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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29459370/visual-working-memory-is-independent-of-the-cortical-spacing-between-memoranda
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William J Harrison, Paul M Bays
The sensory recruitment hypothesis states that visual short term memory is maintained in the same visual cortical areas that initially encode a stimulus' features. Although it is well established that the distance between features in visual cortex determines their visibility, a limitation known as crowding, it is unknown whether short term memory is similarly constrained by the cortical spacing of memory items. Here we investigated whether the cortical spacing between sequentially presented memoranda affects the fidelity of memory in humans (of both sexes)...
February 19, 2018: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29439345/joint-assessment-of-quantitative-18f-florbetapir-and-18f-fdg-regional-uptake-using-baseline-data-from-the-adni
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Fayçal Ben Bouallègue, Denis Mariano-Goulart, Pierre Payoux
Joint analysis of amyloid and metabolic PET patterns across healthy, mild cognitive impairment (MCI), and Alzheimer's disease (AD) subjects was performed using baseline 18F-florbetapir and 18F-FDG PET of 684 subjects from the ADNI (251 normal, 204 stable MCI, 85 AD converters, and 144 AD). Correlation between regional amyloid and metabolic uptake was measured and predictive value of PET profile regarding AD conversion in cognitively impaired subjects was assessed using survival analysis and support vector machine classification (SVM)...
2018: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29438595/effects-of-early-alcohol-exposure-on-functional-organization-and-microstructure-of-a-visual-tactile-integrative-circuit
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Shiyu Tang, Su Xu, Rao P Gullapalli, Alexandre E Medina
BACKGROUND: Children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) often have deficits associated with multisensory processing. Because ethanol disrupts activity-dependent neuronal plasticity, a process that is essential for refining connections during cortical development, we hypothesize that early alcohol exposure results in alterations in multisensory cortical networks, which could explain the multisensory processing deficits seen in FASD. Here, we use a gyrencephalic animal model to test the prediction that early alcohol exposure alters the functional connectivity and microstructural features of the rostral posterior parietal cortex (PPr), a visual-tactile integrative area...
February 13, 2018: Alcoholism, Clinical and Experimental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29432769/self-construals-moderate-associations-between-trait-creativity-and-the-social-brain-network
#4
Yi Liu, Bing Wu, Claudio Petti, Xinhuai Wu, Shihui Han
Creativity is an adaptive way of thinking and plays a key role in problem solving. Recent brain imaging studies focused on structural and functional characteristics of the brain that are correlated with creativity. But whether and how the association between creativity and the brain is moderated by individuals' cultural traits remains unclear. We integrated functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and questionnaire measures (Williams creativity aptitude test) of trait creativity and self-construal (e.g...
February 9, 2018: Neuropsychologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29429985/posterior-associative-and-cingulate-cortex-involvement-of-brain-single-photon-emission-computed-tomography-spect-imaging-in-semantic-dementia-with-probable-alzheimer-disease-pathology-a-case-report
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Yumi Takano, Keiko Kunitoki, Yasuko Tatewaki, Tatsushi Mutoh, Tomoko Totsune, Hideo Shimomura, Manabu Nakagawa, Hiroyuki Arai, Yasuyuki Taki
BACKGROUND Semantic dementia (SD) is a type of primary progressive aphasia with prominent language dysfunction, mostly within the spectrum of frontotemporal lobar degeneration (FTLD). Although there is an overlap in clinical manifestations of SD attributable to FTLD and neuropathologically proven Alzheimer disease (AD), clinical diagnostic clues are not readily available. We present a characteristic finding based on a single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT)-based regional cerebral blood flow study and its statistical imaging analysis for a rare case of SD with AD-like pathology...
February 12, 2018: American Journal of Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29426824/plasma-a%C3%AE-analysis-using-magnetically-labeled-immunoassays-and-pet-18f-florbetapir-binding-in-non-demented-patients-with-major-depressive-disorder
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Kuan-Yi Wu, Ing-Tsung Hsiao, Chia-Hsiang Chen, Chia-Yih Liu, Jung-Lung Hsu, Sheng-Yao Huang, Tzu-Chen Yen, Kun-Ju Lin
An increased level of brain amyloid deposition and a decreased level of cerebral spinal fluid (CSF) Aβ42 are currently considered reliable biomarkers of Alzheimer's disease (AD); however, the usefulness of plasma Aβ levels are not well-established. This study investigated the relationships between plasma Aβ levels and cerebral amyloidosis in 36 non-demented patients with major depressive disorder (MDD). All participants underwent 18F-florbetapir PET imaging and provided a blood sample at the same time for immunomagnetic reduction assay to measure the plasma levels of Aβ40 and Aβ42...
February 9, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29422882/disrupted-brain-intrinsic-networks-and-executive-dysfunction-in-cirrhotic-patients-without-overt-hepatic-encephalopathy
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Zhe-Ting Yang, Hua-Jun Chen, Qiu-Feng Chen, Hailong Lin
Objective: Patients with cirrhosis often exhibit cognitive deficits, particularly executive dysfunction, which is considered a predictor of overt hepatic encephalopathy (OHE). We examined brain intrinsic networks associated with executive function to investigate the neural basis of this cognitive deficiency in cirrhosis. Methods: Resting-state functional MRI data were acquired from 20 cirrhotic patients and 18 healthy controls. Seed-based correlation analysis was used to identify the three well-known networks associated with executive function, including executive control (ECN), default mode (DMN), and salience (SN) networks...
2018: Frontiers in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29417705/functional-connectivity-corresponding-to-the-tonotopic-differentiation-of-the-human-auditory-cortex
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Guangjie Yuan, Guangyuan Liu, Dongtao Wei, Gaoyuan Wang, Qiang Li, Mingming Qi, Shifu Wu
Recent research has demonstrated that resting-state functional connectivity (RS-FC) within the human auditory cortex (HAC) is frequency-selective, but whether RS-FC between the HAC and other brain areas is differentiated by frequency remains unclear. Three types of data were collected in this study, including resting-state functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) data, task-based fMRI data using six pure tone stimuli (200, 400, 800, 1,600, 3,200, and 6,400 Hz), and structural imaging data. We first used task-based fMRI to identify frequency-selective cortical regions in the HAC...
February 7, 2018: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29416508/the-default-mode-network-supports-episodic-memory-in-cognitively-unimpaired-elderly-individuals-different-contributions-to-immediate-recall-and-delayed-recall
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Lijuan Huo, Rui Li, Pengyun Wang, Zhiwei Zheng, Juan Li
While the neural correlates of age-related decline in episodic memory have been the subject of much interest, the spontaneous functional architecture of the brain for various memory processes in elderly adults, such as immediate recall (IR) and delayed recall (DR), remains unclear. The present study thus examined the neural correlates of age-related decline of various memory processes. A total of 66 cognitively normal older adults (aged 60-80 years) participated in this study. Memory processes were measured using the Auditory Verbal Learning Test as well as resting-state brain images, which were analyzed using both regional homogeneity (ReHo) and correlation-based functional connectivity (FC) approaches...
2018: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29414944/posterior-parietal-cortex-represents-sensory-history-and-mediates-its-effects-on-behaviour
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Athena Akrami, Charles D Kopec, Mathew E Diamond, Carlos D Brody
Many models of cognition and of neural computations posit the use and estimation of prior stimulus statistics: it has long been known that working memory and perception are strongly impacted by previous sensory experience, even when that sensory history is not relevant to the current task at hand. Nevertheless, the neural mechanisms and regions of the brain that are necessary for computing and using such prior experience are unknown. Here we report that the posterior parietal cortex (PPC) is a critical locus for the representation and use of prior stimulus information...
February 7, 2018: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29413534/income-change-alters-default-mode-network-connectivity-for-adolescents-in-poverty
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David G Weissman, Rand D Conger, Richard W Robins, Paul D Hastings, Amanda E Guyer
Experiencing poverty during childhood and adolescence may affect brain function. However, income is dynamic, and studies have not addressed whether income change relates to brain function. In the present study, we investigated whether intrinsic functional connectivity of default mode network (DMN) regions was influenced by mean family income and family income change. Parents of 68 Mexican-origin adolescents (35 females) reported family income annually when adolescents were 10-16 years old. Intercept and slope of income at each of these ages were calculated for each participant...
January 30, 2018: Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29408524/dissociating-neural-variability-related-to-stimulus-quality-and-response-times-in-perceptual-decision-making
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Stefan Bode, Daniel Bennett, David K Sewell, Bryan Paton, Gary F Egan, Philip L Smith, Carsten Murawski
According to sequential sampling models, perceptual decision-making is based on accumulation of noisy evidence towards a decision threshold. The speed with which a decision is reached is determined by both the quality of incoming sensory information and random trial-by-trial variability in the encoded stimulus representations. To investigate those decision dynamics at the neural level, participants made perceptual decisions while functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) was conducted. On each trial, participants judged whether an image presented under conditions of high, medium, or low visual noise showed a piano or a chair...
February 1, 2018: Neuropsychologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29403430/altered-regional-brain-cortical-thickness-in-pediatric-obstructive-sleep-apnea
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Paul M Macey, Leila Kheirandish-Gozal, Janani P Prasad, Richard A Ma, Rajesh Kumar, Mona F Philby, David Gozal
Rationale: Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) affects 2-5% of all children and is associated with cognitive and behavioral deficits, resulting in poor school performance. These psychological deficits may arise from brain injury, as seen in preliminary findings of lower gray matter volume among pediatric OSA patients. However, the psychological deficits in OSA are closely related to functions in the cortex, and such brain areas have not been specifically assessed. The objective was to determine whether cortical thickness, a marker of possible brain injury, is altered in children with OSA...
2018: Frontiers in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29395913/supralinear-and-supramodal-integration-of-visual-and-tactile-signals-in-rats-psychophysics-and-neuronal-mechanisms
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Nader Nikbakht, Azadeh Tafreshiha, Davide Zoccolan, Mathew E Diamond
To better understand how object recognition can be triggered independently of the sensory channel through which information is acquired, we devised a task in which rats judged the orientation of a raised, black and white grating. They learned to recognize two categories of orientation: 0° ± 45° ("horizontal") and 90° ± 45° ("vertical"). Each trial required a visual (V), a tactile (T), or a visual-tactile (VT) discrimination; VT performance was better than that predicted by optimal linear combination of V and T signals, indicating synergy between sensory channels...
January 26, 2018: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29393811/treatment-of-medically-refractory-seizures-with-responsive-neurostimulation-2-pediatric-cases
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Malgosia A Kokoszka, Fedor Panov, Maite La Vega-Talbott, Patricia E McGoldrick, Steven M Wolf, Saadi Ghatan
The responsive neurostimulation (RNS) system, an adjunctive treatment for pharmacoresistant partial-onset seizures with 1 or 2 foci, has been available to patients aged 18 years or older since the device's FDA approval in 2013. Herein, the authors describe their off-label application of this technology in 2 pediatric patients and the consequent therapeutic benefit without surgical complications or treatment side effects. A 14-year-old nonambulatory, nonverbal male with severe developmental delay was considered for RNS therapy for medically and surgically refractory epilepsy with bilateral seizure onsets in the setting of a normal radiological examination and a known neuropathological diagnosis of type I cortical dysplasia...
February 2, 2018: Journal of Neurosurgery. Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29393718/polarity-dependent-effects-of-biparietal-transcranial-direct-current-stimulation-on-the-interplay-between-target-location-and-distractor-saliency-in-visual-attention
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Magdalena Chechlacz, Peter C Hansen, Joy J Geng, Dario Cazzoli
Visual attention allows the allocation of limited neural processing resources to stimuli based on their behavioral priorities. The selection of task-relevant visual targets entails the processing of multiple competing stimuli and the suppression of distractors that may be either perceptually salient or perceptually similar to targets. The posterior parietal cortex controls the interaction between top-down (task-driven) and bottom-up (stimulus-driven) processes competing for attentional selection, as well as spatial distribution of attention...
February 2, 2018: Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29380469/emergence-of-the-neural-network-underlying-phonological-processing-from-the-prereading-to-the-emergent-reading-stage-a-longitudinal-study
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Xi Yu, Talia Raney, Meaghan V Perdue, Jennifer Zuk, Ola Ozernov-Palchik, Bryce L C Becker, Nora M Raschle, Nadine Gaab
Numerous studies have shown that phonological skills are critical for successful reading acquisition. However, how the brain network supporting phonological processing evolves and how it supports the initial course of learning to read is largely unknown. Here, for the first time, we characterized the emergence of the phonological network in 28 children over three stages (prereading, beginning reading, and emergent reading) longitudinally. Across these three time points, decreases in neural activation in the left inferior parietal cortex (LIPC) were observed during an audiovisual phonological processing task, suggesting a specialization process in response to reading instruction/experience...
January 29, 2018: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29374914/-regional-homogeneity-in-the-patients-of-irritable-bowel-syndrome-complicated-with-depression-a-resting-state-functional-magnetic-resonance-imaging-study
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J Li, G X Li, Y Guo, X Q Lu, L Li, J P Ding
Objective: To explore the changes of the brain regional homogeneity (ReHo) in the patients of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) complicated with depression by using resting-state functional magnetic resonance imaging (rs-fMRI) and to investigate the relation between abnormal brain function and depression in those patients. Methods: A total of 35 patients with IBS were included in this study, collected in Gastroenterology Department of Affiliated Hospital of Hangzhou Normal University from June 2015 to June 2017...
January 16, 2018: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29367598/cerebral-perfusion-insufficiency-and-relationships-with-cognitive-deficits-in-alzheimer-s-disease-a-multiparametric-neuroimaging-study
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Chi-Wei Huang, Shih-Wei Hsu, Ya-Ting Chang, Shu-Hua Huang, Yung-Cheng Huang, Chen-Chang Lee, Wen-Neng Chang, Chun-Chung Lui, Na-Ching Chen, Chiung-Chih Chang
Micro- or macro-circulatory insufficiency has a negative impact in patients with Alzheimer's disease (AD). This study used arterial spin-labeled magnetic resonance imaging (ASL-MRI) and ethylcysteinate dimer single-photon emission computed tomography (ECD-SPECT) in 50 patients with AD and 30 age-matched controls to investigate how hypoperfusion patterns were associated with gray matter atrophy and clinical data. All participants completed 3DT1-MRI, ECD-SPECT and ASL-MRI examinations. Medial temporal cortex (MTC) volumes were correlated with regional signals showing significantly lower relative cerebral blood flow (rCBF) in ASL-MRI or perfusion index (PI) in ECD-SPECT...
January 24, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29367059/precuneus-related-regional-and-network-functional-deficits-in-social-anxiety-disorder-a-resting-state-functional-mri-study
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Cui Yuan, Hongru Zhu, Zhengjia Ren, Minlan Yuan, Meng Gao, Yan Zhang, Yuchen Li, Yajing Meng, Qiyong Gong, Su Lui, Changjian Qiu, Wei Zhang
BACKGROUND: Neuroimaging findings suggest that social anxiety disorder (SAD) may be correlated with changes in regional- or network-level brain function. However, few studies have explored alterations in intrinsic resting cerebral function in patients with SAD at both the regional and network levels, particularly focusing on the theory of mind (ToM)-related regions. This study was performed to investigate changes in neural activity and functional connectivity (FC) in ToM-related regions during the resting state in SAD patients and to determine how these alterations are correlated with the clinical symptoms of SAD...
December 22, 2017: Comprehensive Psychiatry
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