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D D Correa, J C Root, M Kryza-Lacombe, M Mehta, S Karimi, M L Hensley, N Relkin
Women with ovarian cancer often undergo chemotherapy involving multiple agents. However, little is known about treatment-related central neurotoxicity in this population. The goal of this cross-sectional study was to assess brain structure and function and neurocognitive abilities in patients with ovarian cancer following first-line chemotherapy. Eighteen patients with ovarian, peritoneal and fallopian tube cancer and eighteen healthy controls matched for gender, age and education participated in the study...
October 20, 2016: Brain Imaging and Behavior
Michael C Trumbo, Laura E Matzen, Brian A Coffman, Michael A Hunter, Aaron P Jones, Charles S H Robinson, Vincent P Clark
Although working memory (WM) training programs consistently result in improvement on the trained task, benefit is typically short-lived and extends only to tasks very similar to the trained task (i.e., near transfer). It is possible that pairing repeated performance of a WM task with brain stimulation encourages plasticity in brain networks involved in WM task performance, thereby improving the training benefit. In the current study, transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) was paired with performance of a WM task (n-back)...
October 15, 2016: Neuropsychologia
Xu Li, Zhi Li, Ke Li, Ya-Wei Zeng, Hai-Song Shi, Wen-Lan Xie, Zhuo-Ya Yang, Simon S Y Lui, Eric F C Cheung, Ada W S Leung, Raymond C K Chan
Anhedonia, the diminished ability to experience pleasure, is a challenging negative symptom in patients with schizophrenia and can be observed in at-risk individuals with schizotypy. Deficits in hedonic processing have been postulated to be related to decreased motivation to engage in potentially rewarding events. It remains unclear whether non-pharmacological interventions, such as cognitive training, could improve anhedonia. The present study aimed to examine the neural mechanism for alleviating hedonic deficits with working memory (WM) training in individuals with social anhedonia...
October 18, 2016: Scientific Reports
Pedro Shiozawa, July Silveira Gomes, Daniella Valverde Ducos, Henrique Teruo Akiba, Álvaro Machado Dias, Alisson Paulino Trevizol, Ricardo R Uchida, Natasza Orlov, Quirino Cordeiro
Introduction: We report a transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) protocol over the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex (DLPFC) combined with cognitive training in schizophrenia. Method: We assessed psychotic symptoms in nine patients using the Positive and Negative Syndrome Scale (PANSS). All evaluations were scored at baseline, at the end of the intervention protocol, and during a 4-week follow-up. The tDCS protocol consisted of 10 consecutive sessions over 5-day periods...
July 2016: Trends in Psychiatry and Psychotherapy
Benjamin Boller, Samira Mellah, Gabriel Ducharme-Laliberté, Sylvie Belleville
The aim of this study was to examine the relationships between educational attainment, regional grey matter volume, and functional working memory-related brain activation in older adults. The final sample included 32 healthy older adults with 8 to 22 years of education. Structural magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) was used to measure regional volume and functional MRI was used to measure activation associated with performing an n-back task. A positive correlation was found between years of education and cortical grey matter volume in the right medial and middle frontal gyri, in the middle and posterior cingulate gyri, and in the right inferior parietal lobule...
October 12, 2016: Brain Imaging and Behavior
Kevin Mandrick, Vsevolod Peysakhovich, Florence Rémy, Evelyne Lepron, Mickaël Causse
In our anxiogenic and stressful world, the maintenance of an optimal cognitive performance is a constant challenge. It is particularly true in complex working environments (e.g. flight deck, air traffic control tower), where individuals have sometimes to cope with a high mental workload and stressful situations. Several models (i.e. processing efficiency theory, cognitive-energetical framework) have attempted to provide a conceptual basis on how human performance is modulated by high workload and stress/anxiety...
October 7, 2016: Biological Psychology
Rashid Haidarimoghadam, Reza Kazemi, Majid Motamedzadeh, Rostam Golmohamadi, Alireza Soltanian, Mohamad Reza Zoghipaydar
INTRODUCTION: The aim of this study was to evaluate the effects of consecutive night shifts (CNS) and shift length (SL) on cognitive performance and sleepiness. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This study evaluated the sleepiness and performance of 30 control rooms operators (CROs) working in a 7 nights, 7 days, 7 days off (7N7D7O) and 30 CROs working in a 4 nights, 7 days, 3 nights, 7 days off (4N7D3N7O) shift pattern in a petrochemical complex in the last night shift before swinging into the day shift...
October 4, 2016: International Journal of Occupational Safety and Ergonomics: JOSE
Tiina Salminen, Simone Kühn, Peter A Frensch, Torsten Schubert
UNLABELLED: The dual n-back working memory (WM) training paradigm (comprising auditory and visual stimuli) has gained much attention since studies have shown widespread transfer effects. By including a multimodal dual-task component, the task is demanding to the human cognitive system. We investigated whether dual n-back training improves general cognitive resources or a task-specific WM updating process in participants. We expected: (1) widespread transfer effects and the recruitment of a common neuronal network by the training and the transfer tasks and (2) narrower transfer results and that a common activation network alone would not produce transfer, but instead an activation focus on the striatum, which is associated with WM updating processes...
September 28, 2016: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
Rocío A López Zunini, Frank Knoefel, Courtney Lord, Fiatsogbe Dzuali, Michael Breau, Lisa Sweet, Rafik Goubran, Vanessa Taler
Persons with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) can experience deficits in working memory. In the present study, we investigated working memory in persons with MCI and cognitively healthy older adults using event-related potentials (ERPs). Participants performed an n-back working memory task with baseline (0-back), low load (1-back), and high load (2-back) working memory conditions. MCI participants' performance was less accurate than that of healthy older adults in both the 1-back and 2-back conditions, and reaction times were longer in MCI than control participants in the 0-back, 1-back and 2-back conditions...
September 24, 2016: International Journal of Psychophysiology
Julie A Dumas, Christopher G Filippi, Paul A Newhouse, Magdalena R Naylor
OBJECTIVE: The current study examined the effects of pharmacologic dopaminergic manipulations on working memory-related brain activation in postmenopausal women to further understand the neurochemistry underlying cognition after menopause. METHODS: Eighteen healthy postmenopausal women, mean age 55.21 years, completed three study days with dopaminergic drug challenges during which they performed a functional magnetic resonance imaging visual verbal N-back test of working memory...
September 26, 2016: Menopause: the Journal of the North American Menopause Society
Gabriëlla A M Blokland, Angus K Wallace, Narelle K Hansell, Paul M Thompson, Ian B Hickie, Grant W Montgomery, Nicholas G Martin, Katie L McMahon, Greig I de Zubicaray, Margaret J Wright
In a population-based genome-wide association (GWA) study of n-back working memory task-related brain activation, we extracted the average percent BOLD signal change (2-back minus 0-back) from 46 regions-of-interest (ROIs) in functional MRI scans from 863 healthy twins and siblings. ROIs were obtained by creating spheres around group random effects analysis local maxima, and by thresholding a voxel-based heritability map of working memory brain activation at 50%. Quality control for test-retest reliability and heritability of ROI measures yielded 20 reliable (r>0...
September 23, 2016: International Journal of Psychophysiology
O Zubko, R L Gould, H C Gay, H J Cox, M C Coulson, R J Howard
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Current treatments for Alzheimer's Disease (AD) do not affect the course of the illness and brain stimulation techniques are increasingly promoted as potential therapeutic interventions for AD. This study reviews the effects of electromagnetic field (EMF) exposure versus sham exposure on working memory (WM) performance of healthy human participants. METHOD: Online literature databases and previous systematic reviews were searched for studies of EMF and WM in participants without reported memory problems...
September 20, 2016: International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry
Xu Li, Ya-Hui Xiao, Lai-Quan Zou, Huan-Huan Li, Zhuo-Ya Yang, Hai-Song Shi, Simon S Y Lui, Eric F C Cheung, Raymond C K Chan
Anhedonia is a core feature of the negative symptoms of schizophrenia and is less responsive to antipsychotic medication. Little is known whether anhedonia could be alleviated by cognitive training. The present study aimed to examine whether hedonic deficits observed in individuals with high social anhedonia could be reduced by working memory (WM) training. Thirty-four individuals with high social anhedonia were randomly assigned to either a WM training group or a control group. The WM training group received 20 sessions of dual n-back task training for four weeks...
November 30, 2016: Psychiatry Research
S J Brooks, K H Burch, S A Maiorana, E Cocolas, H B Schioth, E K Nilsson, K Kamaloodien, D J Stein
BACKGROUND: Protracted methamphetamine (MA) use is associated with decreased control over drug craving and altered brain volume in the frontostriatal network. However, the nature of volumetric changes following a course of psychological intervention for MA use is not yet known. METHODS: 66 males (41 MA patients, 25 healthy controls, HC) between the ages of 18-50 were recruited, the MA patients from new admissions to an in-patient drug rehabilitation centre and the HC via public advertisement, both in Cape Town, South Africa...
2016: NeuroImage: Clinical
Yanping Dong, Yuhua Liu
The present longitudinal study was intended to investigate whether the two bilingual experiences of written translation and consecutive interpreting (featured with similar language switching experience but different processing demands) would produce different cognitive control effects in young adults. Three groups of Chinese-English young adult bilinguals, who differed mainly in their half-year long bilingual experience: one for general L2 training, one for written translation and one for oral consecutive interpreting, were tested twice on the number Stroop, switching color-shape and N-back tasks...
2016: Frontiers in Psychology
Ada W S Leung, Lauren M Barrett, Darcy Butterworth, Karin Werther, Deirdre R Dawson, E Sharon Brintnell
This case study examined the effects of auditory working memory (WM) training on neuroplastic changes in stroke survivors and how such effects might be influenced by self-perceived stress. Two participants with a history of stroke participated in the study. One of them had a higher level of self-perceived stress. Both participants underwent a course of auditory WM training and completed baseline and post-training assessments such as self-perceived stress, performance satisfaction questionnaires, behavioral task performance, and functional magnetic resonance imaging...
2016: Frontiers in Psychology
Sophia Frangou, Danai Dima, Jigar Jogia
Improved clinical care for Bipolar Disorder (BD) relies on the identification of diagnostic markers that can reliably detect disease-related signals in clinically heterogeneous populations. At the very least, diagnostic markers should be able to differentiate patients with BD from healthy individuals and from individuals at familial risk for BD who either remain well or develop other psychopathology, most commonly Major Depressive Disorder (MDD). These issues are particularly pertinent to the development of translational applications of neuroimaging as they represent challenges for which clinical observation alone is insufficient...
September 10, 2016: NeuroImage
Julie A Dumas, Janice Y Bunn, Joshua Nickerson, Karen I Crain, David B Ebenstein, Emily K Tarleton, Jenna Makarewicz, Matthew E Poynter, Craig Lawrence Kien
BACKGROUND: Previous literature suggests that a higher ratio of palmitic acid (PA)/oleic acid (OA) in the diet induces inflammation, which may result in deficient brain insulin signaling, and, secondarily, impaired physical activity, sleep efficiency, and cognitive functioning. OBJECTIVE: We hypothesized that lowering the typical dietary PA/OA would affect the activation of relevant brain networks during a working memory task and would also lower secretion of pro-inflammatory cytokines...
October 2016: Metabolism: Clinical and Experimental
Giselle O'Connor, Maria Piñero Casas, Xavier Basagaña, Mònica López Vicente, Payam Davand, Maties Torrent, David Martínez-Murciano, Raquel García-Esteban, Marcella Marinelli, Jordi Sunyer, Jordi Julvez
This study is aiming to evaluate the association between television viewing during childhood and long-term adolescent neuropsychological outcomes and the potential explanatory pathways. This is a longitudinal study based on 278 children participating in the INMA birth cohort (1998) in Menorca Island, Spain. The exposure is parent-reported duration of child television viewing (hours per week) at 6 and 9 years of age. Neuropsychological outcomes were assessed at 14 years of age using the N-back test. Behavioral outcomes at 14 years of age were assessed using the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ) and school performance was assessed by the global school score...
December 2016: Preventive Medicine Reports
Youzhen Chen, Rong Lian, Lixian Yang, Jianrong Liu, Yingfang Meng
The effects of working memory (WM) demand and reminders on an event-based prospective memory (PM) task were compared between students with low and high achievement in math. WM load (1- and 2-back tasks) was manipulated as a within-subject factor and reminder (with or without reminder) as a between-subject factor. Results showed that high-achieving students outperformed low-achieving students on all PM and n-back tasks. Use of a reminder improved PM performance and thus reduced prospective interference; the performance of ongoing tasks also improved for all students...
September 8, 2016: Journal of Learning Disabilities
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