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Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience

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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424597/working-memory-after-traumatic-brain-injury-the-neural-basis-of-improved-performance-with-methylphenidate
#1
Anne E Manktelow, David K Menon, Barbara J Sahakian, Emmanuel A Stamatakis
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) often results in cognitive impairments for patients. The aim of this proof of concept study was to establish the nature of abnormalities, in terms of activity and connectivity, in the working memory network of TBI patients and how these relate to compromised behavioral outcomes. Further, this study examined the neural correlates of working memory improvement following the administration of methylphenidate. We report behavioral, functional and structural MRI data from a group of 15 Healthy Controls (HC) and a group of 15 TBI patients, acquired during the execution of the N-back task...
2017: Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424596/non-interfering-effects-of-active-post-encoding-tasks-on-episodic-memory-consolidation-in-humans
#2
Samarth Varma, Atsuko Takashima, Sander Krewinkel, Maaike van Kooten, Lily Fu, W Pieter Medendorp, Roy P C Kessels, Sander M Daselaar
So far, studies that investigated interference effects of post-learning processes on episodic memory consolidation in humans have used tasks involving only complex and meaningful information. Such tasks require reallocation of general or encoding-specific resources away from consolidation-relevant activities. The possibility that interference can be elicited using a task that heavily taxes our limited brain resources, but has low semantic and hippocampal related long-term memory processing demands, has never been tested...
2017: Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420969/acquisition-maintenance-and-relapse-like-alcohol-drinking-lessons-from-the-uchb-rat-line
#3
REVIEW
Yedy Israel, Eduardo Karahanian, Fernando Ezquer, Paola Morales, Marcelo Ezquer, Mario Rivera-Meza, Mario Herrera-Marschitz, María E Quintanilla
This review article addresses the biological factors that influence: (i) the acquisition of alcohol intake; (ii) the maintenance of chronic alcohol intake; and (iii) alcohol relapse-like drinking behavior in animals bred for their high-ethanol intake. Data from several rat strains/lines strongly suggest that catalase-mediated brain oxidation of ethanol into acetaldehyde is an absolute requirement (up 80%-95%) for rats to display ethanol's reinforcing effects and to initiate chronic ethanol intake. Acetaldehyde binds non-enzymatically to dopamine forming salsolinol, a compound that is self-administered...
2017: Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28408871/focused-and-sustained-attention-is-modified-by-a-goal-based-rehabilitation-in-parkinsonian-patients
#4
Davide Ferrazzoli, Paola Ortelli, Roberto Maestri, Rossana Bera, Roberto Gargantini, Grazia Palamara, Marianna Zarucchi, Nir Giladi, Giuseppe Frazzitta
Rehabilitation for patients with Parkinson's disease (PD) is based on cognitive strategies that exploit attention. Parkinsonians exhibit impairments in divided attention and interference control. Nevertheless, the effectiveness of specific rehabilitation treatments based on attention suggests that other attentional functions are preserved. Data about attention are conflicting in PD, and it is not clear whether rehabilitative treatments that entail attentional strategies affect attention itself. Reaction times (RTs) represent an instrument to explore attention and investigate whether changes in attentional performances parallel rehabilitation induced-gains...
2017: Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28400722/sex-differences-in-the-physiological-and-behavioral-effects-of-chronic-oral-methylphenidate-treatment-in-rats
#5
Lisa S Robison, Michalis Michaelos, Jason Gandhi, Dennis Fricke, Erick Miao, Chiu-Yim Lam, Anthony Mauceri, Melissa Vitale, Junho Lee, Soyeh Paeng, David E Komatsu, Michael Hadjiargyrou, Panayotis K Thanos
Methylphenidate (MP) is a psychostimulant prescribed for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Previously, we developed a dual bottle 8-h-limited-access-drinking-paradigm for oral MP treatment of rats that mimics the pharmacokinetic profile of treated patients. This study assessed sex differences in response to this treatment. Male and female Sprague Dawley rats were assigned to one of three treatment groups at 4 weeks of age (n = 12/group): Control (water), low dose (LD) MP, and high dose (HD) MP. Rats drank 4 mg/kg MP (LD) or 30 mg/kg MP (HD) during the first hour, and 10 mg/kg (LD) or 60 mg/kg MP (HD) for the remaining 7 h each day...
2017: Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28386222/ranking-cognitive-flexibility-in-a-group-setting-of-rhesus-monkeys-with-a-set-shifting-procedure
#6
Tatiana A Shnitko, Daicia C Allen, Steven W Gonzales, Nicole A R Walter, Kathleen A Grant
Attentional set-shifting ability is an executive function underling cognitive flexibility in humans and animals. In humans, this function is typically observed during a single experimental session where dimensions of playing cards are used to measure flexibility in the face of changing rules for reinforcement (i.e., the Wisconsin Card Sorting Test (WCST)). In laboratory animals, particularly non-human primates, variants of the WCST involve extensive training and testing on a series of dimensional discriminations, usually in social isolation...
2017: Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28386221/deep-brain-stimulation-of-the-nucleus-accumbens-core-affects-trait-impulsivity-in-a-baseline-dependent-manner
#7
Maria C Schippers, Bastiaan Bruinsma, Mathijs Gaastra, Tanja I Mesman, Damiaan Denys, Taco J De Vries, Tommy Pattij
Deep brain stimulation (DBS) of the nucleus accumbens (NA) is explored as a treatment for refractory psychiatric disorders, such as obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), depressive disorder (MDD), and substance use disorder (SUD). A common feature of some of these disorders is pathological impulsivity. Here, the effects of NAcore DBS on impulsive choice and impulsive action, two distinct forms of impulsive behavior, were investigated in translational animal tasks, the delayed reward task (DRT) and five-choice serial reaction time task (5-CSRTT), respectively...
2017: Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28386220/ethanol-sensitization-during-adolescence-or-adulthood-induces-different-patterns-of-ethanol-consumption-without-affecting-ethanol-metabolism
#8
Priscila F Carrara-Nascimento, Lucas B Hoffmann, Marcos B Contó, Tania Marcourakis, Rosana Camarini
In previous study, we demonstrated that ethanol preexposure may increase ethanol consumption in both adolescent and adult mice, in a two-bottle choice model. We now questioned if ethanol exposure during adolescence results in changes of consumption pattern using a three-bottle choice procedure, considering drinking-in-the-dark and alcohol deprivation effect as strategies for ethanol consumption escalation. We also analyzed aldehyde dehydrogenase (ALDH) activity as a measurement of ethanol metabolism. Adolescent and adult Swiss mice were treated with saline (SAL) or 2...
2017: Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28381994/losing-without-fighting-simple-aversive-stimulation-induces-submissiveness-typical-for-social-defeat-via-the-action-of-nitric-oxide-but-only-when-preceded-by-an-aggression-priming-stimulus
#9
Jan Rillich, Paul A Stevenson
Losing a fight (social defeat) induces submissiveness and behavioral depression in many animals, but the mechanisms are unclear. Here we investigate how the social defeat syndrome can be established as a result of experiencing aversive stimuli and the roles of neuromodulators in the process. While biogenic amines and nitric oxide (NO) are associated with reduced aggression in mammals and insects, their specific actions during conflict are unknown. Although the social defeat syndrome normally results from complex interactions, we could induce it in male crickets simply by applying aversive stimuli (AS) in an aggressive context...
2017: Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28377703/lesions-of-the-orbitofrontal-but-not-medial-prefrontal-cortex-affect-cognitive-judgment-bias-in-rats
#10
Joanna Golebiowska, Rafal Rygula
Neuroimaging studies in humans have recently shown that the prefrontal cortex (PFC) and orbitofrontal cortex (OFC) mediate bias in the judgment of forthcoming events. In the present study, we sought to determine whether cognitive judgment bias (CJB) is also dependent on these prefrontal regions in non-human animals. For this, we trained a cohort of rats in the ambiguous-cue interpretation (ACI) paradigm, subjected them to excitotoxic lesions in the medial PFC (mPFC) and OFC, and tested the effects of neuronal loss within these regions on CJB...
2017: Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28377702/brain-acetaldehyde-exposure-impacts-upon-neonatal-respiratory-plasticity-and-ethanol-related-learning-in-rodents
#11
María B Acevedo, Génesis D'Aloisio, Olga B Haymal, Juan C Molina
Prior studies indicate that neonates are very sensitive to ethanol's positive reinforcing effects and to its depressant effects upon breathing. Acetaldehyde (ACD) appears to play a major role in terms of modulating early reinforcing effects of the drug. Yet, there is no pre-existing literature relative to the incidence of this metabolite upon respiratory plasticity. The present study analyzed physiological and behavioral effects of early central administrations of ethanol, acetaldehyde or vehicle. Respiration rates (breaths/min) were registered at post-natal days (PDs) 2 and 4 (post-administration time: 5, 60, or 120 min)...
2017: Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28360847/effects-of-different-exercise-strategies-and-intensities-on-memory-performance-and-neurogenesis
#12
Kai Diederich, Anna Bastl, Heike Wersching, Anja Teuber, Jan-Kolja Strecker, Antje Schmidt, Jens Minnerup, Wolf-Rüdiger Schäbitz
It is well established that physical exercise affects both hippocampal neurogenesis and memory functions. Until now, distinctive effects of controlled and voluntary training (VT) on behavior and neurogenesis as well as interactions between exercise intensity, neurogenesis and memory performance are still elusive. The present study tested the impact of moderate controlled and VT on memory formation and hippocampal neurogenesis and evaluated interactions between exercise performance, learning efficiency and proliferation of progenitor cells in the hippocampus...
2017: Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28360846/stress-and-the-emerging-roles-of-chromatin-remodeling-in-signal-integration-and-stable-transmission-of-reversible-phenotypes
#13
REVIEW
Ian C G Weaver, Austin C Korgan, Kristen Lee, Ryan V Wheeler, Amos S Hundert, Donna Goguen
The influence of early life experience and degree of parental-infant attachment on emotional development in children and adolescents has been comprehensively studied. Structural and mechanistic insight into the biological foundation and maintenance of mammalian defensive systems (metabolic, immune, nervous and behavioral) is slowly advancing through the emerging field of developmental molecular (epi)genetics. Initial evidence revealed that differential nurture early in life generates stable differences in offspring hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) regulation, in part, through chromatin remodeling and changes in DNA methylation of specific genes expressed in the brain, revealing physical, biochemical and molecular paths for the epidemiological concept of gene-environment interactions...
2017: Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28352221/commentary-retrieval-practice-protects-memory-against-acute-stress
#14
COMMENT
Oliver T Wolf, Annette Kluge
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
2017: Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28352220/the-dorsal-medial-prefrontal-cortex-is-recruited-by-high-construal-of-non-social-stimuli
#15
Kris L M R Baetens, Ning Ma, Frank Van Overwalle
The dorsomedial prefrontal cortex (dmPFC) is part of the mentalizing network, a set of brain regions consistently engaged in inferring mental states. However, its precise function in this network remains unclear. It has recently been proposed that the dmPFC is involved in high-level abstract (i.e., categorical) identification or construction of both social and non-social stimuli, referred to as "high construal." This was based on the observation of greater activation in the dmPFC shared by a high construal social condition (trait inference based on visually presented behavior) and a high construal non-social condition (categorization of visually presented objects) vs...
2017: Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28352219/age-dependent-changes-of-thinking-about-verbs
#16
Carolina Bonivento, Barbara Tomasino, Marco Garzitto, Sara Piccin, Franco Fabbro, Paolo Brambilla
We investigated the knowledge of emotional and motor verbs in children and adolescents from three age ranges (8-11, 12-15, 16-19 years). Participants estimated the verbs familiarity, age of acquisition, valence, arousal, imageability, and motor- and emotion-relatedness. Participants were familiar with the verbs in our dataset. The younger (8-11) attributed an emotional character to the verbs less frequently than the middle (12-15) and the older (16-19) groups. In the 8-11 group males rated the verbs as emotion-related less frequently than females...
2017: Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28348522/lack-of-%C3%AE-2-ar-increases-anxiety-like-behaviors-and-rewarding-properties-of-cocaine
#17
Huiwen Zhu, Zhiyuan Liu, Yiming Zhou, Xuming Yin, Bo Xu, Lan Ma, Xing Liu
It is well known that β-adrenoceptors (β-ARs) play a critical role in emotional arousal and stressful events, but the specific contributions of the β2-AR subtype to the psychological disorders are largely unknown. To investigate whether β2-AR are involved in anxiety-like behavior and reward to addictive drugs, we conducted a series of behavioral tests on β2-AR knock-out (KO) mice. β2-AR KO mice exhibited increased preference for the dark compartment and closed arm in tests of Light/Dark box and elevated plus maze, indicating that β2-AR deletion elevates level of anxiety or innate fear...
2017: Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28348521/intrinsic-brain-activity-responsible-for-sex-differences-in-shyness-and-social-anxiety
#18
Xun Yang, Ming Zhou, Sunima Lama, Lizhou Chen, Xinyu Hu, Song Wang, Taolin Chen, Yan Shi, Xiaoqi Huang, Qiyong Gong
Male and female show significant differences in important behavioral features such as shyness, yet the neural substrates of these differences remain poorly understood. Previous neuroimaging studies have demonstrated that both shyness and social anxiety in healthy subjects are associated with increased activation in the fronto-limbic and cognitive control areas. However, it remains unknown whether these brain abnormalities would be shared by different genders. Therefore, in the current study, we used resting-state fMRI (r-fMRI) to investigate sex differences in intrinsic cerebral activity that may contribute to shyness and social anxiety...
2017: Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337132/habituation-training-improves-locomotor-performance-in-a-forced-running-wheel-system-in-rats
#19
Angel Toval, Raúl Baños, Ernesto De la Cruz, Nicanor Morales-Delgado, Jesús G Pallarés, Abdelmalik Ayad, Kuei Y Tseng, Jose L Ferran
Increasing evidence supports that physical activity promotes mental health; and regular exercise may confer positive effects in neurological disorders. There is growing number of reports that requires the analysis of the impact of physical activity in animal models. Exercise in rodents can be performed under voluntary or forced conditions. The former presents the disadvantage that the volume and intensity of exercise varies from subject to subject. On the other hand, a major challenge of the forced training protocol is the low level of performance typically achieved within a given session...
2017: Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337131/changes-in-neuronal-oscillations-accompany-the-loss-of-hippocampal-ltp-that-occurs-in-an-animal-model-of-psychosis
#20
Alexander N Kalweit, Bezhad Amanpour-Gharaei, Jens Colitti-Klausnitzer, Denise Manahan-Vaughan
The first-episode of psychosis is followed by a transient time-window of ca. 60 days during which therapeutic interventions have a higher likelihood of being effective than interventions that are started with a greater latency. This suggests that, in the immediate time-period after first-episode psychosis, functional changes occur in the brain that render it increasingly resistant to intervention. The precise mechanistic nature of these changes is unclear, but at the cognitive level, sensory and hippocampus-based dysfunctions become increasingly manifest...
2017: Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience
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