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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29442613/beyond-the-30-million-word-gap-children-s-conversational-exposure-is-associated-with-language-related-brain-function
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Rachel R Romeo, Julia A Leonard, Sydney T Robinson, Martin R West, Allyson P Mackey, Meredith L Rowe, John D E Gabrieli
Children's early language exposure impacts their later linguistic skills, cognitive abilities, and academic achievement, and large disparities in language exposure are associated with family socioeconomic status (SES). However, there is little evidence about the neural mechanisms underlying the relation between language experience and linguistic and cognitive development. Here, language experience was measured from home audio recordings of 36 SES-diverse 4- to 6-year-old children. During a story-listening functional MRI task, children who had experienced more conversational turns with adults-independently of SES, IQ, and adult-child utterances alone-exhibited greater left inferior frontal (Broca's area) activation, which significantly explained the relation between children's language exposure and verbal skill...
February 1, 2018: Psychological Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29410616/bilateral-pathways-from-the-basal-forebrain-to-sensory-cortices-may-contribute-to-synchronous-sensory-processing
#2
Irene Chaves-Coira, Margarita L Rodrigo-Angulo, Angel Nuñez
Sensory processing in the cortex should integrate inputs arriving from receptive fields located on both sides of the body. This role could be played by the corpus callosum through precise projections between both hemispheres. However, different studies suggest that cholinergic projections from the basal forebrain (BF) could also contribute to the synchronization and integration of cortical activities. Using tracer injections and optogenetic techniques in transgenic mice, we investigated whether the BF cells project bilaterally to sensory cortical areas, and have provided anatomical evidence to support a modulatory role for the cholinergic projections in sensory integration...
2018: Frontiers in Neuroanatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29401468/manual-action-verbs-modulate-the-grip-force-of-each-hand-in-unimanual-or-symmetrical-bimanual-tasks
#3
Ronaldo Luis da Silva, David Labrecque, Fátima Aparecida Caromano, Johanne Higgins, Victor Frak
Manual action verbs modulate the right-hand grip force in right-handed subjects. However, to our knowledge, no studies demonstrate the ability to accomplish this modulation during bimanual tasks nor describe their effect on left-hand behavior in unimanual and bimanual tasks. Using load cells and word playlists, we evaluated the occurrence of grip force modulation by manual action verbs in unimanual and symmetrical bimanual tasks across the three auditory processing phases. We found a significant grip force increase for all conditions compared to baseline, indicating the occurrence of modulation...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29390458/recovery-of-injured-broca-s-portion-of-arcuate-fasciculus-in-the-dominant-hemisphere-in-a-patient-with-traumatic-brain-injury
#4
Sung Ho Jang, Ji Wan Ha, Hyun Young Kim, You Sung Seo
RATIONALE: Recovery of injured AF in patients with traumatic brain injury (TBI) has not been reported. In this study, we report on a patient with TBI who recovered from an injury to Broca's portion of AF in the dominant hemisphere, diagnosed by diffusion tensor tractography (DTT). PATIENT CONCERNS: A 28-year-old right-handed male patient suffered head trauma resulting from sliding while riding a motorcycle. DIAGNOSES: He was diagnosed with a traumatic contusional hemorrhage in the left frontal lobe, subarachnoid hemorrhage, and subdural hemorrhage in the left fronto-temporal lobe...
December 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29386445/-effect-of-reading-a-book-on-a-tablet-computer-on-cerebral-blood-flow-in-the-prefrontal-cortex
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Akihiro Sugiura, Takuya Eto, Fumiya Kinoshita, Hiroki Takada
OBJECTIVES: By measuring cerebral blood flow in the prefrontal cortex, we aimed to determine how reading a book on a tablet computer affects sleep. METHODS: Seven students (7 men age range, 21-32 years) participated in this study. In a controlled illuminance environment, the subjects read a novel in printed form or on a tablet computer from any distance. As the subjects were reading, the cerebral blood flow in their prefrontal cortex was measured by near-infrared spectroscopy...
2018: Nihon Eiseigaku Zasshi. Japanese Journal of Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29353121/tau-pet-imaging-with-18f-av-1451-in-primary-progressive-apraxia-of-speech
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Rene L Utianski, Jennifer L Whitwell, Christopher G Schwarz, Matthew L Senjem, Nirubol Tosakulwong, Joseph R Duffy, Heather M Clark, Mary M Machulda, Ronald C Petersen, Clifford R Jack, Val J Lowe, Keith A Josephs
Apraxia of speech is a motor speech disorder characterized by combinations of slow speaking rate, abnormal prosody, distorted sound substitutions, and trial-and-error articulatory movements. Apraxia of speech is due to abnormal planning and/or programming of speech production. It is referred to as primary progressive apraxia of speech (PPAOS) when it is the only symptom of a neurodegenerative condition. Past reports suggest an association of PPAOS with primary 4-repeat (4R) tau (e.g., progressive supranuclear palsy, corticobasal degeneration), rather than amyloid, pathology...
January 2, 2018: Cortex; a Journal Devoted to the Study of the Nervous System and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29305294/cortical-folding-abnormalities-in-patients-with-schizophrenia-who-have-persistent-auditory-verbal-hallucinations
#7
Katharina M Kubera, Philipp A Thomann, Dusan Hirjak, Anja Barth, Fabio Sambataro, Nenad Vasic, Nadine D Wolf, Karel Frasch, R Christian Wolf
In schizophrenia temporal cortical volume loss differs between patients presenting with persistent auditory verbal hallucinations (pAVH) in contrast to those without hallucinatory symptoms (nAVH). However, it is unknown whether this deficit reflects a neural signature of neurodevelopmental origin or if abnormal temporal cortical volume is reflective of factors which may be relevant at later stages of the disorder. Here, we tested the hypothesis that local gyrification index (LGI) in regions of the temporal cortex differs between patients with pAVH (n=10) and healthy controls (n=14), and that abnormal temporal LGI discriminates between pAVH and nAVH (n=10)...
January 2, 2018: European Neuropsychopharmacology: the Journal of the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29296476/optical-mapping-of-brain-activation-during-the-english-to-chinese-and-chinese-to-english-sight-translation
#8
Yan He, Meng-Yun Wang, Defeng Li, Zhen Yuan
Translating from Chinese into another language or vice versa is becoming a widespread phenomenon. However, current neuroimaging studies are insufficient to reveal the neural mechanism underlying translation asymmetry during Chinese/English sight translation. In this study, functional near infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) was used to extract the brain activation patterns associated with Chinese/English sight translation. Eleven unbalanced Chinese (L1)/English (L2) bilinguals participated in this study based on an intra-group experimental design, in which two translation and two reading aloud tasks were administered: forward translation (from L1 to L2), backward translation (from L2 to L1), L1 reading, and L2 reading...
December 1, 2017: Biomedical Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29261148/advances-in-brain-tumor-surgery-for-glioblastoma-in-adults
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Montserrat Lara-Velazquez, Rawan Al-Kharboosh, Stephanie Jeanneret, Carla Vazquez-Ramos, Deependra Mahato, Daryoush Tavanaiepour, Gazanfar Rahmathulla, Alfredo Quinones-Hinojosa
Glioblastoma (GBM) is the most common primary intracranial neoplasia, and is characterized by its extremely poor prognosis. Despite maximum surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation, the histological heterogeneity of GBM makes total eradication impossible, due to residual cancer cells invading the parenchyma, which is not otherwise seen in radiographic images. Even with gross total resection, the heterogeneity and the dormant nature of brain tumor initiating cells allow for therapeutic evasion, contributing to its recurrence and malignant progression, and severely impacting survival...
December 20, 2017: Brain Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29249956/the-mirror-neurons-network-in-aging-mild-cognitive-impairment-and-alzheimer-disease-a-functional-mri-study
#10
Elisabetta Farina, Francesca Baglio, Simone Pomati, Alessandra D'Amico, Isabella C Campini, Sonia Di Tella, Giulia Belloni, Thierry Pozzo
The aim of the current study is to investigate the integrity of the Mirror Neurons (MN) network in normal aging, Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI), and Alzheimer disease (AD). Although AD and MCI are considered "cognitive" diseases, there has been increasing recognition of a link between motor function and AD. More recently the embodied cognition hypothesis has also been developed: it postulates that a part of cognition results from the coupling between action and perception representations. MN represent a neuronal population which links perception, action, and cognition, therefore we decided to characterize MN functioning in neurodegenerative cognitive decline...
2017: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29249945/perceived-conventionality-in-co-speech-gestures-involves-the-fronto-temporal-language-network
#11
Dhana Wolf, Linn-Marlen Rekittke, Irene Mittelberg, Martin Klasen, Klaus Mathiak
Face-to-face communication is multimodal; it encompasses spoken words, facial expressions, gaze, and co-speech gestures. In contrast to linguistic symbols (e.g., spoken words or signs in sign language) relying on mostly explicit conventions, gestures vary in their degree of conventionality. Bodily signs may have a general accepted or conventionalized meaning (e.g., a head shake) or less so (e.g., self-grooming). We hypothesized that subjective perception of conventionality in co-speech gestures relies on the classical language network, i...
2017: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29236126/-structural-damage-after-shoulder-dislocation-and-development-of-surgical-treatment-from-a-historical-perspective
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P Habermeyer, P Magosch
In the nineteenth century there was a high incidence of habitual shoulder instability caused by epileptic seizures and accompanied by therapeutic dilettantism, which led to socioeconomic problems in the working population. In the preradiography era the pathomechanism of shoulder dislocation was only known on the basis of cadaver studies and autopsy findings. The underlying structural disorders of habitual shoulder instability in the Bismarck era were published by Malgaigne, Broca and Hartmann. In1898 the first surgical reconstructive stabilization procedure for habitual shoulder dislocation was performed by Wilhelm Müller in Rostock...
December 13, 2017: Der Unfallchirurg
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29198286/what-do-language-disorders-reveal-about-brain-language-relationships-from-classic-models-to-network-approaches
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Nina F Dronkers, Maria V Ivanova, Juliana V Baldo
Studies of language disorders have shaped our understanding of brain-language relationships over the last two centuries. This article provides a review of this research and how our thinking has changed over the years regarding how the brain processes language. In the 19th century, a series of famous case studies linked distinct speech and language functions to specific portions of the left hemisphere of the brain, regions that later came to be known as Broca's and Wernicke's areas. One hundred years later, the emergence of new brain imaging tools allowed for the visualization of brain injuries in vivo that ushered in a new era of brain-behavior research and greatly expanded our understanding of the neural processes of language...
October 2017: Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society: JINS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29196975/paradoxical-activation-in-the-cerebellum-during-language-fmri-in-patients-with-brain-tumors-possible-explanations-based-on-neurovascular-uncoupling-and-functional-reorganization
#14
Nicholas S Cho, Kyung K Peck, Zhigang Zhang, Andrei I Holodny
The cerebellum is known for its crossed activation pattern with the contralateral cerebral hemisphere during language functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) tasks in healthy patients. Crossed cerebro-cerebellar activation has been previously shown to occur in patients with brain tumors not affecting the activation areas. However, the presence of a tumor in left Broca's area in the inferior frontal gyrus is known to disrupt cerebral activation during language tasks. This study investigated if crossed cerebro-cerebellar activation patterns for language tasks would still occur in such patients...
December 1, 2017: Cerebellum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29128469/the-different-patterns-of-seizure-induced-aphasia-in-temporal-lobe-epilepsies
#15
Agnès Trebuchon, Isabelle Lambert, Bernard Guisiano, Aileen McGonigal, Charline Perot, Francesca Bonini, Romain Carron, Catherine Liegeois-Chauvel, Patrick Chauvel, Fabrice Bartolomei
OBJECTIVES: Ictal language disturbances may occur in dominant hemisphere temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE), but little is known about the precise anatomoelectroclinical correlations. This study investigated the different facets of ictal aphasia in intracerebrally recorded TLE. METHODS: Video-stereoelectroencephalography (SEEG) recordings of 37 seizures in 17 right-handed patients with drug-resistant TLE were analyzed; SEEG electroclinical correlations between language disturbance and involvement of temporal lobe structures were assessed...
January 2018: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29116426/high-resolution-language-mapping-of-broca-s-region-with-transcranial-magnetic-stimulation
#16
Katrin Sakreida, Inga Lange, Klaus Willmes, Stefan Heim, Ferdinand Binkofski, Hans Clusmann, Georg Neuloh
Broca's region, corresponding roughly to cytoarchitectonic areas 44 and 45 in the inferior frontal cortex, holds a multifunctional role in language processing, as shown, e.g., by functional imaging data. Neuro-navigated transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) enables complementary non-invasive mapping of cortical functions with high spatial resolution. Here, we report on detailed TMS language mapping of Broca's region in 12 healthy participants. The test protocol with an object naming task was adapted for high-resolution and semi-quantitative mapping of TMS-induced effects on speech and language performance...
November 7, 2017: Brain Structure & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29106999/functional-connectivity-in-the-dorsal-stream-and-between-bilateral-auditory-related-cortical-areas-differentially-contribute-to-speech-decoding-depending-on-spectro-temporal-signal-integrity-and-performance
#17
Stefan Elmer, Jürg Kühnis, Piyush Rauch, Seyed Abolfazl Valizadeh, Lutz Jäncke
Speech processing relies on the interdependence between auditory perception, sensorimotor integration, and verbal memory functions. Functional and structural connectivity between bilateral auditory-related cortical areas (ARCAs) facilitates spectro-temporal analyses, whereas the dynamic interplay between ARCAs and Broca's area (i.e., dorsal pathway) contributes to verbal memory functions, articulation, and sound-to-motor mapping. However, it remains unclear whether these two neural circuits are preferentially driven by spectral or temporal acoustic information, and whether their recruitment is predictive of speech perception performance and learning...
October 30, 2017: Neuropsychologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29093069/predicting-clinical-decline-in-progressive-agrammatic-aphasia-and-apraxia-of-speech
#18
Jennifer L Whitwell, Stephen D Weigand, Joseph R Duffy, Heather M Clark, Edythe A Strand, Mary M Machulda, Anthony J Spychalla, Matthew L Senjem, Clifford R Jack, Keith A Josephs
OBJECTIVE: To determine whether baseline clinical and MRI features predict rate of clinical decline in patients with progressive apraxia of speech (AOS). METHODS: Thirty-four patients with progressive AOS, with AOS either in isolation or in the presence of agrammatic aphasia, were followed up longitudinally for up to 4 visits, with clinical testing and MRI at each visit. Linear mixed-effects regression models including all visits (n = 94) were used to assess baseline clinical and MRI variables that predict rate of worsening of aphasia, motor speech, parkinsonism, and behavior...
November 28, 2017: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29064339/the-neurobiology-of-agrammatic-sentence-comprehension-a-lesion-study
#19
Corianne Rogalsky, Arianna N LaCroix, Kuan-Hua Chen, Steven W Anderson, Hanna Damasio, Tracy Love, Gregory Hickok
Broca's area has long been implicated in sentence comprehension. Damage to this region is thought to be the central source of "agrammatic comprehension" in which performance is substantially worse (and near chance) on sentences with noncanonical word orders compared with canonical word order sentences (in English). This claim is supported by functional neuroimaging studies demonstrating greater activation in Broca's area for noncanonical versus canonical sentences. However, functional neuroimaging studies also have frequently implicated the anterior temporal lobe (ATL) in sentence processing more broadly, and recent lesion-symptom mapping studies have implicated the ATL and mid temporal regions in agrammatic comprehension...
October 24, 2017: Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29033772/intraparenchymal-hemorrhage-due-to-brain-metastasis-of-hepatocellular-carcinoma
#20
Rafael Sartori Balbinot, Ana Laura Facco Muscope, Mateus Dal Castel, Silvana Sartori Balbinot, Raul Angelo Balbinot, Jonathan Soldera
Although extrahepatic metastases from hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) are present in only 5-15% of cases, they are certainly factors associated with poor prognosis. The main sites include lung, lymph nodes, bones, and adrenal glands, in descending order. Metastasis in the central nervous system is extremely rare, and the incidences vary from 0.6 to 1.7%. We report a case of a 54-year-old man previously diagnosed with alcohol-induced cirrhosis of the liver and HCC. The patient was admitted presenting progressive left hemiparesis and headache which started 2 days earlier, with no history of cranioencephalic trauma...
September 2017: Case Reports in Gastroenterology
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