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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29456147/dynamic-interplay-of-value-and-sensory-information-in-high-speed-decision-making
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Kivilcim Afacan-Seref, Natalie A Steinemann, Annabelle Blangero, Simon P Kelly
In dynamic environments, split-second sensorimotor decisions must be prioritized according to potential payoffs to maximize overall rewards. The impact of relative value on deliberative perceptual judgments has been examined extensively [1-6], but relatively little is known about value-biasing mechanisms in the common situation where physical evidence is strong but the time to act is severely limited. In prominent decision models, a noisy but statistically stationary representation of sensory evidence is integrated over time to an action-triggering bound, and value-biases are affected by starting the integrator closer to the more valuable bound...
February 12, 2018: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29456139/selective-attention-gates-the-interactive-crossmodal-coupling-between-perceptual-systems
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Silvia Convento, Md Shoaibur Rahman, Jeffrey M Yau
Sensory cortical systems often activate in parallel, even when stimulation is experienced through a single sensory modality [1-3]. Co-activations may reflect the interactive coupling between information-linked cortical systems or merely parallel but independent sensory processing. We report causal evidence consistent with the hypothesis that human somatosensory cortex (S1), which co-activates with auditory cortex during the processing of vibrations and textures [4-9], interactively couples to cortical systems that support auditory perception...
February 1, 2018: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29451889/effects-of-patterned-peripheral-nerve-stimulation-on-soleus-spinal-motor-neuron-excitability
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Samuel Jimenez, Laura Mordillo-Mateos, Michele Dileone, Michela Campolo, Carmen Carrasco-Lopez, Fabricia Moitinho-Ferreira, Tomas Gallego-Izquierdo, Hartwig R Siebner, Josep Valls-Solé, Juan Aguilar, Antonio Oliviero
Spinal plasticity is thought to contribute to sensorimotor recovery of limb function in several neurological disorders and can be experimentally induced in animals and humans using different stimulation protocols. In healthy individuals, electrical continuous Theta Burst Stimulation (TBS) of the median nerve has been shown to change spinal motoneuron excitability in the cervical spinal cord as indexed by a change in mean H-reflex amplitude in the flexor carpi radialis muscle. It is unknown whether continuous TBS of a peripheral nerve can also shift motoneuron excitability in the lower limb...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29451431/study-protocol-of-hypoalgesic-effects-of-low-frequency-and-burst-modulated-alternating-currents-on-healthy-individuals
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Érika Patrícia Rampazo da Silva, Viviane Ribeiro da Silva, Anabelly Sato Bernardes, Fabio Massao Matuzawa, Richard Eloin Liebano
The aim of the study will be to compare different types of analgesic electrical currents in relation to the pressure pain threshold and sensory comfort in healthy individuals. A total of 100 individuals will be randomly assigned to four groups: transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation, interferential current, Aussie current or placebo. The electrical stimulation will be administered with a strong level for 30 min and to the placebo group, the electrodes will be positioned while the equipment will remain switched off...
February 16, 2018: Pain Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29450239/alcohol-related-mental-imagery-the-effects-of-a-priming-dose-in-at-risk-drinkers
#5
Michael Yates, Sunjeev K Kamboj
Objectives: Drug related mental imagery is proposed to play a central role in addictive behaviour. However, little is known about such cognition or how it is pharmacologically modulated. Here, we test theoretical predictions of the 'elaborated intrusion' theory by comparing neutral with alcohol related mental imagery, and examine the effects of low dose alcohol on phenomenological aspects of this imagery. Methods: Alcohol related and neutral imagery was assessed after at risk drinkers (n = 40) consumed alcohol (0...
December 2017: Addictive Behaviors Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29449064/pain-related-psychological-issues-in-hand-therapy
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Tokiko Hamasaki, René Pelletier, Daniel Bourbonnais, Patrick Harris, Manon Choinière
STUDY DESIGN: Literature review. INTRODUCTION: Pain is a subjective experience that results from the modulation of nociception conveyed to the brain via the nervous system. Perception of pain takes place when potential or actual noxious stimuli are appraised as threats of injury. This appraisal is influenced by one's cognitions and emotions based on her/his pain-related experiences, which are processed in the forebrain and limbic areas of the brain. Unarguably, patients' psychological factors such as cognitions (eg, pain catastrophizing), emotions (eg, depression), and pain-related behaviors (eg, avoidance) can influence perceived pain intensity, disability, and treatment outcomes...
February 12, 2018: Journal of Hand Therapy: Official Journal of the American Society of Hand Therapists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29445768/hstrpa-of-the-red-imported-fire-ant-solenopsis-invicta-functions-as-a-nocisensor-and-uncovers-the-evolutionary-plasticity-of-hstrpa-channels
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Xinyue Wang, Tianbang Li, Makiko Kashio, Yijuan Xu, Makoto Tominaga, Tatsuhiko Kadowaki
Solenopsis invicta , the red imported fire ant, represents one of the most devastating invasive species. To understand their sensory physiology, we identified and characterized their Hymenoptera-specific (Hs) TRPA channel, SiHsTRPA. Consistent with the sensory functions of SiHsTRPA, it is activated by heat, an electrophile, and an insect repellent. Nevertheless, SiHsTRPA does not respond to most of the honey bee ortholog (AmHsTRPA)-activating compounds. The jewel wasp ortholog (NvHsTRPA) is activated by these compounds even though it outgroups both AmHsTRPA and SiHsTRPA...
January 2018: ENeuro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29445375/the-role-of-cytochromes-p450-in-infection
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Elisavet Stavropoulou, Gratiela G Pircalabioru, Eugenia Bezirtzoglou
Cytochromes are expressed in many different tissues of the human body. They are found mostly in intestinal and hepatic tissues. Cytochromes P450 (CYPs) are enzymes that oxidize substances using iron and are able to metabolize a large variety of xenobiotic substances. CYP enzymes are linked to a wide array of reactions including and O-dealkylation, S-oxidation, epoxidation, and hydroxylation. The activity of the typical P450 cytochrome is influenced by a variety of factors, such as genus, environment, disease state, herbicide, alcohol, and herbal medications...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29444493/modulators-of-innate-immunity-as-novel-therapeutics-for-treatment-of-chronic-hepatitis-b
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REVIEW
Aleksei Suslov, Stefan Wieland, Stephan Menne
The first line defense mechanisms against viral infection are mediated by the innate immune system. Viral components are detected by infected cells and/or innate immune cells that express different sensory receptors. They in turn mediate induction of direct antiviral mechanisms and further modulation of innate and adaptive immune responses. For evading the innate system, most viruses have evolved efficient mechanisms to block sensing and/or antiviral functions of the innate response. Interestingly, hepatitis B virus (HBV) seems to act like a stealth virus that escapes cell intrinsic antiviral mechanisms through avoiding recognition by the innate system rather than blocking its effector functions...
February 11, 2018: Current Opinion in Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29441030/multisensory-technology-for-flavor-augmentation-a-mini-review
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REVIEW
Carlos Velasco, Marianna Obrist, Olivia Petit, Charles Spence
There is growing interest in the development of new technologies that capitalize on our emerging understanding of the multisensory influences on flavor perception in order to enhance human-food interaction design. This review focuses on the role of (extrinsic) visual, auditory, and haptic/tactile elements in modulating flavor perception and more generally, our food and drink experiences. We review some of the most exciting examples of recent multisensory technologies for augmenting such experiences. Here, we discuss applications for these technologies, for example, in the field of food experience design, in the support of healthy eating, and in the rapidly growing world of sensory marketing...
2018: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29438128/toxins-in-pain
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Fernanda C Cardoso, Mahadhi Hasan, Tianjiao Zhao, Richard J Lewis
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Pain is a distressing protective sensory experience warning of actual or potential tissue damage. Natural toxins have evolved to exploit pain and related neuronal pathways to facilitate prey capture and for defence, often producing either numbness, paralysis or intense pain by selectively modulating ion channels and receptors in pain pathways. Understanding how toxins modulate pain pathways can enhance our understanding of the physiological and pathological basis of pain...
February 12, 2018: Current Opinion in Supportive and Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29436519/low-intensity-focused-ultrasound-alters-the-latency-and-spatial-patterns-of-sensory-evoked-cortical-responses-in-vivo
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Jonathan A N Fisher, Iryna Gumenchuk
The use of transcranial, low intensity focused ultrasound (FUS) is an emerging neuromodulation technology that shows promise for both therapeutic and research applications. Among many, one of the most exciting applications is the use of FUS to rehabilitate or augment human sensory capabilities. While there is compelling empirical evidence demonstrating this capability, basic questions regarding the spatiotemporal extent of the modulatory effects remain. Our objective was to assess the basic, yet often overlooked hypothesis that FUS in fact alters sensory-evoked neural activity within the region of the cerebral cortex at the beam's focus...
February 13, 2018: Journal of Neural Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29434540/perceptual-color-space-representations-in-the-oculomotor-system-are-modulated-by-surround-suppression-and-biased-selection
#13
Devin H Kehoe, Maryam Rahimi, Mazyar Fallah
The oculomotor system utilizes color extensively for planning saccades. Therefore, we examined how the oculomotor system actually encodes color and several factors that modulate these representations: attention-based surround suppression and inherent biases in selecting and encoding color categories. We measured saccade trajectories while human participants performed a memory-guided saccade task with color targets and distractors and examined whether oculomotor target selection processing was functionally related to the CIE (x,y) color space distances between color stimuli and whether there were hierarchical differences between color categories in the strength and speed of encoding potential saccade goals...
2018: Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29432882/congenital-deafness-reduces-but-does-not-eliminate-auditory-responsiveness-in-lateral-suprasylvian-visual-cortex-of-cats
#14
Rüdiger Land, Jan-Ole Radecke, Andrej Kral
Congenital deafness not only affects the development of the auditory cortex, but also the interrelation between the visual and auditory system. For example, congenital deafness leads to visual modulation of the deaf auditory cortex in the form of cross-modal plasticity. Here we asked, whether congenital deafness additionally affects auditory modulation in the visual cortex. We demonstrate that auditory activity, which is normally present in the suprasylvian visual areas in normal hearing cats, can also be elicited by electrical activation of the auditory system with cochlear implants...
February 9, 2018: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29432412/hub-connectivity-neuronal-diversity-and-gene-expression-in-the-caenorhabditis-elegans-connectome
#15
Aurina Arnatkevic Iūtė, Ben D Fulcher, Roger Pocock, Alex Fornito
Studies of nervous system connectivity, in a wide variety of species and at different scales of resolution, have identified several highly conserved motifs of network organization. One such motif is a heterogeneous distribution of connectivity across neural elements, such that some elements act as highly connected and functionally important network hubs. These brain network hubs are also densely interconnected, forming a so-called rich club. Recent work in mouse has identified a distinctive transcriptional signature of neural hubs, characterized by tightly coupled expression of oxidative metabolism genes, with similar genes characterizing macroscale inter-modular hub regions of the human cortex...
February 12, 2018: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29430736/probing-the-limits-of-alpha-power-lateralizationas-a-neural-marker-of-selective-attention-in-middle-aged-and-older-listeners
#16
Sarah Tune, Malte Wöstmann, Jonas Obleser
In recent years, hemispheric lateralization of alpha power has emerged as a neural mechanism thought to underpin spatial attention across sensory modalities. Yet, how healthy aging, beginning in middle adulthood, impacts the modulation of lateralized alpha power supporting auditory attention remains poorly understood. In the current electroencephalography (EEG) study, middle-aged and older adults (N = 29; ~40-70 years) performed a dichotic listening task that simulates a challenging, multi-talker scenario. We examined the extent to which the modulation of 8-12 Hz alpha power would serve as neural marker of listening success across age...
February 11, 2018: European Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29430567/n-back-versus-complex-span-working-memory-training
#17
Kara J Blacker, Serban Negoita, Joshua B Ewen, Susan M Courtney
Working memory (WM) is the ability to maintain and manipulate task-relevant information in the absence of sensory input. While its improvement through training is of great interest, the degree to which WM training transfers to untrained WM tasks (near transfer) and other untrained cognitive skills (far transfer) remains debated and the mechanism(s) underlying transfer are unclear. Here we hypothesized that a critical feature of dual n-back training is its reliance on maintaining relational information in WM...
December 2017: Journal of Cognitive Enhancement
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29429934/immune-or-genetic-mediated-disruption-of-caspr2-causes-pain-hypersensitivity-due-to-enhanced-primary-afferent-excitability
#18
John M Dawes, Greg A Weir, Steven J Middleton, Ryan Patel, Kim I Chisholm, Philippa Pettingill, Liam J Peck, Joseph Sheridan, Akila Shakir, Leslie Jacobson, Maria Gutierrez-Mecinas, Jorge Galino, Jan Walcher, Johannes Kühnemund, Hannah Kuehn, Maria D Sanna, Bethan Lang, Alex J Clark, Andreas C Themistocleous, Noboru Iwagaki, Steven J West, Karolina Werynska, Liam Carroll, Teodora Trendafilova, David A Menassa, Maria Pia Giannoccaro, Ester Coutinho, Ilaria Cervellini, Damini Tewari, Camilla Buckley, M Isabel Leite, Hendrik Wildner, Hanns Ulrich Zeilhofer, Elior Peles, Andrew J Todd, Stephen B McMahon, Anthony H Dickenson, Gary R Lewin, Angela Vincent, David L Bennett
Human autoantibodies to contactin-associated protein-like 2 (CASPR2) are often associated with neuropathic pain, and CASPR2 mutations have been linked to autism spectrum disorders, in which sensory dysfunction is increasingly recognized. Human CASPR2 autoantibodies, when injected into mice, were peripherally restricted and resulted in mechanical pain-related hypersensitivity in the absence of neural injury. We therefore investigated the mechanism by which CASPR2 modulates nociceptive function. Mice lacking CASPR2 (Cntnap2-/-) demonstrated enhanced pain-related hypersensitivity to noxious mechanical stimuli, heat, and algogens...
February 1, 2018: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29429617/spatial-receptive-fields-for-odor-localization
#19
Hiroshi Nishino, Masazumi Iwasaki, Marco Paoli, Itsuro Kamimura, Atsushi Yoritsune, Makoto Mizunami
Animals rely on olfaction to navigate through complex olfactory landscapes, but the mechanisms that allow an animal to encode the spatial structure of an odorous environment remain unclear. To acquire information about the spatial distribution of an odorant, animals may rely on bilateral olfactory organs and compare side differences of odor intensity and timing [1-6] or may perform spatial and temporal signal integration of subsequent samplings [7]. The American cockroach can efficiently locate a source of sex pheromone even after the removal of one antenna, suggesting that bilateral comparison is not a prerequisite for odor localization in this species [8, 9]...
February 7, 2018: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29427250/movement-related-somatosensory-activity-is-altered-in-patients-with-multiple-sclerosis
#20
David J Arpin, James E Gehringer, Tony W Wilson, Max J Kurz
During active movement the somatosensory cortical responses are often attenuated. This attenuation is referred to as movement-related sensory gating. It is well known that patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) have sensory processing deficits, and recent work has also suggested that these patients display impaired motor control of the ankle musculature. The primary goal of the current study was to: (1) examine the movement-related somatosensory gating in patients with MS and demographically-matched controls, and (2) identify the relationship between the sensory gating and motor control of the ankle musculature...
February 9, 2018: Brain Topography
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