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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28701912/brain-responses-to-a-6-hz-binaural-beat-effects-on-general-theta-rhythm-and-frontal-midline-theta-activity
#1
Nantawachara Jirakittayakorn, Yodchanan Wongsawat
A binaural beat is a beat phenomenon that is generated by the dichotic presentation of two almost equivalent pure tones but with slightly different frequencies. The brain responses to binaural beats remain controversial; therefore, the aim of this study was to investigate theta activity responses to a binaural beat by controlling factors affecting localization, including beat frequency, carrier tone frequency, exposure duration, and recording procedure. Exposure to a 6-Hz binaural beat on a 250 Hz carrier tone for 30 min was utilized in this study...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28684591/corp-improving-the-status-quo-for-measuring-whole-body-sweat-losses-wbsl
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Samuel N Cheuvront, Robert W Kenefick
The measurement of whole body sweat losses (WBSL) is important to the study of body heat balance, body water balance, establishing guidelines for water and electrolyte consumption, and the study of metabolism and health. In principal, WBSL is measured by an acute change in body mass (ΔBM) in response to a thermoregulatory sweating stimulus. In this CORP review, we re-visit several basic, but rarely discussed assumptions important to WBSL research, including the common equivalences: mass = weight = water = sweat...
July 6, 2017: Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28680403/scopolamine-induces-deficits-in-spontaneous-object-location-recognition-and-fear-learning-in-marmoset-monkeys
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Jonathan L Melamed, Fernando M de Jesus, Rafael S Maior, Marilia Barros
The non-selective muscarinic receptor antagonist scopolamine (SCP) induces memory deficits in both animals and humans. However, few studies have assessed the effects of amnesic agents on memory functions of marmosets - a small-bodied neotropical primate that is becoming increasingly used as a translational model for several neuropathologies. Here we assessed the effects of an acute SCP administration (0.03 mg/kg, sc) on the behavior of adult marmoset monkeys in two tasks. In the spontaneous object-location (SOL) recognition task, two identical neutral stimuli were explored on the sample trial, after which preferential exploration of the displaced versus the stationary object was analyzed on the test trial...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28676834/exponentially-modified-peak-functions-in-biomedical-sciences-and-related-disciplines
#4
A Golubev
In many cases relevant to biomedicine, a variable time, which features a certain distribution, is required for objects of interest to pass from an initial to an intermediate state, out of which they exit at random to a final state. In such cases, the distribution of variable times between exiting the initial and entering the final state must conform to the convolution of the first distribution and a negative exponential distribution. A common example is the exponentially modified Gaussian (EMG), which is widely used in chromatography for peak analysis and is long known as ex-Gaussian in psychophysiology, where it is applied to times from stimulus to response...
2017: Computational and Mathematical Methods in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28674173/occipitotemporal-category-representations-are-sensitive-to-abstract-category-boundaries-defined-by-generalization-demands
#5
Kurt Braunlich, Zhiya Liu, Carol A Seger
Categorization involves organizing perceptual information so as maximize differences along dimensions that predict class membership, while minimizing differences along dimensions that do not. In the current experiment, we investigated how neural representations reflecting learned category structure vary according to generalization demands. We asked male and female human participants to switch between two rules when determining whether stimuli should be considered members of a single known category. When categorizing according to the "strict" rule, participants were required to limit generalization in order to make fine-grained distinctions between stimuli and the category prototype...
July 3, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28673878/invariance-of-surface-color-representations-across-illuminant-changes-in-the-human-cortex
#6
Michael M Bannert, Andreas Bartels
A central problem in color vision is that the light reaching the eye from a given surface can vary dramatically depending on the illumination. Despite this, our color percept, the brain's estimate of surface reflectance, remains remarkably stable. This phenomenon is called color constancy. Here we investigated which human brain regions represent surface color in a way that is invariant with respect to illuminant changes. We used physically realistic rendering methods to display natural yet abstract 3D scenes that were displayed under three distinct illuminants...
June 30, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28652428/grid-climbing-behaviour-as-a-pain-measure-for-cancer-induced-bone-pain-and-neuropathic-pain
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Sarah Falk, Simone Gallego-Pedersen, Nicolas C Petersen
Despite affecting millions of people, chronic pain is generally treated insufficiently. A major point of focus has been the lack of translation from preclinical data to clinical results, with the predictive value of chronic pain models being a major concern. In contrast to current focus on stimulus-based nociceptive responses in preclinical research, development of behavioural tests designed to quantify suspension of normal behaviour is likely a more equivalent readout for human pain-assessment tests. In this study, we quantified grid-climbing behaviour as a non-stimulus-evoked behavioural test for potential use as a measure of neuropathic and cancer-induced bone pain in mice...
July 2017: In Vivo
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646692/specific-subcortical-structures-are-activated-during-seizure-induced-death-in-a-model-of-sudden-unexpected-death-in-epilepsy-sudep-a-manganese-enhanced-magnetic-resonance-imaging-study
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Srinivasa P Kommajosyula, Marcus E Randall, Thomas J Brozoski, Boris M Odintsov, Carl L Faingold
Sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP) is a major concern for patients with epilepsy. In most witnessed cases of SUDEP generalized seizures and respiratory failure preceded death, and pre-mortem neuroimaging studies in SUDEP patients observed changes in specific subcortical structures. Our study examined the role of subcortical structures in the DBA/1 mouse model of SUDEP using manganese-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging (MEMRI). These mice exhibit acoustically-evoked generalized seizures leading to seizure-induced respiratory arrest (S-IRA) that results in sudden death unless resuscitation is rapidly instituted...
May 25, 2017: Epilepsy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638055/pupil-response-hazard-rates-predict-perceived-gaze-durations
#9
Nicola Binetti, Charlotte Harrison, Isabelle Mareschal, Alan Johnston
We investigated the mechanisms for evaluating perceived gaze-shift duration. Timing relies on the accumulation of endogenous physiological signals. Here we focused on arousal, measured through pupil dilation, as a candidate timing signal. Participants timed gaze-shifts performed by face stimuli in a Standard/Probe comparison task. Pupil responses were binned according to "Longer/Shorter" judgements in trials where Standard and Probe were identical. This ensured that pupil responses reflected endogenous arousal fluctuations opposed to differences in stimulus content...
June 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632760/the-development-of-acquired-equivalence-from-childhood-to-adulthood-a-cross-sectional-study-of-265-subjects
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Gábor Braunitzer, Attila Őze, Gabriella Eördegh, Anna Pihokker, Petra Rózsa, László Kasik, Szabolcs Kéri, Attila Nagy
Acquired equivalence (AE) is a form of feedback-based associative learning where the subject learns that two or more stimuli are equivalent in terms of being mapped onto the same outcomes or responses. While several studies dealt with how various neurological and psychiatric conditions affect performance on AE tasks (typically with small populations), studies dealing with AE in healthy subjects are rare, and no study has ever made an attempt to plot the development of this form of learning from the childhood through adulthood...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28618821/low-intensity-ultrasound-activates-vestibular-otolith-organs-through-acoustic-radiation-force
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M M Iversen, D A Christensen, D L Parker, H A Holman, J Chen, M J Frerck, R D Rabbitt
The present study examined the efficacy of 5 MHz low-intensity focused ultrasound (LiFU) as a stimulus to remotely activate inner ear vestibular otolith organs. The otolith organs are the primary sensory apparati responsible for detecting orientation of the head relative to gravity and linear acceleration in three-dimensional space. These organs also respond to loud sounds and vibration of the temporal bone. The oyster toadfish, Opsanus tau, was used to facilitate unobstructed acoustic access to the otolith organs in vivo...
June 2017: Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28604840/working-memory-operates-over-the-same-representations-as-attention
#12
Ke Chen, Yanyan Ye, Jiushu Xie, Tiansheng Xia, Lei Mo
A recent study observed a working memory (WM) Stroop effect with a magnitude equivalent to that of the classic Stroop effect, indicating that WM operates over the same representations as attention. However, more research is needed to examine this proposal. One unanswered question is whether the WM Stroop effect occurs when the WM item and the perceptual task do not have an overlapping response set. We addressed this question in Experiment 1 by conducting an attentional word-color task and a WM word-color task...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28599539/the-effects-of-click-rate-on-the-auditory-brainstem-response-of-bottlenose-dolphins
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Robert F Burkard, James J Finneran, Jason Mulsow
Rate manipulations can be used to study adaptation processes in the auditory nerve and brainstem. For this reason, rate effects on the click-evoked auditory brainstem response (ABR) have been investigated in many mammals, including humans. In this study, click-evoked ABRs were obtained in eight bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) while varying stimulus rate using both conventional averaging and maximum length sequences (MLSs), which allow disentangling ABRs that overlap in time and thus permit the study of adaptation at high rates...
May 2017: Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28599119/dendrites-enable-a-robust-mechanism-for-neuronal-stimulus-selectivity
#14
Romain D Cazé, Sarah Jarvis, Amanda J Foust, Simon R Schultz
Hearing, vision, touch: underlying all of these senses is stimulus selectivity, a robust information processing operation in which cortical neurons respond more to some stimuli than to others. Previous models assume that these neurons receive the highest weighted input from an ensemble encoding the preferred stimulus, but dendrites enable other possibilities. Nonlinear dendritic processing can produce stimulus selectivity based on the spatial distribution of synapses, even if the total preferred stimulus weight does not exceed that of nonpreferred stimuli...
June 9, 2017: Neural Computation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28590508/pyramidal-tract-activation-due-to-subthalamic-deep-brain-stimulation-in-parkinson-s-disease
#15
Philipp Mahlknecht, Harith Akram, Dejan Georgiev, Elina Tripoliti, Joseph Candelario, Andre Zacharia, Ludvic Zrinzo, Jonathan Hyam, Marwan Hariz, Thomas Foltynie, John C Rothwell, Patricia Limousin
BACKGROUND: Subthalamic deep brain stimulation (STN-DBS) is an effective treatment for Parkinson's disease (PD), but can have side effects caused by stimulus spread to structures outside the target volume such as the pyramidal tract. OBJECTIVES: To assess the relevance of pyramidal tract activation with STN-DBS in PD. METHODS: In a multimodal, blinded study in 20 STN-DBS patients, we measured stimulation thresholds for evoking electromyographic activity in orbicularis oris and first dorsal interosseous muscles at each of 150 electrode sites...
June 7, 2017: Movement Disorders: Official Journal of the Movement Disorder Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28581310/patients-with-parkinson-s-disease-display-a-dopamine-therapy-related-negative-bias-and-an-enlarged-range-in-emotional-responses-to-facial-emotional-stimuli
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Daniel Lundqvist, Joakim Svärd, Åsa Michelgård Palmquist, Håkan Fischer, Per Svenningsson
OBJECTIVE: The literature on emotional processing in Parkinson's disease (PD) patients shows mixed results. This may be because of various methodological and/or patient-related differences, such as failing to adjust for cognitive functioning, depression, and/or mood. METHOD: In the current study, we tested PD patients and healthy controls (HCs) using emotional stimuli across a variety of tasks, including visual search, short-term memory (STM), categorical perception, and emotional stimulus rating...
June 5, 2017: Neuropsychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28553219/a-bayesian-reformulation-of-the-extended-drift-diffusion-model-in-perceptual-decision-making
#17
Pouyan R Fard, Hame Park, Andrej Warkentin, Stefan J Kiebel, Sebastian Bitzer
Perceptual decision making can be described as a process of accumulating evidence to a bound which has been formalized within drift-diffusion models (DDMs). Recently, an equivalent Bayesian model has been proposed. In contrast to standard DDMs, this Bayesian model directly links information in the stimulus to the decision process. Here, we extend this Bayesian model further and allow inter-trial variability of two parameters following the extended version of the DDM. We derive parameter distributions for the Bayesian model and show that they lead to predictions that are qualitatively equivalent to those made by the extended drift-diffusion model (eDDM)...
2017: Frontiers in Computational Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534730/big-stimulus-little-ears-safety-in-administering-vestibular-evoked-myogenic-potentials-in-children
#18
Megan L A Thomas, Denis Fitzpatrick, Ryan McCreery, Kristen L Janky
BACKGROUND: Cervical and ocular vestibular-evoked myogenic potentials (VEMPs) have become common clinical vestibular assessments. However, VEMP testing requires high intensity stimuli, raising concerns regarding safety with children, where sound pressure levels may be higher due to their smaller ear canal volumes. PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to estimate the range of peak-to-peak equivalent sound pressure levels (peSPLs) in child and adult ears in response to high intensity stimuli (i...
May 2017: Journal of the American Academy of Audiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534118/exercise-induced-circulating-extracellular-vesicles-protect-against-cardiac-ischemia-reperfusion-injury
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Yihua Bei, Tianzhao Xu, Dongchao Lv, Pujiao Yu, Jiahong Xu, Lin Che, Avash Das, John Tigges, Vassilios Toxavidis, Ionita Ghiran, Ravi Shah, Yongqin Li, Yuhui Zhang, Saumya Das, Junjie Xiao
Extracellular vesicles (EVs) serve an important function as mediators of intercellular communication. Exercise is protective for the heart, although the signaling mechanisms that mediate this cardioprotection have not been fully elucidated. Here using nano-flow cytometry, we found a rapid increase in plasma EVs in human subjects undergoing exercise stress testing. We subsequently identified that serum EVs were increased by ~1.85-fold in mice after 3-week swimming. Intramyocardial injection of equivalent quantities of EVs from exercised mice and non-exercised controls provided similar protective effects against acute ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) injury in mice...
July 2017: Basic Research in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506359/humans-treat-unreliable-filled-in-percepts-as-more-real-than-veridical-ones
#20
Benedikt V Ehinger, Katja Häusser, José P Ossandón, Peter König
Humans often evaluate sensory signals according to their reliability for optimal decision-making. However, how do we evaluate percepts generated in the absence of direct input that are, therefore, completely unreliable? Here, we utilize the phenomenon of filling-in occurring at the physiological blind-spots to compare partially inferred and veridical percepts. Subjects chose between stimuli that elicit filling-in, and perceptually equivalent ones presented outside the blind-spots, looking for a Gabor stimulus without a small orthogonal inset...
May 16, 2017: ELife
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