Recent Photobiomodulation Therapy Research
Biomed Opt Express. 2020 Sep 22;11(10):5783-5799.
Transcranial photobiomodulation-induced changes in human brain functional connectivity and network metrics mapped by whole-head functional near-infrared spectroscopy in vivo
Transcranial photobiomodulation (tPBM) with near-infrared light on the human head has been shown to enhance human cognition. In this study, tPBM-induced effects on resting state brain networks were investigated using 111-channel functional near-infrared spectroscopy over the whole head. Measurements were collected with and without 8-minute tPBM in 19 adults. Functional connectivity (FC) and brain network metrics were quantified using Pearson’s correlation coefficients and graph theory analysis (GTA), respectively, for the periods of pre-, during, and post-tPBM. Our results revealed that tPBM (1) enhanced information processing speed and efficiency of the brain network, and (2) increased FC significantly in the frontal-parietal network, shedding light on a better understanding of tPBM effects on brain networks.