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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426959/ontogenesis-of-lateralization
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REVIEW
Onur Güntürkün, Sebastian Ocklenburg
The brains of humans and other animals are asymmetrically organized, but we still know little about the ontogenetic and neural fundaments of lateralizations. Here, we review the current state of understanding about the role of genetic and non-genetic factors for the development of neural and behavioral asymmetries in vertebrates. At the genetic level, the Nodal signaling cascade is of central importance, but several other genetic pathways have been discovered to also shape the lateralized embryonic brain. Studies in humans identified several relevant genes with mostly small effect sizes but also highlight the extreme importance of non-genetic factors for asymmetry development...
April 19, 2017: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426552/altered-neural-responses-to-heat-pain-in-drug-na%C3%A3-ve-patients-with-parkinson-s-disease
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Katarina Forkmann, Wiebke Grashorn, Katharina Schmidt, Odette Fründt, Carsten Buhmann, Ulrike Bingel
Pain is a frequent but still neglected non-motor symptom of Parkinson's disease (PD). However, neural mechanisms underlying pain in PD are poorly understood. Here we explored whether the high prevalence of pain in PD might be related to dysfunctional descending pain control. Using fMRI we explored neural responses during the anticipation and processing of heat pain in 21 PD patients (Hoehn&Yahr I-III) and 23 healthy controls (HC). PD patients were naïve to dopaminergic medication in order to avoid confounding drug effects...
April 18, 2017: Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424636/the-neural-basis-of-speech-perception-through-lipreading-and-manual-cues-evidence-from-deaf-native-users-of-cued-speech
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Mario Aparicio, Philippe Peigneux, Brigitte Charlier, Danielle Balériaux, Martin Kavec, Jacqueline Leybaert
We present here the first neuroimaging data for perception of Cued Speech (CS) by deaf adults who are native users of CS. CS is a visual mode of communicating a spoken language through a set of manual cues which accompany lipreading and disambiguate it. With CS, sublexical units of the oral language are conveyed clearly and completely through the visual modality without requiring hearing. The comparison of neural processing of CS in deaf individuals with processing of audiovisual (AV) speech in normally hearing individuals represents a unique opportunity to explore the similarities and differences in neural processing of an oral language delivered in a visuo-manual vs...
2017: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424573/global-sensory-qualities-and-aesthetic-experience-in-music
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Pauli Brattico, Elvira Brattico, Peter Vuust
A well-known tradition in the study of visual aesthetics holds that the experience of visual beauty is grounded in global computational or statistical properties of the stimulus, for example, scale-invariant Fourier spectrum or self-similarity. Some approaches rely on neural mechanisms, such as efficient computation, processing fluency, or the responsiveness of the cells in the primary visual cortex. These proposals are united by the fact that the contributing factors are hypothesized to be global (i.e., they concern the percept as a whole), formal or non-conceptual (i...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422990/sensory-cortical-response-to-uncertainty-and-low-salience-during-recognition-of-affective-cues-in-musical-intervals
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Fernando Bravo, Ian Cross, Emmanuel Andreas Stamatakis, Martin Rohrmeier
Previous neuroimaging studies have shown an increased sensory cortical response (i.e., heightened weight on sensory evidence) under higher levels of predictive uncertainty. The signal enhancement theory proposes that attention improves the quality of the stimulus representation, and therefore reduces uncertainty by increasing the gain of the sensory signal. The present study employed functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to investigate the neural correlates for ambiguous valence inferences signaled by auditory information within an emotion recognition paradigm...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421015/music-and-its-inductive-power-a-psychobiological-and-evolutionary-approach-to-musical-emotions
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Mark Reybrouck, Tuomas Eerola
The aim of this contribution is to broaden the concept of musical meaning from an abstract and emotionally neutral cognitive representation to an emotion-integrating description that is related to the evolutionary approach to music. Starting from the dispositional machinery for dealing with music as a temporal and sounding phenomenon, musical emotions are considered as adaptive responses to be aroused in human beings as the product of neural structures that are specialized for their processing. A theoretical and empirical background is provided in order to bring together the findings of music and emotion studies and the evolutionary approach to musical meaning...
2017: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420286/probing-the-characteristics-of-colour-motion-binding-and-its-dependence-on-persistent-surface-segregation
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Gabriel J Vigano, Ryan T Maloney, Colin W G Clifford
Identifying the spatial and temporal characteristics of visual feature binding is a remaining challenge in the science of perception. Within the feature-binding literature, disparate findings have suggested the existence of more than one feature-binding mechanism with differing temporal resolutions. For example, one surprising result is that temporal alternations between two different feature pairings of colour and motion (e.g., orange dots moving left with blue dots moving right) support accurate conjunction discrimination at alternation frequencies of around 10 Hz and greater...
January 1, 2017: Perception
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419785/internal-noise-estimates-correlate-with-autistic-traits
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Greta Vilidaite, Miaomiao Yu, Daniel H Baker
Previous neuroimaging research has reported increased internal (neural) noise in sensory systems of autistic individuals. However, it is unclear if this difference has behavioural or perceptual consequences, as previous attempts at measuring internal noise in ASD psychophysically have been indirect. Here, we use a "gold standard" psychophysical double-pass paradigm to investigate the relationship between internal noise and autistic traits in the neurotypical population (n = 43). We measured internal noise in three tasks (contrast perception, facial expression intensity perception, and number summation) to estimate a global internal noise factor using principal components analysis...
April 17, 2017: Autism Research: Official Journal of the International Society for Autism Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419116/weak-experiences-sufficient-for-creating-illusory-figures-that-influence-perception-of-actual-lines
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Simon Hviid Del Pin, Kristian Sandberg, Bo Martin Bibby, Morten Overgaard
The question of whether conscious experience is best viewed as graded or dichotomous has received much scientific attention in recent years as the answer is relevant not only to models of consciousness, but also to the examination of neural markers of consciousness in patients and infants. Although some studies have found evidence of graded perception, it is unclear whether such perception is simply composed of individual stimulus features perceived in an all-or-none manner. Here, we examined whether the Kanizsa triangle (an illusory figure that is supposedly only perceived when all its parts are visible) has an impact on line length discrimination across four degrees of subjective visibility...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413707/disrupting-dorsolateral-prefrontal-cortex-by-rtms-reduces-the-p300-based-marker-of-deception
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Inga Karton, Talis Bachmann
OBJECTIVE: Quite many studies have revealed certain brain-process signatures indicative of subject's deceptive behavior. These signatures are neural correlates of deception. However, much less is known about whether these signatures can be modified by noninvasive brain stimulation techniques representing methods of causal intervention of brain processes and the corresponding behavior. Our purpose was to explore whether such methods have an effect on these signatures. METHODS: It is well known that electroencephalographic event-related potential component, P300, is sensitive to perception of critical items in a concealed information test, one of the central methods in deception studies...
April 2017: Brain and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412441/noise-robust-cortical-tracking-of-attended-speech-in-real-world-acoustic-scenes
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Søren Asp Fuglsang, Torsten Dau, Jens Hjortkjær
Selectively attending to one speaker in a multi-speaker scenario is thought to synchronize low-frequency cortical activity to the attended speech signal. In recent studies, reconstruction of speech from single-trial electroencephalogram (EEG) data has been used to decode which talker a listener is attending to in a two-talker situation. It is currently unclear how this generalizes to more complex sound environments. Behaviorally, speech perception is robust to the acoustic distortions that listeners typically encounter in everyday life, but it is unknown whether this is mirrored by a noise-robust neural tracking of attended speech...
April 12, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411410/spatio-temporal-patterns-of-event-related-potentials-related-to-audiovisual-synchrony-judgments-in-older-adults
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Yu Man Chan, Michael Julian Pianta, Stefan Bode, Allison Maree McKendrick
Older adults have altered perception of the relative timing between auditory and visual stimuli, even when stimuli are scaled to equate detectability. To help understand why, this study investigated the neural correlates of audiovisual synchrony judgments in older adults using electroencephalography (EEG). Fourteen younger (18-32 year old) and 16 older (61-74 year old) adults performed an audiovisual synchrony judgment task on flash-pip stimuli while EEG was recorded. All participants were assessed to have healthy vision and hearing for their age...
March 18, 2017: Neurobiology of Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411273/low-frequency-cortical-oscillations-entrain-to-sub-threshold-rhythmic-auditory-stimuli
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Sanne Ten Oever, Charles E Schroeder, David Poeppel, Nienke van Atteveldt, Ashesh D Mehta, Pierre Mégevand, David M Groppe, Elana Zion-Golumbic
Many environmental stimuli contain temporal regularities, a feature which can help predict forthcoming input. Phase-locking (entrainment) of ongoing low-frequency neuronal oscillations to rhythmic stimuli is proposed as a potential mechanism for enhancing neuronal responses and perceptual sensitivity, by aligning high-excitability phases to events within a stimulus stream. Previous experiments show that rhythmic structure has a behavioral benefit even when the rhythm itself is below perceptual detection thresholds (Ten Oever et al...
April 14, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28410054/chaotic-pattern-alternations-can-reproduce-properties-of-dominance-durations-in-multistable-perception
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Takashi Kanamaru
We propose a pulse neural network that exhibits chaotic pattern alternations among stored patterns as a model of multistable perception, which is reflected in phenomena such as binocular rivalry and perceptual ambiguity. When we regard the mixed state of patterns as a part of each pattern, the durations of the retrieved pattern obey unimodal distributions. We confirmed that no chaotic properties are observed in the time series of durations, consistent with the findings of previous psychological studies. Moreover, it is shown that our model also reproduces two properties of multistable perception that characterize the relationship between the contrast of inputs and the durations...
April 14, 2017: Neural Computation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28409319/the-effect-of-gamma-enhancing-binaural-beats-on-the-control-of-feature-bindings
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Lorenza S Colzato, Laura Steenbergen, Roberta Sellaro
Binaural beats represent the auditory experience of an oscillating sound that occurs when two sounds with neighboring frequencies are presented to one's left and right ear separately. Binaural beats have been shown to impact information processing via their putative role in increasing neural synchronization. Recent studies of feature-repetition effects demonstrated interactions between perceptual features and action-related features: repeating only some, but not all features of a perception-action episode hinders performance...
April 13, 2017: Experimental Brain Research. Experimentelle Hirnforschung. Expérimentation Cérébrale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28408150/adaptive-and-maladaptive-neural-compensatory-consequences-of-sensory-deprivation-from-a-phantom-percept-perspective
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REVIEW
Anusha Mohan, Sven Vanneste
It is suggested that the brain undergoes plastic changes in order to adapt to changing environmental needs. Sensory deprivation results in decreased input to the brain leading to adaptive or maladaptive changes. Although several theories hypothesize the mechanism of these adaptive and maladaptive changes, the course of action taken by the brain heavily depends on the age of incidence of damage. The growing body of literature on the topic proposes that maladaptive changes in the brain are instrumental in creating phantom percepts, defined as the perception of a sensory experience in the absence of a physical stimulus...
April 10, 2017: Progress in Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28406944/fixational-saccades-are-more-disconjugate-in-adults-than-in-children
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Aasef G Shaikh, Fatema F Ghasia
PURPOSE: Fixational eye movements are of particular interest for three reasons. They are critical for preventing visual fading and enhancing visual perception; their disconjugacy allows scanning in three dimensions, and their neural correlates span through the cortico-striatal, striato-collicular and brainstem networks. Fixational eye movements are altered in various pediatric ophthalmologic and neurologic disorders. The goal of this study was to compare the dynamics of fixational eye movements in normal children and adults...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28405183/abnormal-size-dependent-modulation-of-motion-perception-in-children-with-autism-spectrum-disorder-asd
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Olga V Sysoeva, Ilia A Galuta, Maria S Davletshina, Elena V Orekhova, Tatiana A Stroganova
Excitation/Inhibition (E/I) imbalance in neural networks is now considered among the core neural underpinnings of autism psychopathology. In motion perception at least two phenomena critically depend on E/I balance in visual cortex: spatial suppression (SS), and spatial facilitation (SF) corresponding to impoverished or improved motion perception with increasing stimuli size, respectively. While SS is dominant at high contrast, SF is evident for low contrast stimuli, due to the prevalence of inhibitory contextual modulations in the former, and excitatory ones in the latter case...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28403175/altered-cortical-and-subcortical-connectivity-due-to-infrasound-administered-near-the-hearing-threshold-evidence-from-fmri
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Markus Weichenberger, Martin Bauer, Robert Kühler, Johannes Hensel, Caroline Garcia Forlim, Albrecht Ihlenfeld, Bernd Ittermann, Jürgen Gallinat, Christian Koch, Simone Kühn
In the present study, the brain's response towards near- and supra-threshold infrasound (IS) stimulation (sound frequency < 20 Hz) was investigated under resting-state fMRI conditions. The study involved two consecutive sessions. In the first session, 14 healthy participants underwent a hearing threshold-as well as a categorical loudness scaling measurement in which the individual loudness perception for IS was assessed across different sound pressure levels (SPL). In the second session, these participants underwent three resting-state acquisitions, one without auditory stimulation (no-tone), one with a monaurally presented 12-Hz IS tone (near-threshold) and one with a similar tone above the individual hearing threshold corresponding to a 'medium loud' hearing sensation (supra-threshold)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28402479/perception-of-social-synchrony-induces-mother-child-gamma-coupling-in-the-social-brain
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Jonathan Levy, Abraham Goldstein, Ruth Feldman
The recent call to move from focus on one brain's functioning to two-brain communication initiated a search for mechanisms that enable two humans to coordinate brain response during social interactions. Here, we utilized the mother-child context as a developmentally salient setting to study two-brain coupling. Mothers and their 9-year-old children were videotaped at home in positive and conflictual interactions. Positive interactions were microcoded for social synchrony and conflicts for overall dialogical style...
April 11, 2017: Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience
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