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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137990/affective-blindsight-in-the-absence-of-input-from-face-processing-regions-in-occipital-temporal-cortex
#1
Christopher L Striemer, Robert L Whitwell, Melvyn A Goodale
Previous research suggests that the implicit recognition of emotional expressions may be carried out by pathways that bypass primary visual cortex (V1) and project to the amygdala. Some of the strongest evidence supporting this claim comes from case studies of "affective blindsight" in which patients with V1 damage can correctly guess whether an unseen face was depicting a fearful or happy expression. In the current study, we report a new case of affective blindsight in patient MC who is cortically blind following extensive bilateral lesions to V1, as well as face and object processing regions in her ventral visual stream...
November 11, 2017: Neuropsychologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137989/does-tms-on-v3-block-conscious-visual-perception
#2
Niina Salminen-Vaparanta, Mika Koivisto, Victor Vorobyev, Kati Alakurtti, Antti Revonsuo
Primary visual cortex (V1) and extrastriate V2 are necessary for the emergence of visual consciousness, but the effects of involvement of extrastriate V3 on visual consciousness is unclear. The objective of this study was to examine the causal role of V3 in visual consciousness in humans. We combined neuronavigated transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) with a computational model of the TMS-induced electric field to test whether or not the intact processing of visual input in V3, like in V1 and V2, is necessary for conscious visual perception...
November 11, 2017: Neuropsychologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137988/tms-eeg-reveals-hemispheric-asymmetries-in-top-down-influences-of-posterior-intraparietal-cortex-on-behavior-and-visual-event-related-potentials
#3
Mika Koivisto, Simone Grassini, Mikko Hurme, Niina Salminen-Vaparanta, Henry Railo, Victor Vorobyev, Jussi Tallus, Teemu Paavilainen, Antti Revonsuo
Clinical data and behavioral studies using transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) suggest right-hemisphere dominance for top-down modulation of visual processing in humans. We used concurrent TMS-EEG to directly test for hemispheric differences in causal influences of the right and left intraparietal cortex on visual event-related potentials (ERPs). We stimulated the left and right posterior part of intraparietal sulcus (IPS1) while the participants were viewing and rating the visibility of bilaterally presented Gabor patches...
November 11, 2017: Neuropsychologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29133109/temporal-gradient-during-famous-face-naming-is-associated-with-lower-cerebral-blood-flow-and-gray-matter-volume-in-aging
#4
Chelsea C Hays, Zvinka Z Zlatar, Laura Campbell, M J Meloy, Christina E Wierenga
OBJECTIVE: Evidence suggests that famous face naming may be a cognitive ability especially sensitive to the early pathological processes of Alzheimer's disease (AD) and that those at risk for AD may demonstrate a Ribot temporal gradient (RTG), characterized by better performance for naming remote famous faces than for naming recent famous faces. Reductions in cerebral blood flow (CBF) and gray matter volume (GMV) have been implicated in the neuropathological cascade of AD and show utility as biomarkers of AD risk...
November 10, 2017: Neuropsychologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29133108/a-role-for-consolidation-in-cross-modal-category-learning
#5
Jennifer E Ashton, Elizabeth Jefferies, M Gareth Gaskell
The ability to categorize objects and events is a fundamental human skill that depends upon the representation of multimodal conceptual knowledge. This study investigated the acquisition and consolidation of categorical information that required participants to integrate information across visual and auditory dimensions. The impact of wake- and sleep-dependent consolidation were investigated using a paradigm in which training and testing were separated by a delay spanning either an evening of sleep or daytime wakefulness, with a paired-associate episodic memory task used as a measure of classic sleep-dependent consolidation...
November 10, 2017: Neuropsychologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29129594/are-resting-state-spectral-power-measures-related-to-executive-functions-in-healthy-young-adults
#6
Shirley Gordon, Doron Todder, Inbal Deutsch, Dror Garbi, Nir Getter, Nachshon Meiran
Resting-state electroencephalogram (rsEEG) has been found to be associated with psychopathology, intelligence, problem solving, academic performance and is sometimes used as a supportive physiological indicator of enhancement in cognitive training interventions (e.g. neurofeedback, working memory training). In the current study, we measured rsEEG spectral power measures (relative power, between-band ratios and asymmetry) in one hundred sixty five young adults who were also tested on a battery of executive function (EF)...
November 9, 2017: Neuropsychologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29129593/emotional-priming-depends-on-the-degree-of-conscious-experience
#7
Michael Lohse, Morten Overgaard
Most experiments in consciousness research assume that awareness is a dichotomous 'either/or' phenomenon. However, participants can distinguish multiple levels of subjective experience of simple features (colour, shape etc.), which correlate with their performance in different tasks. As experiments showing multiple levels of perceptual awareness question the widespread idea that many forms of perception can occur unconsciously, we investigated emotional priming combined with methods able to measure small variations in subjective experience...
November 9, 2017: Neuropsychologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29109036/the-role-of-the-p3-and-cnv-components-in-voluntary-and-automatic-temporal-orienting-a-high-spatial-resolution-erp-study
#8
Giovanni Mento
A main distinction has been proposed between voluntary and automatic mechanisms underlying temporal orienting (TO) of selective attention. Voluntary TO implies the endogenous directing of attention induced by symbolic cues. Conversely, automatic TO is exogenously instantiated by the physical properties of stimuli. A well-known example of automatic TO is sequential effects (SEs), which refer to the adjustments in participants' behavioral performance as a function of the trial-by-trial sequential distribution of the foreperiod between two stimuli...
November 9, 2017: Neuropsychologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29104079/-why-don-t-they-like-me-more-comparing-the-time-courses-of-social-and-monetary-reward-processing
#9
Belel Ait Oumeziane, Jacqueline Schryer-Praga, Dan Foti
Humans possess a strong tendency towards social affiliation and interpersonal interaction. Yet, we know far less about how rewards in one's social environment affect functioning as we do with other types of rewards, presumably due to the inherent complexity of measuring social phenomena in laboratory settings. Here, we adapted a social reward paradigm (social incentive delay [SID]) for use in event-related potential (ERP) research, enabling a direct comparison of social and monetary reward processing. We found that social and monetary rewards elicit comparable ERP latencies and scalp topographies across several processing stages (reward cue, outcome anticipation, and outcome evaluation), highlighting the possibility of a common neural network...
November 9, 2017: Neuropsychologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29126929/machiavellian-tendencies-increase-following-damage-to-the-left-dorsolateral-prefrontal-cortex
#10
Shira Cohen-Zimerman, Aileen Chau, Frank Krueger, Barry Gordon, Jordan Grafman
Machiavellianism - a personality trait that is characterized by a tendency to distrust, deceive and exploit others - has been the focus of growing attention in psychological research. Neuroimaging studies of Machiavellianism highlight the influence of the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex (dlPFC) on Machiavellianism tendencies. However, knowledge regarding the causal role of the left and right dlPFC on Machiavellianism is still obscure. Here, we measured general Machiavellian tendencies, as well as two subscales (i...
November 7, 2017: Neuropsychologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29122610/links-between-action-perception-and-action-production-in-10-week-old-infants
#11
Vincent M Reid, Katharina Kaduk, Judith Lunn
In order to understand how experience of an action alters functional brain responses to visual information, we examined the effects of reflex walking on how 10-week-old infants processed biological motion. We gave experience of the reflex walk to half the participants, and did not give this experience to the other half of the sample. The participant's electrical brain activity in response to viewing upright and inverted walking and crawling movements indicated the detection of biological motion only for that group which experience the reflex walk, as evidenced by parietal electrode greater positivity for the upright than the inverted condition...
November 6, 2017: Neuropsychologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29122609/structural-connections-support-emotional-connections-uncinate-fasciculus-microstructure-is-related-to-the-ability-to-decode-facial-emotion-expressions
#12
Bethany M Coad, Mark Postans, Carl J Hodgetts, Nils Muhlert, Kim S Graham, Andrew D Lawrence
The Uncinate Fasciculus (UF) is an association fibre tract connecting regions in the frontal and anterior temporal lobes. UF disruption is seen in several disorders associated with impaired social behaviour, but its functional role is unclear. Here we set out to test the hypothesis that the UF is important for facial expression processing, an ability fundamental to adaptive social behaviour. In two separate experiments in healthy adults, we used high-angular resolution diffusion-weighted imaging (HARDI) and constrained spherical deconvolution (CSD) tractography to virtually dissect the UF, plus a control tract (the corticospinal tract (CST)), and quantify, via tissue fractional anisotropy (FAT), individual differences in tract microstructure...
November 6, 2017: Neuropsychologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29109038/movements-and-body-ownership-evidence-from-the-rubber-hand-illusion-after-mechanical-limb-immobilization
#13
Dalila Burin, Francesca Garbarini, Valentina Bruno, Carlotta Fossataro, Cristina Destefanis, Anna Berti, Lorenzo Pia
There is no consensus on whether, and to what extent, actions contribute to constructing awareness of one's own body. Here we investigated at both physiological and behavioral level whether a prolonged limb immobilization affects body ownership. We tested a group of healthy participants, whose left-hand movements were prevented by a cast for one week, and a control group without any movement restriction. In both groups, we measured the strength of the rubber hand illusion (i.e., proprioceptive shift and questionnaire on ownership) and the physiological parameters known to be modulated by short-term arm immobilization (i...
November 3, 2017: Neuropsychologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29109037/lateralised-sleep-spindles-relate-to-false-memory-generation
#14
John J Shaw, Padraic Monaghan
Sleep is known to enhance false memories: After presenting participants with lists of semantically related words, sleeping before recalling these words results in a greater acceptance of unseen "lure" words related in theme to previously seen words. Furthermore, the right hemisphere (RH) seems to be more prone to false memories than the left hemisphere (LH). In the current study, we investigated the sleep architecture associated with these false memory and lateralisation effects in a nap study. Participants viewed lists of related words, then stayed awake or slept for approximately 90min, and were then tested for recognition of previously seen-old, unseen-new, or unseen-lure words presented either to the LH or RH...
November 3, 2017: Neuropsychologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29104080/altered-function-but-not-structure-of-the-amygdala-in-nicotine-dependent-individuals
#15
Zhujing Shen, Peiyu Huang, Chao Wang, Wei Qian, Xiao Luo, Xiaojun Guan, Tiantian Qiu, Yihong Yang, Minming Zhang
Tobacco use disorder is frequently comorbid with emotional disorders, each exerting reciprocal influence on the other. As an important hub for emotional processing, amygdala may also play a critical role in tobacco addiction. Therefore, we aimed to investigate the volume and spontaneous activity of the amygdala in nicotine-dependent individuals and their relationships with cigarette use. A total of 84 smokers (aged 22-54 years) and 41 nonsmokers (aged 26-56 years) were enrolled in the present study. 3D-T1 weighted images and resting-state fMRI images were acquired from all participants...
November 2, 2017: Neuropsychologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29100951/distinct-cerebellar-regions-related-to-motor-and-cognitive-performance-in-sca6-patients
#16
Zubir Rentiya, Noore-Sabah Khan, Ezgi Ergun, Sarah H Ying, John E Desmond
OBJECTIVE: To demonstrate a correlation between anatomic regional changes in Spinocerebellar Ataxia type 6 (SCA6) patients and measures of cognitive performance on neuropsychological tests. METHODS: Neurocognitive testing was conducted on 24 SCA6 and 28 control subjects. For each cognitive test, SCA6 patients were compared against the controls using Student's t-test. For the cerebellar patients, using voxel based morphometry, correlations between cerebellar gray matter volume at each voxel and performance on the neuropsychological exams were calculated using the Pearson correlation coefficient implemented in SPM8...
October 31, 2017: Neuropsychologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29100950/effects-of-alpha-and-gamma-transcranial-alternating-current-stimulation-tacs-on-verbal-creativity-and-intelligence-test-performance
#17
Roland H Grabner, Julia Krenn, Andreas Fink, Martin Arendasy, Mathias Benedek
Transcranial alternating current stimulation (tACS) is a non-invasive brain stimulation method that allows to directly modulate brain oscillations of a given frequency. Using this method, it was recently shown that increasing alpha (10Hz) oscillations improved creative ideation with figural material and that increasing gamma (40Hz) oscillations speeded up performance in a figural matrices intelligence task. The aim of the present study was to examine whether these findings generalize to verbal creativity and intelligence tasks...
October 31, 2017: Neuropsychologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29100949/plasticity-of-the-human-visual-brain-after-early-cortical-lesion
#18
K Mikellidou, R Arrighi, G Aghakhanyan, F Tinelli, F Frijia, S Crespi, F De Masi, D Montanaro, M C Morrone
In adults, partial damage to V1 or optic radiations abolishes perception in the corresponding part of the visual field, causing a scotoma. However, it is widely accepted that the developing cortex has superior capacities to reorganize following an early lesion to endorse adaptive plasticity. Here we report a single patient case (G.S.) with near normal central field vision despite a massive unilateral lesion to the optic radiations acquired early in life. The patient underwent surgical removal of a right hemisphere parieto-temporal-occipital atypical choroid plexus papilloma of the right lateral ventricle at four months of age, which presumably altered the visual pathways during in utero development...
October 31, 2017: Neuropsychologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29106999/functional-connectivity-in-the-dorsal-stream-and-between-bilateral-auditory-related-cortical-areas-differentially-contribute-to-speech-decoding-depending-on-spectro-temporal-signal-integrity-and-performance
#19
Stefan Elmer, Jürg Kühnis, Piyush Rauch, Seyed Abolfazl Valizadeh, Lutz Jäncke
Speech processing relies on the interdependence between auditory perception, sensorimotor integration, and verbal memory functions. Functional and structural connectivity between bilateral auditory-related cortical areas (ARCAs) facilitates spectro-temporal analyses, whereas the dynamic interplay between ARCAs and Broca's area (i.e., dorsal pathway) contributes to verbal memory functions, articulation, and sound-to-motor mapping. However, it remains unclear whether these two neural circuits are preferentially driven by spectral or temporal acoustic information, and whether their recruitment is predictive of speech perception performance and learning...
October 30, 2017: Neuropsychologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29097112/preliminary-report-on-the-association-between-pulvinar-volume-and-the-ability-to-detect-backward-masked-facial-features
#20
M Justin Kim, Alison M Mattek, Daisy A Burr, Paul J Whalen
Although backward masking is a powerful experimental tool in mitigating visual awareness of facial expressions of emotion, ~20% of participants consistently report being resistant to its effects. In our previous studies, we excluded these participants from analysis as we focused on neural data in individuals who were subjectively unaware of backward-masked facial features that were presented for a brief period of time (e.g., 17 ms). Here, we shifted our focus to potential structural brain difference between aware and unaware participants...
October 30, 2017: Neuropsychologia
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