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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434101/predicting-dream-recall-eeg-activation-during-nrem-sleep-or-shared-mechanisms-with-wakefulness
#1
Serena Scarpelli, Aurora D'Atri, Anastasia Mangiaruga, Cristina Marzano, Maurizio Gorgoni, Cinzia Schiappa, Michele Ferrara, Luigi De Gennaro
The common knowledge of a uniqueness of REM sleep as a privileged scenario of dreaming still persists, although consolidated empirical evidence shows that the assumption that dreaming is just an epiphenomenon of REM sleep is no longer tenable. However, the brain mechanisms underlying dream generation and its encoding in memory during NREM sleep are still mostly unknown. In fact, only few studies have investigated on the mechanisms of dream phenomenology related to NREM sleep. For this reason, our study is specifically aimed to elucidate the electrophysiological (EEG) correlates of dream recall (DR) upon NREM sleep awakenings...
April 22, 2017: Brain Topography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417214/neural-processes-associated-with-vocabulary-and-vowel-length-differences-in-a-dialect-an-erp-study-in-pre-literate-children
#2
Jessica C Bühler, Franziska Waßmann, Daniela Buser, Flutra Zumberi, Urs Maurer
Although familiarity with a language impacts how phonology and semantics are processed at the neural level, little is known how these processes are affected by familiarity with a dialect. By measuring event-related potentials (ERPs) in kindergarten children we investigated neural processing related to familiarity with dialect-specific pronunciation and lexicality of spoken words before literacy acquisition in school. Children speaking one of two German dialects were presented with spoken word-picture pairings, in which congruity (or the lack thereof) was defined by dialect familiarity with pronunciation or vocabulary...
April 17, 2017: Brain Topography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28397030/electroencephalographic-evidence-of-altered-top-down-attentional-modulation-in-fibromyalgia-patients-during-a-working-memory-task
#3
Alberto J González-Villar, Marina Pidal-Miranda, Manuel Arias, Dolores Rodríguez-Salgado, María T Carrillo-de-la-Peña
Fibromyalgia (FM) is a chronic syndrome involving widespread pain of unclear pathophysiology. FM patients frequently complain about cognitive symptoms that interfere with their daily life activities. Several studies have reported attentional deficits and working memory impairment in FM patients. Nevertheless, the mechanisms involved in these alterations are still poorly understood. In this study we recorded electroencephalographic activity in 32 women with FM and 30 matched controls while they performed a 2-back working memory task...
April 10, 2017: Brain Topography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341920/rhythmic-modulation-of-entrained-auditory-oscillations-by-visual-inputs
#4
David M Simon, Mark T Wallace
Temporal structure is ubiquitous in sensory signals, and the brain has been shown to robustly represent information about temporal structure in the phase of low frequency neural oscillations. In a related construct, the integration of information across the different senses has been proposed to be at least partly due to the phase resetting of these low frequency oscillations. As a consequence, oscillations represent a potential contributor to the encoding of complex multisensory signals with informative temporal structures...
March 24, 2017: Brain Topography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315038/the-mirror-neuron-system-in-relapsing-remitting-multiple-sclerosis-patients-with-low-disability
#5
Julio Plata-Bello, Yaiza Pérez-Martín, Abril Castañón-Pérez, Cristián Modroño, Helga Fariña, Estefanía Hernández-Martín, Montserrat González-Platas, Francisco Marcano, José Luis González-Mora
To study the visuospatial/visuoperceptive function using a mirror neuron system (MNS) based approach in multiple sclerosis (MS) patients and a healthy control group. Two task-based fMRIs (an execution task and an observation task) and one resting-fMRI were performed in a group of MS patients (n = 24) and a group of healthy controls (n = 15). The execution and observation tasks consisted of the performance or observation of the index-thumb opposition task. Statistical parametric mapping approaches were used to identify differences in the brain activity and functional connectivity (FC) of the MNS between MS patients and healthy controls...
March 17, 2017: Brain Topography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293801/theta-burst-stimulation-of-the-precuneus-modulates-resting-state-connectivity-in-the-left-temporal-pole
#6
Matteo Mancini, Chiara Mastropasqua, Sonia Bonnì, Viviana Ponzo, Mara Cercignani, Silvia Conforto, Giacomo Koch, Marco Bozzali
It has been shown that continuous theta burst stimulation (cTBS) over the precuneus acts on specific memory retrieval abilities. In order to study the neural mechanisms beyond these findings, we combined cTBS and resting-state functional magnetic resonance imaging. Our experimental protocol involved stimulation and sham conditions on a group of healthy subjects, and each condition included a baseline and two follow-up acquisitions (5 and 15 min after baseline) after cTBS. We analysed brain functional connectivity by means of graph theoretical measures, with a specific focus on the network modular structure...
March 14, 2017: Brain Topography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28289850/neurophysiological-correlates-of-attentional-fluctuation-in-attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder
#7
Celeste H M Cheung, Gráinne McLoughlin, Daniel Brandeis, Tobias Banaschewski, Philip Asherson, Jonna Kuntsi
Cognitive performance in attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is characterised, in part, by frequent fluctuations in response speed, resulting in high reaction time variability (RTV). RTV captures a large proportion of the genetic risk in ADHD but, importantly, is malleable, improving significantly in a fast-paced, rewarded task condition. Using the temporal precision offered by event-related potentials (ERPs), we aimed to examine the neurophysiological measures of attention allocation (P3 amplitudes) and preparation (contingent negative variation, CNV), and their associations with the fluctuating RT performance and its improvement in ADHD...
March 14, 2017: Brain Topography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28286918/altered-effective-connectivity-network-in-childhood-absence-epilepsy-a-multi-frequency-meg-study
#8
Caiyun Wu, Jing Xiang, Wenwen Jiang, Shuyang Huang, Yuan Gao, Lu Tang, Yuchen Zhou, Di Wu, Qiqi Chen, Zheng Hu, Xiaoshan Wang
Using multi-frequency magnetoencephalography (MEG) data, we investigated whether the effective connectivity (EC) network of patients with childhood absence epilepsy (CAE) is altered during the inter-ictal period in comparison with healthy controls. MEG data from 13 untreated CAE patients and 10 healthy controls were recorded. Correlation analysis and Granger causality analysis were used to construct an EC network at the source level in eight frequency bands. Alterations in the spatial pattern and topology of the network in CAE were investigated by comparing the patients with the controls...
March 12, 2017: Brain Topography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28260167/the-role-of-the-supplementary-motor-region-in-overt-reading-evidence-for-differential-processing-in-sma-proper-and-pre-sma-as-a-function-of-task-demands
#9
Jacqueline Cummine, Wahab Hanif, Inna Dymouriak-Tymashov, Kavya Anchuri, Stephanie Chiu, Carol A Boliek
A differentiation in function between the pre-SMA (i.e., cognitive load) and the SMA-proper (i.e., motor execution) has been described (Zhang et al., Cereb Cortex 22:99-111, 2012). These differential SMA functions may be influential in overt reading tasks. The present study examined the relationships between various segments of the SMA and overt reading through the modulation of task demands in an effort to explore the complexity of the print-to-speech network. Skilled reading adults (N = 15) took part in five overt reading tasks: pure regular word reading, pure exception word reading, mixed regular word and exception word reading, go/no-go reading with nonword foils and go/no-go reading with pseudohomophone foils...
March 4, 2017: Brain Topography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28258364/topographical-subcomponents-of-electrical-brain-activity-allow-to-identify-semantic-learning
#10
Wolfgang Skrandies, Haruo Shinoda
We investigated the change of event-related brain activity elicited by reading meaningful or meaningless Japanese symbols in 20 healthy German adults. In a learning phase of about 20 min, subjects acquired the meaning of 20 Kanji characters. As control stimuli 20 different Kanji characters were presented. Electrical brain activity was obtained before and after learning, The mean learning performance of all subjects was 92.5% correct responses. EEG was measured simultaneously from 30 channels, artifacts were removed offline, and the data before and after learning were compared...
March 3, 2017: Brain Topography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28258363/theta-rhythm-makes-the-world-go-round-dissociative-effects-of-tms-theta-versus-alpha-entrainment-of-right-ptpj-on-embodied-perspective-transformations
#11
Gerard Gooding-Williams, Hongfang Wang, Klaus Kessler
Being able to imagine another person's experience and perspective of the world is a crucial human ability and recent reports suggest that humans "embody" another's viewpoint by mentally rotating their own body representation into the other's orientation. Our recent Magnetoencephalography (MEG) data further confirmed this notion of embodied perspective transformations and pinpointed the right posterior temporo-parietal junction (pTPJ) as the crucial hub in a distributed network oscillating at theta frequency (3-7 Hz)...
March 3, 2017: Brain Topography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229308/eeg-signatures-of-dynamic-functional-network-connectivity-states
#12
E A Allen, E Damaraju, T Eichele, L Wu, V D Calhoun
The human brain operates by dynamically modulating different neural populations to enable goal directed behavior. The synchrony or lack thereof between different brain regions is thought to correspond to observed functional connectivity dynamics in resting state brain imaging data. In a large sample of healthy human adult subjects and utilizing a sliding windowed correlation method on functional imaging data, earlier we demonstrated the presence of seven distinct functional connectivity states/patterns between different brain networks that reliably occur across time and subjects...
February 22, 2017: Brain Topography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214981/neural-mechanism-underling-comprehension-of-narrative-speech-and-its-heritability-study-in-a-large-population
#13
Abbas Babajani-Feremi
Comprehension of narratives constitutes a fundamental part of our everyday life experience. Although the neural mechanism of auditory narrative comprehension has been investigated in some studies, the neural correlates underlying this mechanism and its heritability remain poorly understood. We investigated comprehension of naturalistic speech in a large, healthy adult population (n = 429; 176/253 M/F; 22-36 years of age) consisting of 192 twin pairs (49 monozygotic and 47 dizygotic pairs) and 237 of their siblings...
February 18, 2017: Brain Topography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213645/transcranial-direct-current-stimulation-modulates-neuronal-networks-in-attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder
#14
Anna Sotnikova, Cornelia Soff, Enzo Tagliazucchi, Katja Becker, Michael Siniatchkin
Anodal transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) of the prefrontal cortex has been repeatedly shown to improve working memory (WM). Since patients with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are characterized by both underactivation of the prefrontal cortex and deficits in WM, the modulation of prefrontal activity with tDCS in ADHD patients may increase their WM performance as well as improve the activation and connectivity of the WM network. In the present study, this hypothesis was tested using a double-blind sham-controlled experimental design...
February 17, 2017: Brain Topography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194612/simultaneous-intracranial-eeg-fmri-shows-inter-modality-correlation-in-time-resolved-connectivity-within-normal-areas-but-not-within-epileptic-regions
#15
Ben Ridley, Jonathan Wirsich, Gaelle Bettus, Roman Rodionov, Teresa Murta, Umair Chaudhary, David Carmichael, Rachel Thornton, Serge Vulliemoz, Andrew McEvoy, Fabrice Wendling, Fabrice Bartolomei, Jean-Philippe Ranjeva, Louis Lemieux, Maxime Guye
For the first time in research in humans, we used simultaneous icEEG-fMRI to examine the link between connectivity in haemodynamic signals during the resting-state (rs) and connectivity derived from electrophysiological activity in terms of the inter-modal connectivity correlation (IMCC). We quantified IMCC in nine patients with drug-resistant epilepsy (i) within brain networks in 'healthy' non-involved cortical zones (NIZ) and (ii) within brain networks involved in generating seizures and interictal spikes (IZ1) or solely spikes (IZ2)...
February 13, 2017: Brain Topography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28176165/hemodynamic-changes-associated-with-interictal-spikes-induced-by-acute-models-of-focal-epilepsy-in-rats-a-simultaneous-electrocorticography-and-near-infrared-spectroscopy-study
#16
Viktoriya Osharina, Ardalan Aarabi, Mana Manoochehri, Mahdi Mahmoudzadeh, Fabrice Wallois
Interictal spikes can be generated by blocking GABAA receptor-mediated inhibition. The nature of the hemodynamic activities associated with interictal spikes in acute models of focal epilepsy based on GABA deactivation has not been determined. We analyzed systemic changes in hemodynamic signals associated with interictal spikes generated by acute models of focal epilepsy. Simultaneous ElectroCorticoGraphy (ECoG) and Near-InfraRed Spectroscopy (NIRS) recordings were obtained in vivo from adult Sprague-Dawley rat brain during semi-periodic focal interictal spikes induced by local cortical application of low doses of Penicillin G (PG) and Bicuculline Methiodide (BM) as GABA deactivation agents...
February 7, 2017: Brain Topography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28176164/whole-brain-high-resolution-structural-connectome-inter-subject-validation-and-application-to-the-anatomical-segmentation-of-the-striatum
#17
Pierre Besson, Nicolas Carrière, S Kathleen Bandt, Marc Tommasi, Xavier Leclerc, Philippe Derambure, Renaud Lopes, Louise Tyvaert
The present study describes extraction of high-resolution structural connectome (HRSC) in 99 healthy subjects, acquired and made available by the Human Connectome Project. Single subject connectomes were then registered to the common surface space to allow assessment of inter-individual reproducibility of this novel technique using a leave-one-out approach. The anatomic relevance of the surface-based connectome was examined via a clustering algorithm, which identified anatomic subdivisions within the striatum...
February 7, 2017: Brain Topography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28168599/high-resolution-fmri-of-auditory-cortical-map-changes-in-unilateral-hearing-loss-and-tinnitus
#18
Naghmeh Ghazaleh, Wietske van der Zwaag, Stephanie Clarke, Dimitri Van De Ville, Raphael Maire, Melissa Saenz
Animal models of hearing loss and tinnitus observe pathological neural activity in the tonotopic frequency maps of the primary auditory cortex. Here, we applied ultra high-field fMRI at 7 T to test whether human patients with unilateral hearing loss and tinnitus also show altered functional activity in the primary auditory cortex. The high spatial resolution afforded by 7 T imaging allowed tonotopic mapping of primary auditory cortex on an individual subject basis. Eleven patients with unilateral hearing loss and tinnitus were compared to normal-hearing controls...
February 6, 2017: Brain Topography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28161728/prior-visual-experience-modulates-learning-of-sound-localization-among-blind-individuals
#19
Qian Tao, Chetwyn C H Chan, Yue-Jia Luo, Jian-Jun Li, Kin-Hung Ting, Zhong-Lin Lu, Susan Whitfield-Gabrieli, Jun Wang, Tatia M C Lee
Cross-modal learning requires the use of information from different sensory modalities. This study investigated how the prior visual experience of late blind individuals could modulate neural processes associated with learning of sound localization. Learning was realized by standardized training on sound localization processing, and experience was investigated by comparing brain activations elicited from a sound localization task in individuals with (late blind, LB) and without (early blind, EB) prior visual experience...
February 4, 2017: Brain Topography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28130700/higher-fasting-plasma-glucose-is-associated-with-increased-cortical-thinning-over-12-years-the-path-through-life-study
#20
Marnie E Shaw, Julia Nettersheim, Perminder S Sachdev, Kaarin J Anstey, Nicolas Cherbuin
Recent evidence suggests that type 2 diabetes (T2D) is associated with accelerated brain ageing, consistent with the observation of increased risk of cognitive impairment and dementia in affected individuals. Even non-diabetic individuals with impaired fasting plasma glucose (IFG) levels have shown increased cerebral atrophy, compared to individuals with normal glucose levels. We tested whether longitudinal rates of age-related cortical thinning were associated with fasting plasma glucose levels in a large sample (n = 322) of early-old age individuals (60-66 years) who were scanned with magnetic resonance imaging (1...
January 27, 2017: Brain Topography
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