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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28269322/a-study-on-the-effect-of-multisensory-stimulation-in-behaving-rats
#1
Marianna Semprini, Fabio Boi, Valter Tucci, Alessandro Vato
This study explored the psychophysical effects of intracortical microstimulation (ICMS) coupled to auditory stimulation during a behavioral detection task in rats. ICMS directed to the sensory areas of the cortex can be instrumental in facilitating operant conditioning behavior. Moreover, multisensory stimulation promotes learning by enabling the subject to access multiple information channels. However, the extent to which multisensory information can be used as a cue to make decisions has not been fully understood...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28268958/reward-value-is-encoded-in-primary-somatosensory-cortex-and-can-be-decoded-from-neural-activity-during-performance-of-a-psychophysical-task
#2
David B McNiel, John S Choi, John P Hessburg, Joseph T Francis
Encoding of reward valence has been shown in various brain regions, including deep structures such as the substantia nigra as well as cortical structures such as the orbitofrontal cortex. While the correlation between these signals and reward valence have been shown in aggregated data comprised of many trials, little work has been done investigating the feasibility of decoding reward valence on a single trial basis. Towards this goal, one non-human primate (macaca radiata) was trained to grip and hold a target level of force in order to earn zero, one, two, or three juice rewards...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28238657/frogs-exploit-statistical-regularities-in-noisy-acoustic-scenes-to-solve-cocktail-party-like-problems
#3
Norman Lee, Jessica L Ward, Alejandro Vélez, Christophe Micheyl, Mark A Bee
Noise is a ubiquitous source of errors in all forms of communication [1]. Noise-induced errors in speech communication, for example, make it difficult for humans to converse in noisy social settings, a challenge aptly named the "cocktail party problem" [2]. Many nonhuman animals also communicate acoustically in noisy social groups and thus face biologically analogous problems [3]. However, we know little about how the perceptual systems of receivers are evolutionarily adapted to avoid the costs of noise-induced errors in communication...
March 6, 2017: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227563/a-study-on-the-effect-of-multisensory-stimulation-in-behaving-rats
#4
Marianna Semprini, Fabio Boi, Valter Tucci, Alessandro Vato, Marianna Semprini, Fabio Boi, Valter Tucci, Alessandro Vato, Fabio Boi, Valter Tucci, Marianna Semprini, Alessandro Vato
This study explored the psychophysical effects of intracortical microstimulation (ICMS) coupled to auditory stimulation during a behavioral detection task in rats. ICMS directed to the sensory areas of the cortex can be instrumental in facilitating operant conditioning behavior. Moreover, multisensory stimulation promotes learning by enabling the subject to access multiple information channels. However, the extent to which multisensory information can be used as a cue to make decisions has not been fully understood...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227165/reward-value-is-encoded-in-primary-somatosensory-cortex-and-can-be-decoded-from-neural-activity-during-performance-of-a-psychophysical-task
#5
David B McNiel, John S Choi, John P Hessburg, Joseph T Francis, David B McNiel, John S Choi, John P Hessburg, Joseph T Francis, John P Hessburg, Joseph T Francis, John S Choi, David B McNiel
Encoding of reward valence has been shown in various brain regions, including deep structures such as the substantia nigra as well as cortical structures such as the orbitofrontal cortex. While the correlation between these signals and reward valence have been shown in aggregated data comprised of many trials, little work has been done investigating the feasibility of decoding reward valence on a single trial basis. Towards this goal, one non-human primate (macaca radiata) was trained to grip and hold a target level of force in order to earn zero, one, two, or three juice rewards...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224320/forward-masking-in-cochlear-implant-users-electrophysiological-and-psychophysical-data-using-pulse-train-maskers
#6
Youssef Adel, Gaston Hilkhuysen, Arnaud Noreña, Yves Cazals, Stéphane Roman, Olivier Macherey
Electrical stimulation of auditory nerve fibers using cochlear implants (CI) shows psychophysical forward masking (pFM) up to several hundreds of milliseconds. By contrast, recovery of electrically evoked compound action potentials (eCAPs) from forward masking (eFM) was shown to be more rapid, with time constants no greater than a few milliseconds. These discrepancies suggested two main contributors to pFM: a rapid-recovery process due to refractory properties of the auditory nerve and a slow-recovery process arising from more central structures...
February 21, 2017: Journal of the Association for Research in Otolaryngology: JARO
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207576/relationship-between-peripheral-and-psychophysical-measures-of-amplitude-modulation-detection-in-cochlear-implant-users
#7
Viral D Tejani, Paul J Abbas, Carolyn J Brown
OBJECTIVE: This study investigates the relationship between electrophysiological and psychophysical measures of amplitude modulation (AM) detection. Prior studies have reported both measures of AM detection recorded separately from cochlear implant (CI) users and acutely deafened animals, but no study has made both measures in the same CI users. Animal studies suggest a progressive loss of high-frequency encoding as one ascends the auditory pathway from the auditory nerve to the cortex...
February 15, 2017: Ear and Hearing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100823/conspicuous-plumage-colours-are-highly-variable
#8
Kaspar Delhey, Beatrice Szecsenyi, Shinichi Nakagawa, Anne Peters
Elaborate ornamental traits are often under directional selection for greater elaboration, which in theory should deplete underlying genetic variation. Despite this, many ornamental traits appear to remain highly variable and how this essential variation is maintained is a key question in evolutionary biology. One way to address this question is to compare differences in intraspecific variability across different types of traits to determine whether high levels of variation are associated with specific trait characteristics...
January 25, 2017: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28044022/animal-models-for-auditory-streaming
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REVIEW
Naoya Itatani, Georg M Klump
Sounds in the natural environment need to be assigned to acoustic sources to evaluate complex auditory scenes. Separating sources will affect the analysis of auditory features of sounds. As the benefits of assigning sounds to specific sources accrue to all species communicating acoustically, the ability for auditory scene analysis is widespread among different animals. Animal studies allow for a deeper insight into the neuronal mechanisms underlying auditory scene analysis. Here, we will review the paradigms applied in the study of auditory scene analysis and streaming of sequential sounds in animal models...
February 19, 2017: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27976739/multivoxel-neurofeedback-selectively-modulates-confidence-without-changing-perceptual-performance
#10
Aurelio Cortese, Kaoru Amano, Ai Koizumi, Mitsuo Kawato, Hakwan Lau
A central controversy in metacognition studies concerns whether subjective confidence directly reflects the reliability of perceptual or cognitive processes, as suggested by normative models based on the assumption that neural computations are generally optimal. This view enjoys popularity in the computational and animal literatures, but it has also been suggested that confidence may depend on a late-stage estimation dissociable from perceptual processes. Yet, at least in humans, experimental tools have lacked the power to resolve these issues convincingly...
December 15, 2016: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27770624/spatial-and-temporal-disparity-in-signals-and-maskers-affects-signal-detection-in-non-human-primates
#11
Francesca Rocchi, Margit E Dylla, Peter A Bohlen, Ramnarayan Ramachandran
Detection thresholds for auditory stimuli (signals) increase in the presence of maskers. Natural environments contain maskers/distractors that can have a wide range of spatiotemporal properties relative to the signal. While these parameters have been well explored psychophysically in humans, they have not been well explored in animal models, and their neuronal underpinnings are not well understood. As a precursor to the neuronal measurements, we report the effects of systematically varying the spatial and temporal relationship between signals and noise in macaque monkeys (Macaca mulatta and Macaca radiata)...
February 2017: Hearing Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27605533/entanglement-between-thermoregulation-and-nociception-in-the-rat-the-case-of-morphine
#12
Nabil El Bitar, Bernard Pollin, Elias Karroum, Ivanne Pincedé, Daniel Le Bars
In thermoneutral conditions, rats display cyclic variations of the vasomotion of the tail and paws, the most widely used target organs in current acute or chronic animal models of pain. Systemic morphine elicits their vasoconstriction followed by hyperthermia in a naloxone-reversible and dose-dependent fashion. The dose-response curves were steep with ED50 in the 0.5-1 mg/kg range. Given the pivotal functional role of the rostral ventromedial medulla (RVM) in nociception and the rostral medullary raphe (rMR) in thermoregulation, two largely overlapping brain regions, the RVM/rMR was blocked by muscimol: it suppressed the effects of morphine...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27604783/toward-a-diagnostic-test-for-hidden-hearing-loss
#13
Christopher J Plack, Agnès Léger, Garreth Prendergast, Karolina Kluk, Hannah Guest, Kevin J Munro
Cochlear synaptopathy (or hidden hearing loss), due to noise exposure or aging, has been demonstrated in animal models using histological techniques. However, diagnosis of the condition in individual humans is problematic because of (a) test reliability and (b) lack of a gold standard validation measure. Wave I of the transient-evoked auditory brainstem response is a noninvasive electrophysiological measure of auditory nerve function and has been validated in the animal models. However, in humans, Wave I amplitude shows high variability both between and within individuals...
September 7, 2016: Trends in Hearing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27510961/echolocation-behavior-in-big-brown-bats-is-not-impaired-after-intense-broadband-noise-exposures
#14
Kelsey N Hom, Meike Linnenschmidt, James A Simmons, Andrea Megela Simmons
Echolocating bats emit trains of intense ultrasonic biosonar pulses and listen to weaker echoes returning from objects in their environment. Identification and categorization of echoes are crucial for orientation and prey capture. Bats are social animals and often fly in groups in which they are exposed to their own emissions and to those from other bats, as well as to echoes from multiple surrounding objects. Sound pressure levels in these noisy conditions can exceed 110 dB, with no obvious deleterious effects on echolocation performance...
August 10, 2016: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27429765/deceived-by-stripes-conspicuous-patterning-on-vital-anterior-body-parts-can-redirect-predatory-strikes-to-expendable-posterior-organs
#15
Gopal Murali, Ullasa Kodandaramaiah
Conspicuous coloration, which presumably makes prey more visible to predators, has intrigued researchers for long. Contrastingly coloured, conspicuous striped patterns are common among lizards and other animals, but their function is not well known. We propose and test a novel hypothesis, the 'redirection hypothesis', wherein longitudinal striped patterns, such as those found on the anterior body parts of most lacertilians, redirect attacks away from themselves during motion towards less vulnerable posterior parts, for example, the autotomous tail...
June 2016: Royal Society Open Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27376476/dissociated-functional-significance-of-decision-related-activity-in-the-primate-dorsal-stream
#16
Leor N Katz, Jacob L Yates, Jonathan W Pillow, Alexander C Huk
During decision making, neurons in multiple brain regions exhibit responses that are correlated with decisions. However, it remains uncertain whether or not various forms of decision-related activity are causally related to decision making. Here we address this question by recording and reversibly inactivating the lateral intraparietal (LIP) and middle temporal (MT) areas of rhesus macaques performing a motion direction discrimination task. Neurons in area LIP exhibited firing rate patterns that directly resembled the evidence accumulation process posited to govern decision making, with strong correlations between their response fluctuations and the animal's choices...
July 14, 2016: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27250176/pile-driving-playback-sounds-and-temporary-threshold-shift-in-harbor-porpoises-phocoena-phocoena-effect-of-exposure-duration
#17
Ronald A Kastelein, Lean Helder-Hoek, Jennifer Covi, Robin Gransier
High intensity underwater sounds may cause temporary hearing threshold shifts (TTSs) in harbor porpoises, the magnitude of which may depend on the exposure duration. After exposure to playbacks of pile driving sounds, TTSs in two porpoises were quantified at 4 and 8 kHz with a psychophysical technique. At 8 kHz, the pile driving sounds caused the highest TTS. Pile driving sounds had the following: pulse duration 124 ms, rate 2760 strikes/h, inter-pulse interval 1.3 s, duty cycle ∼9.5%, average received single-strike unweighted broadband sound exposure level (SELss) 145 dB re 1 μPa(2)s, exposure duration range 15-360 min (cumulative SEL range: 173-187 dB re 1 μPa(2)s)...
May 2016: Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27196623/relating-approach-to-target-and-detection-tasks-in-animal-psychoacoustics
#18
Joseph Sollini, Ana Alves-Pinto, Christian J Sumner
Psychophysical experiments seek to measure the limits of perception. While straightforward in humans, in animals they are time consuming. Choosing an appropriate task and interpreting measurements can be challenging. We investigated the localization of high-frequency auditory signals in noise using an "approach-to-target" task in ferrets, how task performance should be interpreted in terms of perception, and how the measurements relate to other types of tasks. To establish their general ability to localize, animals were first trained to discriminate broadband noise from 12 locations...
August 2016: Behavioral Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27194117/preclinical-and-human-surrogate-models-of-itch
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REVIEW
Emil A Hoeck, Jens B Marker, Parisa Gazerani, Hjalte H Andersen, Lars Arendt-Nielsen
Pruritus, or simply itch, is a debilitating symptom that significantly decreases the quality of life in a wide range of clinical conditions. While histamine remains the most studied mediator of itch in humans, treatment options for chronic itch, in particular antihistamine-resistant itch, are limited. Relevant preclinical and human surrogate models of non-histaminergic itch are needed to accelerate the development of novel antipruritics and diagnostic tools. Advances in basic itch research have facilitated the development of diverse models of itch and associated dysaesthesiae...
October 2016: Experimental Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27169503/temporal-dynamics-of-visual-category-representation-in-the-macaque-inferior-temporal-cortex
#20
Mohammad-Reza A Dehaqani, Abdol-Hossein Vahabie, Roozbeh Kiani, Majid Nili Ahmadabadi, Babak Nadjar Araabi, Hossein Esteky
Object categories are recognized at multiple levels of hierarchical abstractions. Psychophysical studies have shown a more rapid perceptual access to the mid-level category information (e.g., human faces) than the higher (superordinate; e.g., animal) or the lower (subordinate; e.g., face identity) level. Mid-level category members share many features, whereas few features are shared among members of different mid-level categories. To understand better the neural basis of expedited access to mid-level category information, we examined neural responses of the inferior temporal (IT) cortex of macaque monkeys viewing a large number of object images...
August 1, 2016: Journal of Neurophysiology
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