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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534668/does-spatial-attention-modulate-the-earliest-component-of-the-visual-evoked-potential
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Hannah M Baumgartner, Christian J Graulty, Steven A Hillyard, Michael A Pitts
Whether visual spatial attention can modulate feedforward input to human primary visual cortex (V1) is debated. A prominent and long-standing hypothesis is that visual spatial attention can influence processing in V1, but only at delayed latencies suggesting a feedback-mediated mechanism and a lack of modulation during the initial afferent volley. The most promising challenge to this hypothesis comes from an event-related potential (ERP) study that showed an amplitude enhancement of the earliest visual ERP component, called the "C1", in response to spatially-attended relative to spatially-unattended stimuli (Kelly et al...
May 23, 2017: Cognitive Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529113/integrating-natural-language-processing-expertise-with-patient-safety-event-review-committees-to-improve-the-analysis-of-medication-events
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Allan Fong, Nicole Harriott, Donna M Walters, Hanan Foley, Richard Morrissey, Raj R Ratwani
OBJECTIVES: Many healthcare providers have implemented patient safety event reporting systems to better understand and improve patient safety. Reviewing and analyzing these reports is often time consuming and resource intensive because of both the quantity of reports and length of free-text descriptions in the reports. METHODS: Natural language processing (NLP) experts collaborated with clinical experts on a patient safety committee to assist in the identification and analysis of medication related patient safety events...
May 11, 2017: International Journal of Medical Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528460/sensory-and-motoric-influences-on-attention-dynamics-during-standing-balance-recovery-in-young-and-older-adults
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Mark S Redfern, April J Chambers, J Richard Jennings, Joseph M Furman
This study investigated the impact of attention on the sensory and motor actions during postural recovery from underfoot perturbations in young and older adults. A dual-task paradigm was used involving disjunctive and choice reaction time (RT) tasks to auditory and visual stimuli at different delays from the onset of two types of platform perturbations (rotations and translations). The RTs were increased prior to the perturbation (preparation phase) and during the immediate recovery response (response initiation) in young and older adults, but this interference dissipated rapidly after the perturbation response was initiated (<220 ms)...
May 20, 2017: Experimental Brain Research. Experimentelle Hirnforschung. Expérimentation Cérébrale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526621/electrophysiological-signatures-of-phonological-and-semantic-maintenance-in-sentence-repetition
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Jed A Meltzer, Aneta Kielar, Lilia Panamsky, Kira A Links, Tiffany Deschamps, Rosie C Leigh
Verbal short-term memory comprises resources for phonological rehearsal, which have been characterized anatomically, and for maintenance of semantic information, which are less understood. Sentence repetition tasks tap both processes interactively. To distinguish brain activity involved in phonological vs. semantic maintenance, we recorded magnetoencephalography during a sentence repetition task, incorporating three manipulations emphasizing one mechanism over the other. Participants heard sentences or word lists and attempted to repeat them verbatim after a 5-second delay...
May 16, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515289/learning-temporal-context-shapes-the-prestimulus-alpha-oscillations-and-improves-the-visual-discrimination-performance
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Tahereh Toosi, Ehsan K Tousi, Hossein Esteky
Time is an inseparable component of every physical event that we perceive, yet it is not clear how the brain processes time or how the neuronal representation of time affects our perception of events. Here, we asked subjects to perform a visual discrimination task, while we changed the temporal context in which the stimuli were presented. We collected electroencephalography (EEG) signals in two temporal contexts. Predictable blocks: stimuli were presented after a constant delay relative to a visual cue, and unpredictable blocks: stimuli were presented after variable delays relative to the visual cue...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28508035/flashing-lights-induce-prolonged-distortions-in-visual-cortical-responses-and-visual-perception
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Genki Minamisawa, Kenta Funayama, Nobuyoshi Matsumoto, Norio Matsuki, Yuji Ikegaya
The primary sensory neocortex generates an internal representation of the environment, and its circuit reorganization is thought to lead to a modification of sensory perception. This reorganization occurs primarily through activity-dependent plasticity and has been well documented in animals during early developmental stages. Here, we describe a new method for the noninvasive induction of long-term plasticity in the mature brain: simple transient visual stimuli (i.e., flashing lights) can be used to induce prolonged modifications in visual cortical processing and visually driven behaviors...
May 2017: ENeuro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28502842/attentional-capture-in-visual-search-capture-and-post-capture-dynamics-revealed-by-eeg
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Heinrich René Liesefeld, Anna Marie Liesefeld, Thomas Töllner, Hermann J Müller
Sometimes, salient-but-irrelevant objects (distractors) presented concurrently with a search target cannot be ignored and attention is involuntarily allocated towards the distractor first. Several studies have provided electrophysiological evidence for involuntary misallocations of attention towards a distractor, but much less is known about the mechanisms that are needed to overcome a misallocation and re-allocate attention towards the concurrently presented target. In our study, electrophysiological markers of attentional mechanisms indicate that (i) the distractor captures attention before the target is attended, (ii) a misallocation of attention is terminated actively (instead of attention fading passively), and (iii) the misallocation of attention towards a distractor delays the attention allocation towards the target (rather than just delaying some post-attentive process involved in response selection)...
May 11, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28499557/the-effect-of-focal-cortical-frontal-and-posterior-lesions-on-recollection-and-familiarity-in-recognition-memory
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Vessela Stamenova, Fuqiang Gao, Sandra E Black, Michael L Schwartz, Natasha Kovacevic, Michael P Alexander, Brian Levine
Recognition memory can be subdivided into two processes: recollection (a contextually rich memory) and familiarity (a sense that an item is old). The brain network supporting recognition encompasses frontal, parietal and medial temporal regions. Which specific regions within the frontal lobe are critical for recollection vs. familiarity, however, are unknown; past studies of focal lesion patients have yielded conflicting results. We examined patients with focal lesions confined to medial polar (MP), right dorsal frontal (RDF), right frontotemporal (RFT), left dorsal frontal (LDF), temporal, and parietal regions and matched controls...
April 15, 2017: Cortex; a Journal Devoted to the Study of the Nervous System and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28490791/intact-word-processing-in-developmental-prosopagnosia
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Edwin J Burns, Rachel J Bennetts, Sarah Bate, Victoria C Wright, Christoph T Weidemann, Jeremy J Tree
A wealth of evidence from behavioural, neuropsychological and neuroimaging research supports the view that face recognition is reliant upon a domain-specific network that does not process words. In contrast, the recent many-to-many model of visual recognition posits that brain areas involved in word and face recognition are functionally integrated. Developmental prosopagnosia (DP) is characterised by severe deficits in the recognition of faces, which the many-to-many model predicts should negatively affect word recognition...
May 10, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28471222/pigeon-ncl-and-nfl-neuronal-activity-represents-neural-correlates-of-the-sample
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Melissa Johnston, Catrona Anderson, Michael Colombo
Four birds were trained on a delayed matching-to-sample task with common outcomes where correct responses during both red and green trials yielded reward. We recorded neuronal activity from the avian nidopallium caudolaterale, the avian equivalent of the mammalian prefrontal cortex, and the avian nidopallium frontolaterale, a higher-order visual processing region. In both regions we found sustained activity during the delay period of both red and green trials. These findings provide the first evidence that delay activity in the pigeon's nidopallium caudolaterale and nidopallium frontolaterale represent a neural correlate for the to-be-remembered sample stimulus...
May 4, 2017: Behavioral Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28463113/saccadic-suppression-as-a-perceptual-consequence-of-efficient-sensorimotor-estimation
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Frederic Crevecoeur, Konrad P Kording
Humans perform saccadic eye movements two to three times per second. When doing so, the nervous system strongly suppresses sensory feedback for extended periods of time in comparison to movement time. Why does the brain discard so much visual information? Here we suggest that perceptual suppression may arise from efficient sensorimotor computations, assuming that perception and control are fundamentally linked. More precisely, we show theoretically that a Bayesian estimator should reduce the weight of sensory information around the time of saccades, as a result of signal dependent noise and of sensorimotor delays...
May 2, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28462043/lack-of-riluzole-efficacy-in-the-progression-of-the-neurodegenerative-phenotype-in-a-new-conditional-mouse-model-of-striatal-degeneration
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Grzegorz Kreiner, Katarzyna Rafa-Zabłocka, Piotr Chmielarz, Monika Bagińska, Irena Nalepa
BACKGROUND: Huntington's disease (HD) is a rare familial autosomal dominant neurodegenerative disorder characterized by progressive degeneration of medium spiny neurons (MSNs) located in the striatum. Currently available treatments of HD are only limited to alleviating symptoms; therefore, high expectations for an effective therapy are associated with potential replacement of lost neurons through stimulation of postnatal neurogenesis. One of the drugs of potential interest for the treatment of HD is riluzole, which may act as a positive modulator of adult neurogenesis, promoting replacement of damaged MSNs...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454717/errors-in-interception-can-be-predicted-from-errors%C3%A2-in-perception
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Cristina de la Malla, Jeroen B J Smeets, Eli Brenner
It has been hypothesised that our actions are less susceptible to visual illusions than our perceptual judgements because similar information is processed for perception and action in separate pathways. We test this hypothesis for subjects intercepting a moving object that appears to move at a different speed than its true speed due to an illusion. The object was a moving Gabor patch: a sinusoidal grating of which the luminance contrast is modulated by a two-dimensional Gaussian. We manipulated the patch's apparent speed by moving the grating relative to the Gaussian...
April 3, 2017: Cortex; a Journal Devoted to the Study of the Nervous System and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28450455/maars-a-novel-high-content-acquisition-software-for-the-analysis-of-mitotic-defects-in-fission-yeast
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Tong Li, Hadrien Mary, Marie Grosjean, Jonathan Fouchard, Simon Cabello, Céline Reyes, Sylvie Tournier, Yannick Gachet
Faithful segregation of chromosomes during cell division relies on multiple processes such as chromosome attachment or correct spindle positioning. Yet, mitotic progression is defined by multiple parameters, which need to be quantitatively evaluated. To study the spatio-temporal control of mitotic progression, we developed a High-Content Analysis (HCA) approach, which combines automated fluorescence microscopy with real time quantitative image analysis and allows the unbiased acquisition of multi-parametric data at the single cell level for hundreds of cells simultaneously...
April 27, 2017: Molecular Biology of the Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448571/localization-of-adenovirus-morphogenesis-players-together-with-visualization-of-assembly-intermediates-and-failed-products-favor-a-model-where-assembly-and-packaging-occur-concurrently-at-the-periphery-of-the-replication-center
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Gabriela N Condezo, Carmen San Martín
Adenovirus (AdV) morphogenesis is a complex process, many aspects of which remain unclear. In particular, it is not settled where in the nucleus assembly and packaging occur, and whether these processes occur in a sequential or a concerted manner. Here we use immunofluorescence and immunoelectron microscopy (immunoEM) to trace packaging factors and structural proteins at late times post infection by either wildtype virus or a delayed packaging mutant. We show that representatives of all assembly factors are present in the previously recognized peripheral replicative zone, which therefore is the AdV assembly factory...
April 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439662/the-angular-gyrus-is-a-supramodal-comparator-area-in-action-outcome-monitoring
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Bianca M van Kemenade, B Ezgi Arikan, Tilo Kircher, Benjamin Straube
Predicting and processing the sensory consequences of one's own actions is essential to enable successful interactions with the environment. Previous studies have suggested that the angular gyrus detects discrepancies between predicted and actual action consequences, at least for unimodal feedback. However, most actions lead to multisensory consequences, raising the question whether previous models can sufficiently explain action-outcome processing. Here, we investigated neural comparator processes during detection of delays between action and unimodal or bimodal consequences in human subjects with fMRI, using parametric and connectivity analyses...
April 24, 2017: Brain Structure & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429784/sight-and-sound-persistently-out-of-synch-stable-individual-differences-in-audiovisual-synchronisation-revealed-by-implicit-measures-of-lip-voice-integration
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Alberta Ipser, Vlera Agolli, Anisa Bajraktari, Fatimah Al-Alawi, Nurfitriani Djaafara, Elliot D Freeman
Are sight and sound out of synch? Signs that they are have been dismissed for over two centuries as an artefact of attentional and response bias, to which traditional subjective methods are prone. To avoid such biases, we measured performance on objective tasks that depend implicitly on achieving good lip-synch. We measured the McGurk effect (in which incongruent lip-voice pairs evoke illusory phonemes), and also identification of degraded speech, while manipulating audiovisual asynchrony. Peak performance was found at an average auditory lag of ~100 ms, but this varied widely between individuals...
April 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421165/the-diverse-cellular-and-animal-models-to-decipher-the-physiopathological-traits-of-mycobacterium-abscessus-infection
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REVIEW
Audrey Bernut, Jean-Louis Herrmann, Diane Ordway, Laurent Kremer
Mycobacterium abscessus represents an important respiratory pathogen among the rapidly-growing non-tuberculous mycobacteria. Infections caused by M. abscessus are increasingly found in cystic fibrosis (CF) patients and are often refractory to antibiotic therapy. The underlying immunopathological mechanisms of pathogenesis remain largely unknown. A major reason for the poor advances in M. abscessus research has been a lack of adequate models to study the acute and chronic stages of the disease leading to delayed progress of evaluation of therapeutic efficacy of potentially active antibiotics...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28409729/neuropsychological-function-after-endovascular-and-neurosurgical-treatment-of-subarachnoid-hemorrhage-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
#19
Peter Egeto, R Loch Macdonald, Tisha J Ornstein, Tom A Schweizer
OBJECTIVE Subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) is treated with either surgical clipping or endovascular coiling, though the latter is the preferred treatment method given its more favorable functional outcomes. However, neuropsychological functioning after treatment is rarely taken into account. In this meta-analysis, the authors synthesized relevant data from the literature and compared neuropsychological functioning in patients after coiling and clipping of SAH. They hypothesized that the coiled patients would outperform the clipped patients; that group differences would be greater with higher posterior circulation rupture rates, in older patients, and in more recent publications; that group differences would be smaller with greater rates of middle cerebral artery (MCA) rupture; and that anterior communicating artery (ACoA) rupture rates would not influence effect sizes...
April 14, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28408869/rapid-long-range-disynaptic-inhibition-explains-the-formation-of-cortical-orientation-maps
#20
Ján Antolík
Competitive interactions are believed to underlie many types of cortical processing, ranging from memory formation, attention and development of cortical functional organization (e.g., development of orientation maps in primary visual cortex). In the latter case, the competitive interactions happen along the cortical surface, with local populations of neurons reinforcing each other, while competing with those displaced more distally. This specific configuration of lateral interactions is however in stark contrast with the known properties of the anatomical substrate, i...
2017: Frontiers in Neural Circuits
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