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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549538/processing-of-word-stress-related-acoustic-information-a-multi-feature-mmn-study
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Ferenc Honbolygó, Orsolya Kolozsvári, Valéria Csépe
In the present study, we investigated the processing of word stress related acoustic features in a word context. In a passive oddball multi-feature MMN experiment, we presented a disyllabic pseudo-word with two acoustically similar syllables as standard stimulus, and five contrasting deviants that differed from the standard in that they were either stressed on the first syllable or contained a vowel change. Stress was realized by an increase of f0, intensity, vowel duration or consonant duration. The vowel change was used to investigate if phonemic and prosodic changes elicit different MMN components...
May 23, 2017: International Journal of Psychophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548084/perirhinal-firing-patterns-are-sustained-across-large-spatial-segments-of-the-task-environment
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Jeroen J Bos, Martin Vinck, Laura A van Mourik-Donga, Jadin C Jackson, Menno P Witter, Cyriel M A Pennartz
Spatial navigation and memory depend on the neural coding of an organism's location. Fine-grained coding of location is thought to depend on the hippocampus. Likewise, animals benefit from knowledge parsing their environment into larger spatial segments, which are relevant for task performance. Here we investigate how such knowledge may be coded, and whether this occurs in structures in the temporal lobe, supplying cortical inputs to the hippocampus. We found that neurons in the perirhinal cortex of rats generate sustained firing patterns that discriminate large segments of the task environment...
May 26, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544439/effects-of-cognitive-impairment-on-prosodic-parameters-of-speech-production-planning-in-multiple-sclerosis
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Céline De Looze, Noémie Moreau, Laurent Renié, Finnian Kelly, Alain Ghio, Audrey Rico, Bertrand Audoin, François Viallet, Jean Pelletier, Caterina Petrone
Cognitive impairment (CI) affects 40-65% of patients with multiple sclerosis (MS). CI can have a negative impact on a patient's everyday activities, such as engaging in conversations. Speech production planning ability is crucial for successful verbal interactions and thus for preserving social and occupational skills. This study investigates the effect of cognitive-linguistic demand and CI on speech production planning in MS, as reflected in speech prosody. A secondary aim is to explore the clinical potential of prosodic features for the prediction of an individual's cognitive status in MS...
May 24, 2017: Journal of Neuropsychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544409/mind-the-gap-temporal-discrimination-and-dystonia
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A Sadnicka, C Daum, C Cordivari, K P Bhatia, J C Rothwell, S Manohar, M J Edwards
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: One of the most widely studied perceptual measures of sensory dysfunction in dystonia is the temporal discrimination threshold (TDT) (the shortest interval at which subjects can perceive that there are two stimuli rather than one). However the elevated thresholds described may be due to a number of potential mechanisms as current paradigms test not only temporal discrimination but also extraneous sensory and decision-making parameters. In this study two paradigms designed to better quantify temporal processing are presented and a decision-making model is used to assess the influence of decision strategy...
June 2017: European Journal of Neurology: the Official Journal of the European Federation of Neurological Societies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540652/development-of-low-cost-instrumentation-for-single-point-autofluorescence-lifetime-measurements
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João Lagarto, Jonathan D Hares, Christopher Dunsby, Paul M W French
Autofluorescence lifetime measurements, which can provide label-free readouts in biological tissues, contrasting e.g. different types and states of tissue matrix components and different cellular metabolites, may have significant clinical potential for diagnosis and to provide surgical guidance. However, the cost of the instrumentation typically used currently presents a barrier to wider implementation. We describe a low-cost single point time-resolved autofluorescence instrument, exploiting modulated laser diodes for excitation and FPGA-based circuitry for detection, together with a custom constant fraction discriminator...
May 25, 2017: Journal of Fluorescence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537095/development-of-a-coping-with-stress-scale-for-a-non-western-population-of-children-and-adolescents
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Ilgın Gökler DanIşman, Nejla Yıldız, İbrahim Yiğit
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: In the related literature numerous instruments have been developed to measure children and adolescents' coping with stress. Considering the cultural differences in individuals' choice for coping strategies, along with the limitations of the existing measures of coping for children and adolescents (e.g., being derived from coping measures developed for adults; unrepresentative samples with limited age range, etc.), the current study aimed to construct a self-report coping scale for a non-western population of children and adolescents...
May 24, 2017: Anxiety, Stress, and Coping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536518/mri-visual-ratings-of-brain-atrophy-and-white-matter-hyperintensities-across-the-spectrum-of-cognitive-decline-are-differently-affected-by-age-and-diagnosis
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Hanneke F M Rhodius-Meester, Marije R Benedictus, Mike P Wattjes, Frederik Barkhof, Philip Scheltens, Majon Muller, Wiesje M van der Flier
Aim: To assess the associations of age and diagnosis with visual ratings of medial temporal lobe atrophy (MTA), parietal atrophy (PA), global cortical atrophy (GCA), and white matter hyperintensities (WMH) and to investigate their clinical value in a large memory clinic cohort. Methods: We included 2,934 patients (age 67 ± 9 years; 1,391 [47%] female; MMSE 24 ± 5) from the Amsterdam Dementia Cohort (1,347 dementia due to Alzheimer's disease [AD]; 681 mild cognitive impairment [MCI]; 906 controls with subjective cognitive decline)...
2017: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534772/discriminative-transformation-for-multi-dimensional-temporal-sequences
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Bing Su, Xiaoqing Ding, Changsong Liu, Hao Wang, Ying Wu
Feature space transformation (FST) techniques have been widely studied for dimensionality reduction in vector-based feature space. However, these techniques are inapplicable to sequence data because the features in the same sequence are not independent. In this paper, we propose a method called max-min inter-sequence distance analysis (MMSDA) to transform features in sequences into a low-dimensional subspace such that different sequence classes are holistically separated. To utilize the temporal dependencies, MMSDA first aligns features in sequences from the same class to an adapted number of temporal states and then constructs the sequence class separability based on the statistics of these ordered states...
May 16, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Image Processing: a Publication of the IEEE Signal Processing Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530590/metabolic-profiling-of-apples-from-different-production-systems-before-and-after-controlled-atmosphere-ca-storage-studied-by-1-h-high-resolution-magic-angle-spinning-hr-mas-nmr
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Martina Vermathen, Mattia Marzorati, Gaëlle Diserens, Daniel Baumgartner, Claudia Good, Franz Gasser, Peter Vermathen
Determination of metabolic alterations in apples induced by such processes as different crop protection strategies or storage, are of interest to assess correlations with fruit quality or fruit disorders. Preliminary results proposed the metabolic discrimination of apples from organic (BIO), integrated (IP) and low-input (LI) production. To determine contributions of temporal metabolic developments and to define the type of metabolic changes during storage, (1)H high resolution-magic angle spinning (HR-MAS) NMR spectroscopy of apple pulp was performed before and after two time points of controlled atmosphere storage...
October 15, 2017: Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527912/implicit-variations-of-temporal-predictability-shaping-the-neural-oscillatory-and-behavioural-response
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Sophie K Herbst, Jonas Obleser
Being able to predict when an event will occur (temporal predictability) can help us prepare and time our responses. We here sought to delineate the neural and behavioural corollaries of highly implicit, probabilistic temporal predictability in an auditory foreperiod paradigm. To this end, we measured electroencephalography (EEG) and response times in two independent experiments (total N = 46). Unbeknownst to participants, we induced a probabilistic variation of cue-target delays (i.e., foreperiods) in a pitch-discrimination task on a noise-embedded tone: The smaller the standard deviation of the underlying foreperiod distribution, the more predictable the time of target occurrence should be...
May 17, 2017: Neuropsychologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527351/permutation-entropy-analysis-of-heart-rate-variability-for-the-assessment-of-cardiovascular-autonomic-neuropathy-in-type-1-diabetes-mellitus
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Claudia Carricarte Naranjo, Lazaro M Sanchez-Rodriguez, Marta Brown Martínez, Mario Estévez Báez, Andrés Machado García
Heart rate variability (HRV) analysis is a relevant tool for the diagnosis of cardiovascular autonomic neuropathy (CAN). To our knowledge, no previous investigation on CAN has assessed the complexity of HRV from an ordinal perspective. Therefore, the aim of this work is to explore the potential of permutation entropy (PE) analysis of HRV complexity for the assessment of CAN. For this purpose, we performed a short-term PE analysis of HRV in healthy subjects and type 1 diabetes mellitus patients, including patients with CAN...
May 8, 2017: Computers in Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515289/learning-temporal-context-shapes-the-prestimulus-alpha-oscillations-and-improves-the-visual-discrimination-performance
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Tahereh Toosi, Ehsan K Tousi, Hossein Esteky
Time is an inseparable component of every physical event that we perceive, yet it is not clear how the brain processes time or how the neuronal representation of time affects our perception of events. Here, we asked subjects to perform a visual discrimination task, while we changed the temporal context in which the stimuli were presented. We collected electroencephalography (EEG) signals in two temporal contexts. Predictable blocks: stimuli were presented after a constant delay relative to a visual cue, and unpredictable blocks: stimuli were presented after variable delays relative to the visual cue...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511126/endophenotyping-in-idiopathic-adult-onset-cervical-dystonia
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Georg Kägi, Diane Ruge, Florian Brugger, Petra Katschnig, Rafael Sauter, Mirta Fiorio, Michele Tinazzi, John Rothwell, Kailash P Bhatia
OBJECTIVE: Idiopathic adult onset cervical dystonia (IAOCD) is considered to be a partially penetrant autosomal dominant genetic condition. Dystonia may result from genetic and environmental factors. In this view, part of the physiology should be an endophenotype stemming from the genetic background. We assessed the most discriminative test to separate patients with IAOCD and healthy controls for further endophenotyping in non-affected 1st degree relatives. METHODS: We included patients with IAOCD, their 1st degree relatives and healthy controls...
April 23, 2017: Clinical Neurophysiology: Official Journal of the International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28508116/comparing-visual-search-and-eye-movements-in-bilinguals-and-monolinguals
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Ileana Ratiu, Michael C Hout, Stephen C Walenchok, Tamiko Azuma, Stephen D Goldinger
Recent research has suggested that bilinguals show advantages over monolinguals in visual search tasks, although these findings have been derived from global behavioral measures of accuracy and response times. In the present study we sought to explore the bilingual advantage by using more sensitive eyetracking techniques across three visual search experiments. These spatially and temporally fine-grained measures allowed us to carefully investigate any nuanced attentional differences between bilinguals and monolinguals...
May 15, 2017: Attention, Perception & Psychophysics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507285/multivariate-eeg-analyses-support-high-resolution-tracking-of-feature-based-attentional-selection
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Johannes Jacobus Fahrenfort, Anna Grubert, Christian N L Olivers, Martin Eimer
The primary electrophysiological marker of feature-based selection is the N2pc, a lateralized posterior negativity emerging around 180-200 ms. As it relies on hemispheric differences, its ability to discriminate the locus of focal attention is severely limited. Here we demonstrate that multivariate analyses of raw EEG data provide a much more fine-grained spatial profile of feature-based target selection. When training a pattern classifier to determine target position from EEG, we were able to decode target positions on the vertical midline, which cannot be achieved using standard N2pc methodology...
May 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28505617/ganglion-cell-complex-in-early-and-intermediate-age-related-macular-degeneration-evidence-by-sd-oct-manual-segmentation
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Pedro Camacho, Marco Dutra-Medeiros, Liliana Páris
PURPOSE: To evaluate ganglion cell layer (GCL) and ganglion cell complex (GCC) thickness manually by spectral-domain optical coherence tomography in subjects with early and intermediate age-related macular degeneration (AMD) in 12 locations on the horizontal meridian. METHODS: A total of 450 eyes (specifically, 246 eyes classified as having early/intermediate AMD plus 204 control eyes) were studied. Mann-Whitney U and Kruskal-Wallis tests were used to compare values between the healthy controls and the AMD group and also between the subgroups under study...
May 16, 2017: Ophthalmologica. Journal International D'ophtalmologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28504936/wave-mode-discrimination-of-coded-ultrasonic-guided-waves-using-two-dimensional-compressed-pulse-analysis
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Sergio Malo, Sina Fateri, Makis Livadas, Cristinel Mares, Tat-Hean Gan
Ultrasonic guided waves testing is a technique successfully used in many industrial scenarios worldwide. For many complex applications, the dispersive nature and multimode behavior of the technique still poses a challenge for correct defect detection capabilities. In order to improve the performance of the guided waves a 2-D compressed pulse analysis is presented in this paper. This novel technique combines the use of pulse compression and dispersion compensation in order to improve the signal-tonoise ratio and temporal-spatial resolution of the signals...
May 11, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28501655/changes-of-auditory-event-related-potentials-in-ovariectomized-rats-injected-with-d-galactose-protective-role-of-rosmarinic-acid
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Deniz Kantar-Gok, Enis Hidisoglu, Hakan Er, Alev Duygu Acun, Yusuf Olgar, Piraye Yargıcoglu
Rosmarinic acid (RA), which has multiple bioactive properties, might be a useful agent for protecting central nervous system against age related alterations. In this context, the purpose of the present study was to investigate possible protective effects of RA on mismatch negativity (MMN) component of auditory event-related potentials (AERPs) as an indicator of auditory discrimination and echoic memory in the ovariectomized (OVX) rats injected with d-galactose combined with neurochemical and histological analyses...
May 10, 2017: Neurotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28495369/group-level-spatio-temporal-pattern-recovery-in-meg-decoding-using-multi-task-joint-feature-learning
#19
Seyed Mostafa Kia, Fabian Pedregosa, Anna Blumenthal, Andrea Passerini
BACKGROUND: The use of machine learning models to discriminate between patterns of neural activity has become in recent years a standard analysis approach in neuroimaging studies. Whenever these models are linear, the estimated parameters can be visualized in the form of brain maps which can aid in understanding how brain activity in space and time underlies a cognitive function. However, the recovered brain maps often suffer from lack of interpretability, especially in group analysis of multi-subject data...
May 8, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28493519/neurotransmitters-behind-pain-relief-with-transcranial-magnetic-stimulation-positron-emission-tomography-evidence-for-release-of-endogenous-opioids
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S Lamusuo, J Hirvonen, P Lindholm, I K Martikainen, N Hagelberg, R Parkkola, T Taiminen, J Hietala, S Helin, A Virtanen, A Pertovaara, S K Jääskeläinen
BACKGROUND: Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) at M1/S1 cortex has been shown to alleviate neuropathic pain. OBJECTIVES: To investigate the possible neurobiological correlates of cortical neurostimulation for the pain relief. METHODS: We studied the effects of M1/S1 rTMS on nociception, brain dopamine D2 and μ-opioid receptors using a randomized, sham-controlled, double-blinded crossover study design and 3D-positron emission tomography (PET)...
May 11, 2017: European Journal of Pain: EJP
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