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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149855/increasing-upper-limb-training-intensity-in-chronic-stroke-using-embodied-virtual-reality-a-pilot-study
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Daniel Perez-Marcos, Odile Chevalley, Thomas Schmidlin, Gangadhar Garipelli, Andrea Serino, Philippe Vuadens, Tej Tadi, Olaf Blanke, José D R Millán
BACKGROUND: Technology-mediated neurorehabilitation is suggested to enhance training intensity and therefore functional gains. Here, we used a novel virtual reality (VR) system for task-specific upper extremity training after stroke. The system offers interactive exercises integrating motor priming techniques and embodied visuomotor feedback. In this pilot study, we examined (i) rehabilitation dose and training intensity, (ii) functional improvements, and (iii) safety and tolerance when exposed to intensive VR rehabilitation...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Neuroengineering and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138476/visuospatial-attention-in-the-lateralised-brain-of-pigeons-a-matter-of-ontogenetic-light-experiences
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Sara Letzner, Onur Güntürkün, Stephanie Lor, Robert Jan Pawlik, Martina Manns
The ontogenetic mechanisms leading to complementary hemispheric specialisations of the two brain halves are poorly understood. In pigeons, asymmetrical light stimulation during development triggers the left-hemispheric dominance for visuomotor control but light effects on right-hemispheric specialisations are largely unknown. We therefore tested adult pigeons with and without embryonic light experience in a visual search task in which the birds pecked peas regularly scattered on an area in front of them. Comparing the pecking pattern of both groups indicates that the embryonic light conditions differentially influence biased visuospatial attention under mono- and binocular seeing conditions...
November 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29133428/intact-hemisphere-and-corpus-callosum-compensate-for-visuomotor-functions-after-early-visual-cortex-damage
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Alessia Celeghin, Matteo Diano, Beatrice de Gelder, Lawrence Weiskrantz, Carlo A Marzi, Marco Tamietto
Unilateral damage to the primary visual cortex (V1) leads to clinical blindness in the opposite visual hemifield, yet nonconscious ability to transform unseen visual input into motor output can be retained, a condition known as "blindsight." Here we combined psychophysics, functional magnetic resonance imaging, and tractography to investigate the functional and structural properties that enable the developing brain to partly overcome the effects of early V1 lesion in one blindsight patient. Visual stimuli appeared in either the intact or blind hemifield and simple responses were given with either the left or right hand, thereby creating conditions where visual input and motor output involve the same or opposite hemisphere...
November 13, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29129160/visual-but-not-motor-processes-predict-simple-visuomotor-reaction-time-of-badminton-players
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Thorben Hülsdünker, Heiko K Strüder, Andreas Mierau
The athlete's brain exhibits significant functional adaptations that facilitate visuomotor reaction performance. However, it is currently unclear if the same neurophysiological processes that differentiate athletes from non-athletes also determine performance within a homogeneous group of athletes. This information can provide valuable help for athletes and coaches aiming to optimize existing training regimes. Therefore, this study aimed to identify the neurophysiological correlates of visuomotor reaction performance in a group of skilled athletes...
November 12, 2017: European Journal of Sport Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29128164/grey-matter-volume-loss-is-associated-with-specific-clinical-motor-signs-in-huntington-s-disease
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Emma M Coppen, Milou Jacobs, Annette A van den Berg-Huysmans, Jeroen van der Grond, Raymund A C Roos
BACKGROUND: Motor disturbances are clinical hallmarks of Huntington's disease (HD) and involve chorea, dystonia, hypokinesia and visuomotor dysfunction. Investigating the association between specific motor signs and different regional volumes is important to understand the heterogeneity of HD. OBJECTIVE: To investigate the motor phenotype of HD and associations with subcortical and cortical grey matter volume loss. METHODS: Structural T1-weighted MRI scans of 79 HD patients and 30 healthy controls were used to calculate volumes of seven subcortical structures including the nucleus accumbens, hippocampus, thalamus, caudate nucleus, putamen, pallidum and amygdala...
November 2, 2017: Parkinsonism & related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29127718/-frontal-eye-field-in-prosimian-galagos-intracortical-microstimulation-and-tracing-studies
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Iwona Stepniewska, Pierre Pouget, Jon H Kaas
The frontal eye field (FEF) in prosimian primates was identified as a small cortical region, above and anterior to the anterior frontal sulcus, from which saccadic eye movements were evoked with electrical stimulation. Tracer injections revealed FEF connections with cortical and subcortical structures participating in higher order visual processing. Ipsilateral cortical connections were the densest with adjoining parts of the dorsal premotor and prefrontal cortex (PFC). Label in a region corresponding to supplementary eye field (SEF) of other primates, suggests the existence of SEF in galagos...
November 11, 2017: Journal of Comparative Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29126704/decreased-neurite-density-within-frontostriatal-networks-is-associated-with-executive-dysfunction-in-temporal-lobe-epilepsy
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Anny Reyes, Vedang S Uttarwar, Yu-Hsuan A Chang, Akshara R Balachandra, Chris J Pung, Donald J Hagler, Briana M Paul, Carrie R McDonald
OBJECTIVE: Executive dysfunction is observed in a sizable number of patients with refractory temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE). The frontostriatal network has been proposed to play a significant role in executive functioning, however, because of the complex architecture of these tracts, it is difficult to generate measures of fiber tract microstructure using standard diffusion tensor imaging. To examine the association between frontostriatal network compromise and executive dysfunction in TLE, we applied an advanced, multishell diffusion model, restriction spectrum imaging (RSI), that isolates measures of intraaxonal diffusion and may provide better estimates of fiber tract compromise in TLE...
November 8, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29125529/cross-sectional-evaluation-of-visuomotor-tracking-performance-following-subconcussive-head-impacts
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E B Brokaw, M S Fine, K E Kindschi, A C Santago Ii, P S Lum, M Higgins
BACKGROUND: Repeated mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) has been associated with increased risk of degenerative neurological disorders. While the effects of mTBI and repeated injury are known, studies have only recently started examining repeated subconcussive impacts, impacts that do not result in a clinically diagnosed mTBI. In these studies, repeated subconcussive impacts have been connected to cognitive performance and brain imaging changes. OBJECTIVE: Recent research suggests that performance on a visuomotor tracking (VMT) task may help improve the identification of mTBI...
November 3, 2017: Technology and Health Care: Official Journal of the European Society for Engineering and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29123475/cerebello-cortical-differences-in-effective-connectivity-of-the-dominant-and-non-dominant-hand-during-a-visuomotor-paradigm-of-grip-force-control
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Eric Moulton, Cécile Galléa, Claire Kemlin, Romain Valabregue, Marc A Maier, Pavel Lindberg, Charlotte Rosso
Structural and functional differences are known to exist within the cortical sensorimotor networks with respect to the dominant vs. non-dominant hand. Similarly, the cerebellum, a key structure in the sensorimotor network with its cerebello-cortical connections, has been reported to respond differently when using the dominant vs. non-dominant hand. Several groups have already investigated causal interactions during diverse motor paradigms using effective connectivity but few have studied the larger visuomotor network, including key structures such as the parietal cortex and the cerebellum, with both hands...
2017: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29118199/rapid-feedback-responses-are-flexibly-coordinated-across-arm-muscles-to-support-goal-directed-reaching
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Jeffrey Weiler, Paul L Gribble, J Andrew Pruszynski
A transcortical pathway helps support goal-directed reaching by processing somatosensory information to produce rapid feedback responses across multiple joints and muscles. We tested whether such feedback responses can account for changes in arm configuration and for arbitrary visuomotor transformations - two manipulations that alter how muscles at the elbow and wrist need to be coordinated to achieve task success. Participants used a planar three degree-of-freedom exoskeleton robot to move a cursor to a target following a mechanical perturbation that flexed the elbow...
November 8, 2017: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29107519/direct-dopaminergic-projections-from-the-snc-modulate-visuomotor-transformation-in-the-lamprey-tectum
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Juan Pérez-Fernández, Andreas A Kardamakis, Daichi G Suzuki, Brita Robertson, Sten Grillner
Dopamine neurons in the SNc play a pivotal role in modulating motor behavior via striatum. Here, we show that the same dopamine neuron that targets striatum also sends a direct branch to the optic tectum (superior colliculus). Whenever SNc neurons are activated, both targets will therefore be affected. Visual stimuli (looming or bars) activate the dopamine neurons coding saliency and also elicit distinct motor responses mediated via tectum (eye, orienting or evasive), which are modulated by the dopamine input...
November 15, 2017: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29101720/dissociable-effects-of-irrelevant-context-on-2d-and-3d-grasping
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Aviad Ozana, Tzvi Ganel
Grasping movements directed toward real objects are typically unaffected by irrelevant aspects of the object and its surroundings, indicating that such interactions are based on analytic processing of object shape and size. However, recent findings show that grasping directed toward two-dimensional (2D) objects is subjected to perceptually mediated effects of relative shape and size. It is unclear however, whether context-dependent processing-a hallmark of visual perception-affects 2D grasping in the same fashion...
November 3, 2017: Attention, Perception & Psychophysics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29097688/diverse-coordinate-frames-on-sensorimotor-areas-in-visuomotor-transformation
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Yusuke Fujiwara, Jongho Lee, Takahiro Ishikawa, Shinji Kakei, Jun Izawa
The visuomotor transformation during a goal-directed movement may involve a coordinate transformation from visual 'extrinsic' to muscle-like 'intrinsic' coordinate frames, which might be processed via a multilayer network architecture composed of neural basis functions. This theory suggests that the postural change during a goal-directed movement task alters activity patterns of the neurons in the intermediate layer of the visuomotor transformation that recieves both visual and proprioceptive inputs, and thus influence the multi-voxel pattern of the blood oxygenation level dependent signal...
November 2, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29096179/performance-of-a-visuomotor-walking-task-in-an-augmented-reality-training-setting
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Juliet A M Haarman, Julia T Choi, Jaap H Buurke, Johan S Rietman, Jasper Reenalda
Visual cues can be used to train walking patterns. Here, we studied the performance and learning capacities of healthy subjects executing a high-precision visuomotor walking task, in an augmented reality training set-up. A beamer was used to project visual stepping targets on the walking surface of an instrumented treadmill. Two speeds were used to manipulate task difficulty. All participants (n = 20) had to change their step length to hit visual stepping targets with a specific part of their foot, while walking on a treadmill over seven consecutive training blocks, each block composed of 100 stepping targets...
October 27, 2017: Human Movement Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29079802/embodiment-in-a-virtual-body-that-speaks-produces-agency-over-the-speaking-but-does-not-necessarily-influence-subsequent-real-speaking
#15
Domna Banakou, Mel Slater
Previous results have shown that body ownership, induced through first-person perspective (1PP) over a virtual body (VB) that moves synchronously with real body movements, can lead to illusory agency over VB utterances even though the participant does not speak. It was also found that when participants later speak they follow the fundamental frequency (FF) of the voice of their VB, indicating a new motor plan for speaking. To eliminate the contribution of veridical agency over the VB movements, we conducted a study where we induced body ownership using visuotactile (VT) synchrony rather than visuomotor...
October 27, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29071301/action-monitoring-cortical-activity-coupled-to-submovements
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Michael Pereira, Aleksander Sobolewski, José Del R Millán
Numerous studies have examined neural correlates of the human brain's action-monitoring system during experimentally segmented tasks. However, it remains unknown how such a system operates during continuous motor output when no experimental time marker is available (such as button presses or stimulus onset). We set out to investigate the electrophysiological correlates of action monitoring when hand position has to be repeatedly monitored and corrected. For this, we recorded high-density electroencephalography (EEG) during a visuomotor tracking task during which participants had to follow a target with the mouse cursor along a visible trajectory...
September 2017: ENeuro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29058087/contrasting-effects-of-adaptation-to-a-visuomotor-rotation-on-explicit-and-implicit-measures-of-sensory-coupling
#17
Miya K Rand, Herbert Heuer
We previously investigated sensory coupling of the sensed positions of cursor and hand in a cursor-control task and found differential characteristics of implicit and explicit measures of the bias of sensed hand position toward the position of the cursor. The present study further tested whether adaptation to a visuomotor rotation differentially affects these two measures. Participants made center-out reaching movements to remembered targets while looking at a rotated feedback cursor. After sets of practice trials with constant (adaptation condition) or random (control condition) visuomotor rotations, test trials served to assess sensory coupling...
October 20, 2017: Psychological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29051739/impaired-feedback-processing-for-symbolic-reward-in-individuals-with-internet-game-overuse
#18
Jinhee Kim, Hackjin Kim, Eunjoo Kang
Reward processing, which plays a critical role in adaptive behavior, is impaired in addiction disorders, which are accompanied by functional abnormalities in brain reward circuits. Internet gaming disorder, like substance addiction, is thought to be associated with impaired reward processing, but little is known about how it affects learning, especially when feedback is conveyed by less-salient motivational events. Here, using both monetary (±500 KRW) and symbolic (Chinese characters "right" or "wrong") rewards and penalties, we investigated whether behavioral performance and feedback-related neural responses are altered in Internet game overuse (IGO) group...
2017: Frontiers in Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29049593/spatiotopic-updating-of-visual-feature-information
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Eckart Zimmermann, Ralph Weidner, Gereon R Fink
Saccades shift the retina with high-speed motion. In order to compensate for the sudden displacement, the visuomotor system needs to combine saccade-related information and visual metrics. Many neurons in oculomotor but also in visual areas shift their receptive field shortly before the execution of a saccade (Duhamel, Colby, & Goldberg, 1992; Nakamura & Colby, 2002). These shifts supposedly enable the binding of information from before and after the saccade. It is a matter of current debate whether these shifts are merely location based (i...
October 1, 2017: Journal of Vision
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29044653/morphological-changes-of-the-optic-lobe-from-late-embryonic-to-adult-stages-in-oval-squids-sepioteuthis-lessoniana
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Yung-Chieh Liu, Wen-Sung Chung, Chun-Chieh Yu, Su-Ting Hsu, Fung-Lan Chan, Tsung-Han Liu, Chia-Hao Su, Yeukuang Hwu, N Justin Marshall, Chuan-Chin Chiao
The optic lobe is the largest brain area within the central nervous system of cephalopods and it plays important roles in the processing of visual information, the regulation of body patterning, and locomotive behavior. The oval squid Sepioteuthis lessoniana has relatively large optic lobes that are responsible for visual communication via dynamic body patterning. It has been observed that the visual behaviors of oval squids change as the animals mature, yet little is known about how the structure of the optic lobes changes during development...
October 17, 2017: Journal of Morphology
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