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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28183072/alternative-therapies-for-excoriation-skin-picking-disorder-a-brief-update
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Julio Torales, Iván Barrios, Jorge Villalba
Context • Excoriation (skin picking) disorder is characterized by the need or urge to pick, scratch, pinch, touch, rub, scrub, squeeze, bite, or dig the skin, and it can be a perplexing condition for the inexperienced physician. Treatments include pharmacotherapy, psychotherapy, and alternative therapies. Alternative therapies for excoriation disorder and other body-focused repetitive behaviors include yoga, aerobic exercise, acupuncture, biofeedback, hypnosis, and inositol and N-acetylcysteine, among others...
January 2017: Advances in Mind-body Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28176798/anhedonia-to-music-and-mu-opioids-evidence-from-the-administration-of-naltrexone
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Adiel Mallik, Mona Lisa Chanda, Daniel J Levitin
Music's universality and its ability to deeply affect emotions suggest an evolutionary origin. Previous investigators have found that naltrexone (NTX), a μ-opioid antagonist, may induce reversible anhedonia, attenuating both positive and negative emotions. The neurochemical basis of musical experience is not well-understood, and the NTX-induced anhedonia hypothesis has not been tested with music. Accordingly, we administered NTX or placebo on two different days in a double-blind crossover study, and assessed participants' responses to music using both psychophysiological (objective) and behavioral (subjective) measures...
February 8, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28174540/the-influence-of-mid-event-deception-on-psychophysiological-status-and-pacing-can-persist-across-consecutive-disciplines-and-enhance-self-paced-multi-modal-endurance-performance
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Daniel Taylor, Mark F Smith
Purpose: To examine the effects of deceptively aggressive bike pacing on performance, pacing, and associated physiological and perceptual responses during simulated sprint-distance triathlon. Methods: Ten non-elite, competitive male triathletes completed three simulated sprint-distance triathlons (0.75 km swim, 500 kJ bike, 5 km run), the first of which established personal best "baseline" performance (BL). During the remaining two trials athletes maintained a cycling power output 5% greater than BL, before completing the run as quickly as possible...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28174121/an-electrophysiological-investigation-of-emotional-abnormalities-in-groups-at-risk-for-schizophrenia-spectrum-personality-disorders
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Elizabeth A Martin, Nicole R Karcher, Bruce D Bartholow, Greg J Siegle, John G Kerns
Both extreme levels of social anhedonia (SocAnh) and perceptual aberration/magical ideation (PerMag) are associated with risk for schizophrenia-spectrum disorders and with emotional abnormalities. Yet, the nature of any psychophysiological-measured affective abnormality, including the role of automatic/controlled processes, is unclear. We examined the late positive potential (LPP) during passive viewing (to assess automatic processing) and during cognitive reappraisal (to assess controlled processing) in three groups: SocAnh, PerMag, and controls...
February 5, 2017: Biological Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28174110/cortical-and-cardiovascular-responses-to-acute-stressors-and-their-relations-with-psychological-distress
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Agostino Brugnera, Cristina Zarbo, Roberta Adorni, Giorgio A Tasca, Massimo Rabboni, Emi Bondi, Angelo Compare, Kaoru Sakatani
The purpose of this study was to assess the interrelation between cortical, cardiovascular, behavioural, and psychological responses to acute stressors in a large sample of healthy individuals. To date, there are only preliminary evidences for a significant association among these psychophysiological indexes during a stress task. 65 participants completed psychological questionnaires (Beck Depression Inventory and State-Trait Anxiety Inventory) and underwent a psychosocial math stress task, consisting of a control and an experimental (i...
February 4, 2017: International Journal of Psychophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28170001/the-mcp-4-mcp-1-ratio-in-plasma-is-a-candidate-circadian-biomarker-for-chronic-post-traumatic-stress-disorder
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C Dalgard, O Eidelman, C Jozwik, C H Olsen, M Srivastava, R Biswas, Y Eudy, S W Rothwell, G P Mueller, P Yuan, W C Drevets, H K Manji, M Vythlingam, D S Charney, A Neumeister, R J Ursano, D M Jacobowitz, H B Pollard, O Bonne
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is psychiatric disease, which can occur following exposure to traumatic events. PTSD may be acute or chronic, and can have a waxing and waning course of symptoms. It has been hypothesized that proinflammatory cytokines and chemokines in the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) or plasma might be mediators of the psychophysiological mechanisms relating a history of trauma exposure to changes in behavior and mental health disorders, and medical morbidity. Here we test the cytokine/chemokine hypothesis for PTSD by examining levels of 17 classical cytokines and chemokines in CSF, sampled at 0900 hours, and in plasma sampled hourly for 24 h...
February 7, 2017: Translational Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28165279/introduction-to-the-special-section-mind-and-matter-new-insights-on-the-role-of-parental-cognitive-and-neurobiological-functioning-in-process-models-of-parenting
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Kirby Deater-Deckard, Melissa L Sturge-Apple
This is an introduction to the special section on neurobiological and neurocognitive factors in parenting. The collection of 11 papers are published in 2 serial subsections of consecutive issues of the journal. The science they present captures the leading edge of work examining the interface of cognitive, emotional, behavioral, and physiological self-regulation in parenting and how these operate to protect or increment risk for poorer parenting among families who face chronic stressors (e.g., poverty, single parenthood, homelessness, mood disorders)...
February 2017: Journal of Family Psychology: JFP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28160746/selective-attentional-impairment-in-chronic-tinnitus-evidence-from-an-event-related-potentials-study
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Daniela Mannarelli, Caterina Pauletti, Patrizia Mancini, Alessandra Fioretti, Antonio Greco, Marco De Vincentiis, Francesco Fattapposta
OBJECTIVE: Tinnitus is an auditory phantom sensation experienced in the absence of a sound source. Cognitive dysfunctions, especially in working memory and attention, are frequently reported to be associated with tinnitus. The aim of this study was to investigate attentional functioning in a group of subjects with chronic tinnitus using ERPs, and in particular the P300 components. METHODS: We studied 20 patients with chronic tinnitus and 20 healthy subjects that performed a P300 Novelty task...
March 2017: Clinical Neurophysiology: Official Journal of the International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28157098/pupillary-responses-as-a-biomarker-of%C3%A2-early-risk-for-alzheimer-s-disease
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Eric L Granholm, Matthew S Panizzon, Jeremy A Elman, Amy J Jak, Richard L Hauger, Mark W Bondi, Michael J Lyons, Carol E Franz, William S Kremen
Task-evoked pupillary responses may be a psychophysiological biomarker of early risk for mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and Alzheimer's disease (AD). Pupil dilation during cognitive tasks reflects cognitive effort until compensatory capacity is surpassed and performance declines are manifest, and reflects activation in the locus coeruleus, where degenerative changes have been found in the earliest stages of AD. We recorded pupillary responses during digit span recall in 918 participants ages 56-66. Despite normal performance, amnestic single-domain MCI (S-MCI) participants showed greater pupil dilation than non-amnestic S-MCI and cognitively normal (CN) participants at lower cognitive loads...
February 1, 2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28150954/measuring-the-slot-machine-zone-with-attentional-dual-tasks-and-respiratory-sinus-arrhythmia
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W Spencer Murch, Stephanie W M Chu, Luke Clark
Recent accounts of problematic electronic gaming machine (EGM) gambling have suggested attentional pathology among at-risk players. A putative slot machine zone is characterized by an intense immersion during game play, causing a neglect of outside events and competing goals. Prior studies of EGM immersion have relied heavily upon retrospective self-report scales. Here, the authors attempt to identify behavioral and psychophysiological correlates of the immersion experience. In samples of undergraduate students and experienced EGM users from the community, they tested 2 potential behavioral measures of immersion during EGM use: peripheral target detection and probe-caught mind wandering...
February 2, 2017: Psychology of Addictive Behaviors: Journal of the Society of Psychologists in Addictive Behaviors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28139018/the-influence-of-social-stress-on-time-perception-and-psychophysiological-reactivity
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Kathryne van Hedger, Elizabeth A Necka, Anam K Barakzai, Greg J Norman
Time perception is a fundamental component of everyday life. Although time can be measured using standard units, the relationship between an individual's experience of perceived time and a standard unit is highly sensitive to context. Stressful and threatening stimuli have been previously shown to produce time distortion effects, such that individuals perceive the stimuli as lasting for different amounts of time as compared to a standard unit. As a highly social species, humans are acutely sensitive to social stressors; however, time distortion effects have not been studied in the context of social stress...
January 31, 2017: Psychophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28138418/impact-of-panic-on-psychophysiological-and-neural-reactivity-to-unpredictable-threat-in-depression-and-anxiety
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Lynne Lieberman, Stephanie M Gorka, Stewart A Shankman, K Luan Phan
Exaggerated anxious responding to unpredictable threat (U-threat) is a core feature of panic disorder (PD). However, it is unknown whether this abnormality is specific to the diagnosis of PD or would manifest along a continuum of panic symptomatology (PS). Additionally, little is known about the neural processes underlying this abnormality among those high in PS. Finally, no studies have tested whether startle potentiation and limbic neural reactivity - commonly used indices of U-threat responsivity - are associated and therefore reflect common abnormalities...
2017: Clinical Psychological Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28129555/treatment-for-social-anxiety-disorder-alters-functional-connectivity-in-emotion-regulation-neural-circuitry
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Katherine S Young, Lisa J Burklund, Jared B Torre, Darby Saxbe, Matthew D Lieberman, Michelle G Craske
Social anxiety disorder (SAD) is characterized at a neurobiological level by disrupted activity in emotion regulation neural circuitry. Previous work has demonstrated amygdala hyperreactivity and disrupted prefrontal responses to social cues in individuals with SAD (Kim et al., 2011). While exposure-based psychological treatments effectively reduce SAD symptoms, not all individuals respond to treatment. Better understanding of the neural mechanisms involved offers the potential to improve treatment efficacy...
January 16, 2017: Psychiatry Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28129305/positive-association-between-nightmares-and-heart-rate-response-to-loud-tones-relationship-to-parasympathetic-dysfunction-in-ptsd-nightmares
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Kaloyan S Tanev, Scott P Orr, Edward F Pace-Schott, Michael Griffin, Roger K Pitman, Patricia A Resick
Seventy-three women with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) resulting from rape or physical assault participated in a loud-tone procedure, while skin conductance (SC), heart rate, and electromyogram responses were recorded. Pearson correlations were examined between each psychophysiological response and Clinician-Administered PTSD Scale (CAPS) symptom scores. Significant correlations were adjusted for each remaining individual PTSD symptom score. Heart rate response (HRR) significantly correlated with CAPS total score and with CAPS nightmares...
January 26, 2017: Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28126618/functional-connectivity-when-detecting-rare-visual-targets-in-schizophrenia
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Amy M Jimenez, Junghee Lee, Michael F Green, Jonathan K Wynn
Individuals with schizophrenia demonstrate difficulties in attending to important stimuli (e.g., targets) and ignoring distractors (e.g., non-targets). We used a visual oddball task during fMRI to examine functional connectivity within and between the ventral and dorsal attention networks to determine the relative contribution of each network to detection of rare visual targets in schizophrenia. The sample comprised 25 schizophrenia patients and 27 healthy controls. Psychophysiological interaction analysis was used to examine whole-brain functional connectivity in response to targets...
January 17, 2017: Psychiatry Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28119506/modulation-of-amygdala-response-to-task-irrelevant-emotion
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Catherine L Sebastian, Eamon J McCrory, Stephane A De Brito, Essi Viding
It has been shown that as cognitive demands of a non-emotional task increase, amygdala response to task-irrelevant emotional stimuli is reduced. However, it remains unclear whether effects are due to altered task demands, or altered perceptual input associated with task demands. Here, we present fMRI data from 20 adult males during a novel cognitive conflict task in which the requirement to scan emotional information was necessary for task performance and held constant across levels of cognitive conflict. Response to fearful facial expressions was attenuated under high (vs...
January 24, 2017: Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28117719/essential-oil-of-japanese-cedar-cryptomeria-japonica-wood-increases-salivary-dehydroepiandrosterone-sulfate-levels-after-monotonous-work
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Eri Matsubara, Yuko Tsunetsugu, Tatsuro Ohira, Masaki Sugiyama
Employee problems arising from mental illnesses have steadily increased and become a serious social problem in recent years. Wood is a widely available plant material, and knowledge of the psychophysiological effects of inhalation of woody volatile compounds has grown considerably. In this study, we established an experimental method to evaluate the effects of Japanese cedar wood essential oil on subjects performing monotonous work. Two experiment conditions, one with and another without diffusion of the essential oil were prepared...
January 21, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28113920/predicting-mood-changes-in-bipolar-disorder-through-heartbeat-nonlinear-dynamics
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Gaetano Valenza, Mimma Nardelli, Antonio Lanata', Claudio Gentili, Gilles Bertschy, Markus Kosel, Enzo Pasquale Scilingo
Bipolar Disorder (BD) is characterized by an alternation of mood states from depression to (hypo)mania. Mixed states, i.e., a combination of depression and mania symptoms at the same time, can also be present. The diagnosis of this disorder in the current clinical practice is based only on subjective interviews and questionnaires, while no reliable objective psychophysiological markers are available. Furthermore, there are no biological markers predicting BD outcomes, or providing information about the future clinical course of the phenomenon...
April 20, 2016: IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110004/physiological-responses-associated-with-cultural-attachment
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Wei Jie Yap, George I Christopoulos, Ying-Yi Hong
Cultural attachment (CA) suggests that cultural symbols can function as attachment figures, in a similar way to prototypical maternal attachment figures. In order to further understand the psychophysiological mechanisms of CA, we examine whether cultural symbols regulate peripheral physiological indicators of arousal in response to symbolic threats. We supraliminally expose participants to neutral or threatening stimuli, followed by the subliminal presentation of CA and control images, while recording their Skin Conductance Responses (SCR)...
January 18, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107890/affective-impairment-in-chronic-low-blood-pressure
#20
Stefan Duschek, Alexandra Hoffmann, Gustavo A Reyes Del Paso
OBJECTIVE: Physical complaints such as faintness, dizziness, cold limbs and headaches have been well-established in chronic low blood pressure (hypotension). This study investigated the occurrence of adverse emotional states and the symptoms of depression in this condition. As autonomic dysregulation, particularly diminished sympathetic tone, is believed to be involved in the etiology of hypotension, the impact of different facets of autonomic cardiovascular control on mood and depressive symptoms was also explored...
February 2017: Journal of Psychosomatic Research
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