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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529806/increased-alpha-rhythm-dynamic-range-promotes-recovery-from-visuospatial-neglect-a-neurofeedback-study
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Tomas Ros, Abele Michela, Anne Bellman, Philippe Vuadens, Arnaud Saj, Patrik Vuilleumier
Despite recent attempts to use electroencephalogram (EEG) neurofeedback (NFB) as a tool for rehabilitation of motor stroke, its potential for improving neurological impairments of attention-such as visuospatial neglect-remains underexplored. It is also unclear to what extent changes in cortical oscillations contribute to the pathophysiology of neglect, or its recovery. Utilizing EEG-NFB, we sought to causally manipulate alpha oscillations in 5 right-hemisphere stroke patients in order to explore their role in visuospatial neglect...
2017: Neural Plasticity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529478/slow-and-fast-responses-two-mechanisms-of-trial-outcome-processing-revealed-by-eeg-oscillations
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Nikita A Novikov, Yulia M Nurislamova, Natalia A Zhozhikashvili, Evgenii E Kalenkovich, Anna A Lapina, Boris V Chernyshev
Cognitive control includes maintenance of task-specific processes related to attention, and non-specific regulation of motor threshold. Depending upon the nature of the behavioral tasks, these mechanisms may predispose to different kinds of errors, with either increased or decreased response time (RT) of erroneous responses relative to correct responses. Specifically, slow responses are related to attentional lapses and decision uncertainty, these conditions tending to delay RTs of both erroneous and correct responses...
2017: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527912/implicit-variations-of-temporal-predictability-shaping-the-neural-oscillatory-and-behavioural-response
#3
Sophie K Herbst, Jonas Obleser
Being able to predict when an event will occur (temporal predictability) can help us prepare and time our responses. We here sought to delineate the neural and behavioural corollaries of highly implicit, probabilistic temporal predictability in an auditory foreperiod paradigm. To this end, we measured electroencephalography (EEG) and response times in two independent experiments (total N = 46). Unbeknownst to participants, we induced a probabilistic variation of cue-target delays (i.e., foreperiods) in a pitch-discrimination task on a noise-embedded tone: The smaller the standard deviation of the underlying foreperiod distribution, the more predictable the time of target occurrence should be...
May 17, 2017: Neuropsychologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522369/electroencephalographic-monitoring-during-sevoflurane-anaesthesia-in-an-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis-patient-with-locked-in-state
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Kazuko Hayashi, Ryuhei Araki, Akiko Tanaka
Recently, the cognitive abilities of patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) have been found to be impaired along with the neurodegeneration of motor neurons. Electroencephalography (EEG) of end-stage ALS patients has reportedly shown specific features based on neuronal network modulations, differing from EEG of other patients with cognitive failure and dementia. However, EEG of end-stage ALS patients during anaesthesia has not yet been reported. A 64-year-old male ALS patient with locked-in state (LIS), supported by tracheostomy positive-pressure ventilation (TPPV) and enteral nourishment for 9years, underwent scheduled general anaesthesia for repair of a fractured mandible...
May 15, 2017: Journal of Clinical Neuroscience: Official Journal of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520632/disruption-of-brain-heart-coupling-in-sepsis
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Marjolein M Admiraal, Emily J Gilmore, Michel J A M Van Putten, Hitten P Zaveri, Lawrence J Hirsch, Nicolas Gaspard
PURPOSE: To investigate heart rate and EEG variability and their coupling in patients with sepsis and determine their relationship to sepsis severity and severity of sepsis-associated brain dysfunction. METHODS: Fifty-two patients with sepsis were prospectively identified, categorized as comatose (N = 30) and noncomatose (N = 22), and compared with 11 control subjects. In a 30-minute EEG and electrocardiogram recording, heart rate variability and EEG variability (measured by the variability of relative power in a modified alpha band = RAP) and their coupled oscillations were quantified using linear (least-square periodogram and magnitude square coherence) and nonlinear (Shannon entropy and mutual information) measures...
May 16, 2017: Journal of Clinical Neurophysiology: Official Publication of the American Electroencephalographic Society
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/28512011/modulation-of-alpha-oscillations-is-required-for-the-suppression-of-semantic-interference-to-avoid-false-memories-in-short-term
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Natalia Melnik, Igor Mapelli, Tolga Esat Özkurt
Recent findings on alpha band oscillations suggest their important role in memory consolidation and suppression of external distractors. However, less attention was given to the phenomenon of internal distracting information. Human memory may be prone to internal distortions being caused by semantic relatedness between the memory items to be encoded. Our study investigates the brain oscillatory dynamics behind the semantic interference phenomenon and its possible outcome known as false memories. In this direction, Deese-Roediger-McDermott word lists were appropriated for a modified Sternberg paradigm in auditory modality...
May 13, 2017: Neurobiology of Learning and Memory
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506433/awareness-in-the-crowd-beta-power-and-alpha-phase-of-prestimulus-oscillations-predict-object-discrimination-in-visual-crowding
#8
Luca Ronconi, Rosilari Bellacosa Marotti
Visual crowding is among the factors that most hamper conscious object perception. However, we currently ignore the neural states that predispose to an accurate perception within different crowding regimes. Here, we performed single-trial analyses of the electroencephalographical (EEG) oscillations, evaluating the prestimulus power and phase differences between correct and incorrect discrimination during a letter-crowding task, where irrelevant letters were placed nearby (strong crowding) or far (mid crowding) relative to the target...
May 11, 2017: Consciousness and Cognition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28502585/frontoparietal-neurostimulation-modulates-working-memory-training-benefits-and-oscillatory-synchronization
#9
Kevin T Jones, Dwight J Peterson, Kara J Blacker, Marian E Berryhill
There is considerable interest in maintaining working memory (WM) because it is essential to accomplish most cognitive tasks, and it is correlated with fluid intelligence and ecologically valid measures of daily living. Toward this end, WM training protocols aim to improve WM capacity and extend improvements to unpracticed domains, yet success is limited. One emerging approach is to couple WM training with transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS). This pairing of WM training with tDCS in longitudinal designs promotes behavioral improvement and evidence of transfer of performance gains to untrained WM tasks...
May 11, 2017: Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28497235/spatiotemporal-dynamics-of-the-cortical-responses-induced-by-a-prolonged-tactile-stimulation-of-the-human-fingertips
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Clara Genna, Calogero M Oddo, Chiara Fanciullacci, Carmelo Chisari, Henrik Jörntell, Fiorenzo Artoni, Silvestro Micera
The sense of touch is fundamental for daily behavior. The aim of this work is to understand the neural network responsible for touch processing during a prolonged tactile stimulation, delivered by means of a mechatronic platform by passively sliding a ridged surface under the subject's fingertip while recording the electroencephalogram (EEG). We then analyzed: (i) the temporal features of the Somatosensory Evoked Potentials and their topographical distribution bilaterally across the cortex; (ii) the associated temporal modulation of the EEG frequency bands...
May 11, 2017: Brain Topography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28496495/cortical-alpha-activity-in-schizoaffective-patients
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Mahdi Moeini, Ali Khaleghi, Mohammad Reza Mohammadi, Hadi Zarafshan, Rachel L Fazio, Hamid Majidi
Objective: Electrophysiological studies have identified abnormal oscillatory activities in the cerebral cortex in schizophrenia and mood disorders. Biological and pathophysiological evidence suggests specific deficits in serotonin (5-HT) receptor function in schizoaffective disorder (SA), a clinical syndrome with characteristics of both schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. This study investigated alpha oscillations in patients with SA. Method: Electroencephalography was used to measure ongoing and evoked alpha oscillations in 38 adults meeting Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders-Fourth Edition (DSM-IV) criteria for SA, and in 39 healthy controls...
January 2017: Iranian Journal of Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28496405/temporal-dynamics-of-proactive-and-reactive-motor-inhibition
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Matthias Liebrand, Inga Pein, Elinor Tzvi, Ulrike M Krämer
Proactive motor inhibition refers to endogenous preparatory mechanisms facilitating action inhibition, whereas reactive motor inhibition is considered to be a sudden stopping process triggered by external signals. Previous studies were inconclusive about the temporal dynamics of involved neurocognitive processes during proactive and reactive motor control. Using electroencephalography (EEG), we investigated the time-course of proactive and reactive inhibition, measuring event-related oscillations and event-related potentials (ERPs)...
2017: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28493808/prestimulus-alpha-oscillations-and-the-temporal-sequencing-of-audio-visual-events
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Laetitia Grabot, Anne Kösem, Leila Azizi, Virginie van Wassenhove
Perceiving the temporal order of sensory events typically depends on participants' attentional state, thus likely on the endogenous fluctuations of brain activity. Using magnetoencephalography, we sought to determine whether spontaneous brain oscillations could disambiguate the perceived order of auditory and visual events presented in close temporal proximity, that is, at the individual's perceptual order threshold (Point of Subjective Simultaneity [PSS]). Two neural responses were found to index an individual's temporal order perception when contrasting brain activity as a function of perceived order (i...
May 11, 2017: Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28486269/neurophysiologic-correlates-of-ketamine-sedation-and-anesthesia-a-high-density-electroencephalography-study-in-healthy-volunteers
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Phillip E Vlisides, Tarik Bel-Bahar, UnCheol Lee, Duan Li, Hyoungkyu Kim, Ellen Janke, Vijay Tarnal, Adrian B Pichurko, Amy M McKinney, Bryan S Kunkler, Paul Picton, George A Mashour
BACKGROUND: Previous studies have demonstrated inconsistent neurophysiologic effects of ketamine, although discrepant findings might relate to differences in doses studied, brain regions analyzed, coadministration of other anesthetic medications, and resolution of the electroencephalograph. The objective of this study was to characterize the dose-dependent effects of ketamine on cortical oscillations and functional connectivity. METHODS: Ten healthy human volunteers were recruited for study participation...
May 9, 2017: Anesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28483096/electroencephalogram-alpha-to-theta-ratio-over-left-fronto-temporal-region-correlates-with-negative-symptoms-in-schizophrenia
#15
Sayantanava Mitra, Shamsul Haque Nizamie, Nishant Goyal, Sai Krishna Tikka
BACKGROUND: Negative symptoms impair outcomes on occupational functioning, social interaction and interpersonal relationships in patients with schizophrenia. Past researchers have reported reduced alpha and increased theta and delta spectral powers on quantitative EEG recordings in those with prominent negative symptoms. AIM: Present analysis aimed at exploring the relationships between lower-frequency EEG powers and negative symptoms, in schizophrenia, over a period of naturalistic antipsychotic treatment...
April 2017: Asian Journal of Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28473708/optical-coherence-tomography-based-contact%C3%A2-indentation%C3%A2-for-diaphragm-mechanics-in-a-mouse-model-of-transforming-growth-factor-alpha-induced-lung-disease
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Kimberley C W Wang, Chrissie J Astell, Philip Wijesinghe, Alexander N Larcombe, Gavin J Pinniger, Graeme R Zosky, Brendan F Kennedy, Luke J Berry, David D Sampson, Alan L James, Timothy D Le Cras, Peter B Noble
This study tested the utility of optical coherence tomography (OCT)-based indentation to assess mechanical properties of respiratory tissues in disease. Using OCT-based indentation, the elastic modulus of mouse diaphragm was measured from changes in diaphragm thickness in response to an applied force provided by an indenter. We used a transgenic mouse model of chronic lung disease induced by the overexpression of transforming growth factor-alpha (TGF-α), established by the presence of pleural and peribronchial fibrosis and impaired lung mechanics determined by the forced oscillation technique and plethysmography...
May 4, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28472057/top-down-control-of-cortical-gamma-band-communication-via-pulvinar-induced-phase-shifts-in-the-alpha-rhythm
#17
Silvan Quax, Ole Jensen, Paul Tiesinga
Selective routing of information between cortical areas is required in order to combine different sources of information according to cognitive demand. Recent experiments have suggested that alpha band activity originating from the pulvinar coordinates this inter-areal cortical communication. Using a computer model we investigated whether top-down induced shifts in the relative alpha phase between two cortical areas could modulate cortical communication, quantified in terms of changes in gamma band coherence between them...
May 4, 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28466144/comparative-analysis-of-background-eeg-activity-in-childhood-absence-epilepsy-during-valproate-treatment-a-standardized-low-resolution-brain-electromagnetic-tomography-sloreta-study
#18
Jung-Hyun Shin, Tae-Hoon Eom, Young-Hoon Kim, Seung-Yun Chung, In-Goo Lee, Jung-Min Kim
Valproate (VPA) is an antiepileptic drug (AED) used for initial monotherapy in treating childhood absence epilepsy (CAE). EEG might be an alternative approach to explore the effects of AEDs on the central nervous system. We performed a comparative analysis of background EEG activity during VPA treatment by using standardized, low-resolution, brain electromagnetic tomography (sLORETA) to explore the effect of VPA in patients with CAE. In 17 children with CAE, non-parametric statistical analyses using sLORETA were performed to compare the current density distribution of four frequency bands (delta, theta, alpha, and beta) between the untreated and treated condition...
May 2, 2017: Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454820/dynamic-spatiotemporal-variability-of-alpha-bold-relationships-during-the-resting-state-and-task-evoked-responses
#19
S D Mayhew, A P Bagshaw
Accurate characterization of the spatiotemporal relationship between two of the most prominent neuroimaging measures of neuronal activity, the 8-13Hz, occipito-parietal EEG alpha oscillation and the BOLD fMRI signal, must encompass the intrinsically dynamic nature of both alpha power and brain function. Here, during the eyes-open resting state, we use a 16s sliding-window analysis and demonstrate that the mean spatial network of dynamic alpha-BOLD correlations is highly comparable to the static network calculated over six minutes...
April 25, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441570/neural-indices-of-phonemic-discrimination-and-sentence-level-speech-intelligibility-in-quiet-and-noise-a-p3-study
#20
Tess K Koerner, Yang Zhang, Peggy B Nelson, Boxiang Wang, Hui Zou
This study examined how speech babble noise differentially affected the auditory P3 responses and the associated neural oscillatory activities for consonant and vowel discrimination in relation to segmental- and sentence-level speech perception in noise. The data were collected from 16 normal-hearing participants in a double-oddball paradigm that contained a consonant (/ba/ to /da/) and vowel (/ba/ to /bu/) change in quiet and noise (speech-babble background at a -3 dB signal-to-noise ratio) conditions. Time-frequency analysis was applied to obtain inter-trial phase coherence (ITPC) and event-related spectral perturbation (ERSP) measures in delta, theta, and alpha frequency bands for the P3 response...
April 18, 2017: Hearing Research
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