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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731444/the-relationship-of-brain-amyloid-load-and-apoe-status-to-regional-cortical-thinning-and-cognition-in-the-adni-cohort
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Chunfei Li, David A Loewenstein, Ranjan Duara, Mercedes Cabrerizo, Warren Barker, Malek Adjouadi
BACKGROUND: Both amyloid (Aβ) load and APOE4 allele are associated with neurodegenerative changes in Alzheimer's disease (AD) prone regions and with risk for cognitive impairment. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the unique and independent contribution of APOE4 allele status (E4+∖E4-), Aβ status (Amy+∖Amy-), and combined APOE4 and Aβ status on regional cortical thickness (CoTh) and cognition among participants diagnosed as cognitively normal (CN, n = 251), early mild cognitive impairment (EMCI, n = 207), late mild cognitive impairment (LMCI, n = 196), and mild AD (n = 162) from the ADNI...
July 18, 2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729927/fatigue-and-cognition-pupillary-responses-to-problem-solving-in-early-multiple-sclerosis-patients
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Sigrid A de Rodez Benavent, Gro O Nygaard, Hanne F Harbo, Siren Tønnesen, Piotr Sowa, Nils I Landrø, Marte Wendel-Haga, Lars Etholm, Kristian B Nilsen, Liv Drolsum, Emilia Kerty, Elisabeth G Celius, Bruno Laeng
INTRODUCTION: In early multiple sclerosis (MS) patients, cognitive changes and fatigue are frequent and troublesome symptoms, probably related to both structural and functional brain changes. Whether there is a common cause of these symptoms in MS is unknown. In theory, an altered regulation of central neuropeptides can lead to changes in regulation of autonomic function, cognitive difficulties, and fatigue. Direct measurements of central neuropeptides are difficult to perform, but measurements of the eye pupil can be used as a reliable proxy of function...
July 2017: Brain and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727794/lie-construction-affects-information-storage-under-high-memory-load-condition
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Yuqiu Liu, Chunjie Wang, Haibo Jiang, Hongjian He, Feiyan Chen
Previous studies indicate that lying consumes cognitive resources, especially working memory (WM) resources. Considering the dual functions that WM might play in lying: holding the truth-related information and turning the truth into lies, the present study examined the relationship between the information storage and processing in the lie construction. To achieve that goal, a deception task based on the old/new recognition paradigm was designed, which could manipulate two levels of WM load (low-load task using 4 items and high-load task using 6 items) during the deception process...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726552/on-the-sources-of-forgetting-in-working-memory-the-test-of-competing-hypotheses
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Pierre Barrouillet, Kim Uittenhove, Annalisa Lucidi, Naomi Langerock
Whether forgetting from working memory (WM) is only due to interference or is also caused by temporal decay is still a matter of debate. In the present study, this question was examined using complex span tasks in which each memory item was followed by a series of processing episodes, the duration and number of which were varied. It is known that recall performance in these tasks depends on the cognitive load (CL) of concurrent processing conceived as the ratio between processing time and free time, higher CL resulting in lower spans...
July 20, 2017: Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology: QJEP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723975/a-view-not-to-be-missed-salient-scene-content-interferes-with-cognitive-restoration
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Alexander P N Van der Jagt, Tony Craig, Mark J Brewer, David G Pearson
Attention Restoration Theory (ART) states that built scenes place greater load on attentional resources than natural scenes. This is explained in terms of "hard" and "soft" fascination of built and natural scenes. Given a lack of direct empirical evidence for this assumption we propose that perceptual saliency of scene content can function as an empirically derived indicator of fascination. Saliency levels were established by measuring speed of scene category detection using a Go/No-Go detection paradigm. Experiment 1 shows that built scenes are more salient than natural scenes...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723721/instrument-adaptation-modification-and-validation-for-cultural-beliefs-about-colorectal-cancer-screening-among-korean-americans
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Shin-Young Lee, Eunice E Lee, Frances Aranda
BACKGROUND: Studies on colorectal cancer (CRC) screening among Korean Americans (KAs) lack culturally sensitive, reliable, and validated belief scales. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to adapt, modify, and validate instruments measuring cultural beliefs (physical space, health temporal orientation, personal control, colon cancer fatalism, and health fatalism) about CRC screening in KAs. METHODS: In phase I, instrument adaptation and modification (translation from English into Korean, individual interviews using cognitive interviewing, and expert reviews) were used to make existing cultural beliefs instruments culturally appropriate for KAs...
July 14, 2017: Cancer Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716967/contextual-and-developmental-differences-in-the-neural-architecture-of-cognitive-control
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Raluca Petrican, Cheryl L Grady
Since both development and context impact functional brain architecture, the neural connectivity signature of a cognitive or affective predisposition may similarly vary across different ages and circumstances. To test this hypothesis, we investigated the effects of age and cognitive versus social-affective context on the stable and time-varying neural architecture of inhibition, the putative core cognitive control component, in a subsample (N= 359 [22-36 yrs], 174 men) of the Human Connectome Project. Among younger individuals, a neural signature of superior inhibition emerged in both stable and dynamic connectivity analyses...
July 17, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713237/behavioral-and-neural-correlates-of-executive-function-interplay-between-inhibition-and-updating-processes
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Na Young Kim, Ellen Wittenberg, Chang S Nam
This study investigated the interaction between two executive function processes, inhibition and updating, through analyses of behavioral, neurophysiological, and effective connectivity metrics. Although, many studies have focused on behavioral effects of executive function processes individually, few studies have examined the dynamic causal interactions between these two functions. A total of twenty participants from a local university performed a dual task combing flanker and n-back experimental paradigms, and completed the Operation Span Task designed to measure working memory capacity...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712343/overload-from-anxiety-a-non-motor-cause-for-gait-impairments-in-parkinson-s-disease
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Kaylena A Ehgoetz Martens, Carolina R A Silveira, Brittany N Intzandt, Quincy J Almeida
Threatening situations lead to observable gait deficits in individuals with Parkinson's disease (PD) who suffer from high trait anxiety levels. The specific characteristics of gait that are affected appear to be similar to behaviors observed while walking during a dual-task (DT) condition. Yet, it remains unclear whether anxiety is similar to a cognitive load. If it were, then those with PD who have high trait anxiety might be expected to be more susceptible to DT interference during walking. Thus, the overall aim of this study was to evaluate whether trait anxiety influences gait during single-task (ST) and DT walking...
July 17, 2017: Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711986/single-nucleotide-polymorphisms-associated-with-reading-ability-show-connection-to-socio-economic-outcomes
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Michelle Luciano, Saskia P Hagenaars, Simon R Cox, William David Hill, Gail Davies, Sarah E Harris, Ian J Deary, David M Evans, Nicholas G Martin, Margaret J Wright, Timothy C Bates
Impairments in reading and in language have negative consequences on life outcomes, but it is not known to what extent genetic effects influence this association. We constructed polygenic scores for difficulties with language and learning to read from genome-wide data in ~6,600 children, adolescents and young adults, and tested their association with health, socioeconomic outcomes and brain structure measures collected in adults (maximal N = 111,749). Polygenic risk of reading difficulties was associated with reduced income, educational attainment, self-rated health and verbal-numerical reasoning (p < 0...
July 15, 2017: Behavior Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711698/classification-of-mild-cognitive-impairment-eeg-using-combined-recurrence-and-cross-recurrence-quantification-analysis
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Leena T Timothy, Bindu M Krishna, Usha Nair
The present study is aimed at the classification of mild cognitive impairment (MCI) EEG by combining complexity and synchronization features based on quantifiers from the common platform of recurrence based analysis. Recurrence rate (RR) of recurrence quantification analysis (RQA) is used for complexity analysis and RR of cross recurrence quantification analysis (CRQA) is used for synchronization analysis. The investigations are carried out on EEG from two states (i) resting eyes closed (EC) and (ii) short term memory task (STM)...
July 12, 2017: International Journal of Psychophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28710922/embedded-interruptions-and-task-complexity-influence-schema-related-cognitive-load-progression-in-an-abstract-learning-task
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Maria Wirzberger, Shirin Esmaeili Bijarsari, Günter Daniel Rey
Cognitive processes related to schema acquisition comprise an essential source of demands in learning situations. Since the related amount of cognitive load is supposed to change over time, plausible temporal models of load progression based on different theoretical backgrounds are inspected in this study. A total of 116 student participants completed a basal symbol sequence learning task, which provided insights into underlying cognitive dynamics. Two levels of task complexity were determined by the amount of elements within the symbol sequence...
July 12, 2017: Acta Psychologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28710824/a-novel-study-on-association-between-untreated-hearing-loss-and-cognitive-functions-of-older-adults-baseline-non-verbal-cognitive-assessment-results
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Dona M P Jayakody, Peter L Friedland, Robert H Eielboom, Ralph N Martins, Hamid R Sohrabi
BACKGROUND: Age-related hearing loss (ARHL) is highly prevalent in older adults and more than two-thirds above age 70 years suffer from ARHL. Recent studies have established a link between ARHL and cognitive impairment, however, most of the studies have used verbally loaded cognitive measures to investigate the association between ARHL and cognition. It is possible that due to hearing impairment, the elderly may experience difficulty in following verbal instructions or completing tasks that heavily rely on hearing during cognitive assessments...
July 15, 2017: Clinical Otolaryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28710677/cerebellar-contributions-to-persistent-auditory-verbal-hallucinations-in-patients-with-schizophrenia
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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/28710519/validation-of-the-human-odor-span-task-effects-of-nicotine
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David A MacQueen, David J Drobes
RATIONALE: Amongst non-smokers, nicotine generally enhances performance on tasks of attention, with limited effect on working memory. In contrast, nicotine has been shown to produce robust enhancements of working memory in non-humans. OBJECTIVES: To address this gap, the present study investigated the effects of nicotine on the performance of non-smokers on a cognitive battery which included a working memory task reverse-translated from use with rodents (the odor span task, OST)...
July 14, 2017: Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28709774/the-association-between-cardio-respiratory-fitness-and-cognition-in-schizophrenia
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Tom Langerud Holmen, Jens Egeland, Eivind Andersen, Therese Torgersen Bigseth, John Abel Engh
OBJECTIVE: Schizophrenia is associated with reduced cardio-respiratory fitness (CRF), and impaired cognition is a core feature of the disorder. Despite their particular significance to schizophrenia disparately, the relationship between these two variables has not yet been thoroughly assessed. In this study we aimed to investigate naturally occurring associations between CRF and all cognitive domains within this patient population. METHOD: Eighty outpatients with schizophrenia spectrum disorders participated in the study...
July 11, 2017: Schizophrenia Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708762/cognitive-load-selectively-influences-the-interruptive-effect-of-pain-on-attention
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David J Moore, Christopher Eccleston, Edmund Keogh
Pain is known to interrupt attentional performance. Such interference effects seem to occur preferentially for tasks that are complex and/or difficult. However, few studies have directly manipulated memory load in the context of pain interference to test this view. Therefore, the present study examines the effect of experimental manipulations of both memory load and pain on three tasks previously found to be sensitive to pain interference. Three experiments were conducted. A different task was examined in each experiment, each comprising of a high and low cognitive load versions of the task...
July 11, 2017: Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708697/simultaneous-physical-and-mental-effort-alters-visual-function
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Jesús Vera, Raimundo Jiménez, José Antonio García, David Cárdenas
PURPOSE: Perceptual processing is sensitive to physiological changes. Thus, the homeostatic disturbances during and after exercise may alter the visual function. Here, we investigated the effect of simultaneous physical effort and two levels of cognitive demand on skills related to the visuoperceptual and motor processing. METHODS: Eighteen male regular exercisers performed 60 minutes of simultaneous physical exercise (cycling at 60 ± 5% of reserve heart rate) and cognitive effort (mental workload)...
July 14, 2017: Optometry and Vision Science: Official Publication of the American Academy of Optometry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28706955/effect-of-sugar-versus-mixed-breakfast-on-metabolic-and-neurofunctional-responses-in-healthy-individuals
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Roberto Codella, Stefano Benedini, Stefano Paini, Andrea Caumo, Michela Adamo, Ileana Terruzzi, Anna Ferrulli, Concetta Macrì, Luca Andreoni, Michele Sterlicchio, Livio Luzi
We investigated the effects of glucose and diverse breakfasts on glucose increment and ghrelin suppression and cognitive processing of sensory information assessed by frontal P300 evoked potentials. In a randomized crossover design, 12 healthy individuals (6M/6F; BMI 22.2 ± 0.4 kg/m(2); 27 ± 1.3 years, mean ± SEM) underwent 50 g OGTT (A) and 3 breakfasts (B1: milk and cereals; B2: milk, apple, and chocolate cream-filled sponge cake; B3: milk, apple, bread, and hazelnut chocolate cream) to assess plasma glucose-, insulin-, and ghrelin excursions...
2017: Journal of Diabetes Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28701976/a-latent-factor-analysis-of-working-memory-measures-using-large-scale-data
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Otto Waris, Anna Soveri, Miikka Ahti, Russell C Hoffing, Daniel Ventus, Susanne M Jaeggi, Aaron R Seitz, Matti Laine
Working memory (WM) is a key cognitive system that is strongly related to other cognitive domains and relevant for everyday life. However, the structure of WM is yet to be determined. A number of WM models have been put forth especially by factor analytical studies. In broad terms, these models vary by their emphasis on WM contents (e.g., visuospatial, verbal) vs. WM processes (e.g., maintenance, updating) as critical, dissociable elements. Here we conducted confirmatory and exploratory factor analyses on a broad set of WM tasks, half of them numerical-verbal and half of them visuospatial, representing four commonly used task paradigms: simple span, complex span, running memory, and n-back...
2017: Frontiers in Psychology
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