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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349864/the-morphometric-co-atrophy-networking-of-schizophrenia-autistic-and-obsessive-spectrum-disorders
#1
Franco Cauda, Andrea Nani, Tommaso Costa, Sara Palermo, Karina Tatu, Jordi Manuello, Sergio Duca, Peter T Fox, Roberto Keller
By means of a novel methodology that can statistically derive patterns of co-alterations distribution from voxel-based morphological data, this study analyzes the patterns of brain alterations of three important psychiatric spectra-that is, schizophrenia spectrum disorder (SCZD), autistic spectrum disorder (ASD), and obsessive-compulsive spectrum disorder (OCSD). Our analysis provides five important results. First, in SCZD, ASD, and OCSD brain alterations do not distribute randomly but, rather, follow network-like patterns of co-alteration...
January 18, 2018: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341331/the-relationship-between-thalamic-gaba-content-and-resting-cortical-rhythm-in-neuropathic-pain
#2
Flavia Di Pietro, Paul M Macey, Caroline D Rae, Zeynab Alshelh, Vaughan G Macefield, E Russell Vickers, Luke A Henderson
Recurrent thalamocortical connections are integral to the generation of brain rhythms and it is thought that the inhibitory action of the thalamic reticular nucleus is critical in setting these rhythms. Our work and others' has suggested that chronic pain that develops following nerve injury, that is, neuropathic pain, results from altered thalamocortical rhythm, although whether this dysrhythmia is associated with thalamic inhibitory function remains unknown. In this investigation, we used electroencephalography and magnetic resonance spectroscopy to investigate cortical power and thalamic GABAergic concentration in 20 patients with neuropathic pain and 20 pain-free controls...
January 17, 2018: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341320/spatiotemporal-metabolic-and-therapeutic-characterization-of-altered-functional-connectivity-in-major-depressive-disorder
#3
Jintao Sheng, Yuedi Shen, Yanhua Qin, Lei Zhang, Binjia Jiang, Yaoyao Li, Luoyi Xu, Wei Chen, Jinhui Wang
Although imbalanced functional integration has been increasingly reported in major depressive disorder (MDD), there still lacks a general framework to characterize common characteristic and origin shared by the integrative disturbances. Here we examined spatial selectivity, temporal uniqueness, metabolic basis, and therapeutic response of altered functional connectivity (FC) in MDD by analyzing both cross-sectional and longitudinal multimodal functional magnetic resonance imaging data from 35 patients and 34 demographically matched healthy controls...
January 17, 2018: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341386/at-the-core-of-reasoning-dissociating-deductive-and-non-deductive-load
#4
John P Coetzee, Martin M Monti
In recent years, neuroimaging methods have been used to investigate how the human mind carries out deductive reasoning. According to some, the neural substrate of language is integral to deductive reasoning. According to others, deductive reasoning is supported by a language-independent distributed network including left frontopolar and frontomedial cortices. However, it has been suggested that activity in these frontal regions might instead reflect non-deductive factors such as working memory load and general cognitive difficulty...
January 16, 2018: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341341/prediction-of-activation-patterns-preceding-hallucinations-in-patients-with-schizophrenia-using-machine-learning-with-structured-sparsity
#5
Amicie de Pierrefeu, Thomas Fovet, Fouad Hadj-Selem, Tommy Löfstedt, Philippe Ciuciu, Stephanie Lefebvre, Pierre Thomas, Renaud Lopes, Renaud Jardri, Edouard Duchesnay
Despite significant progress in the field, the detection of fMRI signal changes during hallucinatory events remains difficult and time-consuming. This article first proposes a machine-learning algorithm to automatically identify resting-state fMRI periods that precede hallucinations versus periods that do not. When applied to whole-brain fMRI data, state-of-the-art classification methods, such as support vector machines (SVM), yield dense solutions that are difficult to interpret. We proposed to extend the existing sparse classification methods by taking the spatial structure of brain images into account with structured sparsity using the total variation penalty...
January 16, 2018: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341323/test-retest-reliability-and-longitudinal-analysis-of-automated-hippocampal-subregion-volumes-in-healthy-ageing-and-alzheimer-s-disease-populations
#6
Amanda Worker, Danai Dima, Anna Combes, William R Crum, Johannes Streffer, Steven Einstein, Mitul A Mehta, Gareth J Barker, Steve C R Williams, Owen O'daly
The hippocampal formation is a complex brain structure that is important in cognitive processes such as memory, mood, reward processing and other executive functions. Histological and neuroimaging studies have implicated the hippocampal region in neuropsychiatric disorders as well as in neurodegenerative diseases. This highly plastic limbic region is made up of several subregions that are believed to have different functional roles. Therefore, there is a growing interest in imaging the subregions of the hippocampal formation rather than modelling the hippocampus as a homogenous structure, driving the development of new automated analysis tools...
January 16, 2018: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334156/the-retinal-ganglion-cell-layer-predicts-normal-appearing-white-matter-tract-integrity-in-multiple-sclerosis-a-combined-diffusion-tensor-imaging-and-optical-coherence-tomography-approach
#7
Carolina Alves, Sónia Batista, Otília C d'Almeida, Lívia Sousa, Luís Cunha, Rui Bernardes, Miguel Castelo-Branco
We investigated the relationship between retinal layers and normal-appearing white matter (WM) integrity in the brain of patients with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (MS), using a combined diffusion tensor imaging and high resolution optical coherence tomography approach. Fifty patients and 62 controls were recruited. The patients were divided into two groups according to presence (n = 18) or absence (n = 32) of optic neuritis. Diffusion tensor data were analyzed with a voxel-wise whole brain analysis of diffusion metrics in WM with tract-based spatial statistics...
January 15, 2018: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334155/response-selection-codes-in-neurophysiological-data-predict-conjoint-effects-of-controlled-and-automatic-processes-during-response-inhibition
#8
Witold X Chmielewski, Moritz Mückschel, Christian Beste
The inhibition of prepotent responses is a requirement for goal-directed behavior and several factors determine corresponding successful response inhibition processes. One factor relates to the degree of automaticity of pre-potent response tendencies and another factor relates to the degree of cognitive control that is exerted during response inhibition. However, both factors can conjointly modulate inhibitory control. Cognitive theoretical concepts suggest that codings of stimulus-response translations may underlie such conjoint effects...
January 15, 2018: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331064/controlling-the-temporal-structure-of-brain-oscillations-by-focused-attention-meditation
#9
Mona Irrmischer, Simon J Houtman, Huibert D Mansvelder, Michael Tremmel, Ulrich Ott, Klaus Linkenkaer-Hansen
Our focus of attention naturally fluctuates between different sources of information even when we desire to focus on a single object. Focused attention (FA) meditation is associated with greater control over this process, yet the neuronal mechanisms underlying this ability are not entirely understood. Here, we hypothesize that the capacity of attention to transiently focus and swiftly change relates to the critical dynamics emerging when neuronal systems balance at a point of instability between order and disorder...
January 13, 2018: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331060/regional-hippocampal-vulnerability-in-early-multiple-sclerosis-dynamic-pathological-spreading-from-dentate-gyrus-to-ca1
#10
Vincent Planche, Ismail Koubiyr, José E Romero, José V Manjon, Pierrick Coupé, Mathilde Deloire, Vincent Dousset, Bruno Brochet, Aurélie Ruet, Thomas Tourdias
BACKGROUND: Whether hippocampal subfields are differentially vulnerable at the earliest stages of multiple sclerosis (MS) and how this impacts memory performance is a current topic of debate. METHOD: We prospectively included 56 persons with clinically isolated syndrome (CIS) suggestive of MS in a 1-year longitudinal study, together with 55 matched healthy controls at baseline. Participants were tested for memory performance and scanned with 3 T MRI to assess the volume of 5 distinct hippocampal subfields using automatic segmentation techniques...
January 13, 2018: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331059/neuroanatomical-correlates-of-grit-growth-mindset-mediates-the-association-between-gray-matter-structure-and-trait-grit-in-late-adolescence
#11
Song Wang, Jing Dai, Jingguang Li, Xu Wang, Taolin Chen, Xun Yang, Manxi He, Qiyong Gong
There is a long-standing interest in exploring the factors related to student achievement. As a newly explored personality trait, grit is defined as a person's tendency to pursue long-term goals with continual perseverance and passion, and grit plays a critical role in student achievement. Increasing evidence has shown that growth mindset, the belief that one's basic abilities are malleable and can be developed through effort, is a potential factor for cultivating grit. However, less is known about the association between grit and the brain and the role of growth mindset in this association...
January 13, 2018: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331056/exploring-the-advantages-of-multiband-fmri-with-simultaneous-eeg-to-investigate-coupling-between-gamma-frequency-neural-activity-and-the-bold-response-in-humans
#12
Makoto Uji, Ross Wilson, Susan T Francis, Karen J Mullinger, Stephen D Mayhew
We established an optimal combination of EEG recording during sparse multiband (MB) fMRI that preserves high-resolution, whole-brain fMRI coverage while enabling broad-band EEG recordings which are uncorrupted by MRI gradient artefacts (GAs). We first determined the safety of simultaneous EEG recording during MB fMRI. Application of MB factor = 4 produced <1°C peak heating of electrode/hardware during 20 min of GE-EPI data acquisition. However, higher SAR sequences require specific safety testing, with greater heating observed using PCASL with MB factor = 4...
January 13, 2018: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331054/artist-a-fully-automated-artifact-rejection-algorithm-for-single-pulse-tms-eeg-data
#13
Wei Wu, Corey J Keller, Nigel C Rogasch, Parker Longwell, Emmanuel Shpigel, Camarin E Rolle, Amit Etkin
Concurrent single-pulse TMS-EEG (spTMS-EEG) is an emerging noninvasive tool for probing causal brain dynamics in humans. However, in addition to the common artifacts in standard EEG data, spTMS-EEG data suffer from enormous stimulation-induced artifacts, posing significant challenges to the extraction of neural information. Typically, neural signals are analyzed after a manual time-intensive and often subjective process of artifact rejection. Here we describe a fully automated algorithm for spTMS-EEG artifact rejection...
January 13, 2018: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29327392/differences-in-white-matter-structure-and-cortical-thickness-between-patients-with-traumatic-and-idiopathic-chronic-neck-pain-associations-with-cognition-and-pain-modulation
#14
I Coppieters, R De Pauw, K Caeyenberghs, D Lenoir, K DeBlaere, E Genbrugge, M Meeus, B Cagnie
Brain alterations are hypothesized to be present in patients with chronic whiplash-associated disorders (CWAD). The aim of this case-control study was to examine alterations in cortical thickness and white matter (WM) structure, and the presence of brain microhemorrhages in a patient group encountering chronic neck pain of traumatic origin (i.e., CWAD) when compared with a patient group characterized by nontraumatic chronic neck pain [i.e., chronic idiopathic neck pain (CINP)], and healthy controls. Furthermore, we aimed to investigate associations between brain structure on one hand and cognitive performance and central sensitization (CS) on the other hand...
January 11, 2018: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29322687/abnormal-fronto-striatal-activation-as-a-marker-of-threshold-and-subthreshold-bulimia-nervosa
#15
Marilyn Cyr, Xiao Yang, Guillermo Horga, Rachel Marsh
This study aimed to determine whether functional disturbances in fronto-striatal control circuits characterize adolescents with Bulimia Nervosa (BN) spectrum eating disorders regardless of clinical severity. FMRI was used to assess conflict-related brain activations during performance of a Simon task in two samples of adolescents with BN symptoms compared with healthy adolescents. The BN samples differed in the severity of their clinical presentation, illness duration and age. Multi-voxel pattern analyses (MVPAs) based on machine learning were used to determine whether patterns of fronto-striatal activation characterized adolescents with BN spectrum disorders regardless of clinical severity, and whether accurate classification of less symptomatic adolescents (subthreshold BN; SBN) could be achieved based on patterns of activation in adolescents who met DSM5 criteria for BN...
January 10, 2018: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29322596/subclinical-depressive-symptoms-during-late-midlife-and-structural-brain-alterations-a-longitudinal-study-of-danish-men-born-in-1953
#16
Merete Osler, Lauge Sørensen, Maarten Rozing, Oriol Puig Calvo, Mads Nielsen, Egill Rostrup
We explored whether depressive symptoms measured three times during midlife were associated with structural brain alterations quantified using magnetic resonance imaging measurements of volume, cortical thickness, and intensity texture. In 192 men born in 1953 with depressive symptoms measured at age 51, 56, and 59 years, magnetic resonance imaging was performed at age 59. All data processing was performed using the Freesurfer software package except for the texture-scores that were computed using in-house software...
January 10, 2018: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29322586/functional-connectivity-predicts-gender-evidence-for-gender-differences-in-resting-brain-connectivity
#17
Chao Zhang, Chase C Dougherty, Stefi A Baum, Tonya White, Andrew M Michael
Prevalence of certain forms of psychopathology, such as autism and depression, differs between genders and understanding gender differences of the neurotypical brain may provide insights into risk and protective factors. In recent research, resting state functional magnetic resonance imaging (rfMRI) is widely used to map the inherent functional networks of the brain. Although previous studies have reported gender differences in rfMRI, the robustness of gender differences is not well characterized. In this study, we use a large data set to test whether rfMRI functional connectivity (FC) can be used to predict gender and identify FC features that are most predictive of gender...
January 10, 2018: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29322583/motor-imagery-training-kinesthetic-imagery-strategy-and-inferior-parietal-fmri-activation
#18
Florent Lebon, Ulrike Horn, Martin Domin, Martin Lotze
Motor imagery (MI) is the mental simulation of action frequently used by professionals in different fields. However, with respect to performance, well-controlled functional imaging studies on MI training are sparse. We investigated changes in fMRI representation going along with performance changes of a finger sequence (error and velocity) after MI training in 48 healthy young volunteers. Before training, we tested the vividness of kinesthetic and visual imagery. During tests, participants were instructed to move or to imagine moving the fingers of the right hand in a specific order...
January 10, 2018: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29315984/default-mode-network-modifications-in-fabry-disease-a-resting-state-fmri-study-with-structural-correlations
#19
Sirio Cocozza, Giuseppe Pontillo, Mario Quarantelli, Francesco Saccà, Eleonora Riccio, Teresa Costabile, Gaia Olivo, Vincenzo Brescia Morra, Antonio Pisani, Arturo Brunetti, Enrico Tedeschi
Aim of the study was to evaluate the presence of Default Mode Network (DMN) modifications in Fabry Disease (FD), and their possible correlations with structural alterations and neuropsychological scores. Thirty-two FD patients with a genetically confirmed diagnosis of classical FD (12 males, mean age 43.3 ± 12.2) were enrolled, along with 35 healthy controls (HC) of comparable age and sex (14 males, mean age 42.1 ± 14.5). Resting-State fMRI data were analyzed using a seed-based approach, with six different seeds sampling the main hubs of the DMN...
January 9, 2018: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29315982/a-window-less-approach-for-capturing-time-varying-connectivity-in-fmri-data-reveals-the-presence-of-states-with-variable-rates-of-change
#20
Maziar Yaesoubi, Tülay Adalı, Vince D Calhoun
Functional connectivity during the resting state has been shown to change over time (i.e., has a dynamic connectivity). However, resting-state fluctuations, in contrast to task-based experiments, are not initiated by an external stimulus. Consequently, a more complicated method needs to be designed to measure the dynamic connectivity. Previous approaches have been based on assumptions regarding the nature of the underlying dynamic connectivity to compensate for this knowledge gap. The most common assumption is what we refer to as locality assumption...
January 9, 2018: Human Brain Mapping
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