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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632774/short-term-eeg-dynamics-and-neural-generators-evoked-by-navigational-images
#1
Axelle Leroy, Carlos Cevallos, Ana-Maria Cebolla, Stéphanie Caharel, Bernard Dan, Guy Cheron
The ecological environment offered by virtual reality is primarily supported by visual information. The different image contents and their rhythmic presentation imply specific bottom-up and top-down processing. Because these processes already occur during passive observation we studied the brain responses evoked by the presentation of specific 3D virtual tunnels with respect to 2D checkerboard. For this, we characterized electroencephalograhy dynamics (EEG), the evoked potentials and related neural generators involved in various visual paradigms...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630468/neurofeedback-learning-modifies-the-incidence-rate-of-alpha-spindles-but-not-their-duration-and-amplitude
#2
Alexei Ossadtchi, Tatiana Shamaeva, Elizaveta Okorokova, Victoria Moiseeva, Mikhail A Lebedev
Although the first experiments on alpha-neurofeedback date back nearly six decades ago, when Joseph Kamiya reported successful operant conditioning of alpha-rhythm in humans, the effectiveness of this paradigm in various experimental and clinical settings is still a matter of debate. Here, we investigated the changes in EEG patterns during a continuously administered neurofeedback of P4 alpha activity. Two days of neurofeedback training were sufficient for a significant increase in the alpha power to occur...
June 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630252/alpha-band-brain-oscillations-shape-the-processing-of-perceptible-as-well-as-imperceptible-somatosensory-stimuli-during-selective-attention
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Norman Forschack, Till Nierhaus, Matthias M Müller, Arno Villringer
Attention filters and weights sensory information according to behavioral demands. Stimulus-related neural responses are increased for the attended stimulus. Does alpha-band activity mediate this effect and is it restricted to conscious sensory events (suprathreshold), or does it also extend to unconscious stimuli (subthreshold)? To address these questions, we recorded EEG in healthy male and female volunteers undergoing subthreshold and suprathreshold somatosensory electrical stimulation to the left or right index finger...
June 19, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28618295/phase-locked-and-non-phase-locked-eeg-responses-to-pinprick-stimulation-before-and-after-experimentally-induced-secondary-hyperalgesia
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Emanuel N van den Broeke, Bart de Vries, Julien Lambert, Diana M Torta, André Mouraux
OBJECTIVE: Pinprick-evoked brain potentials (PEPs) have been proposed as a technique to investigate secondary hyperalgesia and central sensitization in humans. However, the signal-to-noise (SNR) of PEPs is low. Here, using time-frequency analysis, we characterize the phase-locked and non-phase-locked EEG responses to pinprick stimulation, before and after secondary hyperalgesia. METHODS: Secondary hyperalgesia was induced using high-frequency electrical stimulation (HFS) of the left/right forearm skin in 16 volunteers...
May 19, 2017: Clinical Neurophysiology: Official Journal of the International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611601/lack-of-responsiveness-during-the-onset-and-offset-of-sevoflurane-anesthesia-is-associated-with-decreased-awake-alpha-oscillation-power
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Kara J Pavone, Lijuan Su, Lei Gao, Ersne Eromo, Rafael Vazquez, James Rhee, Lauren E Hobbs, Reine Ibala, Gizem Demircioglu, Patrick L Purdon, Emery N Brown, Oluwaseun Akeju
Anesthetic drugs are typically administered to induce altered states of arousal that range from sedation to general anesthesia (GA). Systems neuroscience studies are currently being used to investigate the neural circuit mechanisms of anesthesia-induced altered arousal states. These studies suggest that by disrupting the oscillatory dynamics that are associated with arousal states, anesthesia-induced oscillations are a putative mechanism through which anesthetic drugs produce altered states of arousal. However, an empirical clinical observation is that even at relatively stable anesthetic doses, patients are sometimes intermittently responsive to verbal commands during states of light sedation...
2017: Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611600/changes-in-alpha-frequency-and-power-of-the-electroencephalogram-during-volatile-based-general-anesthesia
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Darren Hight, Logan J Voss, Paul S Garcia, Jamie Sleigh
Oscillations in the electroencephalogram (EEG) at the alpha frequency (8-12 Hz) are thought to be ubiquitous during surgical anesthesia, but the details of how this oscillation responds to ongoing changes in volatile anesthetic concentration have not been well characterized. It is not known how often alpha oscillations are absent in the clinical context, how sensitively alpha frequency and power respond to changes in anesthetic concentration, and what effect increased age has on alpha frequency. Bipolar EEG was recorded frontally from 305 patients undergoing surgery with sevoflurane or desflurane providing general anesthesia...
2017: Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611595/mtorc1-is-a-local-postsynaptic-voltage-sensor-regulated-by-positive-and-negative-feedback-pathways
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Farr Niere, Kimberly F Raab-Graham
The mammalian/mechanistic target of rapamycin complex 1 (mTORC1) serves as a regulator of mRNA translation. Recent studies suggest that mTORC1 may also serve as a local, voltage sensor in the postsynaptic region of neurons. Considering biochemical, bioinformatics and imaging data, we hypothesize that the activity state of mTORC1 dynamically regulates local membrane potential by promoting and repressing protein synthesis of select mRNAs. Our hypothesis suggests that mTORC1 uses positive and negative feedback pathways, in a branch-specific manner, to maintain neuronal excitability within an optimal range...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28603483/oscillatory-mechanisms-of-stimulus-processing-and-selection-in-the-visual-and-auditory-systems-state-of-the-art-speculations-and-suggestions
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Benedikt Zoefel, Rufin VanRullen
All sensory systems need to continuously prioritize and select incoming stimuli in order to avoid overflow or interference, and provide a structure to the brain's input. However, the characteristics of this input differ across sensory systems; therefore, and as a direct consequence, each sensory system might have developed specialized strategies to cope with the continuous stream of incoming information. Neural oscillations are intimately connected with this selection process, as they can be used by the brain to rhythmically amplify or attenuate input and therefore represent an optimal tool for stimulus selection...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28602658/bidirectional-frontoparietal-oscillatory-systems-support-working-memory
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Elizabeth L Johnson, Callum D Dewar, Anne-Kristin Solbakk, Tor Endestad, Torstein R Meling, Robert T Knight
The ability to represent and select information in working memory provides the neurobiological infrastructure for human cognition. For 80 years, dominant views of working memory have focused on the key role of prefrontal cortex (PFC) [1-8]. However, more recent work has implicated posterior cortical regions [9-12], suggesting that PFC engagement during working memory is dependent on the degree of executive demand. We provide evidence from neurological patients with discrete PFC damage that challenges the dominant models attributing working memory to PFC-dependent systems...
June 19, 2017: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28596116/mechanisms-of-neurofeedback-a-computation-theoretic-approach
#10
Eddy J Davelaar
Neurofeedback training is a form of brain training in which information about a neural measure is fed back to the trainee who is instructed to increase or decrease the value of that particular measure. This paper focuses on electroencephalography (EEG) neurofeedback in which the neural measures of interest are the brain oscillations. To date, the neural mechanisms that underlie successful neurofeedback training are still unexplained. Such an understanding would benefit researchers, funding agencies, clinicians, regulatory bodies, and insurance firms...
June 9, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28592697/top-down-beta-enhances-bottom-up-gamma
#11
Craig G Richter, William H Thompson, Conrado A Bosman, Pascal Fries
Several recent studies have demonstrated that the bottom-up signaling of a visual stimulus is subserved by interareal gamma-band synchronization, whereas top-down influences are mediated by alpha-beta band synchronization. These processes may implement top-down control of stimulus processing if top-down and bottom-up mediating rhythms are coupled via cross-frequency interaction. To test this possibility, we investigated Granger-causal influences among awake male macaque primary visual area V1, higher visual area V4 and parietal control area 7a during attentional task performance...
June 7, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28585194/circadian-rhythms-in-diet-induced-obesity
#12
Atilla Engin
The biological clocks of the circadian timing system coordinate cellular and physiological processes and synchronizes these with daily cycles, feeding patterns also regulates circadian clocks. The clock genes and adipocytokines show circadian rhythmicity. Dysfunction of these genes are involved in the alteration of these adipokines during the development of obesity. Food availability promotes the stimuli associated with food intake which is a circadian oscillator outside of the suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN)...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28582479/restless-rest-intrinsic-sensory-hyperactivity-and-disinhibition-in-post-traumatic-stress-disorder
#13
Kevin Clancy, Mingzhou Ding, Edward Bernat, Norman B Schmidt, Wen Li
Post-traumatic stress disorder is characterized by exaggerated threat response, and theoretical accounts to date have focused on impaired threat processing and dysregulated prefrontal-cortex-amygdala circuitry. Nevertheless, evidence is accruing for broad, threat-neutral sensory hyperactivity in post-traumatic stress disorder. As low-level, sensory processing impacts higher-order operations, such sensory anomalies can contribute to widespread dysfunctions, presenting an additional aetiological mechanism for post-traumatic stress disorder...
June 3, 2017: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28573048/brain-oscillations-elicited-by-the-cold-pressor-test-a-putative-index-of-untreated-essential-hypertension
#14
Christos Papageorgiou, Efstathios Manios, Eleftheria Tsaltas, Eleni Koroboki, Maria Alevizaki, Elias Angelopoulos, Meletios-Athanasios Dimopoulos, Charalabos Papageorgiou, Nikolaos Zakopoulos
OBJECTIVE: Essential hypertension is associated with reduced pain sensitivity of unclear aetiology. This study explores this issue using the Cold Pressor Test (CPT), a reliable pain/stress model, comparing CPT-related EEG activity in first episode hypertensives and controls. METHOD: 22 untreated hypertensives and 18 matched normotensives underwent 24-hour ambulatory blood pressure monitoring (ABPM). EEG recordings were taken before, during, and after CPT exposure...
2017: International Journal of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28572761/ten-minutes-of-%C3%AE-tacs-and-ambient-illumination-independently-modulate-eeg-%C3%AE-power
#15
Heiko I Stecher, Tania M Pollok, Daniel Strüber, Fabian Sobotka, Christoph S Herrmann
Transcranial alternating current stimulation (tACS) sees increased use in neurosciences as a tool for the exploration of brain oscillations. It has been shown that tACS stimulation in specific frequency bands can result in aftereffects of modulated oscillatory brain activity that persist after the stimulation has ended. The general relationship between persistency of the effect and duration of stimulation is sparsely investigated but previous research has shown that the occurrence of tACS aftereffects depends on the brain state before and during stimulation...
2017: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28562642/enhancement-of-multitasking-performance-and-neural-oscillations-by-transcranial-alternating-current-stimulation
#16
Wan-Yu Hsu, Theodore P Zanto, Martine R van Schouwenburg, Adam Gazzaley
Multitasking is associated with the generation of stimulus-locked theta (4-7 Hz) oscillations arising from prefrontal cortex (PFC). Transcranial alternating current stimulation (tACS) is a non-invasive brain stimulation technique that influences endogenous brain oscillations. Here, we investigate whether applying alternating current stimulation within the theta frequency band would affect multitasking performance, and explore tACS effects on neurophysiological measures. Brief runs of bilateral PFC theta-tACS were applied while participants were engaged in a multitasking paradigm accompanied by electroencephalography (EEG) data collection...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28560154/children-with-cerebral-palsy-have-altered-oscillatory-activity-in-the-motor-and-visual-cortices-during-a-knee-motor-task
#17
Max J Kurz, Amy L Proskovec, James E Gehringer, Elizabeth Heinrichs-Graham, Tony W Wilson
The neuroimaging literature on cerebral palsy (CP) has predominantly focused on identifying structural aberrations within the white matter (e.g., fiber track integrity), with very few studies examining neural activity within the key networks that serve the production of motor actions. The current investigation used high-density magnetoencephalography to begin to fill this knowledge gap by quantifying the temporal dynamics of the alpha and beta cortical oscillations in children with CP (age = 15.5 ± 3 years; GMFCS levels II-III) and typically developing (TD) children (age = 14...
2017: NeuroImage: Clinical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28559380/crossmodal-classification-of-mu-rhythm-activity-during-action-observation-and-execution-suggests-specificity-to-somatosensory-features-of-actions
#18
Michel-Pierre Coll, Clare Press, Hannah Hobson, Caroline Catmur, Geoffrey Bird
The alpha mu rhythm (8-13 Hz) has been considered to reflect mirror neuron activity because it is attenuated by both action observation and action execution. The putative link between mirror neuron system activity and the mu rhythm has been used to study the involvement of the mirror system in a wide range of socio-cognitive processes and clinical disorders. However, previous research has failed to convincingly demonstrate the specificity of the mu rhythm, meaning that it is unclear whether the mu rhythm reflects mirror neuron activity...
June 14, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28555099/load-dependent-increases-in-delay-period-alpha-band-power-track-the-gating-of-task-irrelevant-inputs-to-working-memory
#19
Andrew J Heinz, Jeffrey S Johnson
Studies exploring the role of neural oscillations in cognition have revealed sustained increases in alpha-band power (ABP) during the delay period of verbal and visual working memory (VWM) tasks. There have been various proposals regarding the functional significance of such increases, including the inhibition of task-irrelevant cortical areas as well as the active retention of information in VWM. The present study examines the role of delay-period ABP in mediating the effects of interference arising from on-going visual processing during a concurrent VWM task...
2017: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28553215/eeg-cortical-connectivity-analysis-of-working-memory-reveals-topological-reorganization-in-theta-and-alpha-bands
#20
Zhongxiang Dai, Joshua de Souza, Julian Lim, Paul M Ho, Yu Chen, Junhua Li, Nitish Thakor, Anastasios Bezerianos, Yu Sun
Numerous studies have revealed various working memory (WM)-related brain activities that originate from various cortical regions and oscillate at different frequencies. However, multi-frequency band analysis of the brain network in WM in the cortical space remains largely unexplored. In this study, we employed a graph theoretical framework to characterize the topological properties of the brain functional network in the theta and alpha frequency bands during WM tasks. Twenty-eight subjects performed visual n-back tasks at two difficulty levels, i...
2017: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
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