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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341162/structural-laterality-is-associated-with-cognitive-and-mood-outcomes-an-assessment-of-105-healthy-aged-volunteers
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M Esteves, P Marques, R Magalhães, T C Castanho, J M Soares, A Almeida, N C Santos, N Sousa, H Leite-Almeida
The human brain presents multiple asymmetries that dynamically change throughout life. These phenomena have been associated with cognitive impairments and psychiatric disorders although possible associations with specific patterns of cognitive aging are yet to be determined. We have therefore mapped and quantified morphological asymmetries in a heterogeneous and aged population (65.2±8.0 years old, 52 male and 53 female) to explore potential associations between the asymmetries in specific brain regions and cognitive performance...
March 21, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334695/how-the-embryonic-chick-brain-twists
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Zi Chen, Qiaohang Guo, Eric Dai, Nickolas Forsch, Larry A Taber
During early development, the tubular embryonic chick brain undergoes a combination of progressive ventral bending and rightward torsion, one of the earliest organ-level left-right asymmetry events in development. Existing evidence suggests that bending is caused by differential growth, but the mechanism for the predominantly rightward torsion of the embryonic brain tube remains poorly understood. Here, we show through a combination of in vitro experiments, a physical model of the embryonic morphology and mechanics analysis that the vitelline membrane (VM) exerts an external load on the brain that drives torsion...
November 2016: Journal of the Royal Society, Interface
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332705/global-brain-asymmetry-is-increased-in-schizophrenia-and-related-to-avolition
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C Núñez, N Paipa, C Senior, M Coromina, S Siddi, S Ochoa, G Brébion, C Stephan-Otto
OBJECTIVE: Schizophrenia may be the result of a failure of the normal lateralization process of the brain. However, whole-brain asymmetry has not been assessed up to date. Here, we propose a novel measure of global brain asymmetry based on the Dice coefficient to quantify similarity between brain hemispheres. METHOD: Global gray and white matter asymmetry was calculated from high-resolution T1 structural images acquired from 24 patients with schizophrenia and 26 healthy controls, age- and sex-matched...
March 23, 2017: Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324234/damage-induced-alarm-cues-influence-lateralized-behaviour-but-not-the-relationship-between-behavioural-and-habenular-asymmetry-in-convict-cichlids-amatitlania-nigrofasciata
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Michele K Moscicki, Peter L Hurd
Cerebral lateralization, the partitioning of functions into a certain hemisphere of the brain, is ubiquitous among vertebrates. Evidence suggests that the cognitive processing of a stimulus is performed with a specific hemisphere depending in part upon the emotional valence of the stimulus (i.e. whether it is appetitive or aversive). Recent work has implicated a predominance of right-hemisphere processing for aversive stimuli. In fish with laterally placed eyes, the preference to view an object with a specific eye has been used as a proxy for assessing cerebral lateralization...
March 21, 2017: Animal Cognition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320654/structured-and-sparse-canonical-correlation-analysis-as-a-brain-wide-multi-modal-data-fusion-approach
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Ali-Reza Mohammadi-Nejad, Gholam-Ali Hossein-Zadeh, Hamid Soltanian-Zadeh
Multi-modal data fusion has recently emerged as a comprehensive neuroimaging analysis approach, which usually uses canonical correlation analysis (CCA). However, the current CCA-based fusion approaches face problems like high-dimensionality, multi-collinearity, unimodal feature selection, asymmetry, and loss of spatial information in reshaping the imaging data into vectors. This paper proposes a structured and sparse CCA (ssCCA) technique as a novel CCA method to overcome the above problems. To investigate the performance of the proposed algorithm, we have compared three data fusion techniques: standard CCA; regularized CCA; and ssCCA and evaluated their ability to detect multi-modal data associations...
March 14, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306164/effects-of-positive-emotion-extraversion-and-dopamine-on-cognitive-stability-flexibility-and-frontal-eeg-asymmetry
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Jan Wacker
The influence of positive emotions on the balance between cognitive stability and flexibility has been suggested to (a) differ among various positive emotional/motivational states (e.g., of varying approach motivation intensity), and (b) be mediated by brain dopamine (DA). Frontal EEG alpha asymmetry (ASY) is considered an indicator of approach motivational states and may be modulated by DA. The personality trait of extraversion is strongly linked to positive emotions and is now thought to reflect DA-based individual differences in incentive/approach motivation...
March 17, 2017: Psychophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28291259/infant-frontal-eeg-asymmetry-in-relation-with-postnatal-maternal-depression-and-parenting-behavior
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D J Wen, N N Soe, L W Sim, S Sanmugam, K Kwek, Y-S Chong, P D Gluckman, M J Meaney, A Rifkin-Graboi, A Qiu
Right frontal electroencephalogram (EEG) asymmetry associates with negative affect and depressed mood, which, among children, are predicted by maternal depression and poor parenting. This study examined associations of maternal depression and maternal sensitivity with infant frontal EEG asymmetry based on 111 mother-6-month-infant dyads. There were no significant effects of postnatal maternal depression or maternal sensitivity, or their interaction, on infant EEG frontal asymmetry. However, in a subsample for which the infant spent at least 50% of his/her day time hours with his/her mother, both lower maternal sensitivity and higher maternal depression predicted greater relative right frontal EEG asymmetry...
March 14, 2017: Translational Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28288803/the-relationship-of-approach-avoidance-motivation-and-asymmetric-frontal-cortical-activity-a-review-of-studies-manipulating-frontal-asymmetry
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Nicholas J Kelley, Ruud Hortensius, Dennis J L G Schutter, Eddie Harmon-Jones
The balance between activity in the left and right frontal cortex, commonly referred to as asymmetric frontal cortical activity, has served as a proxy for an organism's motivational direction (i.e., approach vs. avoidance). Many studies have examined the influence of the manipulation of motivational direction on asymmetrical frontal cortical activity and found results consistent with the idea that greater relative left (right) frontal cortical activity is associated with approach (avoidance) motivation. We critically review literature employing physical (versus psychological) manipulations of frontal asymmetry using a variety of methodologies including neurofeedback training, muscular contractions, and non-invasive brain stimulation...
March 10, 2017: International Journal of Psychophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28280596/increasing-cognitive-load-attenuates-right-arm-swing-in-healthy-human-walking
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Tim Killeen, Christopher S Easthope, Linard Filli, Lilla Lőrincz, Miriam Schrafl-Altermatt, Peter Brugger, Michael Linnebank, Armin Curt, Björn Zörner, Marc Bolliger
Human arm swing looks and feels highly automated, yet it is increasingly apparent that higher centres, including the cortex, are involved in many aspects of locomotor control. The addition of a cognitive task increases arm swing asymmetry during walking, but the characteristics and mechanism of this asymmetry are unclear. We hypothesized that this effect is lateralized and a Stroop word-colour naming task-primarily involving left hemisphere structures-would reduce right arm swing only. We recorded gait in 83 healthy subjects aged 18-80 walking normally on a treadmill and while performing a congruent and incongruent Stroop task...
January 2017: Royal Society Open Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28276877/evolutionary-and-mechanistic-drivers-of-laterality-a-review-and-new-synthesis
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Mallory L Wiper
Laterality, best understood as asymmetries of bilateral structures or biases in behaviour, has been demonstrated in species from all major vertebrate classes, and in many invertebrates, showing a large degree of evolutionary conservation across vertebrate groups. Despite the establishment of this phenomenon in so many species, however, the evolutionary and mechanistic study of laterality is uneven with numerous areas in this field requiring greater attention. Here, I present a partial review of how far the study of laterality has come, outlining previous pioneering work, I discuss the hypothesized costs and benefits of a lateralized brain and the suggested path of the evolution of laterality for populations and individuals...
February 19, 2017: Laterality
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28272785/cest-imaging-of-fast-exchanging-amine-pools-with-corrections-for-competing-effects-at-9-4%C3%A2-t
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Xiao-Yong Zhang, Feng Wang, Hua Li, Junzhong Xu, Daniel F Gochberg, John C Gore, Zhongliang Zu
Chemical exchange saturation transfer (CEST) imaging of fast exchanging amine protons at 3 ppm offset from the water resonant frequency is of practical interest, but quantification of fast exchanging pools by CEST is challenging. To effectively saturate fast exchanging protons, high irradiation powers need to be applied, but these may cause significant direct water saturation as well as non-specific semi-solid magnetization transfer (MT) effects, and thus decrease the specificity of the measured signal. In addition, the CEST signal may depend on the water longitudinal relaxation time (T1w ), which likely varies between tissues and with pathology, further reducing specificity...
March 8, 2017: NMR in Biomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28269699/automated-volumetry-for-unilateral-hippocampal-sclerosis-detection-in-patients-with-temporal-lobe-epilepsy
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Cristina Martins, Nadia Moreira da Silva, Guilherme Silva, Verena E Rozanski, Joao Paulo Silva Cunha
Hippocampal sclerosis (HS) is the most common cause of temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE) and can be identified in magnetic resonance imaging as hippocampal atrophy and subsequent volume loss. Detecting this kind of abnormalities through simple radiological assessment could be difficult, even for experienced radiologists. For that reason, hippocampal volumetry is generally used to support this kind of diagnosis. Manual volumetry is the traditional approach but it is time consuming and requires the physician to be familiar with neuroimaging software tools...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28267988/left-right-asymmetry-of-maturation-rates-in-human-embryonic-neural-development
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Carolien G F de Kovel, Steven Lisgo, Guy Karlebach, Jia Ju, Gang Cheng, Simon E Fisher, Clyde Francks
BACKGROUND: Left-right asymmetry is a fundamental organizing feature of the human brain, and neuropsychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia sometimes involve alterations of brain asymmetry. As early as 8 weeks postconception, the majority of human fetuses move their right arms more than their left arms, but because nerve fiber tracts are still descending from the forebrain at this stage, spinal-muscular asymmetries are likely to play an important developmental role. METHODS: We used RNA sequencing to measure gene expression levels in the left and right spinal cords, and the left and right hindbrains, of 18 postmortem human embryos aged 4 to 8 weeks postconception...
February 1, 2017: Biological Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28263797/do-graphemes-attract-spatial-attention-in-grapheme-color-synesthesia
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G Volberg, A S Chockley, M W Greenlee
Grapheme-color synesthetes perceive concurrent colors for some objectively achromatic graphemes (inducers). Using oscillatory responses in the electroencephalogram, we tested the hypothesis that inducers automatically attract spatial attention and, thus, favor a conscious experience of color. Achromatic inducers and real-colored non-inducers were presented to the left or to the right visual hemifield and orientation judgments were required for subsequently presented Gabor patches. The graphemes were irrelevant for the task so that the related brain response was purely stimulus-driven...
March 3, 2017: Neuropsychologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28251015/brain-symmetry-index-in-healthy-and-stroke-patients-for-assessment-and-prognosis
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Andrei Agius Anastasi, Owen Falzon, Kenneth Camilleri, Malcolm Vella, Richard Muscat
Objective. Quantitative neurophysiological signal parameters are of value in predicting motor recovery after stroke. The novel role of EEG-derived brain symmetry index for motor function prognostication in the subacute phase after stroke is explored. Methods. Ten male stroke patients and ten matched healthy controls were recruited. Motor function was first assessed clinically using the MRC score, its derivative Motricity Index, and the Fugl-Meyer assessment score. EEG was subsequently recorded first with subjects at rest and then during hand grasping motions, triggered by visual cues...
2017: Stroke Research and Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28243195/part-2-adaptation-of-gait-kinematics-in-unilateral-cerebral-palsy-demonstrates-preserved-independent-neural-control-of-each-limb
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Thomas C Bulea, Christopher J Stanley, Diane L Damiano
Motor adaptation, or alteration of neural control in response to a perturbation, is a potential mechanism to facilitate motor learning for rehabilitation. Central nervous system deficits are known to affect locomotor adaptation; yet we demonstrated that similar to adults following stroke, children with unilateral brain injuries can adapt step length in response to unilateral leg weighting. Here, we extend our analysis to explore kinematic strategies underlying step length adaptation and utilize dynamical systems approaches to elucidate how neural control may differ in those with hemiplegic CP across legs and compared to typically developing controls...
2017: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28242798/visuospatial-asymmetries-arise-from-differences-in-the-onset-time-of-perceptual-evidence-accumulation
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Daniel P Newman, Gerard M Loughnane, Simon P Kelly, Redmond G O'Connell, Mark A Bellgrove
Healthy subjects tend to exhibit a bias of visual attention whereby left hemifield stimuli are processed more quickly and accurately than stimuli appearing in the right hemifield. It has long been held that this phenomenon arises from the dominant role of the right cerebral hemisphere in regulating attention, however, methods that would allow for a more precise understanding of the mechanisms underpinning visuospatial bias have remained elusive. We sought to finely trace the temporal evolution of spatial biases by leveraging a novel bilateral dot motion detection paradigm...
February 27, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28241131/ontogenetic-shifts-in-brain-organization-in-the-bluespotted-stingray-neotrygon-kuhlii-chondrichthyes-dasyatidae
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Thomas J Lisney, Kara E Yopak, Victoria Camilieri-Asch, Shaun P Collin
Fishes exhibit lifelong neurogenesis and continual brain growth. One consequence of this continual growth is that the nervous system has the potential to respond with enhanced plasticity to changes in ecological conditions that occur during ontogeny. The life histories of many teleost fishes are composed of a series of distinct stages that are characterized by shifts in diet, habitat, and behavior. In many cases, these shifts correlate with changes in overall brain growth and brain organization, possibly reflecting the relative importance of different senses and locomotor performance imposed by the new ecological niches they encounter throughout life...
February 28, 2017: Brain, Behavior and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28240532/facile-assembly-of-aligned-magnetic-nanoparticle-chains-in-polymer-nanocomposite-films-by-magnetic-flow-coating
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Hongyi Yuan, Irina J Zvonkina, Abdullah M Al-Enizi, Ahmed A Elzatahry, Jeffrey Pyun, Alamgir Karim
Magnetic nanoparticle chains are found in biosystems such as in the brain of migratory birds. Inspired by such natural assemblies, in a novel approach, the facile assembly of magnetically aligned polymer grafted cobalt nanoparticle (MPGNP) chains in thin polymer films was accomplished by using low strength permanent magnets directly during the flow-casting process. Unlike previous studies of MPGNP chain alignment in the high viscosity melt phase, the high mobility of such dispersed MPGNP during casting polystyrene (PS) film matrix in solution state allowed for formation of well-aligned MPGNP chains at the PS film/air interface...
February 27, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28238938/estimating-direction-in-brain-behavior-interactions-proactive-and-reactive-brain-states-in-driving
#20
Javier O Garcia, Justin Brooks, Scott Kerick, Tony Johnson, Tim R Mullen, Jean M Vettel
Conventional neuroimaging analyses have ascribed function to particular brain regions, exploiting the power of the subtraction technique in fMRI and event-related potential analyses in EEG. Moving beyond this convention, many researchers have begun exploring network-based neurodynamics and coordination between brain regions as a function of behavioral parameters or environmental statistics; however, most approaches average evoked activity across the experimental session to study task-dependent networks. Here, we examined on-going oscillatory activity as measured with EEG and use a methodology to estimate directionality in brain-behavior interactions...
February 22, 2017: NeuroImage
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