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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634448/from-behavioral-facilitation-to-inhibition-the-neuronal-correlates-of-the-orienting-and-reorienting-of-auditory-attention
#1
Faith M Hanlon, Andrew B Dodd, Josef M Ling, Juan R Bustillo, Christopher C Abbott, Andrew R Mayer
Successful adaptive behavior relies on the ability to automatically (bottom-up) orient attention to different locations in the environment. This results in a biphasic pattern in which reaction times (RT) are faster for stimuli that occur in the same spatial location (valid) for the first few hundred milliseconds, which is termed facilitation. This is followed by faster RT for stimuli that appear in novel locations (invalid) after longer delays, termed inhibition of return. The neuronal areas and networks involved in the transition between states of facilitation and inhibition remain poorly understood, especially for auditory stimuli...
2017: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634447/the-moving-rubber-hand-illusion-reveals-that-explicit-sense-of-agency-for-tapping-movements-is-preserved-in-functional-movement-disorders
#2
Angela Marotta, Federica Bombieri, Massimiliano Zampini, Federico Schena, Carlo Dallocchio, Mirta Fiorio, Michele Tinazzi
Functional movement disorders (FMD) are characterized by motor symptoms (e.g., tremor, gait disorder, and dystonia) that are not compatible with movement abnormalities related to a known organic cause. One key clinical feature of FMD is that motor symptoms are similar to voluntary movements but are subjectively experienced as involuntary by patients. This gap might be related to abnormal self-recognition of bodily action, which involves two main components: sense of agency and sense of body ownership. The aim of this study was to systematically investigate whether this function is altered in FMD, specifically focusing on the subjective feeling of agency, body ownership, and their interaction during normal voluntary movements...
2017: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626393/a-ssvep-stimuli-encoding-method-using-trinary-frequency-shift-keying-encoded-ssvep-tfsk-ssvep
#3
Xing Zhao, Dechun Zhao, Xia Wang, Xiaorong Hou
SSVEP is a kind of BCI technology with advantage of high information transfer rate. However, due to its nature, frequencies could be used as stimuli are scarce. To solve such problem, a stimuli encoding method which encodes SSVEP signal using Frequency Shift-Keying (FSK) method is developed. In this method, each stimulus is controlled by a FSK signal which contains three different frequencies that represent "Bit 0," "Bit 1" and "Bit 2" respectively. Different to common BFSK in digital communication, "Bit 0" and "Bit 1" composited the unique identifier of stimuli in binary bit stream form, while "Bit 2" indicates the ending of a stimuli encoding...
2017: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626392/sensing-the-worst-neurophenomenological-perspectives-on-neutral-stimuli-misperception-in-schizophrenia-spectrum
#4
Mariateresa Sestito, Josef Parnas, Carlo Maggini, Vittorio Gallese
While investigating social cognitive impairments in schizophrenia, prominent evidence has been found that patients with schizophrenia show a tendency to misclassify neutral stimuli as negatively valenced. Within this population, patients presenting delusions are more prone to this phenomenon. In a previous study, Schizophrenia spectrum (SzSp) patients rated positive, negative and neutral stimuli that were multimodally presented, while assessed with a checklist exploring anomalous subjective experiences and evaluated for positive and negative symptomatology...
2017: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620290/how-stable-are-human-aesthetic-preferences-across-the-lifespan
#5
Cameron Pugach, Helmut Leder, Daniel J Graham
How stable are human aesthetic preferences, and how does stability change over the lifespan? Here we investigate the stability of aesthetic taste in a cross-sectional study. We employed a simple rank-order preference task using paintings and photographs of faces and landscapes. In each of the four stimulus classes, we find that aesthetic stability generally follows an inverted U-shaped function, with the greatest degree of stability appearing in early to middle adulthood. We propose that one possible interpretation of this result is that it indicates a role for cognitive control (i...
2017: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620289/dazzled-by-the-mystery-of-mentalism-the-cognitive-neuroscience-of-mental-athletes
#6
Andres Rieznik, Mikhail Lebedev, Mariano Sigman
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
2017: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620288/age-related-changes-in-resting-state-eeg-activity-in-attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder-a-cross-sectional-study
#7
Katarzyna Giertuga, Marta Z Zakrzewska, Maksymilian Bielecki, Ewa Racicka-Pawlukiewicz, Malgorzata Kossut, Anita Cybulska-Klosowicz
Numerous studies indicate that attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is related to some developmental trends, as its symptoms change widely over time. Nevertheless, the etiology of this phenomenon remains ambiguous. There is a disagreement whether ADHD is related to deviations in brain development or to a delay in brain maturation. The model of deviated brain development suggests that the ADHD brain matures in a fundamentally different way, and does not reach normal maturity at any developmental stage...
2017: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611616/differential-functional-connectivity-alterations-of-two-subdivisions-within-the-right-dlpfc-in-parkinson-s-disease
#8
Julian Caspers, Christian Mathys, Felix Hoffstaedter, Martin Südmeyer, Edna C Cieslik, Christian Rubbert, Christian J Hartmann, Claudia R Eickhoff, Kathrin Reetz, Christian Grefkes, Jochen Michely, Bernd Turowski, Alfons Schnitzler, Simon B Eickhoff
Patients suffering from Parkinson's disease (PD) often show impairments in executive function (EF) like decision-making and action control. The right dorsolateral prefrontal cortex (dlPFC) has been strongly implicated in EF in healthy subjects and has repeatedly been reported to show alterations related to EF impairment in PD. Recently, two key regions for cognitive action control have been identified within the right dlPFC by co-activation based parcellation. While the posterior region is engaged in rather basal EF like stimulus integration and working memory, the anterior region has a more abstract, supervisory function...
2017: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611615/online-eeg-based-workload-adaptation-of-an-arithmetic-learning-environment
#9
Carina Walter, Wolfgang Rosenstiel, Martin Bogdan, Peter Gerjets, Martin Spüler
In this paper, we demonstrate a closed-loop EEG-based learning environment, that adapts instructional learning material online, to improve learning success in students during arithmetic learning. The amount of cognitive workload during learning is crucial for successful learning and should be held in the optimal range for each learner. Based on EEG data from 10 subjects, we created a prediction model that estimates the learner's workload to obtain an unobtrusive workload measure. Furthermore, we developed an interactive learning environment that uses the prediction model to estimate the learner's workload online based on the EEG data and adapt the difficulty of the learning material to keep the learner's workload in an optimal range...
2017: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611614/functional-and-structural-network-recovery-after-mild-traumatic-brain-injury-a-1-year-longitudinal-study
#10
Patrizia Dall'Acqua, Sönke Johannes, Ladislav Mica, Hans-Peter Simmen, Richard Glaab, Javier Fandino, Markus Schwendinger, Christoph Meier, Erika J Ulbrich, Andreas Müller, Hansruedi Baetschmann, Lutz Jäncke, Jürgen Hänggi
Brain connectivity after mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) has not been investigated longitudinally with respect to both functional and structural networks together within the same patients, crucial to capture the multifaceted neuropathology of the injury and to comprehensively monitor the course of recovery and compensatory reorganizations at macro-level. We performed a prospective study with 49 mTBI patients at an average of 5 days and 1 year post-injury and 49 healthy controls. Neuropsychological assessments as well as resting-state functional and diffusion-weighted magnetic resonance imaging were obtained...
2017: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611613/simultaneous-processing-of-noun-cue-and-to-be-produced-verb-in-verb-generation-task-electromagnetic-evidence
#11
Anna V Butorina, Anna A Pavlova, Anastasia Y Nikolaeva, Andrey O Prokofyev, Denis P Bondarev, Tatiana A Stroganova
A long-standing but implicit assumption is that words strongly associated with a presented cue are automatically activated in the memory through rapid spread of activation within brain semantic networks. The current study was aimed to provide direct evidence of such rapid access to words' semantic representations and to investigate its neural sources using magnetoencephalography (MEG) and distributed source localization technique. Thirty-three neurotypical subjects underwent the MEG recording during verb generation task, which was to produce verbs related to the presented noun cues...
2017: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611612/spasticity-measurement-based-on-tonic-stretch-reflex-threshold-in-children-with-cerebral-palsy-using-the-pedianklebot
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Marco Germanotta, Juri Taborri, Stefano Rossi, Flaminia Frascarelli, Eduardo Palermo, Paolo Cappa, Enrico Castelli, Maurizio Petrarca
Nowadays, objective measures are becoming prominent in spasticity assessment, to overcome limitations of clinical scales. Among others, Tonic Stretch Reflex Threshold (TSRT) showed promising results. Previous studies demonstrated the validity and reliability of TSRT in spasticity assessment at elbow and ankle joints in adults. Purposes of the present study were to assess: (i) the feasibility of measuring TSRT to evaluate spasticity at the ankle joint in children with Cerebral Palsy (CP), and (ii) the correlation between objective measures and clinical scores...
2017: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611611/a-synchronous-motor-imagery-based-neural-physiological-paradigm-for-brain-computer-interface-speller
#13
Lei Cao, Bin Xia, Oladazimi Maysam, Jie Li, Hong Xie, Niels Birbaumer
Brain Computer Interface (BCI) speller is a typical BCI-based application to help paralyzed patients express their thoughts. This paper proposed a novel motor imagery based BCI speller with Oct-o-spell paradigm for word input. Furthermore, an intelligent input method was used for improving the performance of the BCI speller. For the English word spelling experiment, we compared synchronous control with previous asynchronous control under the same experimental condition. There were no significant differences between these two control methods in the classification accuracy, information transmission rate (ITR) or letters per minute (LPM)...
2017: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611610/music-games-potential-application-and-considerations-for-rhythmic-training
#14
REVIEW
Valentin Bégel, Ines Di Loreto, Antoine Seilles, Simone Dalla Bella
Rhythmic skills are natural and widespread in the general population. The majority can track the beat of music and move along with it. These abilities are meaningful from a cognitive standpoint given their tight links with prominent motor and cognitive functions such as language and memory. When rhythmic skills are challenged by brain damage or neurodevelopmental disorders, remediation strategies based on rhythm can be considered. For example, rhythmic training can be used to improve motor performance (e.g...
2017: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611609/transcranial-direct-current-stimulation-in-post-stroke-chronic-aphasia-the-impact-of-baseline-severity-and-task-specificity-in-a-pilot-sample
#15
Catherine Norise, Daniela Sacchetti, Roy Hamilton
Emerging evidence suggests that transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) can improve aspects of language production in persons with chronic non-fluent aphasia due to left hemisphere stroke. However, to date, studies exploring factors that predict response to tDCS in this or any patient population remain sparse, as are studies that investigate the specific aspects of language performance that are most responsive to stimulation. The current study explored factors that could predict recovery of language fluency and which aspects of language fluency could be expected to improve with the identified factor(s)...
2017: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28603492/magnetoencephalographic-imaging-of-auditory-and-somatosensory-cortical-responses-in-children-with-autism-and-sensory-processing-dysfunction
#16
Carly Demopoulos, Nina Yu, Jennifer Tripp, Nayara Mota, Anne N Brandes-Aitken, Shivani S Desai, Susanna S Hill, Ashley D Antovich, Julia Harris, Susanne Honma, Danielle Mizuiri, Srikantan S Nagarajan, Elysa J Marco
This study compared magnetoencephalographic (MEG) imaging-derived indices of auditory and somatosensory cortical processing in children aged 8-12 years with autism spectrum disorder (ASD; N = 18), those with sensory processing dysfunction (SPD; N = 13) who do not meet ASD criteria, and typically developing control (TDC; N = 19) participants. The magnitude of responses to both auditory and tactile stimulation was comparable across all three groups; however, the M200 latency response from the left auditory cortex was significantly delayed in the ASD group relative to both the TDC and SPD groups, whereas the somatosensory response of the ASD group was only delayed relative to TDC participants...
2017: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28596728/have-standard-tests-of-cognitive-function-been-misappropriated-in-the-study-of-cognitive-enhancement
#17
REVIEW
Iseult A Cremen, Richard G Carson
In the past decade, there has emerged a vast research literature dealing with attempts to harness brain plasticity in older adults, with a view to improving cognitive function. Since cognitive training (CT) has shown restricted utility in this regard, attention has increasingly turned to interventions that use adjunct procedures such as motor training or physical activity (PA). As evidence builds that these have some efficacy, it becomes necessary to ensure that the outcome measures being used to infer causal influence upon cognitive function are subjected to appropriate critical appraisal...
2017: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28596727/executive-mechanisms-for-thinking-about-negative-situations-in-both-cooperative-and-non-cooperative-contexts
#18
Azalea Reyes-Aguilar, Juan Fernandez-Ruiz, Erick H Pasaye, Fernando A Barrios
Mentalizing is a fundamental aspect of social cognition that includes understanding the mental states of others. This process involves the participation of a well-defined set of brain regions. However, it is still unknown how different contextual situations, such as previous cooperative or non-cooperative interactions, can modulate the brain activity related to the inference of others' mental states. Hence, this study investigated whether a previous social interaction can modulate the neural mechanisms involved in a way to response to inferred mental states of cooperators and non-cooperators in positive vs...
2017: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28596726/ability-to-gain-control-over-one-s-own-brain-activity-and-its-relation-to-spiritual-practice-a-multimodal-imaging-study
#19
Silvia E Kober, Matthias Witte, Manuel Ninaus, Karl Koschutnig, Daniel Wiesen, Gabriela Zaiser, Christa Neuper, Guilherme Wood
Spiritual practice, such as prayer or meditation, is associated with focusing attention on internal states and self-awareness processes. As these cognitive control mechanisms presumably are also important for neurofeedback (NF), we investigated whether people who pray frequently (N = 20) show a higher ability of self-control over their own brain activity compared to a control group of individuals who rarely pray (N = 20). All participants underwent structural magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and one session of sensorimotor rhythm (SMR, 12-15 Hz) based NF training...
2017: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28596725/a-ternary-brain-computer-interface-based-on-single-trial-readiness-potentials-of-self-initiated-fine-movements-a-diversified-classification-scheme
#20
Elias Abou Zeid, Alborz Rezazadeh Sereshkeh, Benjamin Schultz, Tom Chau
In recent years, the readiness potential (RP), a type of pre-movement neural activity, has been investigated for asynchronous electroencephalogram (EEG)-based brain-computer interfaces (BCIs). Since the RP is attenuated for involuntary movements, a BCI driven by RP alone could facilitate intentional control amid a plethora of unintentional movements. Previous studies have mainly attempted binary single-trial classification of RP. An RP-based BCI with three or more states would expand the options for functional control...
2017: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
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