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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642693/exposure-to-unsolvable-anagrams-impairs-performance-on-the-iowa-gambling-task
#1
Katrin Starcke, Janet D Agorku, Matthias Brand
Recent research indicates that external manipulations, such as stress or mood induction, can affect decision-making abilities. In the current study, we investigated whether the exposure to an unsolvable task affected subsequent performance on the Iowa Gambling Task. Participants were randomly assigned to a condition in which they were exposed to unsolvable anagrams (n = 20), or a condition in which they worked on solvable anagrams (n = 22). Afterwards, all participants played the Iowa Gambling Task, a prominent task that measures decision making under uncertain conditions with no explicit rules for gains and losses...
2017: Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642692/beyond-neuronal-activity-markers-select-immediate-early-genes-in-striatal-neuron-subtypes-functionally-mediate-psychostimulant-addiction
#2
REVIEW
Ramesh Chandra, Mary Kay Lobo
Immediate early genes (IEGs) were traditionally used as markers of neuronal activity in striatum in response to stimuli including drugs of abuse such as psychostimulants. Early studies using these neuronal activity markers led to important insights in striatal neuron subtype responsiveness to psychostimulants. Such studies have helped identify striatum as a critical brain center for motivational, reinforcement and habitual behaviors in psychostimulant addiction. While the use of IEGs as neuronal activity markers in response to psychostimulants and other stimuli persists today, the functional role and implications of these IEGs has often been neglected...
2017: Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638326/commentary-decoding-the-charitable-brain-empathy-perspective-taking-and-attention-shifts-differentially-predict-altruistic-giving
#3
COMMENT
Vanessa Era, Martina Fusaro, Selene Gallo
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
2017: Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638325/dopamine-noradrenaline-and-differences-in-sexual-behavior-between-roman-high-and-low-avoidance-male-rats-a-microdialysis-study-in-the-medial-prefrontal-cortex
#4
Fabrizio Sanna, Jessica Bratzu, Maria A Piludu, Maria G Corda, Maria R Melis, Osvaldo Giorgi, Antonio Argiolas
Roman High- (RHA) and Low-Avoidance (RLA) outbred rats, which differ for a respectively rapid vs. poor acquisition of the active avoidance response in the shuttle-box, display differences in sexual activity when put in the presence of a sexually receptive female rat. Indeed RHA rats show higher levels of sexual motivation and copulatory performance than RLA rats, which persist also after repeated sexual activity. These differences have been correlated to a higher tone of the mesolimbic dopaminergic system of RHA rats vs...
2017: Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634446/are-distal-and-proximal-visual-cues-equally-important-during-spatial-learning-in-mice-a-pilot-study-of-overshadowing-in-the-spatial-domain
#5
Marie Hébert, Jan Bulla, Denis Vivien, Véronique Agin
Animals use distal and proximal visual cues to accurately navigate in their environment, with the possibility of the occurrence of associative mechanisms such as cue competition as previously reported in honey-bees, rats, birds and humans. In this pilot study, we investigated one of the most common forms of cue competition, namely the overshadowing effect, between visual landmarks during spatial learning in mice. To this end, C57BL/6J × Sv129 mice were given a two-trial place recognition task in a T-maze, based on a novelty free-choice exploration paradigm previously developed to study spatial memory in rodents...
2017: Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634445/antioxidant-treatment-with-n-acetyl-cysteine-prevents-the-development-of-cognitive-and-social-behavioral-deficits-that-result-from-perinatal-ketamine-treatment
#6
Aarron Phensy, Hasmik E Duzdabanian, Samantha Brewer, Anurag Panjabi, Christopher Driskill, Annuska Berz, George Peng, Sven Kroener
Alterations of the normal redox state can be found in all stages of schizophrenia, suggesting a key role for oxidative stress in the etiology and maintenance of the disease. Pharmacological blockade of N-methyl-D-aspartic acid (NMDA) receptors can disrupt natural antioxidant defense systems and induce schizophrenia-like behaviors in animals and healthy human subjects. Perinatal administration of the NMDA receptor (NMDAR) antagonist ketamine produces persistent behavioral deficits in adult mice which mimic a range of positive, negative, and cognitive symptoms that characterize schizophrenia...
2017: Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634444/experience-dependency-of-reliance-on-local-visual-and-idiothetic-cues-for-spatial-representations-created-in-the-absence-of-distal-information
#7
Fabian Draht, Sijie Zhang, Abdelrahman Rayan, Fabian Schönfeld, Laurenz Wiskott, Denise Manahan-Vaughan
Spatial encoding in the hippocampus is based on a range of different input sources. To generate spatial representations, reliable sensory cues from the external environment are integrated with idiothetic cues, derived from self-movement, that enable path integration and directional perception. In this study, we examined to what extent idiothetic cues significantly contribute to spatial representations and navigation: we recorded place cells while rodents navigated towards two visually identical chambers in 180° orientation via two different paths in darkness and in the absence of reliable auditory or olfactory cues...
2017: Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626391/commentary-the-brain-basis-for-misophonia
#8
COMMENT
Arjan Schröder, Guido van Wingen, Nienke C Vulink, Damiaan Denys
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
2017: Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620287/changes-of-eeg-spectra-and-functional-connectivity-during-an-object-location-memory-task-in-alzheimer-s-disease
#9
Yuliang Han, Kai Wang, Jianjun Jia, Weiping Wu
Object-location memory is particularly fragile and specifically impaired in Alzheimer's disease (AD) patients. Electroencephalogram (EEG) was utilized to objectively measure memory impairment for memory formation correlates of EEG oscillatory activities. We aimed to construct an object-location memory paradigm and explore EEG signs of it. Two groups of 20 probable mild AD patients and 19 healthy older adults were included in a cross-sectional analysis. All subjects took an object-location memory task. EEG recordings performed during object-location memory tasks were compared between the two groups in the two EEG parameters (spectral parameters and phase synchronization)...
2017: Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620286/audience-effects-in-territorial-defense-of-male-cichlid-fish-are-associated-with-differential-patterns-of-activation-of-the-brain-social-decision-making-network
#10
António Roleira, Gonçalo A Oliveira, João S Lopes, Rui F Oliveira
Animals communicate by exchanging signals frequently in the proximity of other conspecifics that may detect and intercept signals not directed to them. There is evidence that the presence of these bystanders modulates the signaling behavior of interacting individuals, a phenomenon that has been named audience effect. Research on the audience effect has predominantly focused on its function rather than on its proximate mechanisms. Here, we have investigated the physiological and neuromolecular correlates of the audience effect in a cichlid fish (Mozambique tilapia, Oreochromis mossambicus)...
2017: Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620285/the-evidence-for-altered-bdnf-expression-in-the-brain-of-rats-reared-or-housed-in-social-isolation-a-systematic-review
#11
REVIEW
Jana Murínová, Nataša Hlaváčová, Magdaléna Chmelová, Igor Riečanský
There is evidence that development and maintenance of neural connections are disrupted in major mental disorders, which indicates that neurotrophic factors could play a critical role in their pathogenesis. Stress is a well-established risk factor for psychopathology and recent research suggests that disrupted signaling via brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) may be involved in mediating the negative effects of stress on the brain. Social isolation of rats elicits chronic stress and is widely used as an animal model of mental disorders such as schizophrenia and depression...
2017: Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611608/coping-style-modifies-general-and-affective-autonomic-reactions-of-domestic-pigs-in-different-behavioral-contexts
#12
Annika Krause, Birger Puppe, Jan Langbein
Based on individual adaptive strategies (coping), animals may react differently to environmental challenges in terms of behavior and physiology according to their emotional perception. Emotional valence as well as arousal may be derived by measuring vagal and sympathetic tone of the autonomic nervous system (ANS). We investigated the situation-dependent autonomic response of 16 domestic pigs with either a reactive or a proactive coping style, previously selected according to the backtest which is accepted in piglets to assess escape behavior...
2017: Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611607/generating-executable-models-of-the-drosophila-central-complex
#13
Lev E Givon, Aurel A Lazar, Chung-Heng Yeh
The central complex (CX) is a set of neuropils in the center of the fly brain that have been implicated as playing an important role in vision-mediated behavior and integration of spatial information with locomotor control. In contrast to currently available data regarding the neural circuitry of neuropils in the fly's vision and olfactory systems, comparable data for the CX neuropils is relatively incomplete; many categories of neurons remain only partly characterized, and the synaptic connectivity between CX neurons has yet to be fully determined...
2017: Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611606/long-term-sertraline-intake-reverses-the-behavioral-changes-induced-by-prenatal-stress-in-rats-in-a-sex-dependent-way
#14
Inês Pereira-Figueiredo, Orlando Castellano, Adelaida S Riolobos, Graça Ferreira-Dias, Dolores E López, Consuelo Sancho
Early life stress is a major factor underlying the vulnerability to respond to stressful events later in life. The present study attempted to evaluate the role of prenatal stress affecting the development of stress-related disorders and their reversion by postnatal exposure to Sertraline (SERT), a front-line medication for medication for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in humans. To achieve this, adult male and female prenatally stressed (PS) or unstressed (Controls) offspring rats, following oral chronic treatment with SERT (5 mg/kg/day; from 1 month to 4 months old), or not, were studied prior to and after a traumatic event...
2017: Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611605/different-roles-for-honey-bee-mushroom-bodies-and-central-complex-in-visual-learning-of-colored-lights-in-an-aversive-conditioning-assay
#15
Jenny A Plath, Brian V Entler, Nicholas H Kirkerud, Ulrike Schlegel, C Giovanni Galizia, Andrew B Barron
The honey bee is an excellent visual learner, but we know little about how and why it performs so well, or how visual information is learned by the bee brain. Here we examined the different roles of two key integrative regions of the brain in visual learning: the mushroom bodies and the central complex. We tested bees' learning performance in a new assay of color learning that used electric shock as punishment. In this assay a light field was paired with electric shock. The other half of the conditioning chamber was illuminated with light of a different wavelength and not paired with shocks...
2017: Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611604/on-the-accuracy-of-in-vivo-ethanol-and-acetaldehyde-monitoring-a-key-tile-in-the-puzzle-of-acetaldehyde-as-a-neuroactive-agent
#16
REVIEW
Paolo Enrico, Marco Diana
Over the last 20 years researchers have explored the postulated role of acetaldehyde (ACD) as a mediator of some of the actions of ethanol (EtOH) in the central nervous system (CNS). However, efforts have been hampered mainly by the difficulty of directly measuring in vivo EtOH and ACD levels in the CNS and thus, our knowledge is based on indirect evidences. Although technically challenging, the development of reliable methods for in vivo measurement of ACD and EtOH is of paramount importance to solve the "puzzle of acetaldehyde as a neuroactive agent...
2017: Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28588461/modulation-of-ethanol-metabolizing-enzymes-by-developmental-lead-exposure-effects-in-voluntary-ethanol-consumption
#17
Miriam B Virgolini, Mara S Mattalloni, Paula A Albrecht, Romina Deza-Ponzio, Liliana M Cancela
This review article provides evidence of the impact of the environmental contaminant lead (Pb) on the pattern of the motivational effects of ethanol (EtOH). To find a mechanism that explains this interaction, the focus of this review article is on central EtOH metabolism and the participating enzymes, as key factors in the modulation of brain acetaldehyde (ACD) accumulation and resulting effect on EtOH intake. Catalase (CAT) seems a good candidate for the shared mechanism between Pb and EtOH due to both its antioxidant and its brain EtOH-metabolizing properties...
2017: Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28588460/aversive-learning-of-colored-lights-in-walking-honeybees
#18
Nicholas H Kirkerud, Ulrike Schlegel, C Giovanni Galizia
The honeybee has been established as an important model organism in studies on visual learning. So far the emphasis has been on appetitive conditioning, simulating floral discrimination, and homing behavior, where bees perform exceptionally well in visual discrimination tasks. However, bees in the wild also face dangers, and recent findings suggest that what is learned about visual percepts is highly context dependent. A stimulus that follows an unpleasant period, is associated with the feeling of relief- or safety in humans and animals, thus acquiring a positive meaning...
2017: Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28588459/the-different-inhibition-of-return-ior-effects-of-emergency-managerial-experts-and-novices-an-event-related-potentials-study
#19
Rong Cao, Lü Wu, Shuzhen Wang
Inhibition of return (IOR) is an important effect of attention. However, the IOR of emergency managerial experts is unknown. By employing emergency and natural scene pictures in expert-novice paradigm, the present study explored the neural activity underlying the IOR effects for emergency managerial experts and novices. In behavioral results, there were no differences of IOR effects between novices and emergency managerial experts, while the event-related potentials (ERPs) results were different between novices and experts...
2017: Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28588458/modes-of-effective-connectivity-within-cortical-pathways-are-distinguished-for-different-categories-of-visual-context-an-fmri-study
#20
Qiong Wu, Jinglong Wu, Shigeko Takahashi, Qiang Huang, Hongzan Sun, Qiyong Guo, Yoshio Ohtani, Yoshimichi Ejima, Xu Zhang, Chunlin Li, Tianyi Yan
Context contributes to accurate and efficient information processing. To reveal the dynamics of the neural mechanisms that underlie the processing of visual contexts during the recognition of color, shape, and 3D structure of objects, we carried out functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) of subjects while judging the contextual validity of the three visual contexts. Our results demonstrated that the modes of effective connectivity in the cortical pathways, as well as the patterns of activation in these pathways, were dynamical depending on the nature of the visual contexts...
2017: Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience
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