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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29108882/brain-mechanisms-for-processing-discriminative-and-affective-touch-in-7-month-old-infants
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Helga O Miguel, Isabel C Lisboa, Óscar F Gonçalves, Adriana Sampaio
Affective touch has been associated with affiliative behavior during early stages of infant development; however, its underlying brain mechanisms are still poorly understood. This study used fNIRS (functional near-infrared spectroscopy) to examine both affective and discriminative touch in 7- month-old infants (n=35). Infants were provided affective stimuli on the forearm for 10 sec followed by a 20 sec rest period. The protocol was repeated for discriminative touch, and both affective and discriminative stimuli were given in a counterbalanced order...
October 31, 2017: Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29082270/increased-blinking-may-be-a-precursor-of-blepharospasm-a-longitudinal-study
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Antonella Conte, Gina Ferrazzano, Giovanni Defazio, Giovanni Fabbrini, Mark Hallett, Alfredo Berardelli
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this five-year longitudinal study was to investigate whether patients with increased blinking develop orbicularis oculi muscle spasms. METHODS: Eleven patients who initially manifested increased blinking alone were clinically and neurophysiologically re-evaluated five years later. RESULTS: By the five-year follow-up assessment, nine of the 11 patients had developed orbicularis oculi muscle spasms. The blink reflex recovery cycle became abnormal whereas somatosensory temporal discrimination, already abnormal at the first evaluation, did not significantly change...
September 2017: Movement Disorders Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29070782/temporal-patterns-of-individual-neuronal-firing-in-rat-dorsal-column-nuclei-provide-information-required-for-somatosensory-discrimination
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Shin-Ichiro Shishido, Takashi Toda
A wealth of mechanical information from the body generates various forms of sensory experience during touch or kinesthesia. Dorsal column nuclei (DCN) in the medulla are the first relay station for somatosensory inputs from peripheral receptors. These nuclei integrate somatosensory information and send the output to higher-order centers; therefore, investigating the firing patterns of DCN neurons should elucidate coding principles within the somatosensory system. In this study, we quantified the firing patterns of DCN neurons and examined whether the firing patterns of particular neurons are altered when moving tactile stimuli are applied in different directions...
October 2017: Tohoku Journal of Experimental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29062576/does-the-somatosensory-temporal-discrimination-threshold-change-over-time-in-focal-dystonia
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Antonella Conte, Gina Ferrazzano, Daniele Belvisi, Nicoletta Manzo, Antonio Suppa, Giovanni Fabbrini, Alfredo Berardelli
BACKGROUND: The somatosensory temporal discrimination threshold (STDT) is defined as the shortest interval at which an individual recognizes two stimuli as asynchronous. Some evidence suggests that STDT depends on cortical inhibitory interneurons in the basal ganglia and in primary somatosensory cortex. Several studies have reported that the STDT in patients with dystonia is abnormal. No longitudinal studies have yet investigated whether STDT values in different forms of focal dystonia change during the course of the disease...
2017: Neural Plasticity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29045579/auditory-frequency-representations-in-human-somatosensory-cortex
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Alexis Pérez-Bellido, Kelly Anne Barnes, Lexi E Crommett, Jeffrey M Yau
Recent studies have challenged the traditional notion of modality-dedicated cortical systems by showing that audition and touch evoke responses in the same sensory brain regions. While much of this work has focused on somatosensory responses in auditory regions, fewer studies have investigated sound responses and representations in somatosensory regions. In this functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) study, we measured BOLD signal changes in participants performing an auditory frequency discrimination task and characterized activation patterns related to stimulus frequency using both univariate and multivariate analysis approaches...
October 13, 2017: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28861843/brain-motor-functional-changes-after-somatosensory-discrimination-training
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Elisabetta Sarasso, Federica Agosta, Federico Temporiti, Paola Adamo, Fabio Piccolo, Massimiliano Copetti, Roberto Gatti, Massimo Filippi
Somatosensory discrimination training may modulate cognitive processes, such as movement planning and monitoring, which can be useful during active movements. The aim of the study was to assess the effect of somatosensory discrimination training on brain functional activity using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) during motor and sensory tasks in healthy subjects. Thirty-nine healthy young subjects were randomized into two groups: the experimental group underwent somatosensory discrimination training consisting of shape, surface and two-point distance discrimination; and the control group performed a simple object manipulation...
August 31, 2017: Brain Imaging and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28842385/effects-of-spatial-fmri-resolution-on-the-classification-of-naturalistic-movies
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H Mandelkow, J A de Zwart, J H Duyn
Studies involving multivariate pattern analysis (MVPA) of BOLD fMRI data generally attribute the success of the information-theoretic approach to BOLD signal contrast on the fine spatial scale of millimeters facilitating the classification or decoding of perceptual stimuli. However, to date MVPA studies that have actually explored fMRI resolutions at less than 2 mm voxel size are rare and limited to small sets of unnatural stimuli (like visual gratings) as well as specific sub-regions of the brain, notably the primary somatosensory cortices...
August 24, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28747470/the-third-stimulus-temporal-discrimination-threshold-focusing-on-the-temporal-processing-of-sensory-input-within-primary-somatosensory-cortex
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Giorgio Leodori, Alessandra Formica, Xiaoying Zhu, Antonella Conte, Daniele Belvisi, Giorgio Cruccu, Mark Hallett, Alfredo Berardelli
The somatosensory temporal discrimination threshold (STDT) has been used in recent years to investigate time processing of sensory information, but little is known about the physiological correlates of somatosensory temporal discrimination. The objective of this study was to investigate whether the time interval required to discriminate between two stimuli varies according to the number of stimuli in the task. We used the third-stimulus temporal discrimination threshold (ThirdDT), defined as the shortest time interval at which an individual distinguishes a third stimulus following a pair of stimuli delivered at the STDT...
October 1, 2017: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724780/a-reduced-somatosensory-gating-response-in-individuals-with-multiple-sclerosis-is-related-to-walking-impairment
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David J Arpin, James E Gehringer, Tony W Wilson, Max J Kurz
When identical stimuli are presented in rapid temporal succession, neural responses to the second stimulation are often weaker than those observed for the first. This phenomenon is termed sensory gating and is believed to be an adaptive feature that helps prevent higher-order cortical centers from being flooded with unnecessary information. Recently, sensory gating in the somatosensory system has been linked to deficits in tactile discrimination. Additionally, studies have linked poor tactile discrimination with impaired walking and balance in individuals with multiple sclerosis (MS)...
October 1, 2017: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634466/abnormal-temporal-coupling-of-tactile-perception-and-motor-action-in-parkinson-s-disease
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Antonella Conte, Daniele Belvisi, Matteo Tartaglia, Francesca Natalia Cortese, Viola Baione, Emanuele Battista, Xiao Y Zhu, Giovanni Fabbrini, Alfredo Berardelli
Evidence shows altered somatosensory temporal discrimination threshold (STDT) in Parkinson's disease in comparison to normal subjects. In healthy subjects, movement execution modulates STDT values through mechanisms of sensory gating. We investigated whether STDT modulation during movement execution in patients with Parkinson's disease differs from that in healthy subjects. In 24 patients with Parkinson's disease and 20 healthy subjects, we tested STDT at baseline and during index finger abductions (at movement onset "0", 100, and 200 ms thereafter)...
2017: Frontiers in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28591219/mechanisms-underlying-a-thalamocortical-transformation-during-active-tactile-sensation
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Diego Adrian Gutnisky, Jianing Yu, Samuel Andrew Hires, Minh-Son To, Michael Ross Bale, Karel Svoboda, David Golomb
During active somatosensation, neural signals expected from movement of the sensors are suppressed in the cortex, whereas information related to touch is enhanced. This tactile suppression underlies low-noise encoding of relevant tactile features and the brain's ability to make fine tactile discriminations. Layer (L) 4 excitatory neurons in the barrel cortex, the major target of the somatosensory thalamus (VPM), respond to touch, but have low spike rates and low sensitivity to the movement of whiskers. Most neurons in VPM respond to touch and also show an increase in spike rate with whisker movement...
June 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28479322/spike-timing-matters-in-novel-neuronal-code-involved-in-vibrotactile-frequency-perception
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Ingvars Birznieks, Richard M Vickery
Skin vibrations sensed by tactile receptors contribute significantly to the perception of object properties during tactile exploration [1-4] and to sensorimotor control during object manipulation [5]. Sustained low-frequency skin vibration (<60 Hz) evokes a distinct tactile sensation referred to as flutter whose frequency can be clearly perceived [6]. How afferent spiking activity translates into the perception of frequency is still unknown. Measures based on mean spike rates of neurons in the primary somatosensory cortex are sufficient to explain performance in some frequency discrimination tasks [7-11]; however, there is emerging evidence that stimuli can be distinguished based also on temporal features of neural activity [12, 13]...
May 22, 2017: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28463818/high-frequency-somatosensory-stimulation-increases-sensori-motor-inhibition-and-leads-to-perceptual-improvement-in-healthy-subjects
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Lorenzo Rocchi, Roberto Erro, Elena Antelmi, Alfredo Berardelli, Michele Tinazzi, Rocco Liguori, Kailash Bhatia, John Rothwell
OBJECTIVE: High frequency repetitive somatosensory stimulation (HF-RSS), which is a patterned electric stimulation applied to the skin through surface electrodes, improves two-point discrimination, somatosensory temporal discrimination threshold (STDT) and motor performance in humans. However, the mechanisms which underlie these changes are still unknown. In particular, we hypothesize that refinement of inhibition might be responsible for the improvement in spatial and temporal perception...
June 2017: Clinical Neurophysiology: Official Journal of the International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28398578/social-anxiety-disorder-exhibit-impaired-networks-involved-in-self-and-theory-of-mind-processing
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Qian Cui, Eric J Vanman, Zhiliang Long, Yajing Pang, Yuyan Chen, Yifeng Wang, Xujun Duan, Heng Chen, Qiyong Gong, Wei Zhang, Huafu Chen
Most previous studies regarding social anxiety disorder (SAD) have focused on the role of emotional dysfunction, while impairments in self- and theory of mind (ToM)-processing have relatively been neglected. This study utilised functional connectivity density (FCD), resting-state functional connectivity (RSFC) and discriminant analyses to investigate impairments in self- and ToM-related networks in patients with SAD. Patients with SAD exhibited decreased long-range FCD in the right rostral anterior cingulate cortex (rACC) and decreased short-range FCD in the right superior temporal gyrus (STG)-key nodes involved in self- and ToM-processing, respectively...
August 1, 2017: Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28382013/beyond-the-peak-tactile-temporal-discrimination-does-not-correlate-with-individual-peak-frequencies-in-somatosensory-cortex
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Thomas J Baumgarten, Alfons Schnitzler, Joachim Lange
The human sensory systems constantly receive input from different stimuli. Whether these stimuli are integrated into a coherent percept or segregated and perceived as separate events, is critically determined by the temporal distance of the stimuli. This temporal distance has prompted the concept of temporal integration windows or perceptual cycles. Although this concept has gained considerable support, the neuronal correlates are still discussed. Studies suggested that neuronal oscillations might provide a neuronal basis for such perceptual cycles, i...
2017: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28276493/subliminal-stimuli-modulate-somatosensory-perception-rhythmically-and-provide-evidence-for-discrete-perception
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Thomas J Baumgarten, Sara Königs, Alfons Schnitzler, Joachim Lange
Despite being experienced as continuous, there is an ongoing debate if perception is an intrinsically discrete process, with incoming sensory information treated as a succession of single perceptual cycles. Here, we provide causal evidence that somatosensory perception is composed of discrete perceptual cycles. We used in humans an electrotactile temporal discrimination task preceded by a subliminal (i.e., below perceptual threshold) stimulus. Although not consciously perceived, subliminal stimuli are known to elicit neuronal activity in early sensory areas and modulate the phase of ongoing neuronal oscillations...
March 9, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28269555/feature-domain-specific-movement-intention-detection-for-stroke-rehabilitation-with-brain-computer-interfaces
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J T Hadsund, M B Sorensen, A C Royo, I K Niazi, H Rovsing, C Rovsing, M Jochumsen
Brain-computer interface (BCI) driven electrical stimulation has been proposed for neuromodulation for stroke rehabilitation by pairing intentions to move with somatosensory feedback from electrical stimulation. Movement intentions have been detected in several studies using different techniques, with temporal and spectral features being the most common. A few studies have compared temporal and spectral features, but conflicting results have been reported. In this study, the aim was to investigate if complexity measures can be used for movement intention detection and to compare the detection performance based on features extracted from three different domains (time, frequency and complexity) from single-trial EEG...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227809/feature-domain-specific-movement-intention-detection-for-stroke-rehabilitation-with-brain-computer-interfaces
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J T Hadsund, M B Sorensen, A C Royo, I K Niazi, H Rovsing, C Rovsing, M Jochumsen, J T Hadsund, M B Sorensen, A C Royo, I K Niazi, H Rovsing, C Rovsing, M Jochumsen, H Rovsing, M Jochumsen, M B Sorensen, C Rovsing, A C Royo, I K Niazi, J T Hadsund
Brain-computer interface (BCI) driven electrical stimulation has been proposed for neuromodulation for stroke rehabilitation by pairing intentions to move with somatosensory feedback from electrical stimulation. Movement intentions have been detected in several studies using different techniques, with temporal and spectral features being the most common. A few studies have compared temporal and spectral features, but conflicting results have been reported. In this study, the aim was to investigate if complexity measures can be used for movement intention detection and to compare the detection performance based on features extracted from three different domains (time, frequency and complexity) from single-trial EEG...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28163694/hand-to-face-remapping-but-no-differences-in-temporal-discrimination-observed-on-the-intact-hand-following-unilateral-upper-limb-amputation
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Kassondra L Collins, Danielle L McKean, Katherine Huff, Mark Tommerdahl, Oleg Vyacheslavovich Favorov, Robert S Waters, Jack W Tsao
Unilateral major limb amputation causes changes in sensory perception. Changes may occur within not only the residual limb but also the intact limb as well as the brain. We tested the hypothesis that limb amputation may result in the detection of hand sensation during stimulation of a non-limb-related body region. We further investigated the responses of unilateral upper limb amputees and individuals with all limbs intact to temporally based sensory tactile testing of the fingertips to test the hypothesis that changes in sensory perception also have an effect on the intact limb...
2017: Frontiers in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28163677/human-brain-activity-related-to-the-tactile-perception-of-stickiness
#20
Jiwon Yeon, Junsuk Kim, Jaekyun Ryu, Jang-Yeon Park, Soon-Cheol Chung, Sung-Phil Kim
While the perception of stickiness serves as one of the fundamental dimensions for tactile sensation, little has been elucidated about the stickiness sensation and its neural correlates. The present study investigated how the human brain responds to perceived tactile sticky stimuli using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). To evoke tactile perception of stickiness with multiple intensities, we generated silicone stimuli with varying catalyst ratios. Also, an acrylic sham stimulus was prepared to present a condition with no sticky sensation...
2017: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
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