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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642150/inter-limb-transfer-of-kinematic-adaptation-in-individuals-with-motor-difficulties
#1
Jin Bo, Chi-Mei Lee
A previous study suggested that adults with greater motor difficulties demonstrated less adaptation under a regular error feedback schedule (gain=1:1) but reached a similar level of adaptation compared to controls when feedback was enhanced (gain=1:2). In light of these findings, the present study examined inter-limb transfer after adults adapted to visuomotor distortions with their dominant hand on either regular or enhanced feedback schedules. Results revealed that successful transfer related to the magnitude of adaptation with their dominant hand regardless of the individuals' motor abilities on the regular feedback schedule...
June 19, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639357/cerebellar-projections-to-the-ventral-lateral-geniculate-nucleus-and-the-thalamic-reticular-nucleus-in-the-cat
#2
Hiroyuki Nakamura
The ventral lateral geniculate nucleus (LGNv) is a retinorecipient part of the ventral thalamus and in cats, it consists of medial (M), medial intermediate (IM), lateral intermediate (IL), lateral (L), and dorsal (D) subdivisions. These subdivisions can be differentiated not only by their cytoarchitecture, but also by their connectivity and putative functions. The LGNv may play a role in visuomotor gating, in that there is evidence of cerebellar afferent projections to the intermediate subdivisions. The cerebellar posterior interpositus (IP) and lateral (LC) nuclei are known to project to IM and IL, but the specifics of these projections are unclear...
June 22, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637818/the-cerebellum-does-more-than-sensory-prediction-error-based-learning-in-sensorimotor-adaptation-tasks
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Peter A Butcher, Richard B Ivry, Sheng-Han Kuo, David Rydz, John W Krakauer, Jordan A Taylor
Individuals with damage to the cerebellum perform poorly in sensorimotor adaptation paradigms. This deficit has been attributed to impairment in sensory-prediction-error-based updating of an internal forward model, a form of implicit learning. These individuals can, however, successfully counter a perturbation when instructed with an explicit aiming strategy. This successful use of an instructed aiming strategy presents a paradox: In adaptation tasks, why don't individuals with cerebellar damage come up with an aiming solution on their own to compensate for their implicit learning deficit? To explore this question, we employed a variant of a visuomotor rotation task in which, prior to executing a movement on each trial, the participants verbally reported their intended aiming location...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628379/visuomotor-behaviors-and-performance-in-a-dual-task-paradigm-with-and-without-vibrotactile-feedback-when-using-a-myoelectric-controlled-hand
#4
Eitan Raveh, Jason Friedman, Sigal Portnoy
Prosthesis users allocate visual attention to their prosthetic hand while performing activities of daily living (ADLs), due to absence of sensory feedback. Dual-task assignments present competition for visual attention and may affect the performance of ADLs. Vibrotactile feedback (VTF) is a frequently-used method to provide prosthesis users with tactile feedback. However, the effect of adding VTF on visual attention and performance in a motor dual-task paradigm has not been investigated. Our aim was to compare visual attention and performance during ADLs in a motor dual-task paradigm when using binary VTF and without using VTF...
June 19, 2017: Assistive Technology: the Official Journal of RESNA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625485/motor-cortical-visuomotor-feedback-activity-is-initially-isolated-from-downstream-targets-in-output-null-neural-state-space-dimensions
#5
Sergey D Stavisky, Jonathan C Kao, Stephen I Ryu, Krishna V Shenoy
Neural circuits must transform new inputs into outputs without prematurely affecting downstream circuits while still maintaining other ongoing communication with these targets. We investigated how this isolation is achieved in the motor cortex when macaques received visual feedback signaling a movement perturbation. To overcome limitations in estimating the mapping from cortex to arm movements, we also conducted brain-machine interface (BMI) experiments where we could definitively identify neural firing patterns as output-null or output-potent...
June 6, 2017: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619233/do-we-have-distinct-systems-for-immediate-and-delayed-actions-a-selective-review-on-the-role-of-visual-memory-in-action
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REVIEW
Thomas Schenk, Constanze Hesse
The perception-action model with its assumptions of distinct visual pathways for perception and visuomotor control has been highly influential but also contentious. The controversy largely focused on the evidence from studies on perceptual illusions and this scientific field has been reviewed quite a few times in recent years. In contrast another aspect of the model, namely the role of visual memory in action control, received comparatively little attention. With respect to visual memory the perception-action model proposes that only the perceptual or ventral stream can maintain a sustained representation of the visual world while the visuomotor system or dorsal stream has to rely on currently available visual information...
May 25, 2017: Cortex; a Journal Devoted to the Study of the Nervous System and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611148/failure-to-account-for-practice-effects-leads-to-clinical-misinterpretation-of-cognitive-outcome-following-carotid-endarterectomy
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Christopher J Marley, Andrew Sinnott, Judith E Hall, Gareth Morris-Stiff, Paul V Woodsford, Michael H Lewis, Damian M Bailey
Carotid endarterectomy (CEA) is a surgical procedure to remove stenotic atherosclerotic plaque from the origin of the carotid artery to reduce the risk of major stroke. Its impact on postoperative cognitive function (POCF) remains controversial; complicated, in part, by a traditional failure to account for practice effects incurred during consecutive psychometric testing. To address this for the first time, we performed psychometric testing (learning and memory, working memory, attention and information processing, and visuomotor coordination) in 15 male patients aged 68 ± 8 years with symptomatic carotid stenosis the day before and 24 h following elective CEA (two consecutive tests, 48 h apart)...
June 2017: Physiological Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28608768/effects-of-dog-assisted-therapy-on-communication-and-basic-social-skills-of-adults-with-intellectual-disabilities-a-pilot-study
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Ivano Scorzato, Leonardo Zaninotto, Michela Romano, Chiara Menardi, Lino Cavedon, Alessandra Pegoraro, Laura Socche, Piera Zanetti, Deborah Coppiello
Thirty-nine adults with severe to profound intellectual disability (ID) were randomly assigned to either an experimental group (n = 21) or a control group (n = 18). Assessment was blinded and included selected items from the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF), the Behavioral Assessment Battery (BAB), and the Learning Accomplishment Profile (LAP). The experimental group, who attended a dog-assisted treatment intervention over a 20-week period, showed significant improvements in several cognitive domains, including attention to movement (BAB-AM), visuomotor coordination (BAB-VM), exploratory play (BAB-EP), and motor imitation (BAB-CO-MI), as well as in some social skills, as measured by LAP items...
June 2017: Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28606114/the-order-of-complexity-of-visuomotor-learning
#9
John Kim, Fariya Mostafa, Douglas Blair Tweed
BACKGROUND: Learning algorithms come in three orders of complexity: zeroth-order (perturbation), first-order (gradient descent), and second-order (e.g., quasi-Newton). But which of these are used in the brain? We trained 12 people to shoot targets, and compared them to simulated subjects that learned the same task using various algorithms. RESULTS: Humans learned significantly faster than optimized zeroth-order algorithms, but slower than second-order ones. CONCLUSIONS: Human visuomotor learning is too fast to be explained by zeroth-order processes alone, and must involve first or second-order mechanisms...
June 12, 2017: BMC Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28605630/cognitive-outcome-after-epilepsy-surgery-in-children-a-controlled-longitudinal-study
#10
Valentina Sibilia, Carmen Barba, Tiziana Metitieri, Giovanni Michelini, Flavio Giordano, Lorenzo Genitori, Renzo Guerrini
OBJECTIVE: To analyze the determinants of cognitive outcome two years after surgery for drug-resistant epilepsy in a cohort of 31 children when compared to a control group of 14 surgical candidates who had yet to undergo surgery two years after the first neuropsychological assessment. METHODS: Controlled longitudinal study including three evaluations of IQ (Intelligence Quotient) scores or GDQ (General Developmental Quotient) for each group depending on the patient's age: prior to surgery (T0), one year (T1) and two years (T2) after surgery for the surgical group; baseline (T0) and one year (T1) and 2years (T2) after the first evaluation for the control-group...
June 9, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28603329/implicit-learning-and-implicit-treatment-outcomes-in-individuals-with-aphasia
#11
Julia Schuchard, Michaela Nerantzini, Cynthia K Thompson
BACKGROUND: Implicit learning is a process of learning that occurs outside of conscious awareness and may be involved in implicit, exposure-based language training. However, research shows that implicit learning abilities are variable among individuals with aphasia, and it remains unknown whether individuals who show basic implicit learning abilities also benefit from implicit language training. AIMS: The aims of this series of experiments were to test implicit learning in individuals with agrammatic aphasia, examine the effects of a novel implicit language treatment, and investigate whether individuals with aphasia who show implicit learning ability also benefit from implicit treatment focused on passive sentence comprehension...
2017: Aphasiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28602353/visuomotor-coupling-shapes-the-functional-development-of-mouse-visual-cortex
#12
Alexander Attinger, Bo Wang, Georg B Keller
The emergence of sensory-guided behavior depends on sensorimotor coupling during development. How sensorimotor experience shapes neural processing is unclear. Here, we show that the coupling between motor output and visual feedback is necessary for the functional development of visual processing in layer 2/3 (L2/3) of primary visual cortex (V1) of the mouse. Using a virtual reality system, we reared mice in conditions of normal or random visuomotor coupling. We recorded the activity of identified excitatory and inhibitory L2/3 neurons in response to transient visuomotor mismatches in both groups of mice...
June 15, 2017: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28587561/short-term-motor-learning-and-retention-during-visually-guided-walking-in-persons-with-multiple-sclerosis
#13
Kayla McGowan, Shaila M Gunn, Galina Vorobeychik, Daniel S Marigold
BACKGROUND: The ability to adapt, a form of short-term motor learning, and retain this adaptation, is essential for rehabilitation and for day-to-day living. Yet little research is available on this topic in persons with multiple sclerosis (PwMS), particularly in relation to complex walking tasks. OBJECTIVE: To determine the ability of PwMS to learn and retain a novel relationship between visual input and motor output-or visuomotor map-during visually guided walking...
June 1, 2017: Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28577274/unexpected-events-disrupt-visuomotor-working-memory-and-increase-guessing
#14
R Dawn Finzi, Bradley R Postle, Timothy F Brady, Adam R Aron
When an unexpected event, such as a car horn honking, occurs in daily life, it often disrupts our train of thought. In the lab, this effect was recently modeled with a task in which verbal working memory (WM) was disrupted by unexpected auditory events (Wessel et al. in Nature Communications, 7, 11195, 2016). Here we tested whether this effect extends to a different type of WM-namely, visuomotor. We found that unexpected auditory events similarly decremented visuomotor WM. Moreover, this effect persisted for many more trials than had previously been shown for verbal WM, and the effect occurred for two different types of unexpected auditory events...
June 2, 2017: Psychonomic Bulletin & Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28572407/simultaneous-analysis-of-the-lfp-and-spiking-activity-reveals-essential-components-of-a-visuomotor-transformation-in-the-frontal-eye-field
#15
Naveen Sendhilnathan, Debaleena Basu, Aditya Murthy
The frontal eye field (FEF) is a key brain region to study visuomotor transformations because the primary input to FEF is visual in nature, whereas its output reflects the planning of behaviorally relevant saccadic eye movements. In this study, we used a memory-guided saccade task to temporally dissociate the visual epoch from the saccadic epoch through a delay epoch, and used the local field potential (LFP) along with simultaneously recorded spike data to study the visuomotor transformation process. We showed that visual latency of the LFP preceded spiking activity in the visual epoch, whereas spiking activity preceded LFP activity in the saccade epoch...
June 1, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28560154/children-with-cerebral-palsy-have-altered-oscillatory-activity-in-the-motor-and-visual-cortices-during-a-knee-motor-task
#16
Max J Kurz, Amy L Proskovec, James E Gehringer, Elizabeth Heinrichs-Graham, Tony W Wilson
The neuroimaging literature on cerebral palsy (CP) has predominantly focused on identifying structural aberrations within the white matter (e.g., fiber track integrity), with very few studies examining neural activity within the key networks that serve the production of motor actions. The current investigation used high-density magnetoencephalography to begin to fill this knowledge gap by quantifying the temporal dynamics of the alpha and beta cortical oscillations in children with CP (age = 15.5 ± 3 years; GMFCS levels II-III) and typically developing (TD) children (age = 14...
2017: NeuroImage: Clinical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28557476/repeated-computerized-cognitive-testing-performance-shifts-and-test-retest-reliability-in-healthy-young-adults
#17
Naomi White, Bridget Forsyth, Amelia Lee, Liana Machado
Many longitudinal studies entail repeated computerized cognitive testing. However, few of the measures frequently employed for assessing cognitive changes have been examined for within- and between-day retest effects over multiple time points. To address gaps in the repeated cognitive assessment literature, in the current study 20 male undergraduate students completed a computerized cognitive battery 6 times over 3 testing days, each 1 week apart. Performance shifts and test-retest reliability (TRR) varied for different measured variables...
May 29, 2017: Psychological Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28555275/control-of-force-during-rapid-visuomotor-force-matching-tasks-can-be-described-by-discrete-time-pid-control-algorithms
#18
Jakob Lund Dideriksen, Daniel F Feeney, Awad M Almuklass, Roger M Enoka
Force trajectories during isometric force-matching tasks involving isometric contractions vary substantially across individuals. In this study, we investigated if this variability can be explained by discrete time proportional, integral, derivative (PID) control algorithms with varying model parameters. To this end, we analyzed the pinch force trajectories of 24 subjects performing two rapid force-matching tasks with visual feedback. Both tasks involved isometric contractions to a target force of 10% maximal voluntary contraction...
May 29, 2017: Experimental Brain Research. Experimentelle Hirnforschung. Expérimentation Cérébrale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28553198/a-resilient-non-neuronal-source-of-the-spatiotemporal-lag-structure-detected-by-bold-signal-based-blood-flow-tracking
#19
Toshihiko Aso, Guanhua Jiang, Shin-Ichi Urayama, Hidenao Fukuyama
Recent evidence has suggested that blood oxygenation level-dependent (BOLD) signals convey information about brain circulation via low frequency oscillation of systemic origin (sLFO) that travels through the vascular structure ("lag mapping"). Prompted by its promising application in both physiology and pathology, we examined this signal component using multiple approaches. A total of 30 healthy volunteers were recruited to perform two reproducibility experiments at 3 Tesla using multiband echo planar imaging...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545844/rise-and-fall-of-the-two-visual-systems-theory
#20
Yves Rossetti, Laure Pisella, Robert D McIntosh
Among the many dissociations describing the visual system, the dual theory of two visual systems, respectively dedicated to perception and action, has yielded a lot of support. There are psychophysical, anatomical and neuropsychological arguments in favor of this theory. Several behavioral studies that used sensory and motor psychophysical parameters observed differences between perceptive and motor responses. The anatomical network of the visual system in the non-human primate was very readily organized according to two major pathways, dorsal and ventral...
May 23, 2017: Annals of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine
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