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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220085/peripheral-visual-reaction-time-is-faster-in-deaf-adults-and-british-sign-language-interpreters-than-in-hearing-adults
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Charlotte J Codina, Olivier Pascalis, Heidi A Baseler, Alexandra T Levine, David Buckley
Following auditory deprivation, the remaining sense of vision has shown selective enhancement in visual cognition, especially in the area of near peripheral vision. Visual acuity is poor in the far periphery and may be an area where sound confers the greatest advantage in hearing persons. Experience with a visuospatial language such as British Sign Language (BSL) makes additional demands on the visual system. To test the different and separable effects of deafness and use of a visuo-spatial language on far peripheral visual processing, we investigated visual reaction times (RTs) and response accuracy to visual stimuli, between 30° and 85° along the four cardinal and four inter-cardinal meridians...
2017: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220068/reduced-activity-in-the-right-inferior-frontal-gyrus-in-elderly-apoe-e4-carriers-during-a-verbal-fluency-task
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Andrea Katzorke, Julia B M Zeller, Laura D Müller, Martin Lauer, Thomas Polak, Andreas Reif, Jürgen Deckert, Martin J Herrmann
Apolipoprotein-E4 (APOE-E4) is a major genetic risk factor for developing Alzheimer's disease (AD). The verbal fluency task (VFT), especially the subtask category fluency, has shown to provide a good discrimination between cognitively normal controls and subjects with AD. Interestingly, APOE-E4 seems to have no effect on the behavioral performance during a VFT in healthy elderly. Thus, the purpose of the present study was to reveal possible compensation mechanisms by investigating the effect of APOE-E4 on the hemodynamic response in non-demented elderly during a VFT by using functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS)...
2017: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219620/brain-structural-correlates-of-executive-and-social-cognition-profiles-in-behavioral-variant-frontotemporal-dementia-and-elderly-bipolar-disorder
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Sandra Baez, Clara Pinasco, María Roca, Jesica Ferrari, Blas Couto, Indira García-Cordero, Agustín Ibañez, Francy Cruz, Pablo Reyes, Diana Matallana, Facundo Manes, Marcelo Cetcovich, Teresa Torralva
An early stage of behavioral variant frontotemporal dementia (bvFTD) often displays a mix of behavioral disturbances and personality changes hindering a differential diagnosis from elderly bipolar disorder (BD), making this process a big challenge. However, no studies have compared these pathologies from neuropsychological and neuroanatomical perspectives. The aim of the present study was to compare the executive functions (EF) and social cognition profiles as well as the structural neuroimaging of bvFTD and elderly patients with BD...
February 17, 2017: Neuropsychologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216127/speaking-related-changes-in-cortical-functional-connectivity-associated-with-assisted-and-spontaneous-recovery-from-developmental-stuttering
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Christian A Kell, Katrin Neumann, Marion Behrens, Alexander W von Gudenberg, Anne-Lise Giraud
We previously reported speaking-related activity changes associated with assisted recovery induced by a fluency shaping therapy program and unassisted recovery from developmental stuttering (Kell et al., Brain 2009). While assisted recovery re-lateralized activity to the left hemisphere, unassisted recovery was specifically associated with the activation of the left BA 47/12 in the lateral orbitofrontal cortex. These findings suggested plastic changes in speaking-related functional connectivity between left hemispheric speech network nodes...
February 13, 2017: Journal of Fluency Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216095/real-time-quantitative-reverse-transcription-pcr-analysis-of-expression-stability-of-aggregatibacter-actinomycetemcomitans-fimbria-associated-gene-in-response-to-photodynamic-therapy
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Maryam Pourhajibagher, Abbas Monzavi, Nasim Chiniforush, Mohammad Moein Monzavi, Shaghayegh Sobhani, Sima Shahabi, Abbas Bahador
BACKGROUND: Aggregatibacter actinomycetemcomitans is an etiological agent of both chronic and aggressive periodontitis. Dissemination of A. actinomycetemcomitans from the oral cavity and initiation of systemic infections has led to new approaches for treatment being needed. In this study, a series of experiments presented investigated the effect of methylene blue (MB)-mediated antimicrobial photodynamic therapy (aPDT) on cell viability and expression of fimbria-associated gene (rcpA) in A...
February 16, 2017: Photodiagnosis and Photodynamic Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214771/future-oriented-mental-time-travel-in-individuals-with-disordered-gambling
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Xavier Noël, Mélanie Saeremans, Charles Kornreich, Nematollah Jaafari, Arnaud D'Argembeau
This study investigated the ability of individuals with disordered gambling to imagine future events. Problem gamblers (n=35) and control participants (n=35) were asked to imagine positive and negative future events for three temporal distances (one week, one year, 5-10years). Then, a variety of phenomenological aspects of their future thoughts (e.g., sensory and contextual details, autonoetic consciousness) were rated. Compared to control subjects, problem gamblers generated fewer positive and negative events across all temporal distances, an impairment that was correlated to verbal fluency scores...
February 16, 2017: Consciousness and Cognition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213372/effect-of-topiramate-and-zonisamide-on-fmri-cognitive-networks
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Britta Wandschneider, Jane Burdett, Lucy Townsend, Andrea Hill, Pamela J Thompson, John S Duncan, Matthias J Koepp
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the effects of topiramate (TPM), zonisamide (ZNS), and levetiracetam (LEV) on cognitive network activations in patients with focal epilepsy using an fMRI language task. METHODS: In a retrospective, cross-sectional study, we identified patients from our clinical database of verbal fluency fMRI studies who were treated with either TPM (n = 32) or ZNS (n = 51). We matched 62 patients for clinical measures who took LEV but not TPM or ZNS. We entered antiepileptic comedications as nuisance variables and compared out-of-scanner psychometric measures for verbal fluency and working memory between groups...
February 17, 2017: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209317/contralateral-cerebral-hypometabolism-after-cerebellar-stroke-a-functional-near-infrared-spectroscopy-study
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Kazuya Saita, Toshiyasu Ogata, Junko Watanabe, Yoshio Tsuboi, Masaki Takahara, Tooru Inoue, Takashi Morishita
INTRODUCTION: We report the changes in cortical activity evaluated using functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) in 2 cases with cerebellar stroke. METHODS: Using an fNIRS imaging system, changes in the oxygenated hemoglobin concentration (ΔOxy-Hb) from baseline were estimated. Design and verbal fluency tasks were conducted for evaluation of visuospatial and language functions, respectively. RESULTS: The contralateral prefrontal area showed limited activation compared with the ipsilateral one in the case with either cerebellar stroke...
February 10, 2017: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208171/update-on-didactic-and-clinical-education-in-fluency-disorders-2013-2014
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J Scott Yaruss, Jieun Lee, Kaya B Kikani, Paula Leslie, Caryn Herring, Sujini Ramachandar, Seth Tichenor, Robert W Quesal, Malcolm R McNeil
Purpose: This study surveyed didactic and clinical education in fluency disorders at undergraduate and graduate institutions in the United States that provide education in speech-language pathology to determine whether a previously observed reduction in requirements has continued since prior surveys (Yaruss, 1999; Yaruss & Quesal, 2002). Method: The study involved a detailed questionnaire that was sent to 282 communication science and disorders departments. Questions examined didactic and clinical education, as well as faculty knowledge about fluency disorders...
February 1, 2017: American Journal of Speech-language Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207976/does-increased-physical-activity-in-school-affect-children-s-executive-function-and-aerobic-fitness
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Silje Eikanger Kvalø, Edvin Bru, Kolbjørn Brønnick, Sindre M Dyrstad
This study seeks to explore if increased PA in school affects children's executive function and aerobic fitness. The "Active school" study was a 10-month randomized controlled trial. The sample included 449 children (10-11 years old) in five intervention and four control schools. The weekly interventions were 2x45 min physically active academic lessons, 5x10 min physically active breaks and 5x10 min physically active homework. Aerobic fitness was measured using a 10-min interval running test. Executive function was tested using four cognitive tests (Stroop, verbal fluency, digit span and Trail Making)...
February 16, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28206796/affect-from-mere-perception-illusory-contour-perception-feels-good
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Thorsten M Erle, Rolf Reber, Sascha Topolinski
Can affect be evoked by mere perception? Earlier work on processing fluency, which manipulated the dynamics of a running perceptual process, has shown that efficient processing can indeed trigger positive affect. The present work introduces a novel route by not manipulating the dynamics of an ongoing perceptual process, but by blocking or allowing the whole process in the first place. We used illusory contour perception as one very basic such process. In 5 experiments (total N = 422), participants briefly (≤100 ms) viewed stimuli that either allowed illusory contour perception, so-called Kanizsa shapes, or proximally identical control shapes that did not allow for this process to occur...
February 16, 2017: Emotion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202336/functional-connectivity-in-resting-state-as-a-phonemic-fluency-ability-measure
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Anna Miró-Padilla, Elisenda Bueichekú, Noelia Ventura-Campos, María-Ángeles Palomar-García, César Ávila
There is some evidence that functional connectivity (FC) measures obtained at rest may reflect individual differences in cognitive capabilities. We tested this possibility by using the FAS test as a measure of phonemic fluency. Seed regions of the main brain areas involved in this task were extracted from meta-analysis results (Wagner et al., 2014) and used for pairwise resting-state FC analysis. Ninety-three undergraduates completed the FAS test outside the scanner. A correlation analysis was conducted between the F-A-S scores (behavioral testing) and the pairwise FC pattern of verbal fluency regions of interest...
February 12, 2017: Neuropsychologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199994/association-between-montreal-cognitive-assessment-sub-item-scores-and-corresponding-cognitive-test-performance-in-patients-with-frontotemporal-dementia-and-related-disorders
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Kristy K L Coleman, Brenda L Coleman, Julia D MacKinley, Stephen H Pasternak, Elizabeth C Finger
The Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA), a brief screening test developed to detect patients with mild cognitive impairment, is used in clinical settings across North America [Nasreddine et al.: J Am Geriatr Soc 2005;53:695-699]. The MoCA has been demonstrated to be sensitive to cognitive deficits in frontotemporal dementias (FTD) and related disorders [Coleman et al.: Alzheimer Dis Assoc Disord 2016;30:258-263]. Given attentional impairments in patients with FTD, whether and to what extent the abbreviated items on the MoCA may predict performance on corresponding assessments is not known...
February 16, 2017: Dementia and Geriatric Cognitive Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198108/formulaic-sequences-as-a-regulatory-mechanism-for-cognitive-perturbations-during-the-achievement-of-social-goals
#14
Alison Wray
This paper explores two questions central to understanding the nature of formulaic sequences: (1) What are they for? and (2) What determines how many there are? The "Communicative Impact" model draws into a single account how language is shaped by cognitive processing on the one hand and socio-interactional function on the other: Formulaic sequences play a range of coordinated roles in neutralizing unanticipated perturbations in the cognitive management of language, so the speaker's socio-interactional goals can still be achieved...
February 15, 2017: Topics in Cognitive Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195953/cross-validation-of-a-classification-system-for-persons-with-traumatic-brain-injury-in-the-posthospital-period
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Mark Sherer, Jennie Ponsford, Amelia Hicks, Luis Leon-Novelo, Esther Ngan, Angelle M Sander
OBJECTIVE: To (1) identify groupings of persons with traumatic brain injury (TBI) in the posthospital period in a cohort recruited in Australia; (2) compare groupings from the Australian cohort to groupings previously developed for a US cohort. SETTING: Rehabilitation centers in the US and Australia. PARTICIPANTS: A total of 170 persons with TBI from Australia and 504 persons with TBI from the United States. Participants were aged 18 to 64 years, greater than 6 months postinjury, had capacity to give consent, and had definitive contemporaneous medical evidence of TBI...
February 10, 2017: Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194620/mathematical-modeling-of-learning-from-an-inconsistent-source-a-nonlinear-approach
#16
Timmy Ma, Natalia L Komarova
Continuing the discussion of how children can modify and regularize linguistic inputs from adults, we present a new interpretation of existing algorithms to model and investigate the process of a learner learning from an inconsistent source. On the basis of this approach is a (possibly nonlinear) function (the update function) that relates the current state of the learner with an increment that it receives upon processing the source's input, in a sequence of updates. The model can be considered a nonlinear generalization of the classic Bush-Mosteller algorithm...
February 13, 2017: Bulletin of Mathematical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194119/aesthetic-pleasure-versus-aesthetic-interest-the-two-routes-to-aesthetic-liking
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Laura K M Graf, Jan R Landwehr
Although existing research has established that aesthetic pleasure and aesthetic interest are two distinct positive aesthetic responses, empirical research on aesthetic preferences usually considers only aesthetic liking to capture participants' aesthetic response. This causes some fundamental contradictions in the literature; some studies find a positive relationship between easy-to-process stimulus characteristics and aesthetic liking, while others suggest a negative relationship. The present research addresses these empirical contradictions by investigating the dual character of aesthetic liking as manifested in both the pleasure and interest components...
2017: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188916/how-action-selection-influences-the-sense-of-agency-an-erp-study
#18
Nura Sidarus, Matti Vuorre, Patrick Haggard
Sense of agency (SoA) refers to the feeling that we are in control of our actions and, through them, of events in the outside world. One influential view claims that the SoA depends on retrospectively matching the expected and actual outcomes of action. However, recent studies have revealed an additional, prospective component to SoA, driven by action selection processes. We used event-related potentials (ERPs) to clarify the neural mechanisms underlying prospective agency. Subliminal priming was used to manipulate the fluency of selecting a left or right hand action in response to a supraliminal target...
February 8, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28182781/test-anxiety-in-medical-school-is-unrelated-to-academic-performance-but-correlates-with-an-effort-reward-imbalance
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Henry Hahn, Peter Kropp, Timo Kirschstein, Gernot Rücker, Brigitte Müller-Hilke
PURPOSE: During their early years at medical school, students repeatedly criticize their workload, time constraints and test associated stress. At the same time, depressiveness and anxiety among first and second year medical students are on the rise. We therefore hypothesized that test anxiety may be related to depressiveness and considered cognitive and academic performances as confounders for the former and psychosocial distress for the latter. METHODS: A whole class of 200 second year students was invited to participate in the study...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28182524/gesture-facilitates-children-s-creative-thinking
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Elizabeth Kirk, Carine Lewis
Gestures help people think and can help problem solvers generate new ideas. We conducted two experiments exploring the self-oriented function of gesture in a novel domain: creative thinking. In Experiment 1, we explored the relationship between children's spontaneous gesture production and their ability to generate novel uses for everyday items (alternative-uses task). There was a significant correlation between children's creative fluency and their gesture production, and the majority of children's gestures depicted an action on the target object...
February 2017: Psychological Science
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