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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922830/connectivity-neurofeedback-training-can-differentially-change-functional-connectivity-and-cognitive-performance
#1
Ayumu Yamashita, Shunsuke Hayasaka, Mitsuo Kawato, Hiroshi Imamizu
Advances in functional magnetic resonance imaging have made it possible to provide real-time feedback on brain activity. Neurofeedback has been applied to therapeutic interventions for psychiatric disorders. Since many studies have shown that most psychiatric disorders exhibit abnormal brain networks, a novel experimental paradigm named connectivity neurofeedback, which can directly modulate a brain network, has emerged as a promising approach to treat psychiatric disorders. Here, we investigated the hypothesis that connectivity neurofeedback can induce the aimed direction of change in functional connectivity, and the differential change in cognitive performance according to the direction of change in connectivity...
October 1, 2017: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922520/a-review-of-joint-attention-and-social-cognitive-brain-systems-in-typical-development-and-autism-spectrum-disorder
#2
Peter Mundy
This article provides a review of the increasingly detailed literature on the neurodevelopment of joint attention. Many findings from this literature support and inform the hypothesis that the neurodevelopment of joint attention contributes to the functional development of neural systems for human social cognition. Joint attention begins to develop by 5 months of age and is tantamount to the ability to adopt a common perspective with another person. It involves a whole-brain system with nodes in the: (a) dorsal and medial frontal cortex, (b) orbital frontal/insula cortex, (c) anterior/ posterior cingulate cortex, (d) superior temporal cortex, (e) precuneus/parietal cortex, and (f) amygdala and striatum...
September 18, 2017: European Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921774/modulating-vicarious-tactile-perception-with-transcranial-electrical-current-stimulation
#3
Natalie C Bowling, Michael J Banissy
Our capacity to share the experiences of others is a critical part of social behaviour. One process thought to be important for this is vicarious perception. Passively viewing touch activates some of the same network of brain regions as the direct experience of touch. This vicarious experience is usually implicit, but for some people, viewing touch evokes conscious tactile sensations (mirror-touch synaesthesia). Recent work has attempted to induce conscious vicarious touch in those that do not normally experience these sensations, using transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS)...
September 16, 2017: European Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919871/investigating-the-neural-correlates-of-emotion-cognition-interaction-using-an-affective-stroop-task
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Nora M Raschle, Lynn V Fehlbaum, Willeke M Menks, Felix Euler, Philipp Sterzer, Christina Stadler
The human brain has the capacity to integrate various sources of information and continuously adapts our behavior according to situational needs in order to allow a healthy functioning. Emotion-cognition interactions are a key example for such integrative processing. However, the neuronal correlates investigating the effects of emotion on cognition remain to be explored and replication studies are needed. Previous neuroimaging studies have indicated an involvement of emotion and cognition related brain structures including parietal and prefrontal cortices and limbic brain regions...
2017: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917154/neural-activation-in-stress-related-exhaustion-cross-sectional-observations-and-interventional-effects
#5
Hanna Malmberg Gavelin, Anna Stigsdotter Neely, Micael Andersson, Therese Eskilsson, Lisbeth Slunga Järvholm, Carl-Johan Boraxbekk
The primary purpose of this study was to investigate the association between burnout and neural activation during working memory processing in patients with stress-related exhaustion. Additionally, we investigated the neural effects of cognitive training as part of stress rehabilitation. Fifty-five patients with clinical diagnosis of exhaustion disorder were administered the n-back task during fMRI scanning at baseline. Ten patients completed a 12-week cognitive training intervention, as an addition to stress rehabilitation...
September 13, 2017: Psychiatry Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917007/specific-properties-of-the-si-and-sii-somatosensory-areas-and-their-effects-on-motor-control-a-system-neurophysiological-study
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Julia Friedrich, Moritz Mückschel, Christian Beste
Sensorimotor integration is essential for successful motor control and the somatosensory modality has been shown to have strong effects on the execution of motor plans. The primary (SI) and the secondary somatosensory (SII) cortices are known to differ in their neuroanatomical connections to prefrontal areas, as well as in their involvement to encode cognitive aspects of tactile processing. Here, we ask whether the area-specific processing architecture or the structural neuroanatomical connections with prefrontal areas determine the efficacy of sensorimotor integration processes for motor control...
September 15, 2017: Brain Structure & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916867/reorganization-of-motor-representations-in-patients-with-brain-lesions-a-navigated-transcranial-magnetic-stimulation-study
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Lucia Bulubas, Nico Sollmann, Noriko Tanigawa, Claus Zimmer, Bernhard Meyer, Sandro M Krieg
This is an explorative study applying presurgical navigated transcranial magnetic stimulation (nTMS) to investigate the spatial distributions of motor sites to reveal tumor-induced brain plasticity in patients with brain tumors. We analyzed nTMS-based motor maps derived from presurgical mapping of 100 patients with motor eloquently located brain tumors (tumors in the frontal lobe, the precentral gyrus [PrG], the postcentral gyrus [PoG], the remaining parietal lobe, or the temporal lobe). Based on these motor maps, we systematically investigated changes in motor evoked potential (MEP) counts among 4 gyri (PrG, PoG, medial frontal gyrus, and superior frontal gyrus) between subgroups of patients according to the tumor location in order to depict the tumor's influence on reorganization...
September 15, 2017: Brain Topography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28913163/general-and-selective-brain-connectivity-alterations-in-essential-tremor-a-resting-state-fmri-study
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Karsten Mueller, Robert Jech, Martina Hoskovcová, Olga Ulmanová, Dušan Urgošík, Josef Vymazal, Evžen Růžička
Although essential tremor is the most common movement disorder, there is little knowledge about the pathophysiological mechanisms of this disease. Therefore, we explored brain connectivity based on slow spontaneous fluctuations of blood oxygenation level dependent (BOLD) signal in patients with essential tremor (ET). A cohort of 19 ET patients and 23 healthy individuals were scanned in resting condition using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). General connectivity was assessed by eigenvector centrality (EC) mapping...
2017: NeuroImage: Clinical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912675/deceptive-but-not-honest-manipulative-actions-are-associated-with-increased-interaction-between-middle-and-inferior-frontal-gyri
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Maxim Kireev, Alexander Korotkov, Natalia Medvedeva, Ruslan Masharipov, Svyatoslav Medvedev
The prefrontal cortex is believed to be responsible for execution of deceptive behavior and its involvement is associated with greater cognitive efforts. It is also generally assumed that deception is associated with the inhibition of default honest actions. However, the precise neurophysiological mechanisms underlying this process remain largely unknown. The present study was aimed to use functional magnetic resonance imaging to reveal the underlying functional integration within the prefrontal cortex during the task which requires that subjects to deliberately mislead an opponent through the sequential execution of deceptive and honest claims...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910623/laminar-organization-of-encoding-and-memory-reactivation-in-the-parietal-cortex
#10
Aaron A Wilber, Ivan Skelin, Wei Wu, Bruce L McNaughton
Egocentric neural coding has been observed in parietal cortex (PC), but its topographical and laminar organization is not well characterized. We used multi-site recording to look for evidence of local clustering and laminar consistency of linear and angular velocity encoding in multi-neuronal spiking activity (MUA) and in the high-frequency (300-900 Hz) component of the local field potential (HF-LFP), believed to reflect local spiking activity. Rats were trained to run many trials on a large circular platform, either to LED-cued goal locations or as a spatial sequence from memory...
September 13, 2017: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910614/movement-coding-at-the-mesoscale-in-posterior-parietal-cortex
#11
Jonathan R Whitlock
Neural correlates of movement planning have been studied most commonly using signals isolated from single cells. However, in this issue of Neuron, Wilber et al. (2017) show that movement trajectories are encoded and replayed in the collective activity of thousands of cells at a time in the posterior parietal cortex.
September 13, 2017: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910407/the-spectral-features-of-eeg-responses-to-transcranial-magnetic-stimulation-of-the-primary-motor-cortex-depend-on-the-amplitude-of-the-motor-evoked-potentials
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Matteo Fecchio, Andrea Pigorini, Angela Comanducci, Simone Sarasso, Silvia Casarotto, Isabella Premoli, Chiara-Camilla Derchi, Alice Mazza, Simone Russo, Federico Resta, Fabio Ferrarelli, Maurizio Mariotti, Ulf Ziemann, Marcello Massimini, Mario Rosanova
Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) of the primary motor cortex (M1) can excite both cortico-cortical and cortico-spinal axons resulting in TMS-evoked potentials (TEPs) and motor-evoked potentials (MEPs), respectively. Despite this remarkable difference with other cortical areas, the influence of motor output and its amplitude on TEPs is largely unknown. Here we studied TEPs resulting from M1 stimulation and assessed whether their waveform and spectral features depend on the MEP amplitude. To this aim, we performed two separate experiments...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28906364/altered-default-mode-network-configuration-in-posttraumatic-stress-disorder-after-earthquake-a-resting-stage-functional-magnetic-resonance-imaging-study
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Xiao-Dong Zhang, Yan Yin, Xiao-Lei Hu, Lian Duan, Rongfeng Qi, Qiang Xu, Guang-Ming Lu, Ling-Jiang Li
The neural substrates of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are still not fully elucidated. Hence, this study is to explore topological alterations of the default mode network (DMN) in victims with PTSD after a magnitude of 8.0 earthquake using resting-state functional magnetic resonance imaging (rs-fMRI).This study was approved by the local ethical review board, and all participants signed written informed consent. Sixty-two PTSD victims from the 2008 Sichuan earthquake and 62 matched exposed controls underwent rs-fMRI...
September 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28904101/methodological-considerations-for-a-chronic-neural-interface-with-the-cuneate-nucleus-of-macaques
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Aneesha K Suresh, Jeremy Winberry, Christopher Versteeg, Raeed H Chowdhury, Tucker Tomlinson, Joshua M Rosenow, Lee E Miller, Sliman J Bensmaia
While the response properties of neurons in the somatosensory nerves and anterior parietal cortex have been extensively studied, little is known about the encoding of tactile and proprioceptive information in the cuneate nucleus (CN) or external cuneate nucleus (ECN), the first recipients of upper limb somatosensory afferent signals. The major challenge in characterizing neural coding in CN/ECN has been to record from these tiny, difficult to access brainstem structures. Most previous investigations of CN response properties have been carried out in decerebrate or anesthetized animals, thereby eliminating the well-documented top-down signals from cortex, which likely exert a strong influence on CN responses...
September 13, 2017: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28900721/effects-of-per3-clock-gene-polymorphisms-on-aging-related-changes-of-the-cerebral-cortex
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Delphine Dewandre, Mercedes Atienza, Mayely P Sanchez-Espinosa, Jose L Cantero
Considerable evidence suggests that circadian rhythmicity is progressively disrupted in senescence. Among clock genes, Period3 (PER3) has been associated with circadian phenotypes, homeostatic regulation of sleep, and cognitive performance in young adults. However, the effects of PER3 genotype on aging-related changes in both cognitive function and cortical integrity remain largely unknown. To shed light into this issue, we have investigated differences in cognitive performance, patterns of cortical thickness, and cortical glucose consumption in normal elderly subjects homozygous carriers of the short (PER3(4/4), n = 32) and long repeat alleles (PER3(5/5), n = 32)...
September 12, 2017: Brain Structure & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28893493/brain-tspo-imaging-and-gray-matter-volume-in-schizophrenia-patients-and-in-people-at-ultra-high-risk-of-psychosis-an-11-c-pbr28-study
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Sudhakar Selvaraj, Peter S Bloomfield, Bo Cao, Mattia Veronese, Federico Turkheimer, Oliver D Howes
Patients with schizophrenia show whole brain and cortical gray matter (GM) volume reductions which are progressive early in their illness. Microglia, the resident immune cells in the CNS, phagocytose neurons and synapses. Some post mortem and in vivo studies in schizophrenia show evidence for elevated microglial activation compared to matched controls. However, it is currently unclear how these results relate to changes in cortical structure. METHODS: Fourteen patients with schizophrenia and 14 ultra high risk for psychosis (UHR) subjects alongside two groups of age and genotype matched healthy controls received [(11)C]PBR28 PET scans to index TSPO expression, a marker of microglial activation and a 3T MRI scan...
September 8, 2017: Schizophrenia Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28893330/changes-in-resting-state-brain-networks-after-cognitive-behavioral-therapy-for-chronic-pain
#17
A Yoshino, Y Okamoto, G Okada, M Takamura, N Ichikawa, C Shibasaki, S Yokoyama, M Doi, R Jinnin, H Yamashita, M Horikoshi, S Yamawaki
BACKGROUND: Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is thought to be useful for chronic pain, with the pathology of the latter being closely associated with cognitive-emotional components. However, there are few resting-state functional magnetic resonance imaging (R-fMRI) studies. We used the independent component analysis method to examine neural changes after CBT and to assess whether brain regions predict treatment response. METHODS: We performed R-fMRI on a group of 29 chronic pain (somatoform pain disorder) patients and 30 age-matched healthy controls (T1)...
September 12, 2017: Psychological Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28892503/structural-and-functional-correlates-for-language-efficiency-in-auditory-word-processing
#18
JeYoung Jung, Sunmi Kim, Hyesuk Cho, Kichun Nam
This study aims to provide convergent understanding of the neural basis of auditory word processing efficiency using a multimodal imaging. We investigated the structural and functional correlates of word processing efficiency in healthy individuals. We acquired two structural imaging (T1-weighted imaging and diffusion tensor imaging) and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) during auditory word processing (phonological and semantic tasks). Our results showed that better phonological performance was predicted by the greater thalamus activity...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28891522/impairments-of-cingulated-cortex-in-the-generalized-tonic-clonic-seizure-epilepsy-by%C3%A2-combining-morphological-and-functional-connectivity-magnetic-resonance-imaging
#19
Ming Ke, Bixia Jin, Guangyao Liu, Xiaoping Yang
Previous studies suggested that the patients with generalized tonic-clonic seizure had structural abnormalities in the thalamus, cingulated cortex and some other specific brain regions. Concurrently, the abnormality in thalamocortical network and basal ganglia network has been found in idiopathic generalized epilepsy. The cingulated cortex, a nexus of information processing and regulation in human brain, is implicated in the propagation of generalized spike in IGE and the previous studies have suggested that the structural features and functional connectivity of the cingulated cortex have been changed...
2017: Journal of Integrative Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28890942/hyperactivation-in-cognitive-control-and-visual-attention-brain-regions-during-emotional-interference-in-adolescent-depression
#20
Natalie L Colich, Tiffany C Ho, Lara C Foland-Ross, Caitlin Eggleston, Sarah J Ordaz, Manpreet K Singh, Ian H Gotlib
BACKGROUND: Individuals with Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) are characterized by biases in attention to negative emotional material. While there is evidence that anomalous functioning in frontocingulate regions may underlie these biases, we know little about the neural correlates of negative emotional biases in depressed adolescents. METHODS: Eighteen adolescents diagnosed with MDD and 21 matched healthy control (CTL) adolescents underwent fMRI while performing an emotional distractor task...
July 2017: Biological Psychiatry: Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging
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