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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920670/two-visual-pathways-in-primates-based-on-sampling-of-space-exploitation-and-exploration-of-visual-information
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Bhavin R Sheth, Ryan Young
Evidence is strong that the visual pathway is segregated into two distinct streams-ventral and dorsal. Two proposals theorize that the pathways are segregated in function: The ventral stream processes information about object identity, whereas the dorsal stream, according to one model, processes information about either object location, and according to another, is responsible in executing movements under visual control. The models are influential; however recent experimental evidence challenges them, e.g., the ventral stream is not solely responsible for object recognition; conversely, its function is not strictly limited to object vision; the dorsal stream is not responsible by itself for spatial vision or visuomotor control; conversely, its function extends beyond vision or visuomotor control...
2016: Frontiers in Integrative Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920096/structural-pathways-supporting-swift-acquisition-of-new-visuomotor-skills
#2
Ari E Kahn, Marcelo G Mattar, Jean M Vettel, Nicholas F Wymbs, Scott T Grafton, Danielle S Bassett
Human skill learning requires fine-scale coordination of distributed networks of brain regions linked by white matter tracts to allow for effective information transmission. Yet how individual differences in these anatomical pathways may impact individual differences in learning remains far from understood. Here, we test the hypothesis that individual differences in structural organization of networks supporting task performance predict individual differences in the rate at which humans learn a visuomotor skill...
December 5, 2016: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916670/pseudoneglect-in-line-bisection-judgement-is-associated-with-a-modulation-of-right-hemispheric-spatial-attention-dominance-in-right-handers
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Laure Zago, Laurent Petit, Gael Jobard, Julien Hay, Bernard Mazoyer, Nathalie Tzourio-Mazoyer, Hans-Otto Karnath, Emmanuel Mellet
The objective of this study was to validate a line bisection judgement (LBJ) task for use in investigating the lateralized cerebral bases of spatial attention in a sample of 51 right-handed healthy participants. Using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), the participants performed a LBJ task that was compared to a visuomotor control task during which the participants made similar saccadic and motoric responses. Cerebral lateralization was determined using a voxel-based functional asymmetry analysis and a hemispheric functional lateralization index (HFLI) computed from fMRI contrast images...
December 1, 2016: Neuropsychologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911808/exploration-of-joint-redundancy-but-not-task-space-variability-facilitates-supervised-motor-learning
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Puneet Singh, Sumitash Jana, Ashitava Ghosal, Aditya Murthy
The number of joints and muscles in a human arm is more than what is required for reaching to a desired point in 3D space. Although previous studies have emphasized how such redundancy and the associated flexibility may play an important role in path planning, control of noise, and optimization of motion, whether and how redundancy might promote motor learning has not been investigated. In this work, we quantify redundancy space and investigate its significance and effect on motor learning. We propose that a larger redundancy space leads to faster learning across subjects...
November 29, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903328/cognitive-and-behavioral-functioning-in-childhood-acquired-demyelinating-syndromes
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Christine Till, Austin Noguera, Leonard H Verhey, Julia O'Mahony, E Ann Yeh, Jean K Mah, Katia J Sinopoli, Brian L Brooks, Berengere Aubert-Broche, D Louis Collins, Sridar Narayanan, Douglas L Arnold, Brenda L Banwell
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to describe cognitive, academic, and psychosocial outcomes after an incident demyelinating event (acquired demyelinating syndromes, ADS) in childhood and to investigate the contribution of brain lesions and confirmed MS diagnosis on outcome. METHODS: Thirty-six patients with ADS (mean age=12.2 years, SD=2.7, range: 7-16 years) underwent brain MRI scans at presentation and at 6-months follow-up. T2-weighted lesions on MRI were assessed using a binary classification...
November 2016: Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society: JINS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27897671/high-intensity-interval-exercise-promotes-motor-cortex-disinhibition-and-early-motor-skill-consolidation
#6
Ellen L Stavrinos, James P Coxon
Gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) inhibition shapes motor cortex output, gates synaptic plasticity in the form of long-term potentiation, and plays an important role in motor learning. Remarkably, recent studies have shown that acute cardiovascular exercise can improve motor memory, but the cortical mechanisms are not completely understood. We investigated whether an acute bout of lower-limb high-intensity interval (HIT) exercise could promote motor memory formation in humans through changes in cortical inhibition within the hand region of the primary motor cortex...
November 29, 2016: Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893270/a-link-between-attentional-function-effective-eye-movements-and-driving-ability
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Andrew K Mackenzie, Julie M Harris
The misallocation of driver visual attention has been suggested as a major contributing factor to vehicle accidents. One possible reason is that the relatively high cognitive demands of driving limit the ability to efficiently allocate gaze. We present an experiment that explores the relationship between attentional function and visual performance when driving. Drivers performed 2 variations of a multiple-object tracking task targeting aspects of cognition including sustained attention, dual-tasking, covert attention, and visuomotor skill...
November 28, 2016: Journal of Experimental Psychology. Human Perception and Performance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27881788/brain-network-mechanisms-underlying-motor-enhancement-by-transcranial-entrainment-of-gamma-oscillations
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Marius Moisa, Rafael Polania, Marcus Grueschow, Christian C Ruff
: Gamma and beta oscillations are routinely observed in motor-related brain circuits during movement preparation and execution. Entrainment of gamma or beta oscillations via transcranial alternating current stimulation (tACS) over primary motor cortex (M1) has opposite effects on motor performance, suggesting a causal role of these brain rhythms for motor control. However, it is largely unknown which brain mechanisms characterize these changes in motor performance brought about by tACS...
November 23, 2016: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27881721/using-noise-to-shape-motor-learning
#9
Elias B Thorp, Konrad P Kording, Ferdinando A Mussa-Ivaldi
Each of our movements is selected from any number of alternative movements. Some studies have shown evidence that the central nervous system (CNS) chooses to make the specific movements that are least affected by motor noise. Previous results that the CNS has the natural tendency to minimize the effects of noise make the direct prediction that if the relationship between movements and noise were to change, the specific movements people learn to make would also change in a predictable manner. Indeed, this has been shown for well-practiced movements such as reaching...
November 23, 2016: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27877123/mobility-and-upright-posture-are-associated-with-different-aspects-of-cognition-in-older-adults
#10
Rajal G Cohen, Anita N Vasavada, Michelle M Wiest, Maureen Schmitter-Edgecombe
Objectives: Aging is associated with cognitive decline, including visuomotor and memory concerns, and with motor system changes, including gait slowing and stooped posture. We investigated the associations of visuomotor performance and episodic memory with motor system characteristics in healthy older adults. Methods: Neurologically healthy older adults (N = 160, aged 50-89) completed a battery of cognitive and motor tasks. Cognitive variables were grouped by principal components analysis (PCA) into two components: visuomotor performance and verbal episodic memory...
2016: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27872809/abnormal-visuomotor-processing-in-schizophrenia
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Siân E Robson, Matthew J Brookes, Emma L Hall, Lena Palaniyappan, Jyothika Kumar, Michael Skelton, Nikolaos G Christodoulou, Ayaz Qureshi, Fiesal Jan, Mohammad Z Katshu, Elizabeth B Liddle, Peter F Liddle, Peter G Morris
Subtle disturbances of visual and motor function are known features of schizophrenia and can greatly impact quality of life; however, few studies investigate these abnormalities using simple visuomotor stimuli. In healthy people, electrophysiological data show that beta band oscillations in sensorimotor cortex decrease during movement execution (event-related beta desynchronisation (ERBD)), then increase above baseline for a short time after the movement (post-movement beta rebound (PMBR)); whilst in visual cortex, gamma oscillations are increased throughout stimulus presentation...
2016: NeuroImage: Clinical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27871220/quiet-eye-training-aids-the-long-term-learning-of-throwing-and-catching-in-children-preliminary-evidence-for-a-predictive-control-strategy
#12
C A L Miles, G Wood, S J Vine, J N Vickers, M R Wilson
Quiet eye training (QET) may be a more effective method for teaching children to catch than traditional training (TT) methods, but it is unclear if the benefits accrued persist in the long term. Thirty children were randomly allocated into a QET or TT group and, while wearing a mobile eye tracker, underwent baseline testing, training and two retention tests over a period of eight weeks, using a validated throw and catch task. During training, movement-related information was provided to both groups, while the QET group received additional instruction to increase the duration of their targeting fixation (QE1) on the wall prior to the throw, and pursuit tracking (QE2) period on the ball prior to catching...
February 2017: European Journal of Sport Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27862868/mirror-neurons-in-the-tree-of-life-mosaic-evolution-plasticity-and-exaptation-of-sensorimotor-matching-responses
#13
Antonella Tramacere, Telmo Pievani, Pier F Ferrari
Considering the properties of mirror neurons (MNs) in terms of development and phylogeny, we offer a novel, unifying, and testable account of their evolution according to the available data and try to unify apparently discordant research, including the plasticity of MNs during development, their adaptive value and their phylogenetic relationships and continuity. We hypothesize that the MN system reflects a set of interrelated traits, each with an independent natural history due to unique selective pressures, and propose that there are at least three evolutionarily significant trends that gave raise to three subtypes: hand visuomotor, mouth visuomotor, and audio-vocal...
November 16, 2016: Biological Reviews of the Cambridge Philosophical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27847484/an-integrative-framework-of-stress-attention-and-visuomotor-performance
#14
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Samuel J Vine, Lee J Moore, Mark R Wilson
The aim of this article is to present an integrative conceptual framework that depicts the effect of acute stress on the performance of visually guided motor skills. We draw upon seminal theories highlighting the importance of subjective interpretations of stress on subsequent performance and outline how models of disrupted attentional control might explain this effect through impairments in visuomotor control. We first synthesize and critically discuss empirical support for theories examining these relationships in isolation...
2016: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27845254/neuronal-correlates-of-continuous-manual-tracking-under-varying-visual-movement-feedback-in-a-virtual-reality-environment
#15
Jakub Limanowski, Evgeniya Kirilina, Felix Blankenburg
To accurately guide one's actions online, the brain predicts sensory action feedback ahead of time based on internal models, which can be updated by sensory prediction errors. The underlying operations can be experimentally investigated in sensorimotor adaptation tasks, in which moving under perturbed sensory action feedback requires internal model updates. Here we altered healthy participants' visual hand movement feedback in a virtual reality setup, while assessing brain activity with functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI)...
November 12, 2016: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27832611/individual-differences-in-implicit-motor-learning-task-specificity-in-sensorimotor-adaptation-and-sequence-learning
#16
Alit Stark-Inbar, Meher Raza, Jordan A Taylor, Richard B Ivry
In standard taxonomies, motor skills are typically treated as representative of implicit or procedural memory. We examined two emblematic tasks of implicit motor learning, sensorimotor adaptation and sequence learning, asking whether individual differences in learning are correlated between these tasks, as well as how individual differences within each task are related to different performance variables. As a prerequisite, it was essential to establish the reliability of learning measures for each task. Participants were tested twice on a visuomotor adaptation task and on one of two sequence learning tasks, the serial reaction time task or the alternating reaction time task...
November 2, 2016: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27832598/right-prefrontal-cortex-transcranial-direct-current-stimulation-enhances-multi-day-savings-in-sensorimotor-adaptation
#17
Rachael D Seidler, Brittany S Gluskin, Brian Greeley
We have previously reported that visuospatial working memory performance and magnitude of activation in the right dorsolateral prefrontal cortex predict the rate of visuomotor adaptation. Recent behavioral studies suggest that sensorimotor savings-or faster relearning upon second exposure to a task-are due to recall of these early, strategic components of adaptation. Here we applied anodal transcranial direct current stimulation to right or left prefrontal cortex or left motor cortex. We found that all groups adapted dart throwing movements while wearing prism lenses at the same rate as subjects receiving sham stimulation on Day 1...
November 2, 2016: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27829166/the-role-of-the-frontal-aslant-tract-and-premotor-connections-in-visually-guided-hand-movements
#18
Sanja Budisavljevic, Flavio Dell'Acqua, Vera Djordjilovic, Diego Miotto, Raffaella Motta, Umberto Castiello
Functional neuroimaging and brain lesion studies demonstrate that secondary motor areas of the frontal lobe play a crucial role in the cortical control of hand movements. However, no study so far has examined frontal white matter connections of the secondary motor network, namely the frontal aslant tract, connecting the supplementary motor complex and the posterior inferior frontal regions, and the U-shaped dorsal and ventral premotor fibers running through the middle frontal gyrus. The aim of the current study is to explore the involvement of the short frontal lobe connections in reaching and reach-to-grasp movements in 32 right-handed healthy subjects by correlating tractography data based on spherical deconvolution approach with kinematical data...
November 6, 2016: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27829105/when-action-conditions-perception-evidence-of-cross-modal-cue-recruitment
#19
Guy M Wallis, Benjamin T Backus
Goal-directed movement, such as reaching to touch an object, relies heavily on vision. Vision guides our motor system not only during initial targeting but also during online movement correction and error-driven learning. But it is not all one-way traffic. This paper reports a situation in which this perceptual-motor interaction runs in reverse, when action affects concurrent perceptual experience. More to the point, the paper reveals that visual perception is subject to change through learned (even arbitrary) visuomotor associations...
November 1, 2016: Journal of Vision
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27824925/impact-of-strategically-located-white-matter-hyperintensities-on-cognition-in-memory-clinic-patients-with-small-vessel-disease
#20
J Matthijs Biesbroek, Nick A Weaver, Saima Hilal, Hugo J Kuijf, Mohammad Kamran Ikram, Xin Xu, Boon Yeow Tan, Narayanaswamy Venketasubramanian, Albert Postma, Geert Jan Biessels, Christopher P L H Chen
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Studies on the impact of small vessel disease (SVD) on cognition generally focus on white matter hyperintensity (WMH) volume. The extent to which WMH location relates to cognitive performance has received less attention, but is likely to be functionally important. We examined the relation between WMH location and cognition in a memory clinic cohort of patients with sporadic SVD. METHODS: A total of 167 patients with SVD were recruited from memory clinics...
2016: PloS One
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