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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343308/the-nociceptive-withdrawal-response-of-the-foot-in-the-spinalized-rat-exhibits-limited-dependence-on-stimulus-location
#1
Corey L Cleland, Craig E Esquivel, Heath T Davis
The nociceptive withdrawal response (NWR) of the limb is a protective, multi-joint movement in response to noxious stimulation of the homonymous limb. Previous studies in animal models differed as to the dependence of the response direction and magnitude on stimulus location. The specific aim of our research was to use three-dimensional high-speed video to determine whether movement of the foot in response to heat stimuli delivered to the foot and lower leg depended on the location of the stimulus. In particular, we sought to determine whether the movement strategy was categorical or continuous...
March 25, 2017: Experimental Brain Research. Experimentelle Hirnforschung. Expérimentation Cérébrale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343307/modular-organization-of-muscle-activity-patterns-in-the-leading-and-trailing-limbs-during-obstacle-clearance-in-healthy-adults
#2
Michael J MacLellan
Human locomotor patterns require precise adjustments to successfully navigate complex environments. Studies suggest that the central nervous system may control such adjustments through supraspinal signals modifying a basic locomotor pattern at the spinal level. To explore this proposed control mechanism in the leading and trailing limbs during obstructed walking, healthy young adults stepped over obstacles measuring 0.1 and 0.2 m in height. Unobstructed walking with no obstacle present was also performed as a baseline...
March 25, 2017: Experimental Brain Research. Experimentelle Hirnforschung. Expérimentation Cérébrale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326440/effects-of-visual-motion-consistent-or-inconsistent-with-gravity-on-postural-sway
#3
Priscilla Balestrucci, Elena Daprati, Francesco Lacquaniti, Vincenzo Maffei
Vision plays an important role in postural control, and visual perception of the gravity-defined vertical helps maintaining upright stance. In addition, the influence of the gravity field on objects' motion is known to provide a reference for motor and non-motor behavior. However, the role of dynamic visual cues related to gravity in the control of postural balance has been little investigated. In order to understand whether visual cues about gravitational acceleration are relevant for postural control, we assessed the relation between postural sway and visual motion congruent or incongruent with gravity acceleration...
March 22, 2017: Experimental Brain Research. Experimentelle Hirnforschung. Expérimentation Cérébrale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324136/the-inimitable-mouth-task-dependent-kinematic-differences-are-independent-of-terminal-precision
#4
Jason W Flindall, Claudia L R Gonzalez
Previous studies in our lab have described kinematic difference between grasp-to-eat and grasp-to-place movements, whereby participants produce smaller maximum grip apertures (MGAs) when grasping to bring the item to the mouth than when grasping to bring the item to a container near the mouth. This task difference is limited to right-handed movements, regardless of handedness; it has, therefore, been interpreted as evidence of left-hemisphere lateralization of the grasp-to-eat and other hand-to-mouth grasping movements...
March 21, 2017: Experimental Brain Research. Experimentelle Hirnforschung. Expérimentation Cérébrale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315946/changing-the-size-of-a-mirror-reflected-hand-moderates-the-experience-of-embodiment-but-not-proprioceptive-drift-a-repeated-measures-study-on-healthy-human-participants
#5
Priscilla G Wittkopf, Donna M Lloyd, Mark I Johnson
Mirror visual feedback is used for reducing pain and visually distorting the size of the reflection may improve efficacy. The findings of studies investigating size distortion are inconsistent. The influence of the size of the reflected hand on embodiment of the mirror reflection is not known. The aim of this study was to compare the effect of magnifying and minifying mirror reflections of the hand on embodiment measured using an eight-item questionnaire and on proprioceptive drift. During the experiment, participants (n = 45) placed their right hand behind a mirror and their left hand in front of a mirror...
March 18, 2017: Experimental Brain Research. Experimentelle Hirnforschung. Expérimentation Cérébrale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315945/organization-of-the-reach-and-grasp-in-head-fixed-vs-freely-moving-mice-provides-support-for-multiple-motor-channel-theory-of-neocortical-organization
#6
Ian Q Whishaw, Jamshid Faraji, Jessica Kuntz, Behroo Mirza Agha, Mukt Patel, Gerlinde A S Metz, Majid H Mohajerani
Multiple motor channel (MMC) theory of neocortical organization proposes that complex movements, such as reaching for a food item to eat, are produced by the coordinated action of separate neural channels. For example, the human reach-to-grasp act is mediated by two visuo-parieto-motor cortex channels, one for the reach and one for the grasp. The present analysis asked whether there is a similar organization of reach-and-grasp movements in the mouse. The reach-to-eat movements of the same mice were examined from high-shutter speed, frame-by-frame video analysis in three tasks in which the mice obtained equivalent success scores: when freely-moving reaching for food pellets, when head-fixed reaching for food pellets, and when head-fixed reaching for pieces of pasta...
March 18, 2017: Experimental Brain Research. Experimentelle Hirnforschung. Expérimentation Cérébrale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315944/bimanual-coordination-patterns-are-stabilized-under-monitoring-pressure
#7
John J Buchanan, Inchon Park, Jing Chen, David L Wright, Ranjana K Mehta
The influence of monitoring-pressure on the performance of anti-phase and in-phase bimanual coordination was examined. The two bimanual patterns were produced under no-monitoring and monitoring-pressure conditions at self-paced frequencies. Anti-phase coordination was always less stable than in-phase coordination, with or without monitoring. When performed under monitoring-pressure, the coordination patterns were performed with less variability in relative phase for both patterns across a range of self-paced movement frequencies compared to performance without monitoring...
March 18, 2017: Experimental Brain Research. Experimentelle Hirnforschung. Expérimentation Cérébrale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314919/interference-between-a-fast-paced-spatial-puzzle-task-and-verbal-memory-demands
#8
Samantha L Epling, Megan J Blakely, Paul N Russell, William S Helton
Research continues to provide evidence that people are poor multi-taskers. Cognitive resource theory is a common explanation for the inability to efficiently perform multiple tasks at the same time. This theory proposes that one's limited supply of cognitive resources can be utilized faster than it is replenished, which results in a performance decline, particularly when these limited resources must be allocated among multiple tasks. Researchers have proposed both domain-specific, for example, spatial versus verbal processing resources, and domain general cognitive resources...
March 17, 2017: Experimental Brain Research. Experimentelle Hirnforschung. Expérimentation Cérébrale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314918/oculomotor-prismatic-training-is-effective-in-ameliorating-spatial-neglect-a-pilot-study
#9
I Ronga, M Franza, P Sarasso, M Neppi-Modona
Visuomotor prismatic training has been demonstrated to be among the most effective rehabilitative techniques of spatial neglect, a neurological syndrome manifested by a number of right brain-damaged patients characterized by unawareness of the egocentric left half of the world. In the present study, we demonstrate that a novel oculomotor prismatic training procedure only consisting in a sequence of gaze shifts to visual targets, can reduce spatial neglect symptoms. Following oculomotor prismatic training, patients show a significant decrease in neglect severity in straight ahead and paper and pencil tasks...
March 17, 2017: Experimental Brain Research. Experimentelle Hirnforschung. Expérimentation Cérébrale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303327/rotational-error-in-path-integration-encoding-and-execution-errors-in-angle-reproduction
#10
Elizabeth R Chrastil, William H Warren
Path integration is fundamental to human navigation. When a navigator leaves home on a complex outbound path, they are able to keep track of their approximate position and orientation and return to their starting location on a direct homebound path. However, there are several sources of error during path integration. Previous research has focused almost exclusively on encoding error-the error in registering the outbound path in memory. Here, we also consider execution error-the error in the response, such as turning and walking a homebound trajectory...
March 16, 2017: Experimental Brain Research. Experimentelle Hirnforschung. Expérimentation Cérébrale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303326/postural-and-cortical-responses-following-visual-occlusion-in-standing-and-sitting-tasks
#11
Kwang Leng Goh, Susan Morris, Wee Lih Lee, Alexander Ring, Tele Tan
Perturbation-evoked responses (PERs) to a physical perturbation of postural stability have been detected using electroencephalography (EEG). Components of these responses are hypothesized to demonstrate the detection (P1) and evaluation (N1) of postural instability. Despite the important contribution of the visual system to postural control, PERs to a visual perturbation of posture have yet to be reported. Ten healthy young adults were exposed to unpredictable visual occlusion mediated through liquid crystal glasses under two conditions of postural demand: quiet standing and quiet sitting...
March 16, 2017: Experimental Brain Research. Experimentelle Hirnforschung. Expérimentation Cérébrale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299414/photobiomodulation-induced-changes-in-a-monkey-model-of-parkinson-s-disease-changes-in-tyrosine-hydroxylase-cells-and-gdnf-expression-in-the-striatum
#12
Nabil El Massri, Ana P Lemgruber, Isobel J Rowe, Cécile Moro, Napoleon Torres, Florian Reinhart, Claude Chabrol, Alim-Louis Benabid, John Mitrofanis
Intracranial application of red to infrared light, known also as photobiomodulation (PBM), has been shown to improve locomotor activity and to neuroprotect midbrain dopaminergic cells in rodent and monkey models of Parkinson's disease. In this study, we explored whether PBM has any influence on the number of tyrosine hydroxylase (TH)(+)cells and the expression of GDNF (glial-derived neurotrophic factor) in the striatum. Striatal sections of MPTP (1-methyl-4-phenyl-1,2,3,6-tetrahydropyridine)-treated mice and monkeys and 6-hydroxydopamine (6OHDA)-lesioned rats that had PBM optical fibres implanted intracranially (or not) were processed for immunohistochemistry (all species) or western blot analysis (monkeys)...
March 15, 2017: Experimental Brain Research. Experimentelle Hirnforschung. Expérimentation Cérébrale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299413/apolipoprotein-e-the-resilience-gene
#13
Lisa M James, Brian E Engdahl, Apostolos P Georgopoulos
The apolipoprotein E (apoE) gene has been implicated in various conditions, most notably Alzheimer's disease and coronary artery disease. A predisposing role of the apoE4 isoform and a protective role of apoE2 isoform in those diseases have been documented. Here we investigated the role of apoE in resilience to trauma. Three hundred and forty-three US veterans were genotyped for apoE and were assessed for their lifetime trauma exposure (trauma score, T) and severity of posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms (PCL)...
March 15, 2017: Experimental Brain Research. Experimentelle Hirnforschung. Expérimentation Cérébrale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299412/tdcs-application-over-the-stg-improves-the-ability-to-recognize-and-appreciate-elements-involved-in-humor-processing
#14
Mirella Manfredi, Alice Mado Proverbio, Ana Paula Gonçalves Donate, Sofia Macarini Gonçalves Vieira, William Edgar Comfort, Mariana De Araújo Andreoli, Paulo Sérgio Boggio
The superior temporal gyrus (STG) has been found to play a crucial role in the recognition of actions and facial expressions and may, therefore, be critical for the processing of humorous information. Here we investigated whether tDCS application to the STG would modulate the ability to recognize and appreciate the comic element in serious and comedic situations of misfortune. To this aim, the effects of different types of tDCS stimulation on the STG were analyzed during a task in which the participants were instructed to categorize various misfortunate situations as "comic" or "not comic"...
March 15, 2017: Experimental Brain Research. Experimentelle Hirnforschung. Expérimentation Cérébrale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299411/astrocytes-and-synaptic-plasticity-in-health-and-disease
#15
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A Singh, Wickliffe C Abraham
Activity-dependent synaptic plasticity phenomena such as long-term potentiation and long-term depression are candidate mechanisms for storing information in the brain. Regulation of synaptic plasticity is critical for healthy cognition and learning and this is provided in part by metaplasticity, which can act to maintain synaptic transmission within a dynamic range and potentially prevent excitotoxicity. Metaplasticity mechanisms also allow neurons to integrate plasticity-associated signals over time. Interestingly, astrocytes appear to be critical for certain forms of synaptic plasticity and metaplasticity mechanisms...
March 15, 2017: Experimental Brain Research. Experimentelle Hirnforschung. Expérimentation Cérébrale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299410/the-power-law-of-movement-an-example-of-a-behavioral-illusion
#16
Richard S Marken, Dennis M Shaffer
The curved movements produced by living organisms follow a power law where the velocity of movement is a power function of the degree of curvature through which the movement is made. The exponent of the power function is close to either 1/3 or 2/3 depending on how velocity and curvature are measured. This power law is thought to reflect biological and/or kinematic constraints on how organisms produce movements. The present paper shows that the power law is actually a statistical artifact that results from mistaking a correlational for a causal relationship between variables...
March 15, 2017: Experimental Brain Research. Experimentelle Hirnforschung. Expérimentation Cérébrale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299409/nothing-magical-pantomimed-grasping-is-controlled-by-the-ventral-system
#17
Thijs Rinsma, John van der Kamp, Matt Dicks, Rouwen Cañal-Bruland
In a recent amendment to the two-visual-system model, it has been proposed that actions must result in tactile contact with the goal object for the dorsal system to become engaged (Whitwell et al., Neuropsychologia 55:41-50, 2014). The present study tested this addition by assessing the use of allocentric information in normal and pantomime actions. To this end, magicians, and participants who were inexperienced in performing pantomime actions made normal and pantomime grasps toward objects embedded in the Müller-Lyer illusion...
March 15, 2017: Experimental Brain Research. Experimentelle Hirnforschung. Expérimentation Cérébrale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293693/changing-hands-persistent-alterations-to-body-image-following-brief-exposure-to-multisensory-distortions
#18
A Treshi-Marie Perera, Roger Newport, Kirsten J McKenzie
The dynamic flexibility of body representation has been highlighted through numerous lines of research that range from clinical studies reporting disorders of body ownership, to experimentally induced somatic illusions that have provided evidence for the embodiment of manipulated representations and even fake limbs. While most studies have reported that enlargement of body parts alters somatic perception, and that these can be more readily embodied, shrunken body parts have not been found to consistently alter somatic experiences, perhaps due to reduced feelings of ownership over smaller body parts...
March 14, 2017: Experimental Brain Research. Experimentelle Hirnforschung. Expérimentation Cérébrale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293692/special-topic-introduction-understanding-engagement-mind-wandering-boredom-and-attention
#19
James Danckert
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 14, 2017: Experimental Brain Research. Experimentelle Hirnforschung. Expérimentation Cérébrale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293691/motor-decisions-are-not-black-and-white-selecting-actions-in-the-gray-zone
#20
D M Comalli, D Persand, K E Adolph
In many situations, multiple actions are possible to achieve a goal. How do people select a particular action among equally possible alternatives? In six experiments, we determined whether action selection is consistent and biased toward one decision by observing participants' decisions to go over or under a horizontal bar set at varying heights. We assessed the height at which participants transitioned from going over to under the bar within a "gray zone"-the range of bar heights at which going over and under were both possible...
March 14, 2017: Experimental Brain Research. Experimentelle Hirnforschung. Expérimentation Cérébrale
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