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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333492/perceptual-and-memory-inhibition-deficits-in-clinically-healthy-older-adults-are-associated-with-region-specific-doubly-dissociable-patterns-of-cortical-thinning
#1
Teal S Eich, Qolamreza R Razlighi, Yaakov Stern
Converging evidence suggests that the cognitive control processes that enable the inhibition of irrelevant information on a perceptual versus a memorial basis are qualitatively different and are underlain by unique neural systems that may be affected differentially in aging. In the current study, we investigated whether individual differences in performance on these 2 types of inhibitory processes were attributable to region-specific patterns of cortical thinning. Clinically healthy older adults completed a pair of behavioral memory and perceptual inhibition tasks and then underwent structural brain imaging...
March 23, 2017: Behavioral Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301190/involvement-of-serotonin-and-oxytocin-in-neural-mechanism-regulating-amicable-social-signal-in-male-mice-implication-for-impaired-recognition-of-amicable-cues-in-balb-c-strain
#2
Hiroyuki Arakawa
Social signals play a primary role in regulating social relationships among male mice. The present series of experiments investigated the neural mechanisms underlying an induction of amicable cues that facilitate social approach in male mice of the C57BL/6 (B6) and BALB/c (BALB) strains. Male mice exhibit approach behavior and suppression of territorial scent marking toward amicable counterparts. Exposure of a group-housed mouse that maintains an amicable relationship induced social approach in B6 recipient mice, as expressed by increased preference of stay in proximity and decreased scent marks relevant to those of a single-housed mouse...
April 2017: Behavioral Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301189/differential-effects-of-neural-inactivation-of-the-dorsolateral-striatum-on-response-and-latent-extinction
#3
Jarid Goodman, Amanda Gabriele, Mark G Packard
The present study examined the role of the dorsolateral striatum (DLS) in extinction behavior. Male Long-Evans rats were initially trained on the straight alley maze, in which they were reinforced to traverse a straight runway and retrieve food reward at the opposite end of the maze. After initial acquisition, animals were given extinction training using 1 of 2 distinct protocols: response extinction or latent extinction. For response extinction, the animal was released from the same starting position and had the opportunity to perform the originally reinforced approach response to the goal end of the maze, which no longer contained food...
April 2017: Behavioral Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301188/effects-of-inference-on-dopaminergic-prediction-errors-depend-on-orbitofrontal-processing
#4
Yuji K Takahashi, Thomas A Stalnaker, Matthew R Roesch, Geoffrey Schoenbaum
Dopaminergic reward prediction errors in monkeys reflect inferential reward predictions that well-trained animals can make when associative rules change. Here, in a new analysis of previously described data, we test whether dopaminergic error signals in rats are influenced by inferential predictions and whether such effects depend on the orbitofrontal cortex (OFC). Dopamine neurons were recorded from controls or rats with ipsilateral OFC lesions during performance of a choice task in which odor cues signaled the availability of sucrose reward in 2 wells...
April 2017: Behavioral Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230385/auditory-cue-absence-as-a-conditioned-stimulus-for-delay-eyeblink-conditioning
#5
Matthew M Campolattaro, Sean W Savage, Olga Lipatova
The present experiment was designed to determine if the absence of an auditory cue (i.e., a "tone-off" cue) would be an effective conditioned stimulus (CS) for delay eyeblink conditioning and to test if the medial geniculate nucleus (MGN) is part of the sensory pathway for tone-off conditioning. Rats were given paired or unpaired delay eyeblink conditioning to examine if responding to a tone-off CS was due to an associative process. An inactivation technique was performed on a separate group of rats to determine if the MGN is needed to express tone-off conditioning...
April 2017: Behavioral Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221082/partial-lesion-of-the-nigrostriatal-dopamine-pathway-in-rats-impairs-egocentric-learning-but-not-spatial-learning-or-behavioral-flexibility
#6
Katharine M Seip-Cammack, James J Young, Megan E Young, Matthew L Shapiro
Degeneration of the nigrostriatal dopaminergic system in Parkinson's disease (PD) causes motor dysfunction and cognitive impairment, but the etiology of the cognitive deficits remains unclear. The present study investigated the behavioral effects of partial lesions of the nigrostriatal dopamine (DA) pathway. Rats received bilateral infusions of either 6-hydroxydopamine (6-OHDA) or vehicle into the dorsolateral striatum and were tested in spatial and procedural learning tasks. Compared with intact rats, DA-depleted rats were impaired when the first task they learned required egocentric responses...
April 2017: Behavioral Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221081/threat-intensity-widens-fear-generalization-gradients
#7
Joseph E Dunsmoor, Marijn C W Kroes, Stephen H Braren, Elizabeth A Phelps
Research in nonhuman animals reveals threat-sensitive generalization of defensive behavior that favors widespread generalization when threat intensity is high and limited generalization (i.e., specificity) when threat intensity is low. Here, we used Pavlovian fear conditioning to systematically investigate whether threat intensity widens behavioral generalization gradients to stimuli that decreasingly resemble a learned threat cue. Using a between-subjects design, volunteers underwent fear conditioning with a tone paired with either a high-intensity or low-intensity aversive stimulus prior to a test of fear generalization to novel tones...
April 2017: Behavioral Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221080/blockade-of-glutamatergic-transmission-in-the-primate-basolateral-amygdala-suppresses-active-behavior-without-altering-social-interaction
#8
Patrick A Forcelli, Laurie L Wellman, Ludise Malkova
The amygdala is an integrator of affective processing, and a key component of a network regulating social behavior. While decades of lesion studies in nonhuman primates have shown alterations in social interactions after amygdala damage, acute manipulations of the amygdala in primates have been underexplored. We recently reported (Wellman, Forcelli, Aguilar, & Malkova, 2016) that acute pharmacological inhibition of the basolateral complex of the amygdala (BLA) or the central nucleus of the amygdala increased affiliative social interactions in experimental dyads of macaques; this was achieved through microinjection of a GABA-A receptor agonist...
April 2017: Behavioral Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221079/cue-induced-food-seeking-after-punishment-is-associated-with-increased-fos-expression-in-the-lateral-hypothalamus-and-basolateral-and-medial-amygdala
#9
Erin J Campbell, David J Barker, Helen M Nasser, Konstantin Kaganovsky, Christopher V Dayas, Nathan J Marchant
In humans, relapse to unhealthy eating habits following dieting is a significant impediment to obesity treatment. Food-associated cues are one of the main triggers of relapse to unhealthy eating during self-imposed abstinence. Here we report a behavioral method examining cue-induced relapse to food seeking following punishment-induced suppression of food taking. We trained male rats to lever press for food pellets that were delivered after a 10-s conditional stimulus (CS) (appetitive). Following training, 25% of reinforced lever presses resulted in the presentation of a compound stimulus consisting of a novel CS (aversive) and the appetitive CS followed by a pellet and footshock...
April 2017: Behavioral Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28054809/differential-patterns-of-constant-frequency-50-and-22-khz-usv-production-are-related-to-intensity-of-negative-affective-state
#10
James O Taylor, Catherine M Urbano, Brenton G Cooper
Adult rat ultrasonic vocalizations (USVs) are a valuable tool for noninvasively assessing an animal's emotional state. USVs are produced in 1 of 2 frequency ranges labeled as 22 kHz or 50 kHz vocalizations. One USV subtype within the 50 kHz call category, constant frequency 50 kHz (CF 50 kHz) calls, is not viewed as signaling an emotional state. The current study tested the hypothesis that CF 50 kHz calls are related to a mild negative affective state. In Experiment 1, diazepam (1, 2.5, or 5 mg/kg), or control injections were administered prior to receiving a sequence of mild footshocks (0...
February 2017: Behavioral Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28054808/cognitive-impairment-in-heart-failure-a-protective-role-for-angiotensin-1-7
#11
Meredith Hay, Todd W Vanderah, Farmin Samareh-Jahani, Eleni Constantopoulos, Ajay R Uprety, Carol A Barnes, John Konhilas
Patients with congestive heart failure (CHF) have increased hospital readmission rates and mortality if they are concomitantly diagnosed with cognitive decline and memory loss. Accordingly, we developed a preclinical model of CHF-induced cognitive impairment with the goal of developing novel protective therapies against CHF related cognitive decline. CHF was induced by ligation of the left coronary artery to instigate a myocardial infarction (MI). By 4- and 8-weeks post-MI, CHF mice had approximately a 50% and 70% decline in ejection fraction as measured by echocardiography...
February 2017: Behavioral Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28054807/retrograde-amnesia-of-contextual-fear-conditioning-evidence-for-retrosplenial-cortex-involvement-in-configural-processing
#12
Travis P Todd, Nicole E DeAngeli, Matthew Y Jiang, David J Bucci
It has been suggested that contextual fear conditioning can be supported by either an elemental system, where individual features of the environment are associated with shock, or a configural system, where environmental features are bound together and associated with shock. Although the retrosplenial cortex (RSC) is known to be involved in contextual fear conditioning, it is not clear whether it contributes to the elemental or configural system. To isolate the role of the RSC in contextual fear conditioning, the current experiments examined the influence of RSC lesions on the context preexposure facilitation effect, a procedure known to produce conditioning to a configural representation of context...
February 2017: Behavioral Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28054806/early-amygdala-or-hippocampus-damage-influences-adolescent-female-social-behavior-during-group-formation
#13
Gilda Moadab, Eliza Bliss-Moreau, Melissa D Bauman, David G Amaral
This study continues a longitudinal analysis of rhesus macaque social behavior following bilateral neonatal ibotenic acid lesions of the amygdala or hippocampus, or sham operations. The social behavior of female subjects was evaluated at a critical developmental time point-the transition to adulthood. At approximately 4 years of age, female subjects were housed in small groups with other female subjects and reproductively viable adult males. As compared with neurologically intact control animals and animals with early amygdala damage, animals with early hippocampal damage were more social with their female peers...
February 2017: Behavioral Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28004955/medial-orbitofrontal-cortex-modulates-associative-learning-between-environmental-cues-and-reward-probability
#14
Sam Hall-McMaster, Jessica Millar, Ming Ruan, Ryan D Ward
It has recently been recognized that orbitofrontal cortex has 2 subdivisions that are anatomically and functionally distinct. Most rodent research has focused on the lateral subdivision, leaving the medial subdivision (mOFC) relatively unexplored. We recently showed that inhibiting mOFC neurons eliminated the differential impact of reward probability cues on discrimination accuracy in a sustained attention task. In the present study, we tested whether increasing mOFC neuronal activity in rats would accelerate acquisition of reward contingencies...
February 2017: Behavioral Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28004954/successful-and-unsuccessful-response-inhibitions-differentially-affect-the-effective-connectivity-between-insular-presupplementary-motor-and-striatal-areas
#15
Roberto Limongi, Francisco J Pérez
Successful response inhibition depends upon the delay between the cues that signal a response and its subsequent inhibition. Previous studies report activity in the right presupplementary motor area (rPreSMA), right anterior insula (rAI), and the right striatum (rSTR) when subjects attempt to inhibit responses. Although these regions are anatomically connected, how they interact during successful and unsuccessful inhibitions has not been studied. In this work, we used a temporal prediction task, functional MRI, and dynamic causal modeling to solve this question...
February 2017: Behavioral Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28004953/phosphorylation-of-tyrosine-receptor-kinase-b-in-the-dorsal-striatum-and-dorsal-hippocampus-is-associated-with-response-learning-in-a-water-plus-maze
#16
Amanda R Pahng, Paul J Colombo
The dorsal hippocampus and dorsal striatum have dissociable roles in learning and memory that are related to region-specific changes in proteins necessary for neuronal plasticity and memory formation. There is additional evidence that the hippocampus and striatum can interact during memory formation. Phosphorylation of tyrosine receptor kinase B is important for memory formation in the hippocampus, but whether or not it has a role in striatum-dependent learning, or in interactions between the hippocampus and striatum, has not been examined...
February 2017: Behavioral Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28004952/the-ventral-dentate-gyrus-mediates-pattern-separation-for-reward-value
#17
Ryan A Kirk, Sarah N Redmon, Raymond P Kesner
Rats with ventral dentate gyrus (DG) lesions, sham lesions, and controls were run in a runway for 20 pellets of food. After reaching running speed asymptote, the number of pellets was reduced to 1, 9, or 17 pellets. The purpose of the present experiment was to determine whether the ventral DG subregion of the hippocampus plays a role in pattern separation for reward value. The results indicated that sham lesioned and control rats displayed a graded decrease in runway velocities, supporting a pattern separation process...
February 2017: Behavioral Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28004951/age-related-impairment-on-a-forced-choice-version-of-the-mnemonic-similarity-task
#18
Derek J Huffman, Craig E L Stark
Previous studies from our lab have indicated that healthy older adults are impaired in their ability to mnemonically discriminate between previously viewed objects and similar lure objects in the Mnemonic Similarity Task (MST). These studies have used either old/similar/new or old/new test formats. The forced-choice test format (e.g., "Did you see object A or object A' during the encoding phase?") relies on different assumptions than the old/new test format (e.g., "Did you see this object during the encoding phase?"); hence, converging evidence from these approaches would bolster the conclusion that healthy aging is accompanied by impaired performance on the MST...
February 2017: Behavioral Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28004950/stimulation-of-5-ht2a-receptors-recovers-sensory-responsiveness-in-acute-spinal-neonatal-rats
#19
Hillary E Swann, Sierra D Kauer, Jacob T Allmond, Michele R Brumley
Quipazine is a 5-HT2A-receptor agonist that has been used to induce motor activity and promote recovery of function after spinal cord injury in neonatal and adult rodents. Sensory stimulation also activates sensory and motor circuits and promotes recovery after spinal cord injury. In rats, tail pinching is an effective and robust method of sacrocaudal sensory afferent stimulation that induces motor activity, including alternating stepping. In this study, responsiveness to a tail pinch following treatment with quipazine (or saline vehicle control) was examined in spinal cord transected (at midthoracic level) and intact neonatal rats...
February 2017: Behavioral Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28004949/effects-of-endothelin-induced-prefrontal-cortical-lesions-on-delay-discounting-in-the-rat
#20
Robert A Déziel, R Andrew Tasker
Stroke is one of the most prominent causes of neurological disability, and the number of stroke cases worldwide is expected to grow due to increases in both average life span and population. As such, new methods for both acute treatment and poststroke rehabilitation will be increasingly necessary. Although a number of approaches to restoring motor function poststroke are in development, there are few methods to alleviate the cognitive deficits caused by this disease. As well, there are very few preclinical models of stroke with a specific focus on higher-order cognitive functions...
February 2017: Behavioral Neuroscience
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