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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211496/the-use-of-bright-and-dark-types-of-humour-is-rooted-in-the-brain
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Ilona Papousek, Willibald Ruch, Christian Rominger, Elisabeth Kindermann, Katharina Scheidl, Günter Schulter, Andreas Fink, Elisabeth M Weiss
The ways in which humour can be used are related to the manifold interpersonal functions humour can serve, some of which are positive, and some negative. In the present study, phasic changes in the functional coupling of prefrontal and posterior cortex (EEG coherence) during other people's auditory displays of happy and sad mood were recorded to predict people's typical use of humour in social interactions. Greater use of benevolent humour, the intentions of which are in keeping with the characteristics of "laughing-with" humour, was associated with greater decreases of prefrontal-posterior coupling during the processing of happy laughter...
February 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210777/effects-of-biperiden-and-acute-tryptophan-depletion-and-their-combination-on-verbal-word-memory-and-eeg
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Laura G J M Borghans, Arjan Blokland, Anke Sambeth
BACKGROUND: Research on the neurobiological foundations of memory has shown that multiple neurotransmitters play an important role in memory processing. To study the interaction between neurotransmitters such as acetylcholine and serotonin, pharmacological models can be used. In this study, we tested the effects of the muscarinic M1 antagonist biperiden, acute tryptophan depletion (ATD), and the interaction between the two on episodic memory using the verbal learning task. METHODS: The study was conducted according to a double-blind, placebo-controlled, four-way crossover design...
February 16, 2017: Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197747/upper-alpha-based-neurofeedback-training-in-chronic-stroke-brain-plasticity-processes-and-cognitive-effects
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Silvia Erika Kober, Daniela Schweiger, Johanna Louise Reichert, Christa Neuper, Guilherme Wood
In the present study, we investigated the effects of upper alpha based neurofeedback (NF) training on electrical brain activity and cognitive functions in stroke survivors. Therefore, two single chronic stroke patients with memory deficits (subject A with a bilateral subarachnoid hemorrhage; subject B with an ischemic stroke in the left arteria cerebri media) and a healthy elderly control group (N = 24) received up to ten NF training sessions. To evaluate NF training effects, all participants performed multichannel electroencephalogram (EEG) resting measurements and a neuropsychological test battery assessing different cognitive functions before and after NF training...
February 14, 2017: Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197086/distinct-neural-signatures-for-very-small-and-very-large-numerosities
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Michele Fornaciai, Joonkoo Park
Behavioral studies of numerical cognition have shown that perceptual threshold for numerosity discrimination depends on the range of numerical values to be estimated. Discrimination threshold is constant when comparing very small numerosities via the mechanism called subitizing, while it increases as a function of numerosity for numbers beyond that range governed by subitizing. However, when numerosity gets so large that the individual elements start to form a cluttered ensemble, discrimination threshold increases as a function of the square root of numerosity...
2017: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197067/naso-temporal-asymmetries-suppression-of-emotional-faces-in-the-temporal-visual-hemifield
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David Framorando, Mylène Bapst, Nathalie Vuille, Alan J Pegna
An ongoing debate exists regarding the possible existence of a retino-tectal visual pathway projecting to the amygdala, which would rapidly process information involving threatening or behaviorally-relevant stimuli. It has been suggested that this route might be responsible for the involuntary capture of attention by potentially dangerous stimuli. In separate studies, anatomical evidence has suggested that the retino-tectal pathway relies essentially on projections from the nasal hemiretina (temporal visual field)...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194612/simultaneous-intracranial-eeg-fmri-shows-inter-modality-correlation-in-time-resolved-connectivity-within-normal-areas-but-not-within-epileptic-regions
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Ben Ridley, Jonathan Wirsich, Gaelle Bettus, Roman Rodionov, Teresa Murta, Umair Chaudhary, David Carmichael, Rachel Thornton, Serge Vulliemoz, Andrew McEvoy, Fabrice Wendling, Fabrice Bartolomei, Jean-Philippe Ranjeva, Louis Lemieux, Maxime Guye
For the first time in research in humans, we used simultaneous icEEG-fMRI to examine the link between connectivity in haemodynamic signals during the resting-state (rs) and connectivity derived from electrophysiological activity in terms of the inter-modal connectivity correlation (IMCC). We quantified IMCC in nine patients with drug-resistant epilepsy (i) within brain networks in 'healthy' non-involved cortical zones (NIZ) and (ii) within brain networks involved in generating seizures and interictal spikes (IZ1) or solely spikes (IZ2)...
February 13, 2017: Brain Topography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194133/current-and-emerging-potential-of-magnetoencephalography-in-the-detection-and-localization-of-high-frequency-oscillations-in-epilepsy
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Eleonora Tamilia, Joseph R Madsen, Patricia Ellen Grant, Phillip L Pearl, Christos Papadelis
Up to one-third of patients with epilepsy are medically intractable and need resective surgery. To be successful, epilepsy surgery requires a comprehensive preoperative evaluation to define the epileptogenic zone (EZ), the brain area that should be resected to achieve seizure freedom. Due to lack of tools and methods that measure the EZ directly, this area is defined indirectly based on concordant data from a multitude of presurgical non-invasive tests and intracranial recordings. However, the results of these tests are often insufficiently concordant or inconclusive...
2017: Frontiers in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194104/electrophysiological-correlates-of-error-monitoring-and-feedback-processing-in-second-language-learning
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Sybrine Bultena, Claudia Danielmeier, Harold Bekkering, Kristin Lemhöfer
Humans monitor their behavior to optimize performance, which presumably relies on stable representations of correct responses. During second language (L2) learning, however, stable representations have yet to be formed while knowledge of the first language (L1) can interfere with learning, which in some cases results in persistent errors. In order to examine how correct L2 representations are stabilized, this study examined performance monitoring in the learning process of second language learners for a feature that conflicts with their first language...
2017: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193497/i-act-therefore-i-err-eeg-correlates-of-success-and-failure-in-a-virtual-throwing-game
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Boris Yazmir, Miriam Reiner
What are the neural responses to success and failure in a throwing task? To answer this question, we compared Event Related Potentials (ERPs) correlated with success and failure during a highly-ecological-virtual game. Participants played a tennis-like game in an immersive 3D virtual world, against a computer player, by controlling a virtual tennis racket with a force feedback robotic arm. Results showed that success, i.e. hitting the target, and failure, by missing the target, evoked ERP's that differ by peak, latencies, scalp signal distributions, sLORETA source estimation, and time-frequency patterns...
February 10, 2017: International Journal of Psychophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192459/differential-effects-of-ongoing-eeg-beta-and-theta-power-on-memory-formation
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Sebastian Scholz, Signe Luisa Schneider, Michael Rose
Recently, elevated ongoing pre-stimulus beta power (13-17 Hz) at encoding has been associated with subsequent memory formation for visual stimulus material. It is unclear whether this activity is merely specific to visual processing or whether it reflects a state facilitating general memory formation, independent of stimulus modality. To answer that question, the present study investigated the relationship between neural pre-stimulus oscillations and verbal memory formation in different sensory modalities. For that purpose, a within-subject design was employed to explore differences between successful and failed memory formation in the visual and auditory modality...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192282/classifier-transfer-with-data-selection-strategies-for-online-support-vector-machine-classification-with-class-imbalance
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Mario Michael Krell, Nils Wilshusen, Anett Seeland, Su Kyoung Kim
OBJECTIVE: Classifier transfers usually come with dataset shifts. To overcome dataset shifts in practical applications, we consider the limitations in computational resources in this paper for the adaptation of batch learning algorithms, like the support vector machine (SVM). APPROACH: We focus on data selection strategies which limit the size of the stored training data by different inclusion, exclusion, and further dataset manipulation criteria like handling class imbalance with two new approaches...
February 13, 2017: Journal of Neural Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28189047/eeg-beta-power-changes-reflect-motor-involvement-in-abstract-action-language-processing
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Franziska Schaller, Sabine Weiss, Horst M Müller
Brain oscillations in the α- and β-range become suppressed during motor processing and motor imagery. It has recently been discussed that such power changes also occur during action language processing. In our study, we compared β2-oscillations (16-25Hz) during the observation of prototypical arm movements (revealed via motion tracking) as well as during semantic processing of concrete and abstract sentences containing arm-related action verbs. Whereas we did find a strong desynchronization in the β2-range during action observation, the processing of action sentences evoked a rather weak desynchronization...
February 8, 2017: Brain and Language
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28182017/using-connectome-based-predictive-modeling-to-predict-individual-behavior-from-brain-connectivity
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Xilin Shen, Emily S Finn, Dustin Scheinost, Monica D Rosenberg, Marvin M Chun, Xenophon Papademetris, R Todd Constable
Neuroimaging is a fast-developing research area in which anatomical and functional images of human brains are collected using techniques such as functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), diffusion tensor imaging (DTI), and electroencephalography (EEG). Technical advances and large-scale data sets have allowed for the development of models capable of predicting individual differences in traits and behavior using brain connectivity measures derived from neuroimaging data. Here, we present connectome-based predictive modeling (CPM), a data-driven protocol for developing predictive models of brain-behavior relationships from connectivity data using cross-validation...
March 2017: Nature Protocols
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28179880/comparison-of-the-working-memory-load-in-n-back-and-working-memory-span-tasks-by-means-of-eeg-frequency-band-power-and-p300-amplitude
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Christian Scharinger, Alexander Soutschek, Torsten Schubert, Peter Gerjets
According to theoretical accounts, both, N-back and complex span tasks mainly require working memory (WM) processing. In contrast, simple span tasks conceptually mainly require WM storage. Thus, conceptually, an N-back task and a complex span task share more commonalities as compared to a simple span task. In the current study, we compared an N-back task, a complex operation span task (Ospan), and a simple digit span task (Dspan) by means of typical WM load-related measures of the Electroencephalogram (EEG) like the parietal alpha and beta frequency band power, the frontal theta frequency band power, and the P300 amplitude, to examine whether these tasks would show commonalities or differences in WM processing-load...
2017: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28173758/sleep-wake-movement-velocities-trajectories-and-micro-arousals-during-maturation-in-rats
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Gideon Gradwohl, Nadja Olini, Reto Huber
BACKGROUND: Sleep is regulated by two main processes. The circadian process provides a 24-h rhythm and the homeostatic process reflects sleep pressure, which increases in the course of wakefulness and decreases during sleep. Both of these processes undergo major changes during development. For example, sleep homeostasis, measured by means of electroencephalogram (EEG) slow-wave activity (SWA, EEG power between 0.5 and 4.5 Hz), peaks around puberty and decreases during adolescence. In humans and rats these changes have been related to cortical maturation...
February 7, 2017: BMC Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28168718/influence-of-acute-stress-on-response-inhibition-in-healthy-men-an-erp-study
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Angelika Margarete Dierolf, Julia Fechtner, Robina Böhnke, Oliver T Wolf, Ewald Naumann
The current study investigated the influence of acute stress and the resulting cortisol increase on response inhibition and its underlying cortical processes, using EEG. Before and after an acute stressor or a control condition, 39 healthy men performed a go/no-go task while ERPs (N2, P3), reaction times, errors, and salivary cortisol were measured. Acute stress impaired neither accuracy nor reaction times, but differentially affected the neural correlates of response inhibition; namely, stress led to enhanced amplitudes of the N2 difference waves (N2d, no-go minus go), indicating enhanced response inhibition and conflict monitoring...
February 7, 2017: Psychophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28167911/quantitative-eeg-qeeg-measures-differentiate-parkinson-s-disease-pd-patients-from-healthy-controls-hc
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Menorca Chaturvedi, Florian Hatz, Ute Gschwandtner, Jan G Bogaarts, Antonia Meyer, Peter Fuhr, Volker Roth
Objectives: To find out which Quantitative EEG (QEEG) parameters could best distinguish patients with Parkinson's disease (PD) with and without Mild Cognitive Impairment from healthy individuals and to find an optimal method for feature selection. Background: Certain QEEG parameters have been seen to be associated with dementia in Parkinson's and Alzheimer's disease. Studies have also shown some parameters to be dependent on the stage of the disease. We wanted to investigate the differences in high-resolution QEEG measures between groups of PD patients and healthy individuals, and come up with a small subset of features that could accurately distinguish between the two groups...
2017: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28167120/switching-direction-affects-switching-costs-behavioral-erp-and-time-frequency-analyses-of-intra-sentential-codeswitching
#18
Kaitlyn A Litcofsky, Janet G van Hell
Bilinguals have the unique ability to produce utterances that switch between languages. Most language switching research has focused on isolated, unrelated items, which emphasizes separation of the languages. Fewer studies examined the cognitive and neural mechanisms of switching languages in natural discourse. The present study examined the effect of codeswitching direction on the comprehension of intra-sentential codeswitching in Spanish-English bilinguals, using self-paced reading behavioral measurements (Experiment 1) and electroencephalography (EEG) measurements (Experiment 2), analyzed via both event-related potentials (ERPs) and time-frequency analysis (TFR)...
February 3, 2017: Neuropsychologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28162033/high-density-electroencephalographic-recordings-during-sleep-in-children-and-adolescents-with-acquired-brain-injury
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Anne-Laure Mouthon, Andreas Meyer-Heim, Salome Kurth, Maya Ringli, Fiona Pugin, Hubertus J A van Hedel, Reto Huber
BACKGROUND: Acquired brain injuries (ABI) such as traumatic brain injury (TBI) or stroke can result in motor, language, or cognitive impairments. Although a considerable number of studies have investigated functional recovery, underlying brain reorganization remains poorly understood. Accumulating evidence indicates that plastic processes in the brain are linked to changes in electroencephalographic (EEG) slow wave activity (SWA) during deep sleep (EEG spectral power 1-4.5 Hz). OBJECTIVE: We investigated sleep SWA in children and adolescents with ABI...
February 1, 2017: Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28161192/eeg-based-zero-phase-phase-locking-value-plv-and-effects-of-spatial-filtering-during-actual-movement
#20
Wenjuan Jian, Minyou Chen, Dennis J McFarland
Phase-locking value (PLV) is a well-known feature in sensorimotor rhythm (SMR) based BCI. Zero-phase PLV has not been explored because it is generally regarded as the result of volume conduction. Because spatial filters are often used to enhance the amplitude (square root of band power (BP)) feature and attenuate volume conduction, they are frequently applied as pre-processing methods when computing PLV. However, the effects of spatial filtering on PLV are ambiguous. Therefore, this article aims to explore whether zero-phase PLV is meaningful and how this is influenced by spatial filtering...
February 1, 2017: Brain Research Bulletin
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