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Michael C Trumbo, Laura E Matzen, Brian A Coffman, Michael A Hunter, Aaron P Jones, Charles S H Robinson, Vincent P Clark
Although working memory (WM) training programs consistently result in improvement on the trained task, benefit is typically short-lived and extends only to tasks very similar to the trained task (i.e., near transfer). It is possible that pairing repeated performance of a WM task with brain stimulation encourages plasticity in brain networks involved in WM task performance, thereby improving the training benefit. In the current study, transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) was paired with performance of a WM task (n-back)...
October 15, 2016: Neuropsychologia
L Germine, E B Robinson, J W Smoller, M E Calkins, T M Moore, H Hakonarson, M J Daly, P H Lee, A J Holmes, R L Buckner, R C Gur, R E Gur
Breakthroughs in genomics have begun to unravel the genetic architecture of schizophrenia risk, providing methods for quantifying schizophrenia polygenic risk based on common genetic variants. Our objective in the current study was to understand the relationship between schizophrenia genetic risk variants and neurocognitive development in healthy individuals. We first used combined genomic and neurocognitive data from the Philadelphia Neurodevelopmental Cohort (4303 participants ages 8-21 years) to screen 26 neurocognitive phenotypes for their association with schizophrenia polygenic risk...
October 18, 2016: Translational Psychiatry
Abigail Livny, Anat Biegon, Tammar Kushnir, Sagi Harnof, Chen Hoffmann, Eyal Fruchter, Mark Weiser
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is known to have a substantial, though highly variable, impact on cognitive abilities. Due to the wide range of cognitive abilities among healthy individuals, an objective assessment of TBI-related cognitive loss requires an accurate measurement of premorbid cognitive performance. To address this problem, we recruited 50 adults who sustained a TBI and had performed a cognitive baseline assessment in adolescence as part of the aptitude tests mandated by the Israeli Defense Forces...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Neurotrauma
Lara Hart, Rashmi Nedadur, Jaime Reardon, Natalie Sirizzotti, Caroline Poonai, Kathy N Speechley, Jay Loftus, Michael Miller, Marina Salvadori, Amanda Spadafora, Naveen Poonai
OBJECTIVES: Fever is a common reason for an emergency department visit and misconceptions abound. We assessed the effectiveness of an interactive Web-based module (WBM), read-only Web site (ROW), and written and verbal information (standard of care [SOC]) to educate caregivers about fever in their children. METHODS: Caregivers in the emergency department were randomized to a WBM, ROW, or SOC. Primary outcome was the gain score on a novel questionnaire testing knowledge surrounding measurement and management of fever...
October 4, 2016: Pediatric Emergency Care
Silvia Haag, Paula Haffner, Esther Quinlivan, Martin Brüne, Thomas Stamm
BACKGROUND: Research on theory of mind (ToM) abilities in patients with bipolar disorder has yielded conflicting results. Meta-analyses point to a stable moderate impairment in remitted patients, but factors such as subsyndromal symptoms, illness severity, and deficits in basic neurocognitive functions might act as confounders. Also, differences in deficits depending on task area (cognitive or affective) or task modality (visual or verbal) have been observed. This study aimed to test the hypothesis that euthymic bipolar patients would perform more poorly than healthy subjects on visual cognitive and visual affective ToM tasks...
December 2016: International Journal of Bipolar Disorders
Marta Nieto, Laura Ros, Gloria Medina, Jorge J Ricarte, José M Latorre
Over the last two decades, there has been a growing interest in the study of the development of executive functions (EF) in preschool children due to their relationship with different cognitive, psychological, social and academic domains. Early detection of individual differences in executive functioning can have major implications for basic and applied research. Consequently, there is a key need for assessment tools adapted to preschool skills: Shape School has been shown to be a suitable task for this purpose...
2016: Frontiers in Psychology
Wilma C M Resing, Merel Bakker, Christine M E Pronk, Julian G Elliott
The current study investigated developmental trajectories of analogical reasoning performance of 104 7- and 8-year-old children. We employed a microgenetic research method and multilevel analysis to examine the influence of several background variables and experimental treatment on the children's developmental trajectories. Our participants were divided into two treatment groups: repeated practice alone and repeated practice with training. Each child received an initial working memory assessment and was subsequently asked to solve figural analogies on each of several sessions...
October 6, 2016: Journal of Experimental Child Psychology
Fabiano Koich Miguel, Luciano Giromini, Maíra Stivaleti Colombarolli, Ana Carolina Zuanazzi, Alessandro Zennaro
OBJECTIVE: About 10 years ago, Gratz and Roemer (2004) introduced the Difficulties in Emotion Regulation Scale (DERS), a 36-item self-report instrument measuring 6 areas of emotion regulation problems. Recently, Bjureberg et al. (2015) have introduced a new, briefer version of the DERS comprising only 16 of the 36 items included in the original version. Because no studies have yet cross-validated the recently introduced 16-item DERS and the 36-item DERS has never been tested in Brazil, we sought to inspect the psychometric properties of scores from both DERS versions with a nonclinical Brazilian sample...
October 7, 2016: Journal of Clinical Psychology
Rick A Stephan, Omar M Alhassoon, Kenneth E Allen, Scott C Wollman, Matt Hall, William J Thomas, Julia M Gamboa, Chrissy Kimmel, Mark Stern, Celina Sari, Constance J Dalenberg, Scott F Sorg, Igor Grant
BACKGROUND: Promising models for cognitive rehabilitation in alcohol treatment rest on a more nuanced understanding of the associated impairments in the multifaceted domains of executive functioning (EF) and impulsivity. OBJECTIVES: This meta-analysis examined the effects of alcohol on the individual subcomponents of EF and impulsivity in recently detoxified participants, including 1) Inhibition & Self-Regulation, 2) Flexibility & Set Shifting, 3) Planning & Problem Solving, 4) Reasoning & Abstraction, and 5) Verbal Fluency...
August 12, 2016: American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse
Lauren E Miller, Jeffrey D Burke, Eva Troyb, Kelley Knoch, Lauren E Herlihy, Deborah A Fein
OBJECTIVE: Characterization of academic functioning in children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), particularly predictors of achievement, may have important implications for intervention. The current study aimed to characterize achievement profiles, confirm associations between academic ability and concurrent intellectual and social skills, and explore preschool predictors of school-age academic achievement in a sample of children with ASD. METHOD: Children with ASD (n = 26) were evaluated at the approximate ages of two, four, and ten...
October 5, 2016: Clinical Neuropsychologist
Seymour Epstein, Martha L Epstein
A dual-process personality theory and supporting research are presented. The dual processes comprise an experiential system and a rational system. The experiential system is an adaptive, associative learning system that humans share with other higher-order animals. The rational system is a uniquely human, primarily verbal, reasoning system. It is assumed that when humans developed language they did not abandon their previous ways of adapting, they simply added language to their experiential system. The two systems are assumed to operate in parallel and are bi-directionally interactive...
June 2016: Journal of Psychotherapy Integration
Talia Isaacs, Daniel Hunt, Danielle Ward, Leila Rooshenas, Louisa Edwards
BACKGROUND: Type 2 diabetes is a serious, pervasive metabolic condition that disproportionately affects ethnic minority patients. Telehealth interventions can facilitate type 2 diabetes monitoring and prevent secondary complications. However, trials designed to test the effectiveness of telehealth interventions may underrecruit or exclude ethnic minority patients, with language a potential barrier to recruitment. The underrepresentation of minorities in trials limits the external validity of the findings for this key patient demographic...
2016: Journal of Medical Internet Research
G Mezquida, R Penadés, B Cabrera, G Savulich, A Lobo, A González-Pinto, M J Penzol, I Corripio, E Fernandez-Egea, P Gassó, M J Cuesta, M Bernardo
OBJECTIVE: A functional polymorphism of the brain-derived neurotrophic factor gene (BDNF) Val66Met has been associated with cognitive function and symptom severity in patients with schizophrenia. It has been suggested that the Val66Met polymorphism has a role as a modulator in a range of clinical features of the illness, including symptoms severity, therapeutic responsiveness, age of onset, brain morphology and cognitive function. However, little work has been done in first-episode schizophrenia (FES) spectrum disorders...
October 2016: European Psychiatry: the Journal of the Association of European Psychiatrists
Aniruddh D Patel, Emily Morgan
The online processing of both music and language involves making predictions about upcoming material, but the relationship between prediction in these two domains is not well understood. Electrophysiological methods for studying individual differences in prediction in language processing have opened the door to new questions. Specifically, we ask whether individuals with musical training predict upcoming linguistic material more strongly and/or more accurately than non-musicians. We propose two reasons why prediction in these two domains might be linked: (a) Musicians may have greater verbal short-term/working memory; (b) music may specifically reward predictions based on hierarchical structure...
September 25, 2016: Cognitive Science
Azza M Oraby, Ehab R Abdol Raouf, Mostafa M El-Saied, Maha K Abou-Khadra, Suzette I Helal, Adel F Hashish
We conducted the present study to examine cognitive function and serum heat shock protein 70 levels among children with temporal lobe epilepsy. The Stanford-Binet Intelligence Test was carried out to examine cognitive function in 30 children with temporal lobe epilepsy and 30 controls. Serum heat shock protein 70 levels were determined with an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. The epilepsy group had significantly lower cognitive function testing scores and significantly higher serum heat shock protein 70 levels than the control group; there were significant negative correlations between serum heat shock protein 70 levels and short-term memory and composite scores...
September 23, 2016: Journal of Child Neurology
Alyssa Power, Jean-Francois Lemay, Suzette Cooke
: Construct: Clinical reasoning assessment is a growing area of interest in the medical education literature. Script concordance testing (SCT) evaluates clinical reasoning in conditions of uncertainty and has emerged as an innovative tool in the domain of clinical reasoning assessment. SCT quantifies the degree of concordance between a learner and an experienced clinician and attempts to capture the breadth of responses of expert clinicians, acknowledging the significant yet acceptable variation in practice under situations of uncertainty...
September 23, 2016: Teaching and Learning in Medicine
Lilia Hernández Del Castillo, Antonio Martínez Bermejo, José Antonio Portellano Pérez, Pilar Tirado Requero, Alexandra Garriz Luis, Ramón Velázquez Fragua
INTRODUCTION: Neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1) is a genetic disorder with various clinical manifestations that affect the peripheral and central nervous system, as well as the skin, bones and endocrine and vascular system. There is still insufficient knowledge of neuropsychological effects of NF1 on children, and there is some controversy about the cognitive deficits that defines the cognitive profile of patients affected by this disorder. AIMS: In this study an analysis is made of the neuropsychological performance of a group of patients affected by NF1, compared with a control group of healthy children...
September 14, 2016: Anales de Pediatría: Publicación Oficial de la Asociación Española de Pediatría (A.E.P.)
Natsumi Takesaki, Mitsuru Kikuchi, Yuko Yoshimura, Hirotoshi Hiraishi, Chiaki Hasegawa, Reizo Kaneda, Hideo Nakatani, Tetsuya Takahashi, Laurent Mottron, Yoshio Minabe
Some individuals with autism spectrum (AS) perform better on visual reasoning tasks than would be predicted by their general cognitive performance. In individuals with AS, mechanisms in the brain's visual area that underlie visual processing play a more prominent role in visual reasoning tasks than they do in normal individuals. In addition, increased connectivity with the visual area is thought to be one of the neural bases of autistic visual cognitive abilities. However, the contribution of such brain connectivity to visual cognitive abilities is not well understood, particularly in children...
2016: PloS One
Zhuo Fang, Valya Sergeeva, Laura B Ray, Jeremy Viczko, Adrian M Owen, Stuart M Fogel
Sleep spindles-short, phasic, oscillatory bursts of activity that characterize non-rapid eye movement sleep-are one of the only electrophysiological oscillations identified as a biological marker of human intelligence (e.g., cognitive abilities commonly assessed using intelligence quotient tests). However, spindles are also important for sleep maintenance and are modulated by circadian factors. Thus, the possibility remains that the relationship between spindles and intelligence quotient may be an epiphenomenon of a putative relationship between good quality sleep and cognitive ability or perhaps modulated by circadian factors such as morningness-eveningness tendencies...
September 14, 2016: Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience
Tu M Tran, Anthony T Fuller, Elissa K Butler, Fredrick Makumbi, Samuel Luboga, Christine Muhumuza, Vincent F Ssennono, Jeffrey G Chipman, Moses Galukande, Michael M Haglund
OBJECTIVE: To quantify the burden of surgical conditions in Uganda. BACKGROUND: Data on the burden of disease have long served as a cornerstone to health policymaking, planning, and resource allocation. Population-based data are the gold standard, but no data on surgical burden at a national scale exist; therefore, we adapted the Surgeons OverSeas Assessment of Surgical Need survey and conducted a nation-wide, cross-sectional survey of Uganda to quantify the burden of surgically treatable conditions...
September 8, 2016: Annals of Surgery
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