Attention to Sound Study


​Study on brain networks that help people pay attention to sound.

We are conducting a study to improve our understanding of the brain networks that help us pay attention to sound.

Who can participate?

  • This study is open to English-speaking adults, ages 19 to 29.

What does the study involve?

  • This study involves 3 different listening tasks to measure aspects of attention and sound.
  • Part of the study involves wearing an fNIRS cap (a safe way to measure brain activity by placing small sensors on the skin, around the head).
  • The study takes approximately 1 hour to complete.

What is fNIRS?

Functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) is a noninvasive means of measuring blood flow in the brain. This technique is optimized for use with young children and infants and is safe. The fNIRS machine uses optical light in the near-infrared spectrum, similar to the red light you see on a pulsometer, to measure blood flow in the brain. This allows us to make inferences about brain activation during tasks. It is no more intense than the light you receive outside on a sunny day.

Where does the study take place?

The study takes place in the B.E.A.R. lab at Boys Town National Research Hospital, Downtown Clinic located at 555 N 30th St., Omaha, NE 68131.

To participate in this study, please contact, or fill out the contact form below.