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Sarah Esser, Hilde Haider
Different studies have shown that action-effect associations seem to enhance implicit learning of motor sequences. In a recent study (Haider et al., Conscious Cognit 26:145-161, 2014), we found indications that action-effect learning might play a special role in acquiring explicit knowledge within an implicit learning situation. The current study aims at directly manipulating the action-effect contingencies in a Serial Reaction Time Task and examining its impact on explicit sequence knowledge. For this purpose, we created a situation in which the participants' responses led to a melodic tone sequence...
June 16, 2017: Psychological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28603329/implicit-learning-and-implicit-treatment-outcomes-in-individuals-with-aphasia
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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/28600927/diverging-effects-of-nicotine-on-motor-learning-performance-improvement-in-deprived-smokers-and-attenuation-in-non-smokers
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J Grundey, R Amu, G Batsikadze, W Paulus, M A Nitsche
Nicotine modulates cognition and neuroplasticity in smokers and non-smokers. A possible mechanism for its effect on learning and memory performance is its impact on long-term potentiation (LTP) and long-term depression (LTD). As neuroplasticity is closely connected to learning processes, we aimed to explore the effect of nicotine in healthy, young smokers and non-smokers on performance of the serial reaction time task (SRTT), a sequential motor learning paradigm. 20 nicotine-deprived smokers and 20 non-smokers participated in the study and were exposed to nicotine or placebo medication...
May 24, 2017: Addictive Behaviors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28578427/influences-of-glutamine-administration-on-response-selection-and-sequence-learning-a-randomized-controlled-trial
#4
Bryant J Jongkees, Maarten A Immink, Lorenza S Colzato
Precursors of neurotransmitters are increasingly often investigated as potential, easily-accessible methods of neuromodulation. However, the amino-acid glutamine, precursor to the brain's main excitatory and inhibitory neurotransmitters glutamate and GABA, remains notably little investigated. The current double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled study provides first evidence 2.0 g glutamine administration in healthy adults affects response selection but not motor sequence learning in a serial reaction time task...
June 2, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28574478/toxoplasma-gondii-moderates-the-association-between-multiple-folate-cycle-factors-and-cognitive-function-in-u-s-adults
#5
Andrew N Berrett, Shawn D Gale, Lance D Erickson, Bruce L Brown, Dawson W Hedges
Toxoplasma gondii (T. gondii) is a microscopic, apicomplexan parasite that can infect muscle or neural tissue, including the brain, in humans. While T. gondii infection has been associated with changes in mood, behavior, and cognition, the mechanism remains unclear. Recent evidence suggests that T. gondii may harvest folate from host neural cells. Reduced folate availability is associated with an increased risk of neurodevelopmental disorders, neurodegenerative diseases, and cognitive decline. We hypothesized that impairment in cognitive functioning in subjects seropositive for T...
June 2, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28557278/auditory-access-language-access-and-implicit-sequence-learning-in-deaf-children
#6
Matthew L Hall, Inge-Marie Eigsti, Heather Bortfeld, Diane Lillo-Martin
Developmental psychology plays a central role in shaping evidence-based best practices for prelingually deaf children. The Auditory Scaffolding Hypothesis (Conway et al., 2009) asserts that a lack of auditory stimulation in deaf children leads to impoverished implicit sequence learning abilities, measured via an artificial grammar learning (AGL) task. However, prior research is confounded by a lack of both auditory and language input. The current study examines implicit learning in deaf children who were (Deaf native signers) or were not (oral cochlear implant users) exposed to language from birth, and in hearing children, using both AGL and Serial Reaction Time (SRT) tasks...
May 30, 2017: Developmental Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542002/assessment-of-behavioral-disruption-in-rats-with-abdominal-inflammation-using-visual-cue-titration-and-the-five-choice-serial-reaction-time-task
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Thomas J Martin, Tracy J Strassburg, Amanda L Grigg, Susy A Kim, Douglas G Ririe, James C Eisenach
BACKGROUND: Both acute and chronic pain result in a number of behavioral symptoms in patients, including cognitive effects such as decreased attention and working memory. Intraperitoneal administration of dilute lactic acid in rodents has been used to induce abdominal inflammation and produce effects in behavioral assays of both sensory-discriminative and affective pain modalities. METHODS: Intraperitoneal injection of dilute lactic acid was used to study the impact of abdominal inflammation on an operant task requiring sustained visual attention in rats (N = 7 to 15/group) that adapts dynamically to performance ability...
May 25, 2017: Anesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28493740/independent-learning-of-spatial-and-nonspatial-sequences
#8
Gilbert Remillard
A small number of studies have examined whether learning the structures of two uncorrelated sequences can proceed independently of one another. Limitations in those studies have left their results open to alternative explanations. The present study addressed the limitations. The visuospatial serial reaction time task, initially introduced by Mayr (1996), was used to examine whether learning the structure of a sequence of visuospatial target locations (spatial sequence) and learning the structure of a sequence of target identities and responses (nonspatial sequence) can proceed independently of one another...
May 11, 2017: Canadian Journal of Experimental Psychology, Revue Canadienne de Psychologie Expérimentale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28487067/selective-and-interactive-effects-of-d2-receptor-antagonism-and-positive-allosteric-mglur4-modulation-on-waiting-impulsivity
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Sarah N Isherwood, Trevor W Robbins, Janet R Nicholson, Jeffrey W Dalley, Anton Pekcec
BACKGROUND: Metabotropic glutamate receptor 4 (mGluR4) and dopamine D2 receptors are specifically expressed within the indirect pathway neurons of the striato-pallidal-subthalamic pathway. This unique expression profile suggests that mGluR4 and D2 receptors may play a cooperative role in the regulation and inhibitory control of behaviour. We investigated this possibility by testing the effects of a functionally-characterised positive allosteric mGluR4 modulator, 4-((E)-styryl)-pyrimidin-2-ylamine (Cpd11), both alone and in combination with the D2 receptor antagonist eticlopride, on two distinct forms of impulsivity...
May 6, 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28469479/audiovisual-distraction-increases-prefrontal-cortical-neuronal-activity-and-impairs-attentional-performance-in-the-rat
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Douglas G Ririe, M Danilo Boada, Benjamin S Schmidt, Salem J Martin, Susy A Kim, Thomas J Martin
Involvement of attentional processes is generally evidenced by disruption of behavior in the presence of distracting stimuli. The medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC) seems to play a role in fine-tuning activity during attentional tasks. A novel titration variant of the 5-choice serial reaction time task (5-choice serial reaction time titration variant [5CTV]) that adjusts task difficulty based on subject performance was used to evaluate the effects of audiovisual distraction (DSTR) on performance and mPFC single spike activity and local field potential (LFP)...
2017: Journal of Experimental Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28451710/thalamic-inputs-to-dorsomedial-striatum-are-involved-in-inhibitory-control-evidence-from-the-five-choice-serial-reaction-time-task-in-rats
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Jasjot Saund, Daniel Dautan, Claire Rostron, Gonzalo P Urcelay, Todor V Gerdjikov
RATIONALE: Corticostriatal circuits are widely implicated in the top-down control of attention including inhibitory control and behavioural flexibility. However, recent neurophysiological evidence also suggests a role for thalamic inputs to striatum in behaviours related to salient, reward-paired cues. OBJECTIVES: Here, we used designer receptors exclusively activated by designer drugs (DREADDs) to investigate the role of parafascicular (Pf) thalamic inputs to the dorsomedial striatum (DMS) using the five-choice serial reaction time task (5CSRTT) in rats...
April 28, 2017: Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448681/autism-too-eager-to-learn-event-related-potential-findings-of-increased-dependency-on-intentional-learning-in-a-serial-reaction-time-task
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Fenny S Zwart, Constance Th W M Vissers, Roemer van der Meij, Roy P C Kessels, Joseph H R Maes
It has been suggested that people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) have an increased tendency to use explicit (or intentional) learning strategies. This altered learning may play a role in the development of the social communication difficulties characterizing ASD. In the current study, we investigated incidental and intentional sequence learning using a Serial Reaction Time (SRT) task in an adult ASD population. Response times and event related potentials (ERP) components (N2b and P3) were assessed as indicators of learning and knowledge...
April 27, 2017: Autism Research: Official Journal of the International Society for Autism Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421018/the-emergence-of-explicit-knowledge-in-a-serial-reaction-time-task-the-role-of-experienced-fluency-and-strength-of-representation
#13
Sarah Esser, Hilde Haider
The Serial Reaction Time Task (SRTT) is an important paradigm to study the properties of unconscious learning processes. One specifically interesting and still controversially discussed topic are the conditions under which unconsciously acquired knowledge becomes conscious knowledge. The different assumptions about the underlying mechanisms can contrastively be separated into two accounts: single system views in which the strengthening of associative weights throughout training gradually turns implicit knowledge into explicit knowledge, and dual system views in which implicit knowledge itself does not become conscious...
2017: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418405/adenosine-a2a-receptor-and-erk-driven-impulsivity-potentiates-hippocampal-neuroblast-proliferation
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A Oliveros, C H Cho, A Cui, S Choi, D Lindberg, D Hinton, M-H Jang, D-S Choi
Dampened adenosine A2A receptor (A2AR) function has been implicated in addiction through enhancement of goal-directed behaviors. However, the contribution of the A2AR to the control of impulsive reward seeking remains unknown. Using mice that were exposed to differential reward of low rate (DRL) schedules during Pavlovian-conditioning, second-order schedule discrimination, and the 5-choice serial reaction time task (5-CSRTT), we demonstrate that deficits of A2AR function promote impulsive responses. Antagonism of the A2AR lowered ERK1 and ERK2 phosphorylation in the dorsal hippocampus (dHip) and potentiated impulsivity during Pavlovian-conditioning and the 5-CSRTT...
April 18, 2017: Translational Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28386221/deep-brain-stimulation-of-the-nucleus-accumbens-core-affects-trait-impulsivity-in-a-baseline-dependent-manner
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Maria C Schippers, Bastiaan Bruinsma, Mathijs Gaastra, Tanja I Mesman, Damiaan Denys, Taco J De Vries, Tommy Pattij
Deep brain stimulation (DBS) of the nucleus accumbens (NA) is explored as a treatment for refractory psychiatric disorders, such as obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), depressive disorder (MDD), and substance use disorder (SUD). A common feature of some of these disorders is pathological impulsivity. Here, the effects of NAcore DBS on impulsive choice and impulsive action, two distinct forms of impulsive behavior, were investigated in translational animal tasks, the delayed reward task (DRT) and five-choice serial reaction time task (5-CSRTT), respectively...
2017: Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28383991/measuring-and-filtering-reactive-inhibition-is-essential-for-assessing-serial-decision-making-and-learning
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Balázs Török, Karolina Janacsek, Dávid G Nagy, Gergő Orbán, Dezso Nemeth
Learning complex structures from stimuli requires extended exposure and often repeated observation of the same stimuli. Learning induces stimulus-dependent changes in specific performance measures. The same performance measures, however, can also be affected by processes that arise because of extended training (e.g., fatigue) but are otherwise independent from learning. Thus, a thorough assessment of the properties of learning can only be achieved by identifying and accounting for the effects of such processes...
April 2017: Journal of Experimental Psychology. General
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28383952/a-learning-perspective-on-individual-differences-in-skilled-reading-exploring-and-exploiting-orthographic-and-semantic-discrimination-cues
#17
Petar Milin, Dagmar Divjak, R Harald Baayen
The goal of the present study is to understand the role orthographic and semantic information play in the behavior of skilled readers. Reading latencies from a self-paced sentence reading experiment in which Russian near-synonymous verbs were manipulated appear well-predicted by a combination of bottom-up sublexical letter triplets (trigraphs) and top-down semantic generalizations, modeled using the Naive Discrimination Learner. The results reveal a complex interplay of bottom-up and top-down support from orthography and semantics to the target verbs, whereby activations from orthography only are modulated by individual differences...
April 6, 2017: Journal of Experimental Psychology. Learning, Memory, and Cognition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28381930/interference-effect-of-prior-explicit-information-on-motor-sequence-learning-in-relapsing-remitting-multiple-sclerosis-patients
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Nahid Zahiri, Iraj Abollahi, Seyed Massood Nabavi, Fatemeh Ehsani, Amir Masoud Arab, Ina Shaw, Ardalan Shariat, Brandon S Shaw, Maryam Dastoorpoor, Mahmoud Danaee, Bahram Sangelaji
BACKGROUND: Multiple sclerosis (MS) is the most widespread disabling neurological condition in young adults around the world. The purpose of this study was to investigate the impact of explicit information (EI) on motor-sequence learning in MS patients. METHODS: Thirty patients with relapsing-remitting MS (RRMS), age: 29.5 (SD = 5.6) years and 30 healthy gender-, age-, and education-matched control group participants, age: 28.8 (SD = 6.0) years, were recruited for this study...
March 2017: Malaysian Journal of Medical Sciences: MJMS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28378204/a-schizophrenia-relevant-5-choice-serial-reaction-time-task-for-mice-assessing-broad-monitoring-distractibility-and-impulsivity
#19
Huiping Huang, Simone Guadagna, Maddalena Mereu, Mariasole Ciampoli, Giacomo Pruzzo, Theresa Ballard, Francesco Papaleo
The 5-Choice Serial Reaction Time Task (5-CSRTT) is an automated test for rodents allowing the assessment of multiple cognitive measures. Originally designed to assess cognitive deficits relevant to attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, it has been widely used in the investigation of neural systems of attention. In the current study, we have set up a modified version, which reduced the training phase to only 8-9 days with minimal food deprivation and without single-housing. Furthermore, based on evidence that patients with schizophrenia are more impaired in broad monitoring abilities than in sustained attention, we successfully developed a protocol replicating the Spatial Attentional Resource Allocation Task (SARAT), used in humans to assess broad monitoring...
April 5, 2017: Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28363668/methylphenidate-alleviates-manganese-induced-impulsivity-but-not-distractibility
#20
Stephane A Beaudin, Barbara J Strupp, Walter Uribe, Lauren Ysais, Myla Strawderman, Donald R Smith
Recent studies from our lab have demonstrated that postnatal manganese (Mn) exposure in a rodent model can cause lasting impairments in fine motor control and attention, and that oral methylphenidate (MPH) treatment can effectively treat the dysfunction in fine motor control. However, it is unknown whether MPH treatment can alleviate the impairments in attention produced by Mn exposure. Here we used a rodent model of postnatal Mn exposure to determine whether (1) oral MPH alleviates attention and impulse control deficits caused by postnatal Mn exposure, using attention tasks that are variants of the 5-choice serial reaction time task, and (2) whether these treatments affected neuronal dendritic spine density in the medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC) and dorsal striatum...
March 28, 2017: Neurotoxicology and Teratology
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