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Kelsey E Klein, Elizabeth A Walker, J Bruce Tomblin
The authors tested the hypothesis that children with cochlear implants (CIs) experience domain-general deficits in sequential learning. Twenty children with CIs and 40 children with normal hearing (NH) participated. Participants completed a serial reaction time task that measured implicit sequential learning. During random sequence phases, the CI group had significantly slower reaction times than the NH group. However, there were no significant differences in the rates of sequential learning between groups...
March 15, 2018: Ear and Hearing
Sabrina Pitzalis, Francesca Strappini, Alessandro Bultrini, Francesco Di Russo
Neuroimaging studies have identified so far, several color-sensitive visual areas in the human brain, and the temporal dynamics of these activities have been separately investigated using the visual-evoked potentials (VEPs). In the present study, we combined electrophysiological and neuroimaging methods to determine a detailed spatiotemporal profile of chromatic VEP and to localize its neural generators. The accuracy of the present co-registration study was obtained by combining standard fMRI data with retinotopic and motion mapping data at the individual level...
March 13, 2018: Human Brain Mapping
Ivan Koychev, John Francis William Deakin, Wael El-Deredy, Corinna Haenschel
BACKGROUND: Working memory (WM) deficits are a core feature of schizophrenia. Electrophysiological studies suggest that impaired early visual processing may contribute to impaired WM in the visual domain. Abnormal N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptor function has been implicated both in WM and in early visual processing deficits in schizophrenia. We investigated whether ketamine, a noncompetitive NMDA antagonist, would replicate in healthy volunteers the WM performance and early visual processing abnormalities we and others have reported in patients with schizophrenia...
April 2017: Biological Psychiatry: Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging
Romain Chaumillon, Jean Blouin, Alain Guillaume
The interhemispheric transfer of information is a fundamental process in the human brain. When a visual stimulus appears eccentrically in one visual-hemifield, it will first activate the contralateral hemisphere but also the ipsilateral one with a slight delay due to the interhemispheric transfer. This interhemispheric transfer of visual information is believed to be faster from the right to the left hemisphere in right-handers. Such an asymmetry is considered as a relevant fact in the context of the lateralization of the human brain...
2018: Frontiers in Neuroscience
Nowell Zammit, Owen Falzon, Kenneth Camilleri, Richard Muscat
The timing of neural activity is an intriguing way of exposing behaviourally-relevant neural activity, as neural populations exploit transient windows of synchronized activations to exchange dynamic communications in the service of various cognitive operations. The link between neural synchrony and working memory (WM) has been supported at the theoretical and empirical level. However, findings have also shown that WM encoding is also related to significant alpha-beta desynchronization. These findings have been primarily recorded during subsequent memory effect paradigms that compare correct with incorrect encoding trials...
March 7, 2018: European Journal of Neuroscience
Norma Kabuba, J Anitha Menon, Donald R Franklin, Stian Lydersen, Robert K Heaton, Knut A Hestad
OBJECTIVE: Older age and lower education levels are known to be associated with worse neurocognitive (NC) performance in healthy adults, and individuals with HIV infection may experience accelerated brain/cognition aging. However, higher education may possibly protect against HIV-associated neurocognitive disorders (HAND). The aim of the current cross-sectional study was to assess the effect of age and education in an HIV-1 clade C infected adult population in urban Zambia. METHOD: Demographically corrected Zambian norms on a neuropsychological (NP) test battery were used to correct for normal age and education effects...
March 5, 2018: Neuropsychology
Yuji Nihei, Tetsuto Minami, Shigeki Nakauchi
Faces represent important information for social communication, because social information, such as face-color, expression, and gender, is obtained from faces. Therefore, individuals' tend to find faces unconsciously, even in objects. Why is face-likeness perceived in non-face objects? Previous event-related potential (ERP) studies showed that the P1 component (early visual processing), the N170 component (face detection), and the N250 component (personal detection) reflect the neural processing of faces. Inverted faces were reported to enhance the amplitude and delay the latency of P1 and N170...
2018: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
Valeria Chichagova, Dean Hallam, Joseph Collin, Darin Zerti, Birthe Dorgau, Majed Felemban, Majlinda Lako, David H Steel
Despite considerable effort and significant therapeutic advances, age-related macular degeneration (AMD) remains the commonest cause of blindness in the developed world. Progressive late-stage AMD with outer retinal degeneration currently has no proven treatment. There has been significant interest in the possibility that cellular treatments may slow or reverse visual loss in AMD. A number of modes of action have been suggested, including cell replacement and rescue, as well as immune modulation to delay the neurodegenerative process...
March 5, 2018: Eye
Reza Naeimi, Saeideh Baradaran, Manouchehr Ashrafpour, Ali Akbar Moghadamnia, Maryam Ghasemi-Kasman
Although the beneficial effects of quercetin on oligodendrocyte precursor cell (OPCs) population has been evaluated in-vitro, there are few studies about the effects of quercetin on myelin repair in the context of demyelination. The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of querectin on functional recovery and myelin repair of optic chiasm in lysolecithin (LPC)-induced demyelination model. Demyelination was induced by local injection of LPC 1% (2 μl) into rat optic chiasm. Querectin at doses 25 or 50 mg/kg was administrated daily by oral gavage for 7 or 14 days post LPC...
March 1, 2018: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
Cody W McCants, Nick Berggren, Martin Eimer
Representations of target features (attentional templates) guide attentional object selection during visual search. In many search tasks, targets objects are defined not by a single feature but by the spatial configuration of their component shapes. We used electrophysiological markers of attentional selection processes to determine whether the guidance of shape configuration search is entirely part-based or sensitive to the spatial relationship between shape features. Participants searched for targets defined by the spatial arrangement of two shape components (e...
March 1, 2018: Journal of Experimental Psychology. Human Perception and Performance
Yaning Sun, Huijuan Wang, Yuchao Tang, Shiji Qin, Mingming Zhao, Fengqi Zhang
This study aimed to report our institution's experience in the diagnosis and treatment of chronic lateral ankle instability (CLAI) with ligamentum bifurcatum (LB) injury.This retrospective study included 218 consecutive patients with CLAI who underwent surgery from January 2012 to December 2015. The 218 patients received tendon allograft reconstruction of the lateral ligament. CLAI was combined with LB injury in 51.4% (112/218) of patients. The 112 patients with concurrent LB injury had this treated simultaneously; 36 patients underwent excision of the anterior process of the calcaneus, 68 underwent LB repair, and 8 underwent LB reconstruction...
March 2018: Medicine (Baltimore)
Yao Zhang, Jie Li, Ziwei Wang, Lun Zhao, Wei Wang, Danmin Miao
Perceptual expertise can be defined as enhanced abilities of discriminating, learning, and recognizing object of special categories. It is unclear whether the perceptual expertise effects occur at the preattentive stage. In the present study, visual mismatch negativity (vMMN) elicited by deviant orientation (90°/270° vs. 0°) for faces, houses, and arrows, respectively, was investigated. Compared with standard stimuli (0° orientation), the orientation changes elicited posterior vMMNs for all deviant stimuli...
March 21, 2018: Neuroreport
Silje Ekroll Jahren, Paul Philipp Heinisch, David Hasler, Bernhard Michael Winkler, Stefan Stortecky, Thomas Pilgrim, Martina Correa Londono, Thierry Carrel, Hendrik von Tengg-Kobligk, Dominik Obrist
OBJECTIVES: Bioprosthetic valve thrombosis has been considered uncommon, but recent studies have shown that it is more frequent than previously thought. Insufficient washout of the aortic sinus is believed to be a risk factor for bioprosthetic valve thrombosis. The objective of this in vitro experiment was to investigate the impact of aortic root morphology on blood flow in the aortic sinus and to relate these results to in vivo data obtained in patients with a transcatheter aortic valve implant...
February 21, 2018: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
Yumiko Watanabe, Shintaro Funahashi
The thalamic mediodorsal (MD) nucleus plays an important role in transforming visual information into motor information during spatial working-memory performances. To understand the neural mechanism of this transformation process, we examined whether or not the information represented in individual MD neuron's activity changes during a trial of the task. Two monkeys performed two oculomotor delayed-response tasks (an ordinary and a rotatory oculomotor delayed-response task). As MD neurons show directional delay-period activity, we compared the directional selectivity of the same MD neuron between these two tasks and determined whether the activity represented the cue direction or the saccade direction...
February 23, 2018: Neuroreport
Wei Zhang, Xiaoxiang Tang, Xianyou He, Shuxian Lai
Substantial evidence suggests that beauty is associated with the survival and reproduction of organisms. Landscape architecture is composed of a series of natural elements that have significant evolutionary implications. The present study used one pilot material ratings and three experiments to examine the mechanisms of aesthetic appraisals of landscape architecture. The results confirmed that landscape architecture elicited a sense of beauty and captured visual attention more easily than other types of architecture during explicit aesthetic rating task (Experiment 1) and implicit aesthetic perception task (dot-probe paradigm, Experiment 2)...
2018: Frontiers in Psychology
Yu-Hong Cui, Zi-Xuan Hu, Zi-Xun Gao, Xi-Ling Song, Qing-Yang Feng, Guang Yang, Zhi-Jie Li, Hong-Wei Pan
BACKGROUND: Cornea is the outmost structure of the eye and exposed directly to the air pollution. However, little is known about the effect of PM2.5 on corneal epithelium, which is critical for maintenance of cornea homeostasis and visual function. OBJECTIVE: We investigated the influence of PM2.5 exposure on corneal epithelial migration and the possible mechanisms involved in the process. METHODS: We observed wound healing in mouse model of cornea abrasion, evaluated the migration and mobility of cultured corneal epithelial cells with wound scratch assay and Transwell migration assay, detected the phosphorylation and interaction of FAK/paxillin with immunofluorescence and immunoprecipitation, and determined the RhoA activity and actin reorganization, in response to PM2...
February 20, 2018: Nanotoxicology
Li-Guo Zhu, Ping Zhang, Qing-Hui Song, Wan-Qiang Zhang, Hong-Wei Zhu, Li-Ping Yang, Yan Zhu, Yuan Wang, Ling-Hui Li
OBJECTIVE: To study the effect of Bushen Huoxue decoction on calcification of cartilage endplate in lumbar vertebrae. METHODS: Six healthy male gerbils with 2-month-old were selected as normal control group, and 24 7-month-old healthy male gerbils were fed to 12-month-old to establish the aged gerbil model. Thirty gerbils were randomly divided into five groups as follow: the normal control group ( n =6), model group ( n =6, normal saline 4 ml/kg, intragastric 30 d), Bushen Huoxue low dose group( n =6, 1...
October 25, 2017: Zhongguo Gu Shang, China Journal of Orthopaedics and Traumatology
S Franceschini, S Mascheretti, S Bertoni, V Trezzi, C Andreola, S Gori, A Facoetti
Dyslexia (D) is a neurodevelopmental reading disorder characterized by phonological and orthographic deficits. Before phonological decoding, reading requires a specialized orthographic system for parallel letter processing that assigns letter identities to different spatial locations. The magnocellular-dorsal (MD) stream rapidly process the spatial location of visual stimuli controlling visuo-spatial attention. To investigate the visuo-spatial attention efficiency during orthographic processing, inhibition of return (IOR) was measured in adults with and without D in a lexical decision task...
February 13, 2018: Brain and Language
Chang Cai, Kenji Ogawa, Takanori Kochiyama, Hirokazu Tanaka, Hiroshi Imamizu
Adaptively recalibrating motor-sensory asynchrony is critical for animals to perceive self-produced action consequences. It is controversial whether motor- or sensory-related neural circuits recalibrate this asynchrony. By combining magnetoencephalography (MEG) and functional MRI (fMRI), we investigate the temporal changes in brain activities caused by repeated exposure to a 150-ms delay inserted between a button-press action and a subsequent flash. We found that readiness potentials significantly shift later in the motor system, especially in parietal regions (average: 219...
February 8, 2018: NeuroImage
Patinya Kaewklin, Ubonrat Siripatrawan, Anawat Suwanagul, Youn Suk Lee
The feasibility of active packaging from chitosan (CS) and chitosan containing nanosized titanium dioxide (CT) to maintain quality and extend storage life of climacteric fruit was investigated. The CT nanocomposite film and CS film were fabricated using a solution casting method and used as active packaging to delay ripening process of cherry tomatoes. Changes in firmness, weight loss, a*/b* color, lycopene content, total soluble solid, ascorbic acid, and concentration of ethylene and carbon dioxide of the tomatoes packaged in CT film, CS film, and control (without CT or CS films) were monitored during storage at 20°C...
February 2, 2018: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
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