, we look at methodological developments which can characterize these neural processes using neuroimaging techniques such as hyper scanning. Third, we examine the trends towards ecologically valid experimental designs, which engage neural circuits in real life contexts. The future development of human understanding in neuroscience research will be related to how precisely we hypothesize and creatively examine brain functions as well as to innovation in neuroimaging technologies.
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