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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726287/the-sound-and-the-fury-late-positive-potential-is-sensitive-to-sound-affect
#1
Darin R Brown, James F Cavanagh
Emotion is an emergent construct of multiple distinct neural processes. EEG is uniquely sensitive to real-time neural computations, and thus is a promising tool to study the construction of emotion. This series of studies aimed to probe the mechanistic contribution of the late positive potential (LPP) to multimodal emotion perception. Experiment 1 revealed that LPP amplitudes for visual images, sounds, and visual images paired with sounds were larger for negatively rated stimuli than for neutrally rated stimuli...
July 20, 2017: Psychophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724777/speed-invariance-of-tactile-texture-perception
#2
Zoe M Boundy-Singer, Hannes P Saal, Sliman J Bensmaia
The nervous system achieves stable perceptual representations of objects despite large variations in the activity patterns of sensory receptors. Here, we explore perceptual constancy in the sense of touch. Specifically, we investigate the invariance of tactile texture perception across changes in scanning speed. Texture signals in the nerve have been shown to be highly dependent on speed: temporal spiking patterns in nerve fibers that encode fine textural features contract or dilate systematically with increases or decreases in scanning speed, respectively, resulting in concomitant changes in response rate...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724501/noise-exposure-alters-long-term-neural-firing-rates-and-synchrony-in-primary-auditory-and-rostral-belt-cortices-following-bimodal-stimulation
#3
Joseph D Takacs, Taylor J Forrest, Gregory J Basura
We previously demonstrated that bimodal stimulation (spinal trigeminal nucleus [Sp5] paired with best frequency tone) altered neural tone-evoked and spontaneous firing rates (SFRs) in primary auditory cortex (A1) 15 min after pairing in guinea pigs with and without noise-induced tinnitus. Neural responses were enhanced (+10 ms) or suppressed (0 ms) based on the bimodal pairing interval. Here we investigated whether bimodal stimulation leads to long-term (up to 2 h) changes in tone-evoked and SFRs and neural synchrony (correlate of tinnitus) and if the long-term bimodal effects are altered following noise exposure...
July 13, 2017: Hearing Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718763/a-theory-of-working-memory-without-consciousness-or-sustained-activity
#4
Darinka Trübutschek, Sébastien Marti, Andrés Ojeda, Jean-Rémi King, Yuanyuan Mi, Misha Tsodyks, Stanislas Dehaene
Working memory and conscious perception are thought to share similar brain mechanisms, yet recent reports of non-conscious working memory challenge this view. Combining visual masking with magnetoencephalography, we investigate the reality of non-conscious working memory and dissect its neural mechanisms. In a spatial delayed-response task, participants reported the location of a subjectively unseen target above chance-level after several seconds. Conscious perception and conscious working memory were characterized by similar signatures: a sustained desynchronization in the alpha/beta band over frontal cortex, and a decodable representation of target location in posterior sensors...
July 18, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716674/pleasant-and-unpleasant-odour-face-combinations-influence-face-and-odour-perception-an-event-related-potential-study
#5
Stephanie Cook, Katerina Kokmotou, Vicente Soto, Nicholas Fallon, John Tyson-Carr, Anna Thomas, Timo Giesbrecht, Matt Field, Andrej Stancak
Odours alter evaluations of concurrent visual stimuli. However, neural mechanisms underlying the effects of congruent and incongruent odours on facial expression perception are not clear. Moreover, the influence of emotional faces on odour perception is not established. We investigated the effects of one pleasant and one unpleasant odour paired with happy and disgusted faces, on subjective ratings and ERP responses to faces. Participants rated the pleasantness of happy and disgusted faces that appeared during 3second pleasant or unpleasant odour pulses, or without odour...
July 14, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716588/cathodal-transcranial-direct-current-stimulation-of-the-extrastriate-visual-cortex-modulates-implicit-anti-fat-bias-in-male-but-not-female-participants
#6
Valentina Cazzato, Stergios Makris, Cosimo Urgesi
Explicit negative attitudes towards obese individuals are well documented and seem to modulate the activity of perceptual areas, such as the Extrastriate Body Area (EBA) in the lateral occipito-temporal cortex, which is critical for body-shape perception. Nevertheless, it is still unclear whether EBA serves a role in implicit weight-stereotypical bias, thus reflecting stereotypical trait attribution on the basis of perceptual cues. Here, we used an Implicit Association Test (IAT) to investigate whether applying transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) over bilateral extrastriate visual cortex reduces pre-existing implicit weight stereotypical associations (i...
July 14, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715955/the-functional-neuroanatomy-of-human-face-perception
#7
Kalanit Grill-Spector, Kevin S Weiner, Kendrick Kay, Jesse Gomez
Face perception is critical for normal social functioning and is mediated by a network of regions in the ventral visual stream. In this review, we describe recent neuroimaging findings regarding the macro- and microscopic anatomical features of the ventral face network, the characteristics of white matter connections, and basic computations performed by population receptive fields within face-selective regions composing this network. We emphasize the importance of the neural tissue properties and white matter connections of each region, as these anatomical properties may be tightly linked to the functional characteristics of the ventral face network...
July 17, 2017: Annual Review of Vision Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715718/when-speaker-identity-is-unavoidable-neural-processing-of-speaker-identity-cues-in-natural-speech
#8
Alba Tuninetti, Kateřina Chládková, Varghese Peter, Niels O Schiller, Paola Escudero
Speech sound acoustic properties vary largely across speakers and accents. When perceiving speech, adult listeners normally disregard non-linguistic variation caused by speaker or accent differences, in order to comprehend the linguistic message, e.g. to correctly identify a speech sound or a word. Here we tested whether the process of normalizing speaker and accent differences, facilitating the recognition of linguistic information, is found at the level of neural processing, and whether it is modulated by the listeners' native language...
July 14, 2017: Brain and Language
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715600/ultrastructural-study-of-the-neural-microcircuits-in-the-sensory-epithelium-of-the-paratympanic-organ-of-the-chicken
#9
F Giannessi, L Ryskalin, R Ruffoli
The paratympanic organ (PTO) is a sensory organ located in the medial wall of the tympanic cavity of birds. The organ looks like a small tapering vesicle, and is equipped with a sensory epithelium formed by supporting cells (SCs) and Type II hair cells (Type II-HCs). The function of the PTO has not yet been precisely defined. The prevailing current hypothesis is that the PTO assesses the air pressure exerted on the external surface of the tympanic membrane. The PTO could may thus function as a barometer and, in flying birds, also as an altimeter...
July 1, 2017: Archives Italiennes de Biologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715349/altered-neural-responses-to-heat-pain-in-drug-naive-patients-with-parkinson-disease
#10
Katarina Forkmann, Wiebke Grashorn, Katharina Schmidt, Odette Fründt, Carsten Buhmann, Ulrike Bingel
Pain is a frequent but still neglected nonmotor symptom of Parkinson 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 functional magnetic resonance imaging we explored neural responses during the anticipation and processing of heat pain in 21 PD patients (Hoehn and Yahr I-III) and 23 healthy controls (HC). Parkinson disease patients were naive to dopaminergic medication to avoid confounding drug effects...
August 2017: Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714891/structural-and-functional-neuroimaging-of-visual-hallucinations-in-lewy-body-disease-a-systematic-literature-review
#11
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Stefania Pezzoli, Annachiara Cagnin, Oliver Bandmann, Annalena Venneri
Patients with Lewy body disease (LBD) frequently experience visual hallucinations (VH), well-formed images perceived without the presence of real stimuli. The structural and functional brain mechanisms underlying VH in LBD are still unclear. The present review summarises the current literature on the neural correlates of VH in LBD, namely Parkinson's disease (PD), and dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB). Following a systematic literature search, 56 neuroimaging studies of VH in PD and DLB were critically reviewed and evaluated for quality assessment...
July 15, 2017: Brain Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714719/temporal-ventriloquism-effect-in-european-starlings-evidence-for-two-parallel-processing-pathways
#12
Gesa Feenders, Yoko Kato, Katharina M Borzeszkowski, Georg M Klump
The brain constantly has to interpret stimuli from a range of modalities originating from the same or different objects to create unambiguous percepts. The mechanisms of such multisensory processing have been intensely studied with respect to the time window of integration or the effect of spatial separation. However, the neural mechanisms remain elusive with respect to the role of alerting effects and multisensory integration. We addressed this issue by choosing a test paradigm where we could manipulate potentially alerting stimuli and simultaneously activating stimuli independently: We measured the temporal ventriloquism effect in European starlings by using the temporal order judgment paradigm with subjects judging the temporal order of the lighting of 2 spatially separated lights...
August 2017: Behavioral Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714434/altered-interoceptive-activation-before-during-and-after-aversive-breathing-load-in-women-remitted-from-anorexia-nervosa
#13
L A Berner, A N Simmons, C E Wierenga, A Bischoff-Grethe, M P Paulus, U F Bailer, A V Ely, W H Kaye
BACKGROUND: The neural mechanisms of anorexia nervosa (AN), a severe and chronic psychiatric illness, are still poorly understood. Altered body state processing, or interoception, has been documented in AN, and disturbances in aversive interoception may contribute to distorted body perception, extreme dietary restriction, and anxiety. As prior data implicate a potential mismatch between interoceptive expectation and experience in AN, we examined whether AN is associated with altered brain activation before, during, and after an unpleasant interoceptive state change...
July 17, 2017: Psychological Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713235/connecting-the-brain-to-itself-through-an-emulation
#14
Mijail D Serruya
Pilot clinical trials of human patients implanted with devices that can chronically record and stimulate ensembles of hundreds to thousands of individual neurons offer the possibility of expanding the substrate of cognition. Parallel trains of firing rate activity can be delivered in real-time to an array of intermediate external modules that in turn can trigger parallel trains of stimulation back into the brain. These modules may be built in software, VLSI firmware, or biological tissue as in vitro culture preparations or in vivo ectopic construct organoids...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713174/fusing-multiple-neuroimaging-modalities-to-assess-group-differences-in-perception-action-coupling
#15
Jordan Muraskin, Jason Sherwin, Gregory Lieberman, Javier O Garcia, Timothy Verstynen, Jean M Vettel, Paul Sajda
In the last few decades, non-invasive neuroimaging has revealed macro-scale brain dynamics that underlie perception, cognition and action. Advances in non-invasive neuroimaging target two capabilities; 1) increased spatial and temporal resolution of measured neural activity, and 2) innovative methodologies to extract brain-behavior relationships from evolving neuroimaging technology. We target the second. Our novel methodology integrated three neuroimaging methodologies and elucidated expertise-dependent differences in functional (fused EEG-fMRI) and structural (dMRI) brain networks for a perception-action coupling task...
January 2017: Proceedings of the IEEE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712566/left-habenular-activity-attenuates-fear-responses-in-larval-zebrafish
#16
Erik R Duboué, Elim Hong, Kiara C Eldred, Marnie E Halpern
Fear responses are defensive states that ensure survival of an organism in the presence of a threat. Perception of an aversive cue causes changes in behavior and physiology, such as freezing and elevated cortisol, followed by a return to the baseline state when the threat is evaded [1]. Neural systems that elicit fear behaviors include the amygdala, hippocampus, and medial prefrontal cortex. However, aside from a few examples, little is known about brain regions that promote recovery from an aversive event [2]...
July 8, 2017: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711622/prolonged-low-level-noise-induced-plasticity-in-the-peripheral-and-central-auditory-system-of-rats
#17
Adam M Sheppard, Guang-Di Chen, Senthilvelan Manohar, Dalian Ding, Bo-Hua Hu, Wei Sun, Jiwie Zhao, Richard Salvi
Prolonged low-level noise exposure alters loudness perception in humans, presumably by decreasing the gain of the central auditory system. Here we test the central gain hypothesis by measuring the acute and chronic physiologic changes at the level of the cochlea and inferior colliculus (IC) after a 75-dB SPL, 10-20-kHz noise exposure for 5weeks. The compound action potential (CAP) and summating potential (SP) were used to assess the functional status of the cochlea and 16 channel electrodes were used to measure the local field potentials (LFP) and multi-unit spike discharge rates (SDR) from the IC immediately after and one-week post-exposure...
July 13, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28710677/cerebellar-contributions-to-persistent-auditory-verbal-hallucinations-in-patients-with-schizophrenia
#18
Maximilian Cierpka, Nadine D Wolf, Katharina M Kubera, Mike M Schmitgen, Nenad Vasic, Karel Frasch, Robert Christian Wolf
There is growing evidence that the cerebellum plays a crucial role in the pathophysiology of schizophrenia symptoms. Despite increasing evidence for cerebellar involvement in affective, attentive, and cognitive functions including language processing and perception, investigations of cerebellar contributions to auditory verbal hallucinations (AVH) in schizophrenia are lacking. Using structural magnetic resonance imaging at 3T, we investigated the data of 20 patients with schizophrenia and 14 matched healthy controls...
July 14, 2017: Cerebellum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28709987/the-neural-correlates-of-dealing-with-social-exclusion-in-childhood
#19
Mara van der Meulen, Nikolaus Steinbeis, Michelle Achterberg, Elisabeth Bilo, Bianca G van den Bulk, Marinus H van IJzendoorn, Eveline A Crone
Observing social exclusion can be a distressing experience for children that can be followed by concerns for self-inclusion (self-concerns), as well as prosocial behavior to help others in distress (other-concerns). Indeed, behavioral studies have shown that observed social exclusion elicits prosocial compensating behavior in children, but motivations for the compensation of social exclusion are not well understood. To distinguish between self-concerns and other-concerns when observing social exclusion in childhood, participants (aged 7-10) played a four-player Prosocial Cyberball Game in which they could toss a ball to three other players...
July 12, 2017: Neuropsychologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28707571/how-do-you-see-me-the-neural-basis-of-motivated-meta-perception
#20
Taru Flagan, Jeanette A Mumford, Jennifer S Beer
We cannot see the minds of others, yet people often spontaneously interpret how they are viewed by other people (i.e., meta-perceptions) and often in a self-flattering manner. Very little is known about the neural associations of meta-perceptions, but a likely candidate is the ventromedial pFC (VMPFC). VMPFC has been associated with both self- and other-perception as well as motivated self-perception. Does this function extend to meta-perceptions? The current study examined neural activity while participants made meta-perceptive interpretations in various social scenarios...
July 14, 2017: Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience
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