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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213121/determination-of-a-clinically-important-difference-and-definition-of-a-responder-threshold-for-the-ucsd-performance-based-skills-assessment-upsa-in-patients-with-major-depressive-disorder
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Philip D Harvey, William Jacobson, Wei Zhong, George G Nomikos, Christina Kurre Olsen, Elizabeth Merikle, Michael Cronquist Christensen
BACKGROUND: This article reports an evaluation of the psychometric properties and clinically important difference (CID) threshold of the UCSD Performance-Based Skills Assessment (UPSA) in major depressive disorder (MDD), using data from a large-scale study of the effects of vortioxetine on cognitive functioning and functional capacity in MDD patients. METHODS: Adults with moderate-to-severe recurrent MDD and self-reported cognitive dysfunction were randomized to 8 weeks of double-blind treatment with vortioxetine 10/20mg QD (flexible), duloxetine 60mg QD, or placebo...
February 14, 2017: Journal of Affective Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213064/juvenile-treatment-with-a-novel-mglur2-agonist-mglur3-antagonist-compound-ly395756-reverses-learning-deficits-and-cognitive-flexibility-impairments-in-adults-in-a-neurodevelopmental-model-of-schizophrenia
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Meng-Lin Li, Yelena Gulchina, Sarah A Monaco, Bo Xing, Brielle R Ferguson, Yan-Chun Li, Feng Li, Xi-Quan Hu, Wen-Jun Gao
Schizophrenia (SCZ) is a neurodevelopmental psychiatric disorder, in which cognitive function becomes disrupted at early stages of the disease. Although the mechanisms underlying cognitive impairments remain unclear, N-methyl-D-aspartate receptors (NMDAR) hypofunctioning in the prefrontal cortex (PFC) has been implicated. Moreover, cognitive symptoms in SCZ are usually unresponsive to treatment with current antipsychotics and by onset, disruption of the dopamine system, not NMDAR hypofunctioning, dominates the symptoms...
February 14, 2017: Neurobiology of Learning and Memory
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198196/isolating-the-unique-effects-of-the-unified-protocol-treatment-modules-using-single-case-experimental-design
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Shannon Sauer-Zavala, Clair Cassiello-Robbins, Laren R Conklin, Jacqueline R Bullis, Johanna Thompson-Hollands, Katherine A Kennedy
The Unified Protocol (UP) for the Transdiagnostic Treatment of Emotional Disorders is a cognitive-behavioral intervention designed to treat the range of anxiety, depressive, and related disorders. Thus far, the UP treatment modules have only been studied when they are delivered in their entirety and presented in a standard sequence. To personalize the presentation of the UP modules for a given patient's presentation (e.g., providing the modules in a varied order, dropping irrelevant modules), it is first necessary to establish that each module leads to change in the skill it is designed to promote, and that these changes can occur in the absence of the other modules...
March 2017: Behavior Modification
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196767/keep-flexible-keep-switching-the-influence-of-forced-task-switching-on-voluntary-task-switching
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Kerstin Fröber, Gesine Dreisbach
Goal directed behavior depends on a dynamic balance between cognitive flexibility and stability. Identifying factors that modulate the balance between these control states is therefore of major interest for the understanding of human action control. In two experiments we used a hybrid paradigm combining forced- and free-choice task switching and measured spontaneous voluntary switch rate (VSR) as an indicator of cognitive flexibility. In Experiment 1 participants were free to choose a given task on 75%, 50%, or 25% of all trials...
February 11, 2017: Cognition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196627/environmental-enrichment-enhances-cognitive-flexibility-in-c57bl-6-mice-on-a-touchscreen-reversal-learning-task
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Ariel Zeleznikow-Johnston, Emma L Burrows, Thibault Renoir, Anthony J Hannan
Environmental enrichment (EE) is any positive modification of the 'standard housing' (SH) conditions in which laboratory animals are typically held, usually involving increased opportunity for cognitive stimulation and physical activity. EE has been reported to enhance baseline performance of wild-type animals on traditional cognitive behavioural tasks. Recently, touchscreen operant testing chambers have emerged as a way of performing rodent cognitive assays, providing greater reproducibility, translatability and automatability...
February 11, 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196427/neurocognitive-function-is-associated-with-serum-iron-status-in-early-adolescents
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Xiaopeng Ji, Naixue Cui, Jianghong Liu
OBJECTIVE: The association between iron and neurocognition remains underexplored in adolescents, and the neurocognitive effects of low and high iron levels have yet to be established. The aim of this study was to investigate the relationships of low and high iron levels with neurocognitive domains in early adolescents. METHOD: The sample comprised 428 adolescents (12.0 ± 0.4 years) from Jintan, China. Serum iron concentrations were analyzed from venous blood samples and classified into low, normal, and high levels according to the clinical reference range 75-175 μg/dl...
January 1, 2017: Biological Research for Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192106/blaming-the-brain-for-obesity-integration-of-hedonic-and-homeostatic-mechanisms
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Hans-Rudolf Berthoud, Heike Münzberg, Christopher D Morrison
The brain plays a key role in the controls of energy intake and expenditure and many genes associated with obesity are expressed in the central nervous system. Technological and conceptual advances in both basic and clinical neurosciences have expanded the traditional view of homeostatic regulation of body weight by mainly the hypothalamus to include hedonic controls of appetite by cortical and subcortical brain areas processing external sensory information, reward, cognition, and executive functions. Thus, hedonic controls interact with homeostatic controls to regulate body weight in a flexible and adaptive manner that takes environmental conditions into account...
February 9, 2017: Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191878/new-variations-for-strategy-set-shifting-in-the-rat
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Sho Aoki, Andrew W Liu, Aya Zucca, Stefano Zucca, Jeffery R Wickens
Behavioral flexibility is crucial for survival in changing environments. Broadly defined, behavioral flexibility requires a shift of behavioral strategy based on a change in governing rules. We describe a strategy set-shifting task that requires an attentional shift from one stimulus dimension to another. The paradigm is often used for testing cognitive flexibility in primates. However, the rodent version has not been as extensively developed. We have recently extended an established set-shifting task in the rat(1) by requiring attention to different stimuli according to context...
January 23, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188857/sensitivity-to-carbon-dioxide-and-translational-studies-of-anxiety-disorders
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Marco Battaglia
Heightened concentrations of CO2 in inhaled air provoke temporary acidification of the brain, followed by compensatory hyperventilation and increased arousal/anxiety. These responses are likely to map a basic, latent general alarm/avoidance system that is largely shared across mammals, and are sources of individual differences. By showing paroxysmal respiratory and emotional responses to CO2 challenges, humans with panic and separation anxiety disorders lie at one extreme of the distribution for CO2 sensitivity...
February 7, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188757/cognitive-effects-of-androgen-deprivation-therapy-in-men-with-advanced-prostate-cancer
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Bulent Gunlusoy, Yasin Ceylan, Aslı Koskderlioglu, Muhtesem Gedizlioglu, Tansu Degirmenci, Pınar Ortan, Zafer Kozacioglu
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate prostate cancer effects of androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) by using a systematic set of methods to calculate specific cognitive functions in men with locally advanced or metastatic prostate cancer. METHODS: From April 2014 to February 2016, a prospective, comparative study was done to evaluate the cognitive effects of hormone therapy.Group 1 consisted of 78 patients with locally advanced or metastatic prostate cancer who received complete ADT treatment continously for 12 months and group 2 (control group) consisted of 78 patients who underwent radical prostatectomy without any additional treatment...
February 7, 2017: Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185983/prenatal-melamine-exposure-impairs-spatial-cognition-and-hippocampal-synaptic-plasticity-by-presynaptic-and-postsynaptic-inhibition-of-glutamatergic-transmission-in-adolescent-offspring
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Lei An, Wei Sun
Our previous studies showed that prenatal melamine exposure (PME) could impair spatial cognition and hippocampal long-term potentiation (LTP). More importantly, the synaptic dysfunction induced by PME was associated with the probability of presynaptic glutamate release. Considering the crucial role of the other form of synaptic plasticity, long-term depression (LTD), in some types of learning and memory process, the aim of present study was to investigate if the hippocampal LTD and cognitive flexibility were affected...
February 6, 2017: Toxicology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28182105/neuroplastic-correlates-in-the-mpfc-underlying-the-impairment-of-stress-coping-ability-and-cognitive-flexibility-in-adult-rats-exposed-to-chronic-mild-stress-during-adolescence
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Yu Zhang, Feng Shao, Qiong Wang, Xi Xie, Weiwen Wang
Using a valid chronic mild stress (CMS) model of depression, we found that adolescent (postnatal days [PND] 28-41) CMS induced transient alterations in anhedonia that did not persist into adulthood after a 3-week recovery period. Previously stressed adult rats exhibited more immobility/despair behaviors in the forced swimming test and a greater number of trials to reach criterion in the set-shifting task, suggesting the impaired ability to cope with stressors and the cognitive flexibility that allows adaptation to dynamic environments during adulthood...
2017: Neural Plasticity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28179035/impact-of-deep-brain-stimulation-of-the-ventral-anterior-limb-of-the-internal-capsule-on-cognition-in-depression
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I O Bergfeld, M Mantione, M L C Hoogendoorn, H G Ruhé, F Horst, P Notten, J van Laarhoven, P van den Munckhof, G Beute, P R Schuurman, D Denys
BACKGROUND: Preliminary studies report no negative and a possible positive impact of deep brain stimulation (DBS) on cognition of patients with treatment-resistant depression (TRD). However, these studies neither controlled for practice effects nor compared active with sham stimulation. METHOD: To address these limitations, we compared 25 TRD patients, who underwent DBS of the ventral anterior limb of the internal capsule (vALIC), with 21 healthy controls (HCs) matched on gender, age and education level...
February 9, 2017: Psychological Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28169409/-empathy-in-severe-mental-disorders
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M C Martin-Contero, R Secades-Villa, A Aparicio-Migueza, J Tirapu-Ustarroz
INTRODUCTION: Empathy is a sub-process of social cognition that is defined as the capacity to understand and share another person's thoughts, wishes and feelings, and is crucial in many forms of adaptive social interaction. It is a contextual, flexible and multidimensional phenomenon that is related with different neuronal networks and processes. AIMS: To assess empathy in a sample of subjects diagnosed with conditions belonging to the category of severe mental disorders who were under treatment in a psychosocial rehabilitation programme...
February 16, 2017: Revista de Neurologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28161678/communicative-pragmatic-disorders-in-traumatic-brain-injury-the-role-of-theory-of-mind-and-executive-functions
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Francesca M Bosco, Alberto Parola, Katiuscia Sacco, Marina Zettin, Romina Angeleri
Previous research has shown that communicative-pragmatic ability, as well as executive functions (EF) and Theory of Mind (ToM), may be impaired in individuals with traumatic brain injury (TBI). However, the role of such cognitive deficits in explaining communicative-pragmatic difficulty in TBI has still not been fully investigated. The study examined the relationship between EF (working memory, planning and flexibility) and ToM and communicative-pragmatic impairment in patients with TBI. 30 individuals with TBI and 30 healthy controls were assessed using the Assessment Battery of Communication (ABaCo), and a set of cognitive, EF and ToM, tasks...
February 2, 2017: Brain and Language
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28160021/are-multitasking-abilities-impaired-in-welders-exposed-to-manganese-translating-cognitive-neuroscience-to-neurotoxicology
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Christoph van Thriel, Clara Quetscher, Beate Pesch, Anne Lotz, Martin Lehnert, Swaantje Casjens, Tobias Weiss, Rainer Van Gelder, Katrin Plitzke, Thomas Brüning, Christian Beste
Manganese (Mn) is an essential trace element with well characterized neurotoxic effects in high concentrations. Neurochemically, the initial neurotoxic effect of Mn is the perturbation of striatal γ-aminobutyric acid levels. Specific tasks for the assessment of cognitive functions subserved by fronto-striatal loops are available as the stop-change task (SCT) assessing control of multi-component behavior and action cascading. In a cross-sectional study, fifty male welders and 28 age-matched controls completed the SCT during a whole day examination...
February 3, 2017: Archives of Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28159906/identity-specific-reward-representations-in-orbitofrontal-cortex-are-modulated-by-selective-devaluation
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James D Howard, Thorsten Kahnt
: Goal-directed behavior is sensitive to the current value of expected outcomes. This requires independent representations of specific rewards, which have been linked to orbitofrontal cortex (OFC) function. However, the mechanisms by which the human brain updates specific goals on the fly, and translates those updates into choices, have remained unknown. Here we implemented selective devaluation of appetizing food odors in combination with pattern-based neuroimaging and a decision-making task...
February 3, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28159634/the-beneficial-effects-of-game-based-exercise-using-age-appropriate-tennis-lessons-on-the-executive-functions-of-6-12-year-old-children
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Toru Ishihara, Shigemi Sugasawa, Yusuke Matsuda, Masao Mizuno
This study evaluated the effects of two different types of tennis lessons-those involving a technique-based approach (TBA) and those involving a game-based approach (PLAY+STAY [P+S])-on the executive functions (EFs) of junior tennis players. Eighty-one tennis players (6-12 years old) were recruited and assigned to one of three groups: TBA, P+S, or watching TV (CONT). Subjects completed evaluations of EFs (inhibitory control, working memory, and cognitive flexibility) before and after 50min programs. The overall score for EFs improved significantly for both the P+S and TBA groups but not for the CONT group; indeed the CONT group showed no improvement in overall EFs...
January 31, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28152399/the-positive-link-between-executive-function-and-lifetime-cannabis-use-in-schizophrenia-is-not-explained-by-current-levels-of-superior-social-cognition
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Siri Helle, Else-Marie Løberg, Rolf Gjestad, Ashley M Schnakenberg Martin, Paul H Lysaker
There has been a growing link between a history of cannabis use and neurocognitive performance in patients with schizophrenia. Fewer neurocognitive deficits may be a marker of the superior social cognition needed to obtain illicit substances, or cannabis use may indicate a distinct path to schizophrenia with less neurocognitive vulnerability. This study sought to determine whether the relationship of cannabis use and executive function exists independently of social cognition. Eighty-seven patients with schizophrenia were administered measures of social cognition and executive function...
January 19, 2017: Psychiatry Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28150088/neurocognitive-findings-in-onychophagia-pathological-nail-biting
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Austin W Blum, Sarah A Redden, Jon E Grant
A notable number of people struggle to control the desire to bite their nails, resulting in impairment and distress. Understanding this behavior and the inability to control it has received little research attention. One possible mechanism to understand nail biting is through the use of neurocognitive assessments. Neurocognitive assessments of pathological nail biting, however, are lacking. This analysis assesses the clinical presentation and neurocognitive profile of adults with nail biting relative to participants without nail biting...
February 1, 2017: Psychiatric Quarterly
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