Interpersonal neural synchrony during father-child problem solving: An fNIRS hyperscanning study.

Author(s)
Trinh Nguyen, Hanna Schleihauf, Kungl Melanie, Ezgi Kayhan, Stefanie Hoehl, Pascal Vrticka
Abstract

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.

Organisation(s)
Department of Developmental and Educational Psychology
External organisation(s)
Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU), Universität Potsdam, University of Essex, University of California, Berkeley, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Leibniz Inst Primate Res, Deutsches Primatenzentrum (DPZ), German Primate Ctr, Endocrinol Lab
Journal
Child Development
Volume
92
Pages
e565-e580
No. of pages
16
ISSN
0009-3920
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1111/cdev.13510
Publication date
07-2021
Peer reviewed
Yes
Austrian Fields of Science 2012
501014 Neuropsychology, 501005 Developmental psychology
Keywords
ASJC Scopus subject areas
Education, Developmental and Educational Psychology, Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
Portal url
https://ucris.univie.ac.at/portal/en/publications/interpersonal-neural-synchrony-during-fatherchild-problem-solving-an-fnirs-hyperscanning-study(99e69412-7858-4349-a677-5962c7f5cd36).html