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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29781187/eeg-oscillations-during-caress-like-affective-haptic-elicitation
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Gaetano Valenza, Alberto Greco, Matteo Bianchi, Mimma Nardelli, Simone Rossi, Enzo Pasquale Scilingo
Noninvasive, objective quantitative techniques to gauge emotional states are fundamental for clinical psychology as they overcome subjective bias of currently used questionnaires. To this end, we investigated brain oscillatory EEG activity during caresslike, affective haptic elicitation conveyed on the forearm at two force (strength of the caress) and three velocity (velocity of the caress) levels. Thirty-two healthy subjects (16 female) were asked to assess each haptic stimulus in terms of arousal (i.e., intensity of emotional perception) and valence (i...
May 20, 2018: Psychophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779942/transformation-of-a-spatial-map-across-the-hippocampal-lateral-septal-circuit
#2
David Tingley, György Buzsáki
The hippocampus constructs a map of the environment. How this "cognitive map" is utilized by other brain regions to guide behavior remains unexplored. To examine how neuronal firing patterns in the hippocampus are transmitted and transformed, we recorded neurons in its principal subcortical target, the lateral septum (LS). We observed that LS neurons carry reliable spatial information in the phase of action potentials, relative to hippocampal theta oscillations, while the firing rates of LS neurons remained uninformative...
May 15, 2018: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779871/non-canonical-phototransduction-mediates-synchronization-of-the-drosophila-melanogaster-circadian-clock-and-retinal-light-responses
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Maite Ogueta, Roger C Hardie, Ralf Stanewsky
The daily light-dark cycles represent a key signal for synchronizing circadian clocks. Both insects and mammals possess dedicated "circadian" photoreceptors but also utilize the visual system for clock resetting. In Drosophila, circadian clock resetting is achieved by the blue-light photoreceptor cryptochrome (CRY), which is expressed within subsets of the brain clock neurons. In addition, rhodopsin-expressing photoreceptor cells contribute to light synchronization. Light resets the molecular clock by CRY-dependent degradation of the clock protein Timeless (TIM), although in specific subsets of key circadian pacemaker neurons, including the small ventral lateral neurons (s-LNvs), TIM and Period (PER) oscillations can be synchronized by light independent of CRY and canonical visual Rhodopsin phototransduction...
April 30, 2018: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778070/high-intensity-binge-drinking-is-associated-with-alterations-in-spontaneous-neural-oscillations-in-young-adults
#4
Rifqi O Affan, Siyuan Huang, Stephen M Cruz, Lee A Holcomb, Edward Nguyen, Ksenija Marinkovic
Heavy episodic alcohol consumption (also termed binge drinking) contributes to a wide range of health and cognitive deficits, but the associated brain-based indices are poorly understood. The current study used electroencephalography (EEG) to examine spontaneous neural oscillations in young adults as a function of quantity, frequency, and the pattern of their alcohol consumption. Sixty-one young adults (23.4 ± 3.4 years of age) were assigned to binge drinking (BD) and light drinking (LD) groups that were equated on gender, race/ethnic identity, age, educational background, and family history of alcoholism...
January 8, 2018: Alcohol
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777826/quantifying-fast-optical-signal-and-event-related-potential-relationships-during-a-visual-oddball-task
#5
Nicole Proulx, Ali-Akbar Samadani, Tom Chau
Event-related potentials (ERPs) have previously been used to confirm the existence of the fast optical signal (FOS) but validation methods have mainly been limited to exploring the temporal correspondence of FOS peaks to those of ERPs. The purpose of this study was to systematically quantify the relationship between FOS and ERP responses to a visual oddball task in both time and frequency domains. Near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) and electroencephalography (EEG) sensors were co-located over the prefrontal cortex while participants performed a visual oddball task...
May 16, 2018: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772957/brain-machine-interfaces-powerful-tools-for-clinical-treatment-and-neuroscientific-investigations
#6
Marc W Slutzky
Brain-machine interfaces (BMIs) have exploded in popularity in the past decade. BMIs, also called brain-computer interfaces, provide a direct link between the brain and a computer, usually to control an external device. BMIs have a wide array of potential clinical applications, ranging from restoring communication to people unable to speak due to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or a stroke, to restoring movement to people with paralysis from spinal cord injury or motor neuron disease, to restoring memory to people with cognitive impairment...
May 1, 2018: Neuroscientist: a Review Journal Bringing Neurobiology, Neurology and Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29770112/circadian-plasticity-in-the-brain-of-insects-and-rodents
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REVIEW
Wojciech Krzeptowski, Grzegorz Hess, Elżbieta Pyza
In both vertebrate and invertebrate brains, neurons, glial cells and synapses are plastic, which means that the physiology and structure of these components are modified in response to internal and external stimuli during development and in mature brains. The term plasticity has been introduced in the last century to describe experience-dependent changes in synapse strength and number. These changes result from local functional and morphological synapse modifications; however, these modifications also occur more commonly in pre- and postsynaptic neurons...
2018: Frontiers in Neural Circuits
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29766765/control-of-transitions-between-locomotor-like-and-paw-shake-like-rhythms-in-a-model-of-a-multistable-central-pattern-generator
#8
Jessica Rae Parker, Brain Bondy, Boris I Prilutsky, Gennady S Cymbalyuk
The ability of the same neuronal circuit to control different motor functions is an actively debated concept. Previously, we have shown in a model that a single multistable CPG could produce two different rhythmic motor patterns, slow and fast, corresponding to cat locomotion and paw-shaking. A locomotor-like rhythm (~2 Hz) and a paw-shake-like rhythm (~10 Hz) did coexist and, by applying a single pulse of current, we could switch the CPG from one regime to another (Bondy et al. 2016). Here, we investigate roles of slow intrinsic ionic currents in this multistability...
May 16, 2018: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29766764/local-cortical-activity-of-distant-brain-areas-can-phase-lock-to-the-olfactory-bulb-s-respiratory-rhythm-in-the-freely-behaving-rat
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Daniel Rojas-Líbano, Jonathan Wimmer Del Solar, Marcelo Aguilar-Rivera, Rodrigo Montefusco-Siegmund, Pedro Esteban Maldonado
An important unresolved question about neural processing is the mechanism by which distant brain areas coordinate their activities and relate their local processing to global neural events. A potential candidate for the local-global integration are slow rhythms such as respiration. In this article, we asked if there are modulations of local cortical processing which are phase-locked to (peripheral) sensory-motor exploratory rhythms. We studied rats on an elevated platform where they would spontaneously display exploratory and rest behaviors...
May 16, 2018: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29765477/detecting-epileptic-seizure-with-different-feature-extracting-strategies-using-robust-machine-learning-classification-techniques-by-applying-advance-parameter-optimization-approach
#10
Lal Hussain
Epilepsy is a neurological disorder produced due to abnormal excitability of neurons in the brain. The research reveals that brain activity is monitored through electroencephalogram (EEG) of patients suffered from seizure to detect the epileptic seizure. The performance of EEG detection based epilepsy require feature extracting strategies. In this research, we have extracted varying features extracting strategies based on time and frequency domain characteristics, nonlinear, wavelet based entropy and few statistical features...
June 2018: Cognitive Neurodynamics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29762100/top-down-control-of-alpha-phase-adjustment-in-anticipation-of-temporally-predictable-visual-stimuli
#11
Rodolfo Solís-Vivanco, Ole Jensen, Mathilde Bonnefond
Alpha oscillations (8-14 Hz) are proposed to represent an active mechanism of functional inhibition of neuronal processing. Specifically, alpha oscillations are associated with pulses of inhibition repeating every ∼100 msec. Whether alpha phase, similar to alpha power, is under top-down control remains unclear. Moreover, the sources of such putative top-down phase control are unknown. We designed a cross-modal (visual/auditory) attention study in which we used magnetoencephalography to record the brain activity from 34 healthy participants...
May 15, 2018: Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29761128/brain-computer-interfaces-for-post-stroke-motor-rehabilitation-a-meta-analysis
#12
REVIEW
María A Cervera, Surjo R Soekadar, Junichi Ushiba, José Del R Millán, Meigen Liu, Niels Birbaumer, Gangadhar Garipelli
Brain-computer interfaces (BCIs) can provide sensory feedback of ongoing brain oscillations, enabling stroke survivors to modulate their sensorimotor rhythms purposefully. A number of recent clinical studies indicate that repeated use of such BCIs might trigger neurological recovery and hence improvement in motor function. Here, we provide a first meta-analysis evaluating the clinical effectiveness of BCI-based post-stroke motor rehabilitation. Trials were identified using MEDLINE, CENTRAL, PEDro and by inspection of references in several review articles...
May 2018: Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29760182/alternating-modulation-of-subthalamic-nucleus-beta-oscillations-during-stepping
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Petra Fischer, Chiung Chu Chen, Ya Ju Chang, Chien-Hung Yeh, Alek Pogosyan, Damian M Herz, Binith Cheeran, Alexander L Green, Tipu Z Aziz, Jonathan Hyam, Simon Little, Thomas Foltynie, Patricia Limousin, Ludvic Zrinzo, Harutomo Hasegawa, Michael Samuel, Keyoumars Ashkan, Peter Brown, Huiling Tan
Gait disturbances in Parkinson's disease are commonly refractory to current treatment options and majorly impair patient's quality of life. Auditory cues facilitate gait and prevent motor blocks. We investigated how neural dynamics in the human subthalamic nucleus of Parkinsons's disease patients (14 male, 2 female) vary during stepping and whether rhythmic auditory cues enhance the observed modulation. Oscillations in the beta band were suppressed after ipsilateral heel strikes, when the contralateral foot had to be raised, and re-appeared after contralateral heel strikes, when the contralateral foot rested on the floor...
May 14, 2018: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29755333/top-mysteries-of-the-mind-insights-from-the-default-space-model-of-consciousness
#14
Ravinder Jerath, Connor Beveridge
Aside from the nature of consciousness itself, there are still many unsolved problems in the neurosciences. Despite the vast and quickly growing body of work in this field, we still find ourselves perplexed at seemingly simple qualities of our mental being such as why we need to sleep. The neurosciences are at least beginning to take a hold on these mysteries and are working toward solving them. We hold a perspective that metastable consciousness models, specifically the Default Space Model (DSM), provide insights into these mysteries...
2018: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29755314/non-invasive-investigation-of-human-hippocampal-rhythms-using-magnetoencephalography-a-review
#15
REVIEW
Yi Pu, Douglas O Cheyne, Brian R Cornwell, Blake W Johnson
Hippocampal rhythms are believed to support crucial cognitive processes including memory, navigation, and language. Due to the location of the hippocampus deep in the brain, studying hippocampal rhythms using non-invasive magnetoencephalography (MEG) recordings has generally been assumed to be methodologically challenging. However, with the advent of whole-head MEG systems in the 1990s and development of advanced source localization techniques, simulation and empirical studies have provided evidence that human hippocampal signals can be sensed by MEG and reliably reconstructed by source localization algorithms...
2018: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29754901/nocte-is-required-for-integrating-light-and-temperature-inputs-in-circadian-clock-neurons-of-drosophila
#16
Chenghao Chen, Min Xu, Yuto Anantaprakorn, Mechthild Rosing, Ralf Stanewsky
Circadian clocks organize biological processes to occur at optimized times of day and thereby contribute to overall fitness. While the regular daily changes of environmental light and temperature synchronize circadian clocks, extreme external conditions can bypass the temporal constraints dictated by the clock. Despite advanced knowledge about how the daily light-dark changes synchronize the clock, relatively little is known with regard to how the daily temperature changes influence daily timing and how temperature and light signals are integrated...
May 8, 2018: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29754449/transcranial-alternating-current-stimulation-modulates-auditory-temporal-resolution-in-elderly-people
#17
Alina Baltus, Johannes Vosskuhl, Cindy Boetzel, Christoph Siegfried Herrmann
Recent research provides evidence for a functional role of brain oscillations for perception. For example, auditory temporal resolution seems to be linked to individual gamma frequency of auditory cortex. Individual gamma frequency not only correlates with performance in between-channel gap detection tasks but can be modulated via auditory transcranial alternating current stimulation. Modulation of individual gamma frequency is accompanied by an improvement in gap detection performance. Aging changes electrophysiological frequency components and sensory processing mechanisms...
May 13, 2018: European Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29747149/the-analysis-of-eeg-coherence-reflects-middle-childhood-differences-in-mathematical-achievement
#18
Andrés A González-Garrido, Fabiola R Gómez-Velázquez, Ricardo A Salido-Ruiz, Aurora Espinoza-Valdez, Hugo Vélez-Pérez, Rebeca Romo-Vazquez, Geisa B Gallardo-Moreno, Vanessa D Ruiz-Stovel, Alicia Martínez-Ramos, Gustavo Berumen
Symbolic numerical magnitude processing is crucial to arithmetic development, and it is thought to be supported by the functional activation of several brain-interconnected structures. In this context, EEG beta oscillations have been recently associated with attention and working memory processing that underlie math achievement. Due to that EEG coherence represents a useful measure of brain functional connectivity, we aimed to contrast the EEG coherence in forty 8-to-9-year-old children with different math skill levels (High: HA, and Low achievement: LA) according to their arithmetic scores in the Fourth Edition of the Wide Range Achievement Test (WRAT-4) while performing a symbolic magnitude comparison task (i...
May 7, 2018: Brain and Cognition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29746907/oscillatory-networks-of-high-level-mental-alignment-a-perspective-taking-meg-study
#19
R A Seymour, H Wang, G Rippon, K Kessler
Mentally imagining another's perspective is a high-level social process, reliant on manipulating internal representations of the self in an embodied manner. Recently Wang et al. (2016) showed that theta-band (3-7 Hz) brain oscillations within the right temporo-parietal junction (rTPJ) and brain regions coding for motor/body schema contribute to the process of perspective-taking. Using a similar paradigm, we set out to unravel the extended functional brain network in detail. Increasing the angle between self and other perspective was accompanied by longer reaction times and increases in theta power within rTPJ, right lateral prefrontal cortex (PFC) and right anterior cingulate cortex (ACC)...
May 7, 2018: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29743869/alpha-power-modulates-perception-independently-of-endogenous-factors
#20
Sasskia Brüers, Rufin VanRullen
Oscillations are ubiquitous in the brain. Alpha oscillations in particular have been proposed to play an important role in sensory perception. Past studies have shown that the power of ongoing EEG oscillations in the alpha band is negatively correlated with visual outcome. Moreover, it also co-varies with other endogenous factors such as attention, vigilance, or alertness. In turn, these endogenous factors influence visual perception. Therefore, it remains unclear how much of the relation between alpha and perception is indirectly mediated by such endogenous factors, and how much reflects a direct causal influence of alpha rhythms on sensory neural processing...
2018: Frontiers in Neuroscience
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