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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549234/lesion-characteristics-driving-right-hemispheric-language-reorganization-in-congenital-left-hemispheric-brain-damage
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Karen Lidzba, Bianca de Haan, Marko Wilke, Ingeborg Krägeloh-Mann, Martin Staudt
Pre- or perinatally acquired ("congenital") left-hemispheric brain lesions can be compensated for by reorganizing language into homotopic brain regions in the right hemisphere. Language comprehension may be hemispherically dissociated from language production. We investigated the lesion characteristics driving inter-hemispheric reorganization of language comprehension and language production in 19 patients (7-32years; eight females) with congenital left-hemispheric brain lesions (periventricular lesions [n=11] and middle cerebral artery infarctions [n=8]) by fMRI...
May 23, 2017: Brain and Language
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541407/insular-and-ventrolateral-orbitofrontal-cortices-differentially-contribute-to-goal-directed-behavior-in-rodents
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Shauna L Parkes, Pascal M Ravassard, Juan-Carlos Cerpa, Mathieu Wolff, Guillaume Ferreira, Etienne Coutureau
The medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC) has long been considered a critical site in action control. However, recent evidence indicates that the contribution of cortical areas to goal-directed behavior likely extends beyond mPFC. Here, we examine the function of both insular (IC) and ventrolateral orbitofrontal (vlOFC) cortices in action-dependent learning. We used chemogenetics to study the consequences of IC or vlOFC inhibition on acquisition and performance of instrumental actions using the outcome devaluation task...
May 25, 2017: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536515/subjectivity-of-the-anomalous-sense-of-self-is-represented-in-gray-matter-volume-in-the-brain
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Noriaki Kanayama, Tomohisa Asai, Takashi Nakao, Kai Makita, Ryutaro Kozuma, Takuto Uyama, Toshiyuki Yamane, Hiroshi Kadota, Shigeto Yamawaki
The self includes complicated and heterogeneous functions. Researchers have divided the self into three distinct functions called "agency," "ownership," and "narrative self". These correspond to psychiatric symptoms, behavioral characteristics and neural responses, but their relationship with brain structure is unclear. This study examined the relationship between the subjectivity of self-related malfunctions and brain structure in terms of gray matter (GM) volume in 96 healthy people. They completed a recently developed self-reported questionnaire called the Embodied Sense of Self Scale (ESSS) that measures self-related malfunctions...
2017: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529174/inhibitory-rtms-of-secondary-somatosensory-cortex-reduces-intensity-but-not-pleasantness-of-gentle-touch
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Laura K Case, Claire M Laubacher, Emily A Richards, Primavera Spagnolo, Håkan Olausson, MCatherine Bushnell
Research suggests that the discriminative and affective aspects of touch are processed differently in the brain. Primary somatosensory cortex is strongly implicated in touch discrimination, whereas insular and prefronal regions have been associated with pleasantness aspects of touch. However, the role of secondary somatosensory cortex (S2) is less clear. In the current study we used inhibitory repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) to temporarily deactivate S2 and probe its role in touch perception...
May 18, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529059/a-review-of-human-neuroimaging-investigations-involved-with-central-autonomic-regulation-of-baroreflex-mediated-cardiovascular-control
#5
Derek S Kimmerly
Effective regulation of central blood volume and arterial pressure is critical for optimal cardiovascular homeostasis. Inadequate regulation of mean arterial pressure has important pathophysiological implications including syncope, end organ damage, and stroke. Such regulation requires appropriate central integration of barosensory afferents and reflex autonomic control of the heart and blood vessels. The neural pathways involved with the baroreflex include brainstem nuclei that receive modulatory input from higher brain centres...
May 15, 2017: Autonomic Neuroscience: Basic & Clinical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527057/behavioral-therapy-emotion-and-pain-a-common-anatomical-background
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Lauren A-M Dahlke, Jeffrey J Sable, Frank Andrasik
Emotion and pain are closely intertwined in the brain, as the human experience of pain includes both affective and nociceptive components. Although each of these components relies on a different system in the brain, the two systems converge on the anterior cingulate and insular cortices, which interact with the prefrontal cortex and other frontal structures to influence behavior. Both emotional and physical pain elicit activity in these common areas, and conditions that affect one system (e.g., drugs, neural plasticity) may affect the function of the other-ultimately altering the experience of pain...
May 2017: Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520633/insular-cortex-surgery-for-the-treatment-of-refractory-epilepsy
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Marec von Lehe, Yaroslav Parpaley
Focal epilepsy originating from the insular cortex is rare. One reason is the small amount of cortical tissue compared with other lobes of the brain. However, the incidence of insular epilepsy might be underestimated because of diagnostic difficulties. The semiology and the surface EEG are often not meaningful or even misleading, and elaborated imaging might be necessary. The close connections of the insular cortex with other potentially epileptogenic areas, such as the temporal lobe or frontal/central cortex, is increasingly recognized as possible reason for failure of epilepsy surgery for temporal or extratemporal seizures...
May 16, 2017: Journal of Clinical Neurophysiology: Official Publication of the American Electroencephalographic Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520631/operculo-insular-epilepsy-scalp-and-intracranial-electroencephalographic-findings
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Ariel Levy, Thi Phuoc Yen Tran, Olivier Boucher, Alain Bouthillier, Dang Khoa Nguyen
PURPOSE: Operculo-insular seizures are heterogeneous and may resemble seizures originating from the temporal, frontal, or parietal lobe. Although surface and invasive EEG recordings are often necessary to detect operculo-insular seizures, electrophysiological features of operculo-insular epilepsies remain poorly characterized. This study describes the EEG findings of patients with operculo-insular epilepsy. METHODS: We reviewed electrophysiological data of all patients (n = 9) with operculo-insular seizures revealed by intracranial EEG and for whom operculo-insular epilepsy was confirmed by good seizure outcome after resective or radiosurgery at our center between 2005 and 2013...
May 16, 2017: Journal of Clinical Neurophysiology: Official Publication of the American Electroencephalographic Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28514807/can-transcranial-direct-current-stimulation-modulate-psychophysiological-response-in-sedentary-men-during-vigorous-aerobic-exercise
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Alexandre Hideki Okano, Daniel Gomes Silva Machado, Leônidas Oliveira Neto, Luiz Fernando Farias-Junior, Pedro Moraes Dutra Agrícola, Ademir Arruda, André Igor Fonteles, Li Min Li, Eduardo B Fontes, Hassan Mohamed Elsangedy, Alexandre Moreira
This study evaluated whether transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) could change physiological and psychological responses during vigorous exercise with a constant load. 13 sedentary males (23.0±4.2 years; 25.6±4.2 kg/m²) took part in this randomized, crossed-over, sham-controlled, and double-blinded study. Participants underwent 2 sessions with anodal or sham tDCS (2 mA, 20 min) applied before exercise over the left temporal cortex targeting the left insular cortex. The exercise was performed at vigorous intensity (%HRmax 81...
May 17, 2017: International Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511980/reward-loss-and-the-basolateral-amygdala-a-function-in-reward-comparisons
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Katsuyoshi Kawasaki, Iván Annicchiarico, Amanda C Glueck, Ignacio Morón, Mauricio R Papini
The neural circuitry underlying behavior in reward loss situations is poorly understood. We considered two such situations: reward devaluation (from large to small rewards) and reward omission (from large rewards to no rewards). There is evidence that the central nucleus of the amygdala (CeA) plays a role in the negative emotion accompanying reward loss. However, little is known about the function of the basolateral nucleus (BLA) in reward loss. Two hypotheses of BLA function in reward loss, negative emotion and reward comparisons, were tested in an experiment involving pretraining excitotoxic BLA lesions followed by training in four tasks: consummatory successive negative contrast (cSNC), autoshaping (AS) acquisition and extinction, anticipatory negative contrast (ANC), and open field testing (OF)...
May 13, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506485/surgery-for-dysembryoplastic-neuroepithelial-tumors-and-gangliogliomas-in-eloquent-areas-functional-results-and-seizure-control
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B Devaux, F Chassoux, E Landré, B Turak, A Laurent, M Zanello, C Mellerio, P Varlet
INTRODUCTION: Dysembryoplastic neuroepithelial tumors and gangliogliomas are developmental glioneuronal tumors usually revealed by partial epilepsy. High epileptogenicity, childhood epilepsy onset, drug-resistance, temporal location, and seizure freedom after complete resection are common characteristics of both tumors. We report the specificity of surgical management, functional results and seizure outcome in cases of a tumor location in eloquent areas. METHODS: Among 150 patients (88 males, 3-55 years) operated on for refractory epilepsy due to a glioneuronal tumor (1990-2015), 30 (20%, dysembryoplastic neuroepithelial tumors=21; gangliogliomas=9) had a tumor located in an eloquent cortex (sensory-motor, insular or language areas)...
May 12, 2017: Neuro-Chirurgie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28503142/brain-gray-matter-atrophy-after-spinal-cord-injury-a-voxel-based-morphometry-study
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Qian Chen, Weimin Zheng, Xin Chen, Lu Wan, Wen Qin, Zhigang Qi, Nan Chen, Kuncheng Li
The aim of this study was to explore possible changes in whole brain gray matter volume (GMV) after spinal cord injury (SCI) using voxel-based morphometry (VBM), and to study their associations with the injury duration, severity, and clinical variables. In total, 21 patients with SCI (10 with complete and 11 with incomplete SCI) and 21 age- and sex-matched healthy controls (HCs) were recruited. The 3D high-resolution T1-weighted structural images of all subjects were obtained using a 3.0 Tesla MRI system. Disease duration and American Spinal Injury Association (ASIA) Scale scores were also obtained from each patient...
2017: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28473012/circuits-regulating-pleasure-and-happiness-evolution-and-role-in-mental-disorders
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Anton J M Loonen, Svetlana A Ivanova
Taking the evolutionary development of the forebrain as a starting point, the authors developed a biological framework for the subcortical regulation of human emotional behaviour which may offer an explanation for the pathogenesis of the principle symptoms of mental disorders. Appetitive-searching (reward-seeking) and distress-avoiding (misery-fleeing) behaviour are essential for all free-moving animals to stay alive and to have offspring. Even the oldest ocean-dwelling animal creatures, living about 560 million years ago and human ancestors, must therefore have been capable of generating these behaviours...
May 5, 2017: Acta Neuropsychiatrica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28465167/the-neural-basis-of-delay-discounting-a-review-and-preliminary-model
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Ralph Frost, Neil McNaughton
The phenomenology of delay discounting (e.g. shape of the discount function; relation to mental health) has been reviewed in detail previously, but not its neural substrates. Its neuropsychology is crucial for both theory and clinical practice. So, here, we review the neural underpinnings of delay discounting. We introduce its objective summary measures; provide an atheoretical summary of current findings - linking brain regions to each objectively measurable variable; and then provide a preliminary five-stage summary model of cognitive processing; followed by a mapping of parameters to the flow of information through neural systems...
April 29, 2017: Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28462472/role-of-the-agranular-insular-cortex-in-contextual-control-over-cocaine-seeking-behavior-in-rats
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Amy A Arguello, Rong Wang, Carey M Lyons, Jessica A Higginbotham, Matthew A Hodges, Rita A Fuchs
RATIONALE: Environmental stimulus control over drug relapse requires the retrieval of context-response-cocaine associations, maintained in long-term memory through active reconsolidation processes. Identifying the neural substrates of these phenomena is important from a drug addiction treatment perspective. OBJECTIVES: The present study evaluated whether the agranular insular cortex (AI) plays a role in drug context-induced cocaine-seeking behavior and cocaine memory reconsolidation...
May 2, 2017: Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28452081/heightened-brain-response-to-pain-anticipation-in-high-functioning-adults-with-autism-spectrum-disorder
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Xiaosi Gu, Thomas J Zhou, Evdokia Anagnostou, Latha Soorya, Alexander Kolevzon, Patrick R Hof, Jin Fan
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is marked by both socio-communicative difficulties and abnormalities in sensory processing. Much of the work on sensory deficits in ASD has focused on tactile sensations and the perceptual aspects of somatosensation, such as encoding of stimulus intensity and location. Although aberrant pain processing has often been noted in clinical observations of patients with ASD, it remains largely uninvestigated. Importantly, the neural mechanism underlying higher order cognitive aspects of pain processing such as pain anticipation also remains unknown...
April 27, 2017: European Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446584/the-human-primary-somatosensory-cortex-is-differentially-involved-in-vibrotaction-and-nociception
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Cédric Lenoir, Gan Huang, Yves Vandermeeren, Samar M Hatem, André Mouraux
The role of the primary somatosensory cortex (S1) in vibrotaction is well established. In contrast, its involvement in nociception remains debated. Here, we test whether S1 is similarly involved in the processing of non-nociceptive and nociceptive somatosensory input in humans by comparing the after-effects of high-definition transcranial direct current stimulation (HD-tDCS) of the primary sensorimotor cortex on the event-related potentials (ERPs) elicited by non-nociceptive and nociceptive somatosensory stimuli delivered to the ipsilateral and contralateral hand...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444949/voxel-based-morphometry-meta-analysis-of-gray-and-white-matter-finds-significant-areas-of-differences-in-bipolar-patients-from-healthy-controls
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REVIEW
Rossana Ganzola, Simon Duchesne
OBJECTIVE: We present a retrospective meta-analysis of voxel-based morphometry (VBM) of gray (GM) and white matter (WM) differences between patients with bipolar disorder (BD) and behaviorally healthy controls. METHODS: We used the activation likelihood estimation and Sleuth software for our meta-analysis, considering P-value maps at the cluster level inference of .05 with uncorrected P<.001. Results were visualized with the software MANGO. RESULTS: We included twenty-five articles in the analysis, and separated the comparisons where BD patients had lower GM or WM concentrations than controls (573 subjects, 21 experiments, and 117 locations/180 subjects, five experiments, and 15 locations, respectively) and the comparisons where BD patients had greater GM concentrations than controls (217 subjects, nine experiments, and 49 locations)...
April 26, 2017: Bipolar Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444833/chronic-stress-induced-mechanical-hyperalgesia-is-controlled-by-capsaicin-sensitive-neurones-in-the-mouse
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B Scheich, P Vincze, É Szőke, É Borbély, Á Hunyady, J Szolcsányi, Á Dénes, Zs Környei, B Gaszner, Zs Helyes
BACKGROUND: Clinical studies demonstrated peripheral nociceptor deficit in stress-related chronic pain states, such as fibromyalgia. The interactions of stress and nociceptive systems have special relevance in chronic pain, but the underlying mechanisms including the role of specific nociceptor populations remain unknown. We investigated the role of capsaicin-sensitive neurones in chronic stress-related nociceptive changes. METHOD: Capsaicin-sensitive neurones were desensitized by the capsaicin analogue resiniferatoxin (RTX) in CD1 mice...
April 25, 2017: European Journal of Pain: EJP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444426/investigation-of-altered-microstructure-in-patients-with-drug-refractory-epilepsy-using-diffusion-tensor-imaging
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Yuwei Jiang, Lingyan Mao, Xu Yan, Mingxia Fan, Xin Wang, Jing Ding, Dongrong Xu
PURPOSE: The risk of refractory epilepsy can be more dangerous than the adverse effect caused by medical treatment. In this study, we employed voxel-wise analysis (VWA) and tract-based spatial statistics (TBSS) methods to measure microstructural changes using diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) in patients of drug refractory epilepsy (DRE) who had been epileptic for more than 10 years. METHODS: To examine the specific microstructural abnormalities in DRE patients and its difference from medically controlled epilepsy (MCE), we acquired DTI data of 7 DRE patients, 37 MCE patients, and 31 healthy controls (HCs) using a 3 T MRI scanner...
April 25, 2017: Neuroradiology
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