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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27883250/3d-tract-specific-local-and-global-analysis-of-white-matter-integrity-in-alzheimer-s-disease
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Yan Jin, Chao Huang, Madelaine Daianu, Liang Zhan, Emily L Dennis, Robert I Reid, Clifford R Jack, Hongtu Zhu, Paul M Thompson
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is a chronic neurodegenerative disease characterized by progressive decline in memory and other aspects of cognitive function. Diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) offers a non-invasive approach to delineate the effects of AD on white matter (WM) integrity. Previous studies calculated either some summary statistics over regions of interest (ROI analysis) or some statistics along mean skeleton lines (Tract Based Spatial Statistic [TBSS]), so they cannot quantify subtle local WM alterations along major tracts...
November 24, 2016: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27879036/fmri-single-trial-discovery-of-spatio-temporal-brain-activity-patterns
#2
Michele Allegra, Shima Seyed-Allaei, Fabrizio Pizzagalli, Fahimeh Baftizadeh, Marta Maieron, Carlo Reverberi, Alessandro Laio, Daniele Amati
There is growing interest in the description of short-lived patterns in the spatiotemporal cortical activity monitored via neuroimaging. Most traditional analysis methods, designed to estimate relatively long-term brain dynamics, are not always appropriate to capture these patterns. Here we introduce a novel data-driven approach for detecting short-lived fMRI brain activity patterns. Exploiting Density Peak Clustering (Rodriguez and Laio [2014]), our approach reveals well localized clusters by identifying and grouping together voxels whose time-series are similar, irrespective of their brain location, even when very short time windows (∼10 volumes) are used...
November 23, 2016: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27879030/age-related-decline-in-task-switching-is-linked-to-both-global-and-tract-specific-changes-in-white-matter-microstructure
#3
Todd A D Jolly, Patrick S Cooper, Jaime L Rennie, Christopher R Levi, Rhoshel Lenroot, Mark W Parsons, Patricia T Michie, Frini Karayanidis
Task-switching performance relies on a broadly distributed frontoparietal network and declines in older adults. In this study, they investigated whether this age-related decline in task switching performance was mediated by variability in global or regional white matter microstructural health. Seventy cognitively intact adults (43-87 years) completed a cued-trials task switching paradigm. Microstructural white matter measures were derived using diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) analyses on the diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) sequence...
November 23, 2016: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27860095/a-statistical-framework-for-neuroimaging-data-analysis-based-on-mutual-information-estimated-via-a-gaussian-copula
#4
Robin A A Ince, Bruno L Giordano, Christoph Kayser, Guillaume A Rousselet, Joachim Gross, Philippe G Schyns
We begin by reviewing the statistical framework of information theory as applicable to neuroimaging data analysis. A major factor hindering wider adoption of this framework in neuroimaging is the difficulty of estimating information theoretic quantities in practice. We present a novel estimation technique that combines the statistical theory of copulas with the closed form solution for the entropy of Gaussian variables. This results in a general, computationally efficient, flexible, and robust multivariate statistical framework that provides effect sizes on a common meaningful scale, allows for unified treatment of discrete, continuous, unidimensional and multidimensional variables, and enables direct comparisons of representations from behavioral and brain responses across any recording modality...
November 17, 2016: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27859960/cognitive-phenotypes-in-parkinson-s-disease-differ-in-terms-of-brain-network-organization-and-connectivity
#5
Renaud Lopes, Christine Delmaire, Luc Defebvre, Anja J Moonen, Annelien A Duits, Paul Hofman, Albert F G Leentjens, Kathy Dujardin
Cognitive deficits are common in Parkinson's disease and we suspect that dysfunctions of connected brain regions can be the source of these deficits. The aim of the present study was to investigate changes in whole-brain intrinsic functional connectivity according to differences in cognitive profiles in Parkinson's disease. 119 participants were enrolled and divided into four groups according to their cognitive phenotypes (determined by a cluster analysis): (i) 31 cognitively intact patients (G1), (ii) 31 patients with only slight mental slowing (G2), (iii) 43 patients with mild to moderate deficits mainly in executive functions (G3), (iv) 14 patients with severe deficits in all cognitive domains (G4-5)...
November 17, 2016: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27859933/spectroscopic-biomarkers-of-motor-cortex-developmental-plasticity-in-hemiparetic-children-after-perinatal-stroke
#6
Helen L Carlson, Frank P MacMaster, Ashley D Harris, Adam Kirton
Perinatal stroke causes hemiparetic cerebral palsy and lifelong motor disability. Bilateral motor cortices are key hubs within the motor network and their neurophysiology determines clinical function. Establishing biomarkers of motor cortex function is imperative for developing and evaluating restorative interventional strategies. Proton magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS) quantifies metabolite concentrations indicative of underlying neuronal health and metabolism in vivo. We used functional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)-guided MRS to investigate motor cortex metabolism in children with perinatal stroke...
November 17, 2016: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27859928/microstructural-changes-of-brain-in-patients-with-aromatic-l-amino-acid-decarboxylase-deficiency
#7
Wang-Tso Lee, Jui-Hsiang Lin, Wen-Chin Weng, Steven Shinn-Forng Peng
Aromatic L-amino acid decarboxylase (AADC) deficiency is an uncommon inherited neurometabolic disease. The clinical presentations and MR findings in children with AADC deficiency were investigated. Total 12 children (6 boys, 6 girls), aged from 9 to 50 months (mean, 23 ±13 months), with AADC deficiency, were enrolled for analysis. Of 12 patients enrolled, clinical presentations included global developmental delay with generalized hypotonia in 12 (100%), dystonia in 12 (100%), oculogyric crisis in 12 (100%), and excessive sweating in 8 (67%)...
November 17, 2016: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27859919/integrated-multimodal-network-approach-to-pet-and-mri-based-on-multidimensional-persistent-homology
#8
Hyekyoung Lee, Hyejin Kang, Moo K Chung, Seonhee Lim, Bung-Nyun Kim, Dong Soo Lee
Finding underlying relationships among multiple imaging modalities in a coherent fashion is one of the challenging problems in multimodal analysis. In this study, we propose a novel approach based on multidimensional persistence. In the extension of the previous threshold-free method of persistent homology, we visualize and discriminate the topological change of integrated brain networks by varying not only threshold but also mixing ratio between two different imaging modalities. The multidimensional persistence is implemented by a new bimodal integration method called 1D projection...
November 17, 2016: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27859899/neural-signatures-of-trust-in-reciprocity-a-coordinate-based-meta-analysis
#9
Gabriele Bellucci, Sergey V Chernyak, Kimberly Goodyear, Simon B Eickhoff, Frank Krueger
Trust in reciprocity (TR) is defined as the risky decision to invest valued resources in another party with the hope of mutual benefit. Several fMRI studies have investigated the neural correlates of TR in one-shot and multiround versions of the investment game (IG). However, an overall characterization of the underlying neural networks remains elusive. Here, a coordinate-based meta-analysis was employed (activation likelihood estimation method, 30 articles) to investigate consistent brain activations in each of the IG stages (i...
November 17, 2016: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27862625/bayesian-vector-autoregressive-model-for-multi-subject-effective-connectivity-inference-using-multi-modal-neuroimaging-data
#10
Sharon Chiang, Michele Guindani, Hsiang J Yeh, Zulfi Haneef, John M Stern, Marina Vannucci
In this article a multi-subject vector autoregressive (VAR) modeling approach was proposed for inference on effective connectivity based on resting-state functional MRI data. Their framework uses a Bayesian variable selection approach to allow for simultaneous inference on effective connectivity at both the subject- and group-level. Furthermore, it accounts for multi-modal data by integrating structural imaging information into the prior model, encouraging effective connectivity between structurally connected regions...
November 16, 2016: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27862612/the-role-of-the-pallidothalamic-fibre-tracts-in-deep-brain-stimulation-for-dystonia-a-diffusion-mri-tractography-study
#11
Verena Eveline Rozanski, Nadia Moreira da Silva, Seyed-Ahmad Ahmadi, Jan Mehrkens, Joao da Silva Cunha, Jean-Christophe Houde, Christian Vollmar, Kai Bötzel, Maxime Descoteaux
BACKGROUND: Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) of the Globus pallidus internus (GPi) is gold standard treatment in medically refractory dystonia. Recent evidence indicates that stimulation effects are also due to axonal modulation and affection of a fibre network. For the GPi, the pallidothalamic tracts are known to be the major motor efferent pathways. The aim of this study is to explore the anatomic vicinity of these tracts and DBS electrodes in dystonia applying diffusion tractography. METHODS: Diffusion MRI was acquired in ten patients presenting for DBS for dystonia...
November 16, 2016: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27862605/neonatal-neural-networks-predict-children-behavioral-profiles-later-in-life
#12
Chong-Yaw Wee, Ta Anh Tuan, Birit F P Broekman, Min Yee Ong, Yap-Seng Chong, Kenneth Kwek, Lynette Shek, Seang-Mei Saw, Peter D Gluckman, Marielle V Fortier, Michael J Meaney, Anqi Qiu
This study aimed to examine heterogeneity of neonatal brain network and its prediction to child behaviors at 24 and 48 months of age. Diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) tractography was employed to construct brain anatomical network for 120 neonates. Clustering coefficients of individual structures were computed and used to classify neonates with similar brain anatomical networks into one group. Internalizing and externalizing behavioral problems were assessed using maternal reports of the Child Behavior Checklist (CBCL) at 24 and 48 months of age...
November 16, 2016: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27859973/reorganization-of-brain-connectivity-in-obesity
#13
Paul Geha, Guillermo Cecchi, R Todd Constable, Chadi Abdallah, Dana M Small
Global brain connectivity (GBC) identifies regions of the brain, termed "hubs," which are densely connected and metabolically costly, and have a wide influence on brain function. Since obesity is associated with central and peripheral metabolic dysfunction we sought to determine if GBC is altered in obesity. Two independent fMRI data sets were subjected to GBC analyses. The first data set was acquired while participants (n = 15 healthy weight and 15 obese) tasted milkshake and the second with participants at rest (n = 33 healthy weight and 28 obese)...
November 16, 2016: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27859920/emotion-and-personal-space-neural-correlates-of-approach-avoidance-tendencies-to-different-facial-expressions-as-a-function-of-coldhearted-psychopathic-traits
#14
Joana B Vieira, Tamara P Tavares, Abigail A Marsh, Derek G V Mitchell
In social interactions, humans are expected to regulate interpersonal distance in response to the emotion displayed by others. Yet, the neural mechanisms implicated in approach-avoidance tendencies to distinct emotional expressions have not been fully described. Here, we investigated the neural systems implicated in regulating the distance to different emotions, and how they vary as a function of empathy. Twenty-three healthy participants assessed for psychopathic traits underwent fMRI scanning while they viewed approaching and withdrawing angry, fearful, happy, sad and neutral faces...
November 16, 2016: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27859905/multiple-region-directed-functional-connectivity-based-on-phase-delays
#15
Gadi Goelman, Rotem Dan
Network analysis is increasingly advancing the field of neuroimaging. Neural networks are generally constructed from pairwise interactions with an assumption of linear relations between them. Here, a high-order statistical framework to calculate directed functional connectivity among multiple regions, using wavelet analysis and spectral coherence has been presented. The mathematical expression for 4 regions was derived and used to characterize a quartet of regions as a linear, combined (nonlinear), or disconnected network...
November 16, 2016: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27859903/corticostriatal-connectivity-fingerprints-probability-maps-based-on-resting-state-functional-connectivity
#16
Ellen Jaspers, Joshua H Balsters, Pegah Kassraian Fard, Dante Mantini, Nicole Wenderoth
Over the last decade, structure-function relationships have begun to encompass networks of brain areas rather than individual structures. For example, corticostriatal circuits have been associated with sensorimotor, limbic, and cognitive information processing, and damage to these circuits has been shown to produce unique behavioral outcomes in Autism, Parkinson's Disease, Schizophrenia and healthy ageing. However, it remains an open question how abnormal or absent connectivity can be detected at the individual level...
November 12, 2016: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27862666/filling-the-void-enriching-the-feature-space-of-successful-stopping
#17
René J Huster, Signe Schneider, Christina F Lavallee, Stefanie Enriquez-Geppert, Christoph S Herrmann
The ability to inhibit behavior is crucial for adaptation in a fast changing environment and is commonly studied with the stop signal task. Current EEG research mainly focuses on the N200 and P300 ERPs and corresponding activity in the theta and delta frequency range, thereby leaving us with a limited understanding of the mechanisms of response inhibition. Here, 15 functional networks were estimated from time-frequency transformed EEG recorded during processing of a visual stop signal task. Cortical sources underlying these functional networks were reconstructed, and a total of 45 features, each representing spectrally and temporally coherent activity, were extracted to train a classifier to differentiate between go and stop trials...
November 11, 2016: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27862593/serotonergic-modulation-of-orbitofrontal-activity-and-its-relevance-for-decision-making-and-impulsivity
#18
Paraskevi Mavrogiorgou, Björn Enzi, Ann-Kristin Klimm, Elke Köhler, Patrik Roser, Christine Norra, Georg Juckel
BACKGROUND: The orbitofrontal cortex seems to play a crucial role in reward-guided learning and decision making, especially for impulsive choice procedures including delayed reward discounting. The central serotonergic system is closely involved in the regulation of impulsivity, but how the serotonergic firing rate and release, best investigated by the loudness dependence of auditory evoked potentials (LDAEP), interact with orbitofrontal activity is still unknown. METHODS: Twenty healthy volunteers (11 males, 9 females, 31...
November 11, 2016: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27859982/transcranial-direct-current-stimulation-effects-on-neural-processing-in-post-stroke-aphasia
#19
Robert Darkow, Andrew Martin, Anna Würtz, Agnes Flöel, Marcus Meinzer
Non-invasive transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) can enhance recovery after stroke. However, fundamental knowledge about how tDCS impacts neural processing in the lesioned human brain is currently lacking. In the present study, it was investigated how tDCS modulates brain function in patients with post-stroke language impairment (aphasia). In a cross-over, randomized trial, patients named pictures of common objects during functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). Concurrently, excitatory (anodal-) or sham-tDCS (1 mA, 20 min, or 30 s, respectively) was administered to the left primary motor cortex, a montage with demonstrated potential to improve aphasic language...
November 11, 2016: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27859936/mortality-salience-reduces-the-discrimination-between-in-group-and-out-group-interactions-a-functional-mri-investigation-using-multi-voxel-pattern-analysis
#20
Chunliang Feng, Bobby Azarian, Yina Ma, Xue Feng, Lili Wang, Yue-Jia Luo, Frank Krueger
As a fundamental concern of human beings, mortality salience impacts various human social behaviors including intergroup interactions; however, the underlying neural signature remains obscure. Here, we examined the neural signatures underlying the impact of mortality reminders on in-group bias in costly punishment combining a second-party punishment task with multivariate pattern analysis of fMRI data. After mortality salience (MS) priming or general negative affect priming, participants received offers from racial in-group and out-group proposers and decided how to punish proposers by reducing their payoffs...
November 10, 2016: Human Brain Mapping
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