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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903641/body-sway-adaptation-to-addition-but-not-withdrawal-of-stabilizing-visual-information-is-delayed-by-a-concurrent-cognitive-task
#1
Jean-Louis Honeine, Oscar Crisafulli, Marco Schieppati
Aim of this study was to test the effects of a concurrent cognitive task on the promptness of the sensorimotor integration and reweighting processes following addition and withdrawal of vision. Fourteen subjects stood in tandem while vision was passively added and removed. Subjects performed a cognitive task, consisting of counting backwards in steps of three, or were 'mentally idle'. We estimated the time interval, following addition and following withdrawal of vision, at which body sway began to change. We also estimated the time constant of the exponential change in body oscillation until the new level of sway was reached, consistent with the current visual state...
November 30, 2016: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903640/differential-effect-of-visual-motion-adaption-upon-visual-cortical-excitability
#2
Astrid J A Lubeck, Angelique Van Ombergen, Hena Ahmad, Jelte E Bos, Floris L Wuyts, Adolfo M Bronstein, Qadeer Arshad
OBJECTIVE: 1) To probe the effects of visual motion adaptation upon, early visual and V5/MT cortical excitability and 2) To investigate whether or not changes in cortical excitability following visual motion adaptation are related to the degree of visual dependency, i.e. an overreliance on visual cues compared to vestibular or proprioceptive cues. METHODS: Participants were exposed to a roll-motion visual stimulus pre, during and post visual motion adaptation. At these stages 20 TMS pulses at phosphene-threshold values were applied over early visual and V5/MT cortical areas from which the probability of eliciting a phosphene was calculated...
November 30, 2016: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903639/automated-classification-of-pain-perception-using-high-density-electroencephalography-data
#3
Gaurav Misra, Wei-En Wang, Derek B Archer, Arnab Roy, Stephen A Coombes
Translating brief millisecond-long pain-eliciting stimuli to the subjective perception of pain is associated with changes in theta, alpha, beta, and gamma oscillations over sensorimotor cortex. However, when a pain-eliciting stimulus continues for minutes, regions beyond the sensorimotor cortex such as the prefrontal cortex are also engaged. Abnormalities in prefrontal cortex have been associated with chronic pain states, but conventional millisecond-long EEG paradigms do not engage prefrontal regions. In the current study we collected high-density EEG data during an experimental paradigm in which subjects experienced a 4 second low or high intensity pain-eliciting stimulus...
November 30, 2016: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903638/techniques-to-identify-and-temporally-correlate-calcium-transients-between-multiple-regions-of-interest-in-vertebrate-neural-circuits
#4
Julian Sorrensen, Lukasz Wiklendt, Tim James Hibberd, Marcello C Costa, Nick J Spencer
Calcium imaging is commonly used to record dynamic changes in excitability from axons or cell bodies in the nervous system of vertebrates. These recordings often reveal discrete calcium transients which have variable amplitudes, durations, and rates-of-rise and decay, all of which can arise from an unstable, or "noisy" baseline. This often leads to considerable ambiguity about how to discriminate and quantify calcium transients. We describe an analytical methodology that objectively identifies multiple calcium transients from multiple recording sites and quantifies the degree of temporal synchrony between each event...
November 30, 2016: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903637/spatial-scale-and-distribution-of-neurovascular-signals-underlying-decoding-of-orientation-and-eye-of-origin-from-fmri-data
#5
Jonas Larsson, Charlotte Harrison, Jade Jackson, Seung-Mock Oh, Vaida Zeringyte
Multivariate pattern analysis of functional MRI (fMRI) data is widely used, yet the spatial scales and origin of neurovascular signals underlying such analyses remain unclear. We compared decoding performance for stimulus orientation and eye-of-origin from fMRI measurements in human visual cortex with predictions based on the columnar organisation of each feature, and estimated the spatial scales of patterns driving decoding. Both orientation and eye-of-origin could be decoded significantly above chance in early visual areas (V1-V3)...
November 30, 2016: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903636/spatiotopic-maps-during-dynamic-head-tilt
#6
Kyriaki Mikellidou, Marco Turi, David Charles Burr
Humans maintain a stable representation of the visual world effortlessly, despite constant movements of the eyes, head and body, across multiple planes. Whereas visual stability in the face of saccadic eye-movements has been intensely researched, fewer studies have investigated retinal image transformations induced by head movements, especially in the frontal plane. Unlike head rotations in the horizontal and sagittal planes, tilting the head in the frontal plane is only partially counteracted by torsional eye-movements, and consequently induces a distortion of the retinal image to which we seem to be completely oblivious...
November 30, 2016: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27881723/intraspinal-microstimulation-and-diaphragm-activation-following-cervical-spinal-cord-injury
#7
Lynne M Mercier, Elisa J Gonzalez-Rothi, Kristi A Streeter, Savannah S Posgai, Alexander S Poirier, David D Fuller, Paul J Reier, David M Baekey
Intraspinal microstimulation (ISMS), using implanted electrodes, can evoke locomotor movements after spinal cord injury (SCI), but has not been explored in the context of respiratory motor output. An advantage over epidural and direct muscle stimulation is the potential of ISMS to selectively stimulate components of the spinal respiratory network. The present study tested the hypothesis that medullary respiratory activity could be used to trigger mid-cervical ISMS and diaphragm motor unit activation in rats with cervical SCI...
November 23, 2016: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27881722/maintenance-of-neuronal-size-gradient-in-mntb-requires-sound-evoked-activit
#8
Jessica H Weatherstone, Conny Kopp-Scheinpflug, Nadia Pilati, Yuan Wang, Ian D Forsythe, Edwin W Rubel, Bruce L Tempel
The medial nucleus of the trapezoid body (MNTB) is an important source of inhibition during the computation of sound location. It transmits fast and precisely timed action potentials at high frequencies; this requires an efficient calcium clearance mechanism, in which the plasma membrane calcium ATPase 2 (PMCA2) is a key component. Deafwaddler (dfw(2J)) mutant mice have a null mutation in PMCA2 causing deafness in homozygotes (dfw(2J)/dfw(2J)) and high frequency hearing loss in heterozygotes (+/dfw(2J)). Despite the deafness phenotype, no significant differences in MNTB volume or cell number were observed in dfw(2J) homozygous mutants, suggesting PMCA2 is not required for MNTB neuron survival...
November 23, 2016: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27881721/using-noise-to-shape-motor-learning
#9
Elias B Thorp, Konrad P Kording, Ferdinando A Mussa-Ivaldi
Each of our movements is selected from any number of alternative movements. Some studies have shown evidence that the central nervous system (CNS) chooses to make the specific movements that are least affected by motor noise. Previous results that the CNS has the natural tendency to minimize the effects of noise make the direct prediction that if the relationship between movements and noise were to change, the specific movements people learn to make would also change in a predictable manner. Indeed, this has been shown for well-practiced movements such as reaching...
November 23, 2016: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27881720/contextual-effects-of-noise-on-vocalization-encoding-in-primary-auditory-cortex
#10
Ruiye Ni, David A Bender, Amirali M Shaneshi, Jeffrey R Gamble, Dennis L Barbour
Robust auditory perception plays a pivotal function for processing behaviorally relevant sounds, particularly with distractions from the environment. The neuronal coding enabling this ability, however, is still not well understood. In this study we recorded single-unit activity from the primary auditory cortex (A1) of awake marmoset monkeys (Callithrix jacchus) while delivering conspecific vocalizations degraded by two different background noises: broadband white noise and vocalization babble. Noise effects on neural representation of target vocalizations were quantified by measuring the responses' similarity to those elicited by natural vocalizations as a function of signal-to-noise ratio...
November 23, 2016: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27881719/neuronal-pattern-separation-of-motion-relevant-input-in-lip-activity
#11
Nareg Berberian, Amanda MacPherson, Eloise Giraud, Lydia Richardson, Jean-Philippe Thivierge
In various regions of the brain, neurons discriminate sensory stimuli by decreasing the similarity between ambiguous input patterns. Here we examine whether this process of pattern separation may drive the rapid discrimination of visual motion stimuli in the lateral intraparietal area (LIP). Starting with a simple mean-rate population model that captures neuronal activity in LIP, we show that overlapping input patterns can be reformatted dynamically to give rise to separated patterns of neuronal activity. The population model predicts that a key ingredient of pattern separation is the presence of heterogeneity in the response of individual units...
November 23, 2016: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27881718/variations-in-vibrissal-geometry-across-the-rat-mystacial-pad-base-diameter-medulla-and-taper
#12
Hayley Belli, Anne En-Tzu Yang, Chris Bresee, Mitra J Z Hartmann
Many rodents tactually sense the world through active motions of their vibrissae (whiskers), which are regularly arranged in rows and columns (arcs) on the face. The present study quantifies several geometric parameters of rat whiskers that determine the tactile information acquired. Findings include: 1) A meta-analysis of seven studies shows that whisker base diameter varies with arc length, with a surprisingly strong dependence on the whisker's row position within the array. 2) The length of the whisker medulla varies linearly with whisker length, and the medulla's base diameter varies linearly with whisker base diameter...
November 23, 2016: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27852738/contributions-of-rapid-neuromuscular-transmission-to-the-fine-control-of-acoustic-parameters-of-birdsong
#13
Caitlin Mencio, Balagurunathan Kuberan, Franz Goller
Neural control of complex vocal behaviors, such as birdsong and speech, requires integration of biomechanical nonlinearities through muscular output. Although control of airflow and tension of vibrating tissues are known functions of vocal muscles, it remains unclear how specific muscle characteristics contribute to specific acoustic parameters. To address this gap, we removed heparan sulfate chains using heparitinases to subtly perturb neuromuscular transmission in the syrinx of adult male zebra finches (Taeniopygia guttata)...
November 16, 2016: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27852737/role-of-fructose-and-fructokinase-in-acute-dehydration-induced-vasopressin-gene-expression-and-secretion-in-mice
#14
Zhilin Song, Carlos A Roncal-Jimenez, Miguel A Lanaspa-Garcia, Sarah A Oppelt, Masanari Kuwabara, Thomas Jensen, Tamara Milagres, Ana Andres-Hernando, Takuji Ishimoto, Gabriela E Garcia, Ginger C Johnson, Paul S MacLean, Laura-Gabriela Sanchez-Lozada, Dean R Tolan, Richard J Johnson
BACKGROUND: Fructose stimulates vasopressin in humans and can be generated endogenously by activation of the polyol pathway with hyperosmolarity. We hypothesized that fructose metabolism in the hypothalamus might partly control vasopressin responses after acute dehydration. METHODS: Wildtype and fructokinase-knockout mice were deprived of water for 24 hours. The supraoptic nucleus was evaluated for vasopressin and the aldose reductase-fructokinase pathway. The posterior pituitary vasopressin and serum copeptin levels were examined...
November 16, 2016: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27852736/the-role-of-retinoic-acid-in-the-formation-and-modulation-of-invertebrate-central-synapses
#15
Cailin M Rothwell, Eric de Hoog, Gaynor Elizabeth Spencer
Trophic factors can influence many aspects of nervous system function, such as neurite outgrowth, synapse formation and synapse modulation. The vitamin A metabolite, retinoic acid can exert trophic effects to promote neuronal survival and outgrowth in many species, and is also known to modulate vertebrate hippocampal synapses. However, its role in synaptogenesis has not been well studied, and whether it can modulate existing invertebrate synapses is also not known. In this study, we first examined a potential trophic effect of retinoic acid on the formation of excitatory synapses, independently of its role in neurite outgrowth, using cultured neurons of the mollusc Lymnaea stagnalis...
November 16, 2016: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27852735/trial-to-trial-adjustments-of-speed-accuracy-tradeoffs-in-premotor-and-primary-motor-cortex
#16
David Thura, Guido Guberman, Paul Cisek
Recent studies have shown that activity in sensorimotor structures varies depending on the speed-accuracy trade-off (SAT) context in which a decision is made. Here, we test the hypothesis that the same areas also reflect a more local adjustment of SAT established between individual trials, based on the outcome of the previous decision. Two monkeys performed a reaching decision task in which sensory evidence continuously evolves during the time course of a trial. In two SAT contexts, we compared neural activity in trials following a correct choice versus those following an error...
November 16, 2016: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27852734/increases-in-human-motoneuron-excitability-after-cervical-spinal-cord-injury-depend-on-the-level-of-injury
#17
Christine K Thomas, Charlotte K Hager, Cliff S Klein
After human spinal cord injury (SCI), motoneuron recruitment and firing rate during voluntary and involuntary contractions may be altered by changes in motoneuron excitability. Our aim was to compare F-waves in single thenar motor units paralyzed by cervical SCI to those in uninjured controls because at the single unit level, F-waves primarily reflect the intrinsic properties of the motoneuron and its initial segment. With intraneural motor axon stimulation, F-waves were evident in all four participants with C4-level SCI, absent in eight with C5 or C6 injury, and present in six of 12 Uninjured participants (p<0...
November 16, 2016: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27852733/on-identifying-kinematic-and-muscle-synergies-a-comparison-of-matrix-factorization-methods-using-experimental-data-from-the-healthy-population
#18
Navid Lambert-Shirzad, H F Machiel Van der Loos
Human motor behaviour is highly goal-directed, requiring the central nervous system to coordinate different aspects of motion generation in order to achieve the motion goals. The concept of motor synergies provides an approach to quantify the covariation of joint motions and of muscle activations, i.e., elemental variables, during a task. To analyse goal-directed movements, factorization methods can be used reduce the high dimensionality of these variables while accounting for much of the variance in large datasets...
November 16, 2016: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27852732/cortical-plasticity-following-stripe-rearing-in-the-marsupial-monodelphis-domestica-neural-response-properties-of-v1
#19
James C Dooley, Michaela S Donaldson, Leah A Krubitzer
The functional organization of the primary visual area (V1) and the importance of sensory experience in its normal development have been well documented in eutherian mammals. However, very few studies have investigated the response properties of V1 neurons in another large class of mammals, or whether sensory experience plays a role in shaping their response properties. Thus, we reared opossums (Monodelphis domestica) in normal and vertically striped cages until they reached adulthood. They were then anesthetized using urethane, and electrophysiological techniques were used to examine neuronal responses to different orientations, spatial and temporal frequencies, and contrast levels...
November 16, 2016: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27852731/forward-and-inverse-effects-of-the-complete-electrode-model-in-neonatal-eeg
#20
Sampsa Pursiainen, Seok Lew, Carsten Hermann Wolters
This paper investigates finite element method (FEM) based modeling in the context of neonatal electroencephalography (EEG). In particular, the focus lies on electrode boundary conditions. We compare the complete electrode model (CEM) to the point electrode model (PEM), which is the current standard in EEG. In the CEM, the voltage experienced by an electrode is modeled more realistically as the integral average of the potential distribution over its contact surface, whereas the PEM relies on a point value. Consequently, the CEM takes into account the sub-electrode shunting currents which are absent in the PEM...
November 16, 2016: Journal of Neurophysiology
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