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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28748537/differences-in-brain-morphology-and-working-memory-capacity-across-childhood
#1
Joe Bathelt, Susan E Gathercole, Amy Johnson, Duncan E Astle
Working memory (WM) skills are closely associated with learning progress in key areas such as reading and mathematics across childhood. As yet, however, little is known about how the brain systems underpinning WM develop over this critical developmental period. The current study investigated whether and how structural brain correlates of components of the working memory system change over development. Verbal and visuospatial short-term and working memory were assessed in 153 children between 5.58 and 15.92 years, and latent components of the working memory system were derived...
July 26, 2017: Developmental Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28748496/huperzine-a-alleviates-neuroinflammation-oxidative-stress-and-improves-cognitive-function-after-repetitive-traumatic-brain-injury
#2
Zhengrong Mei, Peiying Zheng, Xiangping Tan, Ying Wang, Bing Situ
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) may trigger secondary injury cascades including endoplasmic reticulum stress, oxidative stress, and neuroinflammation. Unfortunately, there are no effective treatments targeting either primary or secondary injuries that result in long-term detrimental consequences. Huperzine A (HupA) is a potent acetylcholinesterase inhibitor (AChEI) that has been used treatment of Alzheimer's disease (AD). This study aimed to explore the neuroprotective effects of HupA in TBI and its possible mechanisms...
July 26, 2017: Metabolic Brain Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28748447/cross-modal-working-memory-binding-and-l1-l2-word-learning
#3
Shinmin Wang, Richard J Allen, Shin-Yi Fang, Ping Li
The ability to create temporary binding representations of information from different sources in working memory has recently been found to relate to the development of monolingual word recognition in children. The current study explored this possible relationship in an adult word-learning context. We assessed whether the relationship between cross-modal working memory binding and lexical development would be observed in the learning of associations between unfamiliar spoken words and their semantic referents, and whether it would vary across experimental conditions in first- and second-language word learning...
July 26, 2017: Memory & Cognition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28748095/the-origin-of-mathematics-and-number-sense-in-the-cerebellum-with-implications-for-finger-counting-and-dyscalculia
#4
Larry Vandervert
BACKGROUND: Mathematicians and scientists have struggled to adequately describe the ultimate foundations of mathematics. Nobel laureates Albert Einstein and Eugene Wigner were perplexed by this issue, with Wigner concluding that the workability of mathematics in the real world is a mystery we cannot explain. In response to this classic enigma, the major purpose of this article is to provide a theoretical model of the ultimate origin of mathematics and "number sense" (as defined by S. Dehaene) that is proposed to involve the learning of inverse dynamics models through the collaboration of the cerebellum and the cerebral cortex (but prominently cerebellum-driven)...
2017: Cerebellum & Ataxias
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28747686/memory-and-perception-based-facial-image-reconstruction
#5
Chi-Hsun Chang, Dan Nemrodov, Andy C H Lee, Adrian Nestor
Visual memory for faces has been extensively researched, especially regarding the main factors that influence face memorability. However, what we remember exactly about a face, namely, the pictorial content of visual memory, remains largely unclear. The current work aims to elucidate this issue by reconstructing face images from both perceptual and memory-based behavioural data. Specifically, our work builds upon and further validates the hypothesis that visual memory and perception share a common representational basis underlying facial identity recognition...
July 26, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28747485/developmental-vitamin-d-deficiency-affects-spatial-learning-in-wistar-rats
#6
Anwar N Al-Harbi, Khalid M Khan, Abdur Rahman
Background: Vitamin D deficiency is a global problem. Recent evidence suggests that vitamin D is involved in brain development and function. Vitamin D deficiency has been associated with poor cognitive function in adults, but the effect of developmental vitamin D deficiency (DVDD) on cognitive function and brain development in children has not been well established.Objective: We explored the effects of DVDD on cognitive functions and brain morphology of rat pups.Methods: Wistar rat pups born to control and vitamin D-deficient dams were divided into 4 groups: control (C), deficient during gestation (dG), deficient during lactation (dL), and deficient during gestation and lactation (dGL)...
July 26, 2017: Journal of Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28747480/effects-of-age-and-reproductive-status-on-individual-foraging-site-fidelity-in-a-long-lived-marine-predator
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Stephen C Votier, Annette L Fayet, Stuart Bearhop, Thomas W Bodey, Bethany L Clark, James Grecian, Tim Guilford, Keith C Hamer, Jana W E Jeglinski, Greg Morgan, Ewan Wakefield, Samantha C Patrick
Individual foraging specializations, where individuals use a small component of the population niche width, are widespread in nature with important ecological and evolutionary implications. In long-lived animals, foraging ability develops with age, but we know little about the ontogeny of individuality in foraging. Here we use precision global positioning system (GPS) loggers to examine how individual foraging site fidelity (IFSF), a common component of foraging specialization, varies between breeders, failed breeders and immatures in a long-lived marine predator-the northern gannet Morus bassanus Breeders (aged 5+) showed strong IFSF: they had similar routes and were faithful to distal points during successive trips...
July 26, 2017: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28745240/nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-a-friend-a-foe-or-a-bystander-in-the-neurodegenerative-cascade-and-pathogenesis-of-alzheimer-s-disease
#8
Othman Ghribi
Nuclear factor kappa-light-chain-enhancer of activated B cells (NF-κB) is a ubiquitous transcription factor that was discovered nearly three decades ago. Since its discovery, this protein complex has been implicated in numerous physiological and pathophysiological processes such as inflammation, insulin resistance, synaptic plasticity and memory as well as pathological conditions including cancer, autoimmune diseases, diabetes, and neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's disease. This review literature is focused on the potential role NF-κB may play in the etipathogenesis of Alzheimer's disease...
July 25, 2017: CNS & Neurological Disorders Drug Targets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28744803/xanthoceraside-modulates-neurogenesis-to-ameliorate-cognitive-impairment-in-app-ps1-transgenic-mice
#9
Lin Zhu, Tianyan Chi, Xuemei Zhao, Lei Yang, Shijie Song, Qiaohui Lu, Xuefei Ji, Peng Liu, Lihua Wang, Libo Zou
Neuronal loss is reported to be an important pathological process in Alzheimer's disease (AD). Neurogenesis is a process of generation of new neurons to fill the neuronal loss. Xanthoceraside has been shown to attenuate the cognitive deficits in several AD animal models. However, little is known about the effect of xanthoceraside on neurogenesis in APP/PS1 transgenic mice. Thus, in this study, we investigated whether xanthoceraside can ameliorate learning and memory impairment by promoting NSCs proliferation and neuronal differentiation...
July 25, 2017: Journal of Physiological Sciences: JPS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28744722/temporal-encoding-strategies-result-in-boosts-to-final-free-recall-performance-comparable-to-spatial-ones
#10
Nichole Bouffard, Jared Stokes, Hannah J Kramer, Arne D Ekstrom
The method of loci is a highly effective mnemonic that recruits existing salient memory for spatial locations and uses the information as a scaffold for remembering a list of items (Yates, 1966). One possible account for the effectiveness of the spatial method of loci comes from the perspective that it utilizes evolutionarily preserved mechanisms for spatial navigation within the hippocampus (Maguire et al. in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 97(8), 4398-4403, 2000; O'Keefe & Nadel, 1978; Rodriguez et al...
July 25, 2017: Memory & Cognition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28744702/visuo-haptic-integration-in-object-identification-using-novel-objects
#11
Geneviève Desmarais, Melissa Meade, Taylor Wells, Mélanie Nadeau
Although some studies have shown that haptic and visual identification seem to rely on similar processes, few studies have directly compared the two. We investigated haptic and visual object identification by asking participants to learn to recognize (Experiments 1, and 3), or to match (Experiment 2) novel objects that varied only in shape. Participants explored objects haptically, visually, or bimodally, and were then asked to identify objects haptically and/or visually. We demonstrated that patterns of identification errors were similar across identification modality, independently of learning and testing condition, suggesting that the haptic and visual representations in memory were similar...
July 25, 2017: Attention, Perception & Psychophysics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28744647/antioxidant-and-antiamnestic-effects-of-potassium-comenate-and-comenic-acid-under-conditions-of-normobaric-hypoxia-with-hypercapnia
#12
L V Shurygina, E I Zlishcheva, A N Kravtsova, A A Kravtsov
Potassium comenate and comenic acid exhibit manifest and virtually identical antioxidant activity under conditions of hypoxia with hypercapnia. The effects of these drugs on conditioned reflex training with positive reinforcement differ significantly. Potassium comenate promotes retention of the learning capacity and memory in hypoxic rats at the level of intact control, that is, exhibits a pronounced protective antiamnestic effect, while comenic acid only facilitates training of the conditioned reflex with positive reinforcement...
July 26, 2017: Bulletin of Experimental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743727/basolateral-amygdala-to-orbitofrontal-cortex-projections-enable-cue-triggered-reward-expectations
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Nina T Lichtenberg, Zachary T Pennington, Sandra M Holley, Venuz Y Greenfield, Carlos Cepeda, Michael S Levine, Kate M Wassum
To make an appropriate decision one must anticipate potential future rewarding events, even when they are not readily observable. These expectations are generated by using observable information (e.g., stimuli or available actions) to retrieve often quite detailed memories of available rewards. The basolateral amygdala (BLA) and orbitofrontal cortex (OFC) are two reciprocally-connected key nodes in the circuitry supporting such outcome-guided behaviors. But there is much unknown about the contribution of this circuit to decision making, and almost nothing known about the whether any contribution is via direct, monosynaptic projections, or the direction of information transfer...
July 25, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743598/decrease-in-endogenous-brain-allopregnanolone-induces-autism-spectrum-disorder-asd-like-behavior-in-mice-a-novel-animal-model-of-asd
#14
Ken Ebihara, Hironori Fujiwara, Suresh Awale, Dya Fita Dibwe, Ryota Araki, Takeshi Yabe, Kinzo Matsumto
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder with core symptoms of social impairments and restrictive repetitive behaviors. Recent evidence has implicated a dysfunction in the GABAergic system in the pathophysiology of ASD. We investigated the role of endogenous allopregnanolone (ALLO), a neurosteroidal positive allosteric modulator of GABAA receptors, in the regulation of ASD-like behavior in male mice using SKF105111 (SKF), an inhibitor of type I and type II 5α-reductase, a rate-limiting enzyme of ALLO biosynthesis...
July 22, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743517/the-sensitive-period-for-auditory-vocal-learning-in-the-zebra-finch-consequences-of-limited-model-availability-and-multiple-tutor-paradigms-on-song-imitation
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Sharon M H Gobes, Rebecca B Jennings, Rie K Maeda
Male zebra finches, Taeniopygia guttata, acquire their song during a sensitive period for auditory-vocal learning by imitating conspecific birds. Laboratory studies have shown that the sensitive period for song acquisition covers a developmental phase lasting from 25 to 65days post hatch (dph); formation of auditory memory primarily occurs between 25 and 35 dph. The duration of the sensitive period is, however, dependent upon model availability. If a tutor is not available early in development, birds will learn from an adult male introduced to their cage even after they reach 65 dph...
July 22, 2017: Behavioural Processes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743056/apigenin-attenuates-isoflurane-induced-cognitive-dysfunction-via-epigenetic-regulation-and-neuroinflammation-in-aged-rats
#16
Lin Chen, Wenji Xie, Wenqin Xie, Weiqiang Zhuang, Changcheng Jiang, Naizhen Liu
PURPOSE OF THE RESEARCH: Post operational cognitive dysfunction (POCD) occurs in patients after anesthesia and surgery. Abnormal histone acetylation and neuroinflammation are key factors in the pathogenesis of cognitive impairment. Apigenin not only has an anti-inflammatory activity but also modifies histone acetylation. We aimed to investigate whether apigenin can attenuate isoflurane exposure-induced cognitive decline by regulating histone acetylation and inflammatory signaling. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Spatial learning and memory were assessed by Morris water maze test...
July 6, 2017: Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742479/understanding-and-combating-resistance-to-online-learning
#17
John Vivolo
Resistance to change is an easy thing for human beings to understand. It is at the heart of our desire to find comfort with the familiar such as family, friends and our homes. We create homes that are designed a certain way and usually are slow to change. We make friends for years and keep those memories etched in stone, even though time and age create a romanticised version of the past. Change scares us so much that we reflect on our past, the old days, with such reverence that we paint over the ugly parts...
December 1, 2016: Science Progress
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742159/%C3%AE-adrenergic-signaling-broadly-contributes-to-ltp-induction
#18
Joanna Jȩdrzejewska-Szmek, Vincent Luczak, Ted Abel, Kim T Blackwell
Long-lasting forms of long-term potentiation (LTP) represent one of the major cellular mechanisms underlying learning and memory. One of the fundamental questions in the field of LTP is why different molecules are critical for long-lasting forms of LTP induced by diverse experimental protocols. Further complexity stems from spatial aspects of signaling networks, such that some molecules function in the dendrite and some are critical in the spine. We investigated whether the diverse experimental evidence can be unified by creating a spatial, mechanistic model of multiple signaling pathways in hippocampal CA1 neurons...
July 24, 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28740466/a-tyrosine-hydroxylase-characterization-of-dopaminergic-neurons-in-the-honey-bee-brain
#19
Stevanus R Tedjakumala, Jacques Rouquette, Marie-Laure Boizeau, Karen A Mesce, Lucie Hotier, Isabelle Massou, Martin Giurfa
Dopamine (DA) plays a fundamental role in insect behavior as it acts both as a general modulator of behavior and as a value system in associative learning where it mediates the reinforcing properties of unconditioned stimuli (US). Here we aimed at characterizing the dopaminergic neurons in the central nervous system of the honey bee, an insect that serves as an established model for the study of learning and memory. We used tyrosine hydroxylase (TH) immunoreactivity (ir) to ensure that the neurons detected synthesize DA endogenously...
2017: Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28740440/haphop-physio-a-computer-game-to-support-cognitive-therapies-in-children
#20
Carolina Rico-Olarte, Diego M López, Santiago Narváez, Charic D Farinango, Peter S Pharow
BACKGROUND: Care and support of children with physical or mental disabilities are accompanied with serious concerns for parents, families, healthcare institutions, schools, and their communities. Recent studies and technological innovations have demonstrated the feasibility of providing therapy and rehabilitation services to children supported by computer games. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this paper is to present HapHop-Physio, an innovative computer game that combines exercise with fun and learning, developed to support cognitive therapies in children...
2017: Psychology Research and Behavior Management
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