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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
#2
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
#3
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
#4
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, Qiyong Gong, Wei Zhang, Heng Chen, Xujun Duan, 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 been relatively neglected. The present 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...
April 7, 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
#6
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
#9
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
#11
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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28035900/perceptually-relevant-remapping-of-human-somatotopy-in-24-hours
#12
James Kolasinski, Tamar R Makin, John P Logan, Saad Jbabdi, Stuart Clare, Charlotte J Stagg, Heidi Johansen-Berg
Experience-dependent reorganisation of functional maps in the cerebral cortex is well described in the primary sensory cortices. However, there is relatively little evidence for such cortical reorganisation over the short-term. Using human somatosensory cortex as a model, we investigated the effects of a 24 hr gluing manipulation in which the right index and right middle fingers (digits 2 and 3) were adjoined with surgical glue. Somatotopic representations, assessed with two 7 tesla fMRI protocols, revealed rapid off-target reorganisation in the non-manipulated fingers following gluing, with the representation of the ring finger (digit 4) shifted towards the little finger (digit 5) and away from the middle finger (digit 3)...
December 30, 2016: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926827/decoding-hand-gestures-from-primary-somatosensory-cortex-using-high-density-ecog
#13
Mariana P Branco, Zachary V Freudenburg, Erik J Aarnoutse, Martin G Bleichner, Mariska J Vansteensel, Nick F Ramsey
Electrocorticography (ECoG) based Brain-Computer Interfaces (BCIs) have been proposed as a way to restore and replace motor function or communication in severely paralyzed people. To date, most motor-based BCIs have either focused on the sensorimotor cortex as a whole or on the primary motor cortex (M1) as a source of signals for this purpose. Still, target areas for BCI are not confined to M1, and more brain regions may provide suitable BCI control signals. A logical candidate is the primary somatosensory cortex (S1), which not only shares similar somatotopic organization to M1, but also has been suggested to have a role beyond sensory feedback during movement execution...
February 15, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27872293/emergence-of-an-abstract-categorical-code-enabling-the-discrimination-of-temporally-structured-tactile-stimuli
#14
Román Rossi-Pool, Emilio Salinas, Antonio Zainos, Manuel Alvarez, José Vergara, Néstor Parga, Ranulfo Romo
The problem of neural coding in perceptual decision making revolves around two fundamental questions: (i) How are the neural representations of sensory stimuli related to perception, and (ii) what attributes of these neural responses are relevant for downstream networks, and how do they influence decision making? We studied these two questions by recording neurons in primary somatosensory (S1) and dorsal premotor (DPC) cortex while trained monkeys reported whether the temporal pattern structure of two sequential vibrotactile stimuli (of equal mean frequency) was the same or different...
December 6, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27815488/somatosensory-temporal-discrimation-remains-intact-in-tension-type-headache-whereas-it-is-disrupted-in-migraine-attacks
#15
Doga Vuralli, H Evren Boran, Bulent Cengiz, Ozlem Coskun, Hayrunnisa Bolay
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Somatosensory temporal discrimination was recently reported as prolonged during migraine attacks, which is consistent with disrupted sensorial perception in migraine. However, knowledge about central sensory processing in tension-type headache is still lacking. This prospective, controlled study aimed to investigate somatosensory temporal discrimination thresholds in tension-type headache. METHODS: The study included 10 tension-type headache patients, 10 migraine patients and 10 healthy volunteers without headache...
November 4, 2016: Cephalalgia: An International Journal of Headache
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27767240/a-somatosensory-to-motor-cascade-of-cortical-areas-engaged-in-perceptual-decision-making-during-tactile-pattern-discrimination
#16
Yiwen Li Hegner, Axel Lindner, Christoph Braun
The processes underlying perceptual decision making are diverse and typically engage a distributed network of brain areas. It is a particular challenge to establish a sensory-to-motor functional hierarchy in such networks. This is because single-cell recordings mainly study the nodes of decision networks in isolation but seldom simultaneously. Moreover, imaging methods, which allow simultaneously accessing information from overall networks, typically suffer from either the temporal or the spatial resolution necessary to establish a detailed functional hierarchy in terms of a sequential recruitment of areas during a decision process...
October 21, 2016: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27755134/the-effect-of-l-dopa-carbidopa-intestinal-gel-in-parkinson-disease-assessed-using-neurophysiologic-techniques
#17
Matteo Bologna, Anna Latorre, Francesca Di Biasio, Antonella Conte, Daniele Belvisi, Nicola Modugno, Antonio Suppa, Alfredo Berardelli, Giovanni Fabbrini
BACKGROUND: By providing a stable and smooth L-dopa plasmatic level, L-dopa/carbidopa intestinal gel reproduces the physiological continuous dopaminergic receptor stimulation in patients with Parkinson disease (PD), and it therefore represents a suitable tool to investigate the role of the altered dopaminergic neurotransmission in the pathophysiology of motor and sensory abnormalities in this condition. METHODS: We studied 11 patients with advanced PD being treated with L-Dopa/carbidopa intestinal gel (LCIG) and 11 age-matched healthy subjects...
November 2016: Clinical Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27671708/neurophysiological-correlates-of-abnormal-somatosensory-temporal-discrimination-in-dystonia
#18
Elena Antelmi, Roberto Erro, Lorenzo Rocchi, Rocco Liguori, Michele Tinazzi, Flavio Di Stasio, Alfredo Berardelli, John C Rothwell, Kailash P Bhatia
BACKGROUND: Somatosensory temporal discrimination threshold is often prolonged in patients with dystonia. Previous evidence suggested that this might be caused by impaired somatosensory processing in the time domain. Here, we tested if other markers of reduced inhibition in the somatosensory system might also contribute to abnormal somatosensory temporal discrimination in dystonia. METHODS: Somatosensory temporal discrimination threshold was measured in 19 patients with isolated cervical dystonia and 19 age-matched healthy controls...
January 2017: Movement Disorders: Official Journal of the Movement Disorder Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27650249/understanding-the-link-between-somatosensory-temporal-discrimination-and-movement-execution-in-healthy-subjects
#19
Antonella Conte, Daniele Belvisi, Nicoletta Manzo, Matteo Bologna, Francesca Barone, Matteo Tartaglia, Neeraj Upadhyay, Alfredo Berardelli
The somatosensory temporal discrimination threshold (STDT) is the shortest interval at which an individual recognizes paired stimuli as separate in time. We investigated whether and how voluntary movement modulates STDT in healthy subjects. In 17 healthy participants, we tested STDT during voluntary index-finger abductions at several time-points after movement onset and during motor preparation. We then tested whether voluntary movement-induced STDT changes were specific for the body segment moved, depended on movement kinematics, on the type of movement or on the intensity for delivering paired electrical stimuli for STDT To understand the mechanisms underlying STDT modulation, we also tested STDT during motor imagery and after delivering repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation to elicit excitability changes in the primary somatosensory cortex (S1)...
September 2016: Physiological Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27650127/cortical-plasticity-in-patients-with-median-nerve-lesions-studied-with-meg
#20
Lotta Fornander, Tom Brismar, Thomas Hansson, Heidi Wikström
We have previously shown age- and time-dependent effects on brain activity in the primary somatosensory cortex (SI), in a functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) study of patients with median nerve injury. Whereas fMRI measures the hemodynamic changes in response to increased neural activity, magnetoencephalography (MEG) offers a more concise way of examining the evoked response, with superior temporal resolution. We therefore wanted to combine these imaging techniques to gain additional knowledge of the plasticity processes in response to median nerve injury...
September 2016: Somatosensory & Motor Research
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