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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523763/proton-mr-spectroscopy-of-lesion-evolution-in-multiple-sclerosis-steady-state-metabolism-and-its-relationship-to-conventional-imaging
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Ivan I Kirov, Shu Liu, Assaf Tal, William E Wu, Matthew S Davitz, James S Babb, Henry Rusinek, Joseph Herbert, Oded Gonen
Although MRI assessment of white matter lesions is essential for the clinical management of multiple sclerosis, the processes leading to the formation of lesions and underlying their subsequent MRI appearance are incompletely understood. We used proton MR spectroscopy to study the evolution of N-acetyl-aspartate (NAA), creatine (Cr), choline (Cho), and myo-inositol (mI) in pre-lesional tissue, persistent and transient new lesions, as well as in chronic lesions, and related the results to quantitative MRI measures of T1-hypointensity and T2-volume...
May 19, 2017: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513104/novelty-seeking-and-reward-dependence-related-large-scale-brain-networks-functional-connectivity-variation-during-salience-expectancy
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Shijia Li, Liliana Ramona Demenescu, Catherine M Sweeney-Reed, Anna Linda Krause, Coraline D Metzger, Martin Walter
A salience network (SN) anchored in the anterior insula (AI) and dorsal anterior cingulate cortex (dACC) plays a key role in switching between brain networks during salience detection and attention regulation. Previous fMRI studies have associated expectancy behaviors and SN activation with novelty seeking (NS) and reward dependence (RD) personality traits. To address the question of how functional connectivity (FC) in the SN is modulated by internal (expectancy-related) salience assignment and different personality traits, 68 healthy participants performed a salience expectancy task using functional magnetic resonance imaging, and psychophysiological interaction analysis (PPI) was conducted to determine salience-related connectivity changes during these anticipation periods...
May 17, 2017: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513102/how-bilingualism-protects-the-brain-from-aging-insights-from-bimodal-bilinguals
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Le Li, Jubin Abutalebi, Karen Emmorey, Gaolang Gong, Xin Yan, Xiaoxia Feng, Lijuan Zou, Guosheng Ding
Bilingual experience can delay cognitive decline during aging. A general hypothesis is that the executive control system of bilinguals faces an increased load due to controlling two languages, and this increased load results in a more "tuned brain" that eventually creates a neural reserve. Here we explored whether such a neuroprotective effect is independent of language modality, i.e., not limited to bilinguals who speak two languages but also occurs for bilinguals who use a spoken and a signed language. We addressed this issue by comparing bimodal bilinguals to monolinguals in order to detect age-induced structural brain changes and to determine whether we can detect the same beneficial effects on brain structure, in terms of preservation of gray matter volume (GMV), for bimodal bilinguals as has been reported for unimodal bilinguals...
May 17, 2017: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28512761/deconstructing-white-matter-connectivity-of-human-amygdala-nuclei-with-thalamus-and-cortex-subdivisions-in-vivo
#4
Aslan Abivardi, Dominik R Bach
Structural alterations in long-range amygdala connections are proposed to crucially underlie several neuropsychiatric disorders. While progress has been made in elucidating the function of these connections, our understanding of their structure in humans remains sparse and non-systematic. Harnessing diffusion-weighted imaging and probabilistic tractography in humans, we investigate connections between two main amygdala nucleus groups, thalamic nuclei, and cortex. We first parcellated amygdala into deep (basolateral) and superficial (centrocortical) nucleus groups, and thalamus into six subregions, using previously established protocols based on connectivity...
May 17, 2017: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28504364/mindfulness-meditation-regulates-anterior-insula-activity-during-empathy-for-social-pain
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Davide Laneri, Sören Krach, Frieder M Paulus, Philipp Kanske, Verena Schuster, Jens Sommer, Laura Müller-Pinzler
Mindfulness has been shown to reduce stress, promote health, and well-being, as well as to increase compassionate behavior toward others. It reduces distress to one's own painful experiences, going along with altered neural responses, by enhancing self-regulatory processes and decreasing emotional reactivity. In order to investigate if mindfulness similarly reduces distress and neural activations associated with empathy for others' socially painful experiences, which might in the following more strongly motivate prosocial behavior, the present study compared trait, and state effects of long-term mindfulness meditation (LTM) practice...
May 15, 2017: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28504361/alterations-of-resting-state-fmri-measurements-in-individuals-with-cervical-dystonia
#6
Zhihao Li, Cecília N Prudente, Randall Stilla, K Sathian, H A Jinnah, Xiaoping Hu
Cervical dystonia (CD) is a neurological disorder with typical symptoms of involuntary and abnormal movements and postures of the head. CD-associated alterations of functional brain networks have not been well characterized. Previous studies of CD using resting-state functional MRI (rfMRI) are limited in two aspects: (i) the analyses were not directly focused on the functional brain network related to head movement and (ii) rfMRI measurements other than functional connectivity (FC) were not investigated. The present study examined alterations of FC in CD by capitalizing on newly identified brain regions supporting isometric head rotation (Prudente et al...
May 15, 2017: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28498515/brain-structure-linking-delay-discounting-and-academic-performance
#7
Song Wang, Feng Kong, Ming Zhou, Taolin Chen, Xun Yang, Guangxiang Chen, Qiyong Gong
As a component of self-discipline, delay discounting refers to the ability to wait longer for preferred rewards and plays a pivotal role in shaping students' academic performance. However, the neural basis of the association between delay discounting and academic performance remains largely unknown. Here, we examined the neuroanatomical substrates underlying delay discounting and academic performance in 214 adolescents via voxel-based morphometry (VBM) by performing structural magnetic resonance imaging (S-MRI)...
May 12, 2017: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28493536/functional-hypergraph-uncovers-novel-covariant-structures-over-neurodevelopment
#8
Shi Gu, Muzhi Yang, John D Medaglia, Ruben C Gur, Raquel E Gur, Theodore D Satterthwaite, Danielle S Bassett
Brain development during adolescence is marked by substantial changes in brain structure and function, leading to a stable network topology in adulthood. However, most prior work has examined the data through the lens of brain areas connected to one another in large-scale functional networks. Here, we apply a recently developed hypergraph approach that treats network connections (edges) rather than brain regions as the unit of interest, allowing us to describe functional network topology from a fundamentally different perspective...
May 11, 2017: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28488352/how-do-individual-differences-in-children-s-domain-specific-and-domain-general-abilities-relate-to-brain-activity-within-the-intraparietal-sulcus-during-arithmetic-an-fmri-study
#9
Anna A Matejko, Daniel Ansari
Previous research has demonstrated that children recruit the intraparietal sulcus (IPS) during arithmetic, which has largely been attributed to domain-specific processes such as quantity manipulations. However, the IPS has also been found to be important for domain-general abilities, such as visuo-spatial working memory (VSWM). Based on the current literature it is unclear whether individual differences in domain-specific skills, domain-general skills, or a combination of the two, are related to the recruitment of the IPS during arithmetic...
May 10, 2017: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28488308/large-scale-network-organization-of-eeg-functional-connectivity-in-newborn-infants
#10
Brigitta Tóth, Gábor Urbán, Gábor P Háden, Molnár Márk, Miklós Török, Cornelis Jan Stam, István Winkler
The organization of functional brain networks changes across human lifespan. The present study analyzed functional brain networks in healthy full-term infants (N = 139) within 1-6 days from birth by measuring neural synchrony in EEG recordings during quiet sleep. Large-scale phase synchronization was measured in six frequency bands with the Phase Lag Index. Macroscopic network organization characteristics were quantified by constructing unweighted minimum spanning tree graphs. The cortical networks in early infancy were found to be significantly more hierarchical and had a more cost-efficient organization compared with MST of random control networks, more so in the theta and alpha than in other frequency bands...
May 10, 2017: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28485884/altered-sensorimotor-cortical-oscillations-in-individuals-with-multiple-sclerosis-suggests-a-faulty-internal-model
#11
David J Arpin, Elizabeth Heinrichs-Graham, James E Gehringer, Rana Zabad, Tony W Wilson, Max J Kurz
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a demyelinating disease that results in a broad array of symptoms, including impaired motor performance. How such demyelination of fibers affects the inherent neurophysiological activity in motor circuits, however, remains largely unknown. Potentially, the movement errors associated with MS may be due to imperfections in the internal model used to make predictions of the motor output that will meet the task demands. Prior magnetoencephalographic (MEG) and electroencephalographic brain imaging experiments have established that the beta (15-30 Hz) oscillatory activity in the sensorimotor cortices is related to the control of movement...
May 9, 2017: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28481027/neural-correlates-of-fine-grained-meaning-distinctions-an-fmri-investigation-of-scalar-quantifiers
#12
Jiayu Zhan, Xiaoming Jiang, Stephen Politzer-Ahles, Xiaolin Zhou
Communication involves successfully deriving a speaker's meaning beyond the literal expression. Using fMRI, it was investigated how the listener's brain realizes distinctions between enrichment-based meanings and literal semantic meanings. The neural patterns of the Mandarin scalar quantifier you-de (similar to some in English) which implies the meanings not all and not most via scalar enrichment, with the specific quantifier shao-shu-de (similar to less than half in English) which lexico-semantically encodes the meanings not all and not most, were compared...
May 8, 2017: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28481006/resting-state-functional-connectivity-of-the-ventral-auditory-pathway-in-musicians-with-absolute-pitch
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Seung-Goo Kim, Thomas R Knösche
Absolute pitch (AP) is the ability to recognize pitch chroma of tonal sound without external references, providing a unique model of the human auditory system (Zatorre: Nat Neurosci 6 () 692-695). In a previous study (Kim and Knösche: Hum Brain Mapp () 3486-3501), we identified enhanced intracortical myelination in the right planum polare (PP) in musicians with AP, which could be a potential site for perceptional processing of pitch chroma information. We speculated that this area, which initiates the ventral auditory pathway, might be crucially involved in the perceptual stage of the AP process in the context of the "dual pathway hypothesis" that suggests the role of the ventral pathway in processing nonspatial information related to the identity of an auditory object (Rauschecker: Eur J Neurosci 41 () 579-585)...
May 8, 2017: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28480993/cognitive-and-neuroimaging-changes-in-healthy-immigrants-upon-relocation-to-a-high-altitude-a-panel-study
#14
Xiaoming Chen, Qian Zhang, Jiye Wang, Jie Liu, Wenbin Zhang, Shun Qi, Hui Xu, Chen Li, Jinsong Zhang, Haitao Zhao, Shanshan Meng, Dan Li, Huanyu Lu, Michael Aschner, Bin Li, Hong Yin, Jingyuan Chen, Wenjing Luo
BACKGROUND: Cognitive and neuroimaging changes under chronic high-altitude exposure have never been followed up and dynamically assessed. OBJECTIVES: To investigate the cognitive and brain structural/functional alterations associated with chronic high-altitude exposure. METHODS: Sixty-nine college freshmen that were immigrating to Tibet were enrolled and followed up for two years. Neuropsychological tests, including verbal/visual memory and simple/recognition reaction time, were utilized to determine whether the subjects' cognitive function had changed in response to chronic high-altitude exposure...
May 8, 2017: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28480992/inferring-pathobiology-from-structural-mri-in-schizophrenia-and-bipolar-disorder-modeling-head-motion-and-neuroanatomical-specificity
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Nailin Yao, Anderson M Winkler, Jennifer Barrett, Gregory A Book, Tamara Beetham, Rachel Horseman, Olivia Leach, Karen Hodgson, Emma E Knowles, Samuel Mathias, Michael C Stevens, Michal Assaf, Theo G M van Erp, Godfrey D Pearlson, David C Glahn
Despite over 400 peer-reviewed structural MRI publications documenting neuroanatomic abnormalities in bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, the confounding effects of head motion and the regional specificity of these defects are unclear. Using a large cohort of individuals scanned on the same research dedicated MRI with broadly similar protocols, we observe reduced cortical thickness indices in both illnesses, though less pronounced in bipolar disorder. While schizophrenia (n = 226) was associated with wide-spread surface area reductions, bipolar disorder (n = 227) and healthy comparison subjects (n = 370) did not differ...
May 8, 2017: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28480987/gaba-metabolism-and-its-role-in-gamma-band-oscillatory-activity-during-auditory-processing-an-mrs-and-eeg-study
#16
Christine Wyss, Desmond H Y Tse, Michael Kometer, Jürgen Dammers, Rita Achermann, N Jon Shah, Wolfram Kawohl, Irene Neuner
Gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) and glutamate are believed to have inhibitory and exhibitory neuromodulatory effects that regulate the brain's response to sensory perception. Furthermore, frequency-specific synchronization of neuronal excitability within the gamma band (30-80 Hz) is attributable to a homeostatic balance between excitation and inhibition. However, our understanding of the physiological mechanism underlying gamma rhythms is based on animal models. Investigations of the relationship between GABA concentrations, glutamate concentrations, and gamma band activity in humans were mostly restricted to the visual cortex and are conflicting...
May 8, 2017: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28474470/modulation-of-7%C3%A2-t-fmri-signal-in-the-cerebellar-cortex-and-nuclei-during-acquisition-extinction-and-reacquisition-of-conditioned-eyeblink-responses
#17
Thomas M Ernst, Markus Thürling, Sarah Müller, Fabian Kahl, Stefan Maderwald, Marc Schlamann, Henk-Jan Boele, Sebastiaan K E Koekkoek, Jörn Diedrichsen, Chris I De Zeeuw, Mark E Ladd, Dagmar Timmann
Classical delay eyeblink conditioning is likely the most commonly used paradigm to study cerebellar learning. As yet, few studies have focused on extinction and savings of conditioned eyeblink responses (CRs). Saving effects, which are reflected in a reacquisition after extinction that is faster than the initial acquisition, suggest that learned associations are at least partly preserved during extinction. In this study, we tested the hypothesis that acquisition-related plasticity is nihilated during extinction in the cerebellar cortex, but retained in the cerebellar nuclei, allowing for faster reacquisition...
May 5, 2017: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28474385/disrupted-topological-organization-of-structural-networks-revealed-by-probabilistic-diffusion-tractography-in-tourette-syndrome-children
#18
Hongwei Wen, Yue Liu, Islem Rekik, Shengpei Wang, Jishui Zhang, Yue Zhang, Yun Peng, Huiguang He
Tourette syndrome (TS) is a childhood-onset neurobehavioral disorder. Although previous TS studies revealed structural abnormalities in distinct corticobasal ganglia circuits, the topological alterations of the whole-brain white matter (WM) structural networks remain poorly understood. Here, we used diffusion MRI probabilistic tractography and graph theoretical analysis to investigate the topological organization of WM networks in 44 drug-naive TS children and 41 age- and gender-matched healthy children. The WM networks were constructed by estimating inter-regional connectivity probability and the topological properties were characterized using graph theory...
May 5, 2017: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28474365/tackling-variability-a-multicenter-study-to-provide-a-gold-standard-network-approach-for-frontotemporal-dementia
#19
Lucas Sedeño, Olivier Piguet, Sofía Abrevaya, Horacio Desmaras, Indira García-Cordero, Sandra Baez, Laura Alethia de la Fuente, Pablo Reyes, Sicong Tu, Sebastian Moguilner, Nicolas Lori, Ramon Landin-Romero, Diana Matallana, Andrea Slachevsky, Teresa Torralva, Dante Chialvo, Fiona Kumfor, Adolfo M García, Facundo Manes, John R Hodges, Agustin Ibanez
Biomarkers represent a critical research area in neurodegeneration disease as they can contribute to studying potential disease-modifying agents, fostering timely therapeutic interventions, and alleviating associated financial costs. Functional connectivity (FC) analysis represents a promising approach to identify early biomarkers in specific diseases. Yet, virtually no study has tested whether potential FC biomarkers prove to be reliable and reproducible across different centers. As such, their implementation remains uncertain due to multiple sources of variability across studies: the numerous international centers capable conducting FC research vary in their scanning equipment and their samples' socio-cultural background, and, more troublingly still, no gold-standard method exists to analyze FC...
May 5, 2017: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28470961/language-ability-in-preterm-children-is-associated-with-arcuate-fasciculi-microstructure-at-term
#20
Piergiorgio Salvan, J Donald Tournier, Dafnis Batalle, Shona Falconer, Andrew Chew, Nigel Kennea, Paul Aljabar, Ghislaine Dehaene-Lambertz, Tomoki Arichi, A David Edwards, Serena J Counsell
In the mature human brain, the arcuate fasciculus mediates verbal working memory, word learning, and sublexical speech repetition. However, its contribution to early language acquisition remains unclear. In this work, we aimed to evaluate the role of the direct segments of the arcuate fasciculi in the early acquisition of linguistic function. We imaged a cohort of 43 preterm born infants (median age at birth of 30 gestational weeks; median age at scan of 42 postmenstrual weeks) using high b value high-angular resolution diffusion-weighted neuroimaging and assessed their linguistic performance at 2 years of age...
May 4, 2017: Human Brain Mapping
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