BLACKSBURG, Va. (WFXR) – Scientists at Virginia Tech now have a way to measure the nuances of social interactions.

Through new brain imaging technology available at the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute in Roanoke, scientists will be the first to use this technology to observe two brains simultaneously during face-to-face interactions.

Unlike cramped MRIs, this technology is similar to a headset which allows for movement and is easier to study babies and children.

Dr. Read Montague, Ph.D., says this is a breakthrough for kids with autism spectrum disorder and for people who have suffered strokes, or other injuries because they have difficulty with social interactions.

The technology will also allow for new insights into the thinking process.