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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439779/searching-for-an-internal-representation-of-stimulus-kinematics-in-the-response-of-ventral-paraflocculus-purkinje-cells
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Pablo M Blazquez, GyuTae Kim, Tatyana A Yakusheva
Motor control theories propose that the central nervous system builds internal representations of the motion of both our body and external objects. These representations, called forward models, are essential for accurate motor control. For instance, to produce a precise reaching movement to catch a flying ball, the central nervous system must build predictions of the current and future states of both the arm and the ball. Accumulating evidence suggests that the cerebellar cortex contains a forward model of an individual's body movement...
April 24, 2017: Cerebellum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439249/cross-modal-action-complexity-action-and-rule-related-memory-retrieval-in-dual-response-control
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Aleks Pieczykolan, Lynn Huestegge
Normally, we do not act within a single effector system only, but rather coordinate actions across several output modules (cross-modal action). Such cross-modal action demands can vary substantially with respect to their complexity in terms of the number of task-relevant response combinations and to-be-retrieved stimulus-response (S-R) mapping rules. In the present study, we study the impact of these two types of cross-modal action complexity on dual-response costs (i.e., performance differences between single- and dual-action demands)...
2017: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437527/ocular-motor-nerve-development-in-the-presence-and-absence-of-extraocular-muscle
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Suzanne M Michalak, Mary C Whitman, Jong G Park, Max A Tischfield, Elaine H Nguyen, Elizabeth C Engle
Purpose: To spatially and temporally define ocular motor nerve development in the presence and absence of extraocular muscles (EOMs). Methods: Myf5cre mice, which in the homozygous state lack EOMs, were crossed to an IslMN:GFP reporter line to fluorescently label motor neuron cell bodies and axons. Embryonic day (E) 11.5 to E15.5 wild-type and Myf5cre/cre:IslMN:GFP whole mount embryos and dissected orbits were imaged by confocal microscopy to visualize the developing oculomotor, trochlear, and abducens nerves in the presence and absence of EOMs...
April 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437268/anisocoria-after-repair-of-blowout-fracture
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Kyung Ah Lee
Anisocoria may indicate a life-threatening neurosurgical emergency, unlike bilateral mydriasis. In patients with periorbital fracture, anisocoria can be caused by direct or indirect injury to the oculomotor nerve, excessive retraction of the orbital contents, or constriction of the muscles responsible for eyeball movement. Herein, the author reports a patient, 15-year-old boy, who developed anisocoria after an operation for a blowout fracture. The anisocoria was improved, self-limiting, and transient. The author has also reviewed the literature regarding anisocoria...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Craniofacial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434862/consequences-of-the-oculomotor-cycle-for-the-dynamics-of-perception
#5
Marco Boi, Martina Poletti, Jonathan D Victor, Michele Rucci
Much evidence indicates that humans and other species process large-scale visual information before fine spatial detail. Neurophysiological data obtained with paralyzed eyes suggest that this coarse-to-fine sequence results from spatiotemporal filtering by neurons in the early visual pathway. However, the eyes are normally never stationary: rapid gaze shifts (saccades) incessantly alternate with slow fixational movements. To investigate the consequences of this oculomotor cycle on the dynamics of perception, we combined spectral analysis of visual input signals, neural modeling, and gaze-contingent control of retinal stimulation in humans...
April 17, 2017: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423919/joint-attention-difficulties-in-autistic-adults-an-interactive-eye-tracking-study
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Nathan Caruana, Heidi Stieglitz Ham, Jon Brock, Alexandra Woolgar, Nadine Kloth, Romina Palermo, Genevieve McArthur
Joint attention - the ability to coordinate attention with a social partner - is critical for social communication, learning and the regulation of interpersonal relationships. Infants and young children with autism demonstrate impairments in both initiating and responding to joint attention bids in naturalistic settings. However, little is known about joint attention abilities in adults with autism. Here, we tested 17 autistic adults and 17 age- and nonverbal intelligence quotient-matched controls using an interactive eye-tracking paradigm in which participants initiated and responded to joint attention bids with an on-screen avatar...
April 1, 2017: Autism: the International Journal of Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422031/the-importance-of-labyrinthine-examination-in-the-prognosis-and-therapy-for-balance-in-spinocerebellar-ataxia
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João Henrique Faryniuk, Bianca Simone Zeigelboim, Hélio Afonso Ghizoni Teive, Vinicius Ribas Fo, Paulo Breno Noronha Liberalesso, Jair Mendes Marques
INTRODUCTION: Spinocerebellar ataxias (SCAs) are a heterogeneous group of neurodegenerative diseases that are characterized by the presence of progressive cerebellar ataxia. OBJECTIVE: Identify vestibular disorders and demonstrate the importance of labyrinthine examination in the prognosis and therapy for balance in patients with SCAs. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The study had a retrospective cross-sectional design and evaluated 57 patients, mean age of 41...
April 19, 2017: International Tinnitus Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420245/a-first-approach-to-a-neuropsychological-screening-tool-using-eye-tracking-for-bedside-cognitive-testing-based-on-the-edinburgh-cognitive-and-behavioural-als-screen
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Jürgen Keller, Amon Krimly, Lisa Bauer, Sarah Schulenburg, Sarah Böhm, Helena E A Aho-Özhan, Ingo Uttner, Martin Gorges, Jan Kassubek, Elmar H Pinkhardt, Sharon Abrahams, Albert C Ludolph, Dorothée Lulé
OBJECTIVE: Reliable assessment of cognitive functions is a challenging task in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) patients unable to speak and write. We therefore present an eye-tracking based neuropsychological screening tool based on the Edinburgh Cognitive and Behavioural ALS Screen (ECAS), a standard screening tool for cognitive deficits in ALS. METHODS: In total, 46 ALS patients and 50 healthy controls matched for age, gender and education were tested with an oculomotor based and a standard paper-and-pencil version of the ECAS...
April 19, 2017: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and Frontotemporal Degeneration
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418326/artifact-in-pediatric-oculomotor-findings-during-videonystagmography-a-retrospective-analysis
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Steven M Doettl, Patrick N Plyler, Devin L McCaslin
BACKGROUND: Accurate measurement of oculomotor function using videonystagmography (VNG) is imperative for diagnosis and management of patients with reported dizziness. The oculomotor evaluation during VNG utilizes video-oculography providing valuable information regarding the central structures and pathways that control eye movements. Artifact may have an effect on the overall validity and reliability of VNG oculomotor tracings and can result from patient and/or recording errors. It is postulated that artifact could occur more frequently in the pediatric population due to both patient and equipment factors...
April 2017: Journal of the American Academy of Audiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28409744/long-term-maintenance-of-executive-related-oculomotor-improvements-in-older-adults-with-self-reported-cognitive-complaints-following-a-24-week-multiple-modality-exercise-program
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Erin M Shellington, Matthew Heath, Dawn P Gill, Robert J Petrella
Adults (≥55 years) with self-reported cognitive complaints (sCC) were randomized to: multiple-modality exercise (M2), or multiple-modality plus mind-motor exercise (M4), for 24-weeks. Participants (n = 58) were assessed on antisaccade reaction time (RT) to examine executive-related oculomotor control and self-reported physical activity (PA) at pre-intervention (V0), post-intervention (V1), and 52-weeks follow-up (V2). We previously reported significant improvements in antisaccade RT of 23 ms at V1, in both groups...
April 10, 2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28409487/scanpath-modeling-and-classification-with-hidden-markov-models
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Antoine Coutrot, Janet H Hsiao, Antoni B Chan
How people look at visual information reveals fundamental information about them; their interests and their states of mind. Previous studies showed that scanpath, i.e., the sequence of eye movements made by an observer exploring a visual stimulus, can be used to infer observer-related (e.g., task at hand) and stimuli-related (e.g., image semantic category) information. However, eye movements are complex signals and many of these studies rely on limited gaze descriptors and bespoke datasets. Here, we provide a turnkey method for scanpath modeling and classification...
April 13, 2017: Behavior Research Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28409282/motor-neuron-vulnerability-and-resistance-in-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis
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Jik Nijssen, Laura H Comley, Eva Hedlund
In the fatal disease-amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)-upper (corticospinal) motor neurons (MNs) and lower somatic MNs, which innervate voluntary muscles, degenerate. Importantly, certain lower MN subgroups are relatively resistant to degeneration, even though pathogenic proteins are typically ubiquitously expressed. Ocular MNs (OMNs), including the oculomotor, trochlear and abducens nuclei (CNIII, IV and VI), which regulate eye movement, persist throughout the disease. Consequently, eye-tracking devices are used to enable paralysed ALS patients (who can no longer speak) to communicate...
April 13, 2017: Acta Neuropathologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28404829/neural-mechanisms-of-oculomotor-abnormalities-in-the-infantile-strabismus-syndrome
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Mark M G Walton, Adam C Pallus, Jerome Fleuriet, Michael J Mustari, Kristina Tarczy-Hornoch
Infantile strabismus is characterized by numerous visual and oculomotor abnormalities. Recently non-human primate models of infantile strabismus have been established, with characteristics that closely match those observed in human patients. This has made it possible to study the neural basis for visual and oculomotor symptoms in infantile strabismus. In this review, we consider the available evidence for neural abnormalities in structures related to oculomotor pathways ranging from visual cortex to oculomotor nuclei...
April 12, 2017: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28402911/hassab-s-operation-for-joubert-syndrome-with-congenital-hepatic-fibrosis-a-case-report
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Koji Miyazawa, Yasuyuki Hara, Kenji Shimizu, Wataru Nakanishi, Kazuaki Tokodai, Chikashi Nakanishi, Shigehito Miyagi, Naoki Kawagishi, Noriaki Ohuchi
INTRODUCTION: Joubert syndrome is characterized by psychomotor developmental delay, hypotonia, oculomotor abnormalities, occasional retinal dystrophy and cystic kidneys, and frequent and often, striking breathing abnormalities, especially in the neonatal period, with panting tachypnea followed by apnea. We report a case of Joubert syndrome with hepatic fibrosis, portal hypertension, and pancytopenia treated by Hassab's operation. PRESENTATION OF CASE: Our patient was a 27-year-old woman with a history of tachypnea, muscle hypotonia, and psychomotor retardation shortly after birth and a diagnosis of Joubert syndrome at 2 years of age...
2017: International Journal of Surgery Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28400326/developmental-visual-perception-deficits-with-no-indications-of-prosopagnosia-in-a-child-with-abnormal-eye-movements
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Sharon Gilaie-Dotan, Ravid Doron
Visual categories are associated with eccentricity biases in high-order visual cortex: Faces and reading with foveally-biased regions, while common objects and space with mid- and peripherally-biased regions. As face perception and reading are among the most challenging human visual skills, and are often regarded as the peak achievements of a distributed neural network supporting common objects perception, it is unclear why objects, which also rely on foveal vision to be processed, are associated with mid-peripheral rather than with a foveal bias...
April 9, 2017: Neuropsychologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28391287/identification-of-2-potentially-relevant-gene-mutations-involved-in-strabismus-using-whole-exome-sequencing
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Xiangrong Min, Haiying Fan, Guiqiu Zhao, Guixiang Liu
BACKGROUND The etiology of strabismus has a genetic component. Our study aimed to localize the candidate causative gene mutant in a Chinese family with strabismus and to describe its underlying etiology. MATERIAL AND METHODS Genomic DNA was extracted from the affected individual and his parents in a Chinese pedigree with strabismus. The resulting exomes were sequenced by whole-exome sequencing. After variant calling and filtering, the candidate causative gene mutations were selected for the rarity and predicted damaging effect, which complied with the model of recessive disease transmission...
April 9, 2017: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28387821/ipsilateral-pupillary-dilation-following-carotid-endarterectomy-a-temporary-and-benign-phenomenon
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Jeffrey A Steinberg, Bob S Carter, Marco B Lee, Gary K Steinberg
BACKGROUND AND IMPORTANCE: Cases of post carotid endarterectomy (CEA) Horner's syndrome have been reported, with symptoms attributed to manipulation of the sympathetic plexus situated along the carotid artery; however, these patients presented with the typical constricted pupil. We report the first 3 cases to our knowledge of mydriasis following CEA. CLINICAL PRESENTATION: We present 3 cases of CEA followed by immediate postoperative development of ipsilateral mydriasis...
April 6, 2017: Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28387693/visual-vestibular-processing-deficits-in-mild-traumatic-brain-injury
#18
W G Wright, R T Tierney, J McDevitt
BACKGROUND: The search for reliable and valid signs and symptoms of mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI), commonly synonymous with concussion, has lead to a growing body of evidence that individuals with long-lasting, unremitting impairments often experience visual and vestibular symptoms, such as dizziness, postural and gait disturbances. OBJECTIVE: Investigate the role of visual-vestibular processing deficits following concussion. METHODS: A number of clinically accepted vestibular, oculomotor, and balance assessments as well as a novel virtual reality (VR)-based balance assessment device were used to assess adults with post-acute concussion (n = 14) in comparison to a healthy age-matched cohort (n = 58)...
2017: Journal of Vestibular Research: Equilibrium & Orientation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28387548/review-of-vestibular-and-oculomotor-screening-and-concussion-rehabilitation
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Anthony P Kontos, Jamie McAllister Deitrick, Michael W Collins, Anne Mucha
Vestibular and oculomotor impairment and symptoms may be associated with worse outcomes after sport-related concussion (SRC), including prolonged recovery. In this review, we evaluate current findings on vestibular and oculomotor impairments as well as treatment approaches after SRC, and we highlight areas in which investigation is needed. Clinical researchers have intimated that recovery from SRC may follow certain clinical profiles that affect the vestibular and oculomotor pathways. Identifying clinical profiles may help to inform better treatment and earlier intervention to reduce recovery time after SRC...
March 2017: Journal of Athletic Training
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28381508/clinical-manifestations-of-the-anti-iglon5-disease
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Carles Gaig, Francesc Graus, Yarko Compta, Birgit Högl, Luis Bataller, Norbert Brüggemann, Caroline Giordana, Anna Heidbreder, Katya Kotschet, Jan Lewerenz, Stefan Macher, Maria J Martí, Teresa Montojo, Jesus Pérez-Pérez, Inmaculada Puertas, Caspar Seitz, Mateus Simabukuro, Nieves Téllez, Klaus-Peter Wandinger, Alex Iranzo, Guadalupe Ercilla, Lidia Sabater, Joan Santamaría, Josep Dalmau
OBJECTIVE: To report the presentation, main syndromes, human leukocyte antigen (HLA) association, and immunoglobulin G (IgG) subclass in the anti-IgLON5 disease: a disorder with parasomnias, sleep apnea, and IgLON5 antibodies. METHODS: This was a retrospective clinical analysis of 22 patients. The IgG subclass was determined using reported techniques. RESULTS: Patients' median age was 64 years (range 46-83). Symptoms that led to initial consultation included sleep problems (8 patients; 36%), gait abnormalities (8; 36%), bulbar dysfunction (3; 14%), chorea (2; 9%), and cognitive decline (1; 5%)...
April 5, 2017: Neurology
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