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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334965/photosensitive-epilepsy-is-associated-with-reduced-inhibition-of-alpha-rhythm-generating-networks
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Anna Elisabetta Vaudano, Andrea Ruggieri, Pietro Avanzini, Giuliana Gessaroli, Gaetano Cantalupo, Antonietta Coppola, Sanjay M Sisodiya, Stefano Meletti
Photosensitivity is a condition in which lights induce epileptiform activities. This abnormal electroencephalographic response has been associated with hyperexcitability of the visuo-motor system. Here, we evaluate if intrinsic dysfunction of this network is present in brain activity at rest, independently of any stimulus and of any paroxysmal electroencephalographic activity. To address this issue, we investigated the haemodynamic correlates of the spontaneous alpha rhythm, which is considered the hallmark of the brain resting state, in photosensitive patients and in people without photosensitivity...
February 20, 2017: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323013/electroencephalographic-sensorimotor-rhythms-are-modulated-in-the-acute-phase-following-focal-vibration-in-healthy-subjects
#2
Susanna Lopez, Fabiano Bini, Claudio Del Percio, Franco Marinozzi, Claudia Celletti, Antonio Suppa, Raffaele Ferri, Emanuela Staltari, Filippo Camerota, Claudio Babiloni
Few minutes of focal vibration (FV) on limb muscles can improve motor control in neurological (stroke, Parkinson) patients for unknown underlying neurophysiological mechanisms. Here we hypothesized that in healthy volunteers this FV would increase excitability in the primary sensorimotor cortex (S1-M1) during an isometric contraction of the stimulated muscle. The design included an initial control condition with no FV stimulation (Baseline) as well as three short experimental sessions of FV and a Sham (fake) session in a pseudo-random order...
March 17, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323009/investigation-of-the-effects-of-transcranial-alternating-current-stimulation-tacs-on-self-paced-rhythmic-movements
#3
Manuel Varlet, Alanna Wade, Giacomo Novembre, Peter E Keller
Human rhythmic movements spontaneously entrain to external rhythmic stimuli. Such sensory-motor entrainment can attract movements to different tempi and enhance their efficiency, with potential clinical applications for motor rehabilitation. Here we investigate whether entrainment of self-paced rhythmic movements can be induced via transcranial alternating current stimulation (tACS), which uses alternating currents to entrain spontaneous brain oscillations at specific frequencies. Participants swung a handheld pendulum at their preferred tempo with the right hand while tACS was applied over their left or right primary motor cortex at frequencies equal to their preferred tempo (Experiment 1) or in the alpha (10Hz) and beta (20Hz) ranges (Experiment 2)...
March 18, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319878/visual-stimuli-modulate-frontal-oscillatory-rhythms-in-a-cortically-blind-patient-evidence-for-top-down-visual-processing
#4
Eda Tipura, Alan J Pegna, Beatrice de Gelder, Olivier Renaud
OBJECTIVE: We investigated neuronal correlates of faces versus non-faces processing in a cortically blind patient (TN) and a group of healthy age-matched controls in order to test electrophysiological correlates of the processing of pertinent stimuli in this patient. METHODS: An EEG paradigm was used, in which intact and scrambled faces were displayed on a screen. First, time-frequency transforms were conducted on the patients' data alone. These oscillations were then compared to the frontal activity of six control participants...
February 23, 2017: Clinical Neurophysiology: Official Journal of the International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303088/commentary-phase-amplitude-coupling-at-the-organism-level-the-amplitude-of-spontaneous-alpha-rhythm-fluctuations-varies-with-the-phase-of-the-infra-slow-gastric-basal-rhythm
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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28286478/cortical-alpha-oscillations-predict-speech-intelligibility
#6
Andrew Dimitrijevic, Michael L Smith, Darren S Kadis, David R Moore
Understanding speech in noise (SiN) is a complex task involving sensory encoding and cognitive resources including working memory and attention. Previous work has shown that brain oscillations, particularly alpha rhythms (8-12 Hz) play important roles in sensory processes involving working memory and attention. However, no previous study has examined brain oscillations during performance of a continuous speech perception test. The aim of this study was to measure cortical alpha during attentive listening in a commonly used SiN task (digits-in-noise, DiN) to better understand the neural processes associated with "top-down" cognitive processing in adverse listening environments...
2017: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28271390/alpha-beta-the-rhythm-of-the-attentional-blink
#7
Kimron L Shapiro, Simon Hanslmayr, James T Enns, Alejandro Lleras
Extant theories of the attentional blink propose that the most critical factor in determining second target accuracy is the time that elapses between the first and second targets. We report that this conclusion has overlooked an equally important determinant, namely, the frequency of the entraining stream in which these targets are embedded. Specifically, we show in two experiments that the signature of the attentional blink-second target accuracy that increases with intertarget lag-is significantly larger for entraining streams that are in the alpha-beta frequency range, relative to streams that are slower (theta) or faster (gamma)...
March 7, 2017: Psychonomic Bulletin & Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28269286/alpha-band-rhythm-suppression-during-memory-recall-reflecting-memory-performance
#8
Koichi Yokosawa, Keisuke Kimura, Ryota Chitose, Takuya Momiki, Shinya Kuriki
Alpha-band rhythm is thought to be involved in memory processes, similarly to other spontaneous brain rhythms. Ten right-handed healthy volunteers participated in our proposed sequential short-term memory task that provides a serial position effect in accuracy rate. We recorded alpha-band rhythms by magnetoencephalography during performance of the task and observed that the amplitude of the rhythm was suppressed dramatically in the memory recall period. The suppressed region was estimated to be in the occipital lobe, suggesting that alpha-band rhythm is suppressed by activation of the occipital attentional network...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28268787/eeg-epoch-selection-lack-of-alpha-rhythm-improves-discrimination-of-alzheimer-s-disease
#9
Francisco J Fraga, Eliezyer F Oliveira, Paulo A M Kanda
In this work we propose a detailed EEG epoch selection method and compare epochs with rare and abundant alpha rhythm (AR) of patients with Alzheimer's disease (AD) and normal controls. Epochs were classified as Dominant Alpha Scenario (DAS) and Rare Alpha Scenario (RAS) according to the AR percentage (energy within the 8-13 Hz bandwidth) in O1, O2 and Oz electrodes. Participants were divided into four groups: 17 DAS controls (N1), 15 DAS mild-AD patients (AD1), 12 RAS controls (N2) and 15 RAS mild-AD patients (AD2)...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28268615/soft-drink-effects-on-sensorimotor-rhythm-brain-computer-interface-performance-and-resting-state-spectral-power
#10
John Mundahl, Jianjun Meng, Jeffrey He, Bin He
Brain-computer interface (BCI) systems allow users to directly control computers and other machines by modulating their brain waves. In the present study, we investigated the effect of soft drinks on resting state (RS) EEG signals and BCI control. Eight healthy human volunteers each participated in three sessions of BCI cursor tasks and resting state EEG. During each session, the subjects drank an unlabeled soft drink with either sugar, caffeine, or neither ingredient. A comparison of resting state spectral power shows a substantial decrease in alpha and beta power after caffeine consumption relative to control...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28258730/effects-of-alpha-lipoic-acid-on-multiple-cytokines-and-biomarkers-and-recurrence-of-atrial-fibrillation-within-1-year-of-catheter-ablation
#11
Celestino Sardu, Gaetano Santulli, Matteo Santamaria, Michelangela Barbieri, Cosimo Sacra, Pasquale Paolisso, Fabio D'Amico, Nicola Testa, Igor Caporaso, Giuseppe Paolisso, Raffaele Marfella, Maria Rosaria Rizzo
Catheter ablation (CA) is a procedure commonly used to restore sinus rhythm in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF). However, AF recurrence after CA remains a relevant clinical issue. We tested the effects of an oral antioxidant treatment (alpha lipoic acid [ALA]) on AF recurrence post-CA. Patients with paroxysmal AF have been enrolled in a randomized, prospective, double-blind, controlled placebo trial. After CA, patients have been randomly assigned to receive ALA oral supplementation (ALA group) or placebo (control group) and evaluated at baseline and after a 12-month follow-up: 73 patients completed the 12-month follow-up (ALA: 33 and control: 40)...
February 10, 2017: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28258363/theta-rhythm-makes-the-world-go-round-dissociative-effects-of-tms-theta-versus-alpha-entrainment-of-right-ptpj-on-embodied-perspective-transformations
#12
Gerard Gooding-Williams, Hongfang Wang, Klaus Kessler
Being able to imagine another person's experience and perspective of the world is a crucial human ability and recent reports suggest that humans "embody" another's viewpoint by mentally rotating their own body representation into the other's orientation. Our recent Magnetoencephalography (MEG) data further confirmed this notion of embodied perspective transformations and pinpointed the right posterior temporo-parietal junction (pTPJ) as the crucial hub in a distributed network oscillating at theta frequency (3-7 Hz)...
March 3, 2017: Brain Topography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28252601/-specificity-of-spatial-organization-of-evoked-eeg-rhythms-in-patients-with-paranoid-schizophrenia
#13
V K Bochkarev, A V Kirenskaya, S V Solnceva, A A Tkachenko
AIM: The study aimed at analyzing the spatial patterns of evoked event-related oscillations in patients with paranoid schizophrenia and their relationship with clinical symptoms of disease. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Evoked delta, theta, alpha, beta, and gamma rhythms in response to target auditory stimulus in an oddball paradigm were studied in 21 schizophrenic patients and 22 healthy subjects. The independent spatial patterns were revealed within each of the frequency range using the principal component analysis...
2017: Zhurnal Nevrologii i Psikhiatrii Imeni S.S. Korsakova
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227522/alpha-band-rhythm-suppression-during-memory-recall-reflecting-memory-performance
#14
Koichi Yokosawa, Keisuke Kimura, Ryota Chitose, Takuya Momiki, Shinya Kuriki, Koichi Yokosawa, Keisuke Kimura, Ryota Chitose, Takuya Momiki, Shinya Kuriki, Koichi Yokosawa, Keisuke Kimura, Ryota Chitose, Takuya Momiki, Shinya Kuriki
Alpha-band rhythm is thought to be involved in memory processes, similarly to other spontaneous brain rhythms. Ten right-handed healthy volunteers participated in our proposed sequential short-term memory task that provides a serial position effect in accuracy rate. We recorded alpha-band rhythms by magnetoencephalography during performance of the task and observed that the amplitude of the rhythm was suppressed dramatically in the memory recall period. The suppressed region was estimated to be in the occipital lobe, suggesting that alpha-band rhythm is suppressed by activation of the occipital attentional network...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226981/eeg-epoch-selection-lack-of-alpha-rhythm-improves-discrimination-of-alzheimer-s-disease
#15
Francisco J Fraga, Eliezyer F Oliveira, Paulo A M Kanda, Francisco J Fraga, Eliezyer F Oliveira, Paulo A M Kanda, Eliezyer F Oliveira, Francisco J Fraga, Paulo A M Kanda
In this work we propose a detailed EEG epoch selection method and compare epochs with rare and abundant alpha rhythm (AR) of patients with Alzheimer's disease (AD) and normal controls. Epochs were classified as Dominant Alpha Scenario (DAS) and Rare Alpha Scenario (RAS) according to the AR percentage (energy within the 8-13 Hz bandwidth) in O1, O2 and Oz electrodes. Participants were divided into four groups: 17 DAS controls (N1), 15 DAS mild-AD patients (AD1), 12 RAS controls (N2) and 15 RAS mild-AD patients (AD2)...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226795/soft-drink-effects-on-sensorimotor-rhythm-brain-computer-interface-performance-and-resting-state-spectral-power
#16
John Mundahl, Jianjun Meng, Jeffrey He, Bin He, John Mundahl, Jianjun Meng, Jeffrey He, Bin He, Jeffrey He, Jianjun Meng, John Mundahl, Bin He
Brain-computer interface (BCI) systems allow users to directly control computers and other machines by modulating their brain waves. In the present study, we investigated the effect of soft drinks on resting state (RS) EEG signals and BCI control. Eight healthy human volunteers each participated in three sessions of BCI cursor tasks and resting state EEG. During each session, the subjects drank an unlabeled soft drink with either sugar, caffeine, or neither ingredient. A comparison of resting state spectral power shows a substantial decrease in alpha and beta power after caffeine consumption relative to control...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223926/frontal-functional-connectivity-of-electrocorticographic-delta-and-theta-rhythms-during-action-execution-versus-action-observation-in-humans
#17
Claudio Babiloni, Claudio Del Percio, Susanna Lopez, Giancarlo Di Gennaro, Pier P Quarato, Luigi Pavone, Roberta Morace, Andrea Soricelli, Giuseppe Noce, Vincenzo Esposito, Vittorio Gallese, Giovanni Mirabella
We have previously shown that in seven drug-resistant epilepsy patients, both reaching-grasping of objects and the mere observation of those actions did desynchronize subdural electrocorticographic (ECoG) alpha (8-13 Hz) and beta (14-30) rhythms as a sign of cortical activation in primary somatosensory-motor, lateral premotor and ventral prefrontal areas (Babiloni et al., 2016a). Furthermore, that desynchronization was greater during action execution than during its observation. In the present exploratory study, we reanalyzed those ECoG data to evaluate the proof-of-concept that lagged linear connectivity (LLC) between primary somatosensory-motor, lateral premotor and ventral prefrontal areas would be enhanced during the action execution compared to the mere observation due to a greater flow of visual and somatomotor information...
2017: Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213117/involuntary-orienting-of-attention-to-a-sound-desynchronizes-the-occipital-alpha-rhythm-and-improves-visual-perception
#18
Wenfeng Feng, Viola S Störmer, Antigona Martinez, John J McDonald, Steven A Hillyard
Directing attention voluntarily to the location of a visual target results in an amplitude reduction (desynchronization) of the occipital alpha rhythm (8-14Hz), which is predictive of improved perceptual processing of the target. Here we investigated whether modulations of the occipital alpha rhythm triggered by the involuntary orienting of attention to a salient but spatially non-predictive sound would similarly influence perception of a subsequent visual target. Target discrimination was more accurate when a sound preceded the target at the same location (validly cued trials) than when the sound was on the side opposite to the target (invalidly cued trials)...
February 16, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193169/eeg-correlates-of-working-memory-performance-in-females
#19
Yuri G Pavlov, Boris Kotchoubey
BACKGROUND: The study investigates oscillatory brain activity during working memory (WM) tasks. The tasks employed varied in two dimensions. First, they differed in complexity from average to highly demanding. Second, we used two types of tasks, which required either only retention of stimulus set or retention and manipulation of the content. We expected to reveal EEG correlates of temporary storage and central executive components of WM and to assess their contribution to individual differences...
February 13, 2017: BMC Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187128/neural-mechanisms-of-rhythm-based-temporal-prediction-delta-phase-locking-reflects-temporal-predictability-but-not-rhythmic-entrainment
#20
Assaf Breska, Leon Y Deouell
Predicting the timing of upcoming events enables efficient resource allocation and action preparation. Rhythmic streams, such as music, speech, and biological motion, constitute a pervasive source for temporal predictions. Widely accepted entrainment theories postulate that rhythm-based predictions are mediated by synchronizing low-frequency neural oscillations to the rhythm, as indicated by increased phase concentration (PC) of low-frequency neural activity for rhythmic compared to random streams. However, we show here that PC enhancement in scalp recordings is not specific to rhythms but is observed to the same extent in less periodic streams if they enable memory-based prediction...
February 2017: PLoS Biology
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