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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28748572/let-s-chat-developmental-neural-bases-of-social-motivation-during-real-time-peer-interaction
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Katherine Rice Warnell, Eleonora Sadikova, Elizabeth Redcay
Humans are motivated to interact with each other, but the neural bases of social motivation have been predominantly examined in non-interactive contexts. Understanding real-world social motivation is of special importance during middle childhood (ages 8-12), a period when social skills improve, social networks grow, and social brain networks specialize. To assess interactive social motivation, the current study used a novel fMRI paradigm in which children believed they were chatting with a peer. The design targeted two phases of interaction: (1) Initiation, in which children engaged in a social bid via sharing a like or hobby, and (2) Reply, in which children received either an engaged ("Me too") or non-engaged ("I'm away") reply from the peer...
July 26, 2017: Developmental Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28747086/menthol-enhances-nicotine-induced-locomotor-sensitization-and-in-vivo-functional-connectivity-in-adolescence
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Matthew F Thompson, Guillaume L Poirier, Martha I Dávila-García, Wei Huang, Kelly Tam, Maxwell Robidoux, Michelle L Dubuke, Scott A Shaffer, Luis Colon-Perez, Marcelo Febo, Joseph R DiFranza, Jean A King
Mentholated cigarettes capture a quarter of the US market, and are disproportionately smoked by adolescents. Menthol allosterically modulates nicotinic acetylcholine receptor function, but its effects on the brain and nicotine addiction are unclear. To determine if menthol is psychoactive, we assessed locomotor sensitization and brain functional connectivity. Adolescent male Sprague Dawley rats were administered nicotine (0.4 mg/kg) daily with or without menthol (0.05 mg/kg or 5.38 mg/kg) for nine days. Following each injection, distance traveled in an open field was recorded...
July 1, 2017: Journal of Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28746733/mothers-with-substance-addictions-show-reduced-reward-responses-when-viewing-their-own-infant-s-face
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Sohye Kim, Udita Iyengar, Linda C Mayes, Marc N Potenza, Helena J V Rutherford, Lane Strathearn
Maternal addiction constitutes a major public health problem affecting children, with high rates of abuse, neglect, and foster care placement. However, little is known about the ways in which substance addiction alters brain function related to maternal behavior. Prior studies have shown that infant face cues activate similar dopamine-associated brain reward regions to substances of abuse. Here, we report on a functional MRI study documenting that mothers with addictions demonstrate reduced activation of reward regions when shown reward-related cues of their own infants...
July 26, 2017: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28744913/aggression-related-brain-function-assessed-with-the-point-subtraction-aggression-paradigm-in-fmri
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Anine P Skibsted, Sofi da Cunha-Bang, Justin M Carré, Adam E Hansen, Vincent Beliveau, Gitte M Knudsen, Patrick M Fisher
The Point Subtraction Aggression Paradigm (PSAP) measures aggressive behavior in response to provocations. The aim of the study was to implement the PSAP in a functional neuroimaging environment (fMRI) and evaluate aggression-related brain reactivity including response to provocations and associations with aggression within the paradigm. Twenty healthy participants completed two 12-min PSAP sessions within the scanner. We evaluated brain responses to aggressive behavior (removing points from an opponent), provocations (point subtractions by the opponent), and winning points...
July 25, 2017: Aggressive Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743600/sex-determines-effect-of-physical-activity-on-diet-preference-association-of-striatal-opioids-and-gut-microbiota-composition
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Jenna R Lee, Julie E Muckerman, Anna M Wright, Daniel J Davis, Tom E Childs, Catherine E Gillespie, Victoria J Vieira-Potter, Frank W Booth, Aaron C Ericsson, Matthew J Will
Previous studies suggest an interaction between the level of physical activity and diet preference. However, this relationship has not been well characterized for sex differences that may exist. The present study examined the influence of sex on diet preference in male and female Wistar rats that were housed under either sedentary (no wheel access) (SED) or voluntary wheel running access (RUN) conditions. Following a 1 week acclimation period to these conditions, standard chow was replaced with concurrent ad libitum access to a choice of 3 pelleted diets (high-fat, high-sucrose, and high-corn starch) in the home cage...
July 22, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28739583/tonic-or-phasic-stimulation-of-dopaminergic-projections-to-prefrontal-cortex-causes-mice-to-maintain-or-deviate-from-previously-learned-behavioral-strategies
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Ian T Ellwood, Tosha Patel, Varun Wadia, Anthony T Lee, Alayna T Liptak, Kevin J Bender, Vikaas S Sohal
Dopamine neurons in the ventral tegmental area (VTA) encode reward prediction errors and can drive reinforcement learning through their projections to striatum, but much less is known about their projections to prefrontal cortex (PFC). Here we studied these projections, and observed phasic VTA-PFC fiber photometry signals following the delivery of rewards. Next, we studied how optogenetic stimulation of these projections affects behavior, using conditioned place preference (CPP), and a task in which mice learn associations between cues and food rewards, then use those associations to make choices...
July 24, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28739376/functional-inactivation-of-dorsal-medial-striatum-alters-behavioral-flexibility-and-recognition-process-in-mice
#7
Yanhua Qiao, Xingyue Wang, Lian Ma, Shengguang Li, Jing Liang
Deficits in behavioral flexibility and recognition memory are commonly observed in mental illnesses and neurodegenerative diseases. Abnormality of the striatum has been implicated in an association with the pathology of these diseases. However, the exact roles of striatal heterogeneous structures in these cognitive functions are still unknown. In the present study, we investigated the effects of suppressing neuronal activity in the dorsomedial striatum (DMStr) and nucleus accumbens core (NAcC) on reversal learning and novelty recognition in mice...
July 21, 2017: Physiology & Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735174/tetherless-near-infrared-control-of-brain-activity-in-behaving-animals-using-fully-implantable-upconversion-microdevices
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Ying Wang, Xudong Lin, Xi Chen, Xian Chen, Zhen Xu, Wenchong Zhang, Qinghai Liao, Xin Duan, Xin Wang, Ming Liu, Feng Wang, Jufang He, Peng Shi
Many nanomaterials can be used as sensors or transducers in biomedical research and they form the essential components of transformative novel biotechnologies. In this study, we present an all-optical method for tetherless remote control of neural activity using fully implantable micro-devices based on upconversion technology. Upconversion nanoparticles (UCNPs) were used as transducers to convert near-infrared (NIR) energy to visible light in order to stimulate neurons expressing different opsin proteins. In our setup, UCNPs were packaged in a glass micro-optrode to form an implantable device with superb long-term biocompatibility...
July 12, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729935/single-trial-eeg-informed-fmri-analysis-of-emotional-decision-problems-in-hot-executive-function
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Qian Guo, Tiantong Zhou, Wenjie Li, Li Dong, Suhong Wang, Ling Zou
BACKGROUND: Executive function refers to conscious control in psychological process which relates to thinking and action. Emotional decision is a part of hot executive function and contains emotion and logic elements. As a kind of important social adaptation ability, more and more attention has been paid in recent years. OBJECTIVE: Gambling task can be well performed in the study of emotional decision. As fMRI researches focused on gambling task show not completely consistent brain activation regions, this study adopted EEG-fMRI fusion technology to reveal brain neural activity related with feedback stimuli...
July 2017: Brain and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728675/increased-striatal-dopamine-synthesis-capacity-in-gambling-addiction
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Ruth J van Holst, Guillaume Sescousse, Lieneke K Janssen, Marcel Janssen, Anne S Berry, William J Jagust, Roshan Cools
BACKGROUND: The hypothesis that dopamine plays an important role in the pathophysiology of pathological gambling is pervasive. However, there is little to no direct evidence for a categorical difference between pathological gamblers and healthy control subjects in terms of dopamine transmission in a drug-free state. Here we provide evidence for this hypothesis by comparing dopamine synthesis capacity in the dorsal and ventral parts of the striatum in 13 pathological gamblers and 15 healthy control subjects...
June 16, 2017: Biological Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725655/cell-replacement-therapy-is-the-remedial-solution-for-treating-parkinson-s-disease
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Venkatesan Dhivya, Vellingiri Balachandar
The selective degeneration of dopaminergic (DA) neurons in Parkinson's disease (PD) has made an idol target for cell replacement therapies and other emerging surgical treatments. Certainly, by transplantation method, the therapeutic regimens such as human fetal ventral midbrain (hfVM) cells, human embryonic stem cells (hESCs), human neural stem/precursor/ progenitor cells (hNSCs/hNPCs), human mesenchymal stem cells (hMSCs), human induced neural stem cells (hiNSCs), and human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs) have been used into DA deficient striatum...
2017: Stem Cell Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716962/gamma-oscillations-in-the-rat-ventral-striatum-originate-in-the-piriform-cortex
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James E Carmichael, Jimmie M Gmaz, Matthijs A A van der Meer
Local field potentials (LFPs) recorded from the human and rodent ventral striatum (vStr) exhibit prominent, behaviorally relevant gamma-band oscillations. These oscillations are related to local spiking activity and transiently synchronize with anatomically related areas, suggesting a possible role in organizing vStr activity. However, the origin of vStr gamma is unknown. We recorded vStr gamma oscillations across a 1.4mm(2) grid spanned by 64 recording electrodes as male rats rested and foraged for rewards, revealing a highly consistent power gradient originating in the adjacent piriform cortex...
July 17, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715907/selective-effects-of-psychotherapy-on-frontopolar-cortical-function-in-ptsd
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Gregory A Fonzo, Madeleine S Goodkind, Desmond J Oathes, Yevgeniya V Zaiko, Meredith Harvey, Kathy K Peng, M Elizabeth Weiss, Allison L Thompson, Sanno E Zack, Colleen E Mills-Finnerty, Benjamin M Rosenberg, Raleigh Edelstein, Rachael N Wright, Carena A Kole, Steven E Lindley, Bruce A Arnow, Booil Jo, James J Gross, Barbara O Rothbaum, Amit Etkin
OBJECTIVE: Exposure therapy is an effective treatment for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), but a comprehensive, emotion-focused perspective on how psychotherapy affects brain function is lacking. The authors assessed changes in brain function after prolonged exposure therapy across three emotional reactivity and regulation paradigms. METHOD: Individuals with PTSD underwent functional MRI (fMRI) at rest and while completing three tasks assessing emotional reactivity and regulation...
July 18, 2017: American Journal of Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715661/cognitive-decline-and-brain-amyloid-%C3%AE-accumulation-across-3-years-in-adults-with-down-syndrome
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Sigan L Hartley, Benjamin L Handen, Darlynne Devenny, Iulia Mihaila, Regina Hardison, Patrick J Lao, William E Klunk, Peter Bulova, Sterling C Johnson, Bradley T Christian
Adults with Down syndrome (DS) have a high incidence of Alzheimer's disease (AD), providing a unique opportunity to explore the early, preclinical stages of AD neuropathology. We examined change in brain amyloid-β accumulation via the positron emission tomography tracer [11C] Pittsburgh compound B (PiB) across 2 data collection cycles, spaced 3 years apart, and decline in cognitive functioning in 58 adults with DS without clinical AD. PiB retention increased in the anterior cingulate gyrus, precuneus cortex, parietal cortex, and anterior ventral striatum...
June 2, 2017: Neurobiology of Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711813/multi-site-exploration-of-sex-differences-in-brain-reactivity-to-smoking-cues-consensus-across-sites-and-methodologies
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Kelly M Dumais, Teresa R Franklin, Kanchana Jagannathan, Nathan Hager, Michael Gawrysiak, Jennifer Betts, Stacey Farmer, Emily Guthier, Heather Pater, Amy C Janes, Reagan R Wetherill
BACKGROUND: Biological sex influences cigarette smoking behavior. More men than women smoke, but women have a harder time quitting. Sex differences in smoking cue (SC) reactivity may underlie such behavioral differences. However, the influence of sex on brain reactivity to SCs has yielded inconsistent findings suggesting the need for continued study. Here, we investigated the effect of sex on SC reactivity across two sites using different imaging modalities and SC stimulus types. METHODS: Pseudo-continuous arterial spin-labeled (pCASL) perfusion functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) was used to assess brain responses to SC versus non-SC videos in 40 smokers (23 females) at the University of Pennsylvania...
July 8, 2017: Drug and Alcohol Dependence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28706191/aldehyde-dehydrogenase-1-positive-nigrostriatal-dopaminergic-fibers-exhibit-distinct-projection-pattern-and-dopamine-release-dynamics-at-mouse-dorsal-striatum
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Carmelo Sgobio, Junbing Wu, Wang Zheng, Xi Chen, Jing Pan, Armando G Salinas, Margaret I Davis, David M Lovinger, Huaibin Cai
Aldehyde dehydrogenase 1 (ALDH1A1)-positive dopaminergic (DA) neurons at the ventral substantia nigra pars compacta (SNpc) preferentially degenerate in Parkinson's disease (PD). Their projection pattern and dopamine release properties, however, remains uncharacterized. Here we show that ALDH1A1-positive axons project predominantly to the rostral two-thirds of dorsal striatum. A portion of these axons converge on a small fraction of striosome compartments restricted to the dorsolateral striatum (DLS), where less dopamine release was measured compared to the adjacent matrix enriched with the ALDH1A1-negative axons...
July 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28705766/patients-with-major-depressive-disorder-exhibit-reduced-reward-size-coding-in-the-striatum
#17
Masahiro Takamura, Yasumasa Okamoto, Go Okada, Shigeru Toki, Tetsuya Yamamoto, Naho Ichikawa, Asako Mori, Hideaki Minagawa, Yoshiyuki Takaishi, Yasutaka Fujii, Yoko Kaichi, Yuji Akiyama, Kazuo Awai, Shigeto Yamawaki
BACKGROUND: Anhedonia is a core symptom of major depressive disorder (MDD). While recent evidence suggests that reduced motivation for reward may be a core feature of anhedonia, the abnormalities in modulatory neural responses to variable reward amounts in MDD patients remain unclear. We investigated whether MDD patients' ability to represent variable-sized monetary rewards in the striatum is disrupted. METHODS: Twelve MDD patients and 12 healthy volunteers completed an assessment of psychometric status and participated in a functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) task that involved the anticipation of financial reward (monetary incentive delay task)...
July 11, 2017: Progress in Neuro-psychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28696410/a-neural-link-between-generosity-and-happiness
#18
Soyoung Q Park, Thorsten Kahnt, Azade Dogan, Sabrina Strang, Ernst Fehr, Philippe N Tobler
Generous behaviour is known to increase happiness, which could thereby motivate generosity. In this study, we use functional magnetic resonance imaging and a public pledge for future generosity to investigate the brain mechanisms that link generous behaviour with increases in happiness. Participants promised to spend money over the next 4 weeks either on others (experimental group) or on themselves (control group). Here, we report that, compared to controls, participants in the experimental group make more generous choices in an independent decision-making task and show stronger increases in self-reported happiness...
July 11, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28695319/acute-impact-of-selected-pyridoindole-derivatives-on-fos-expression-in-different-structures-of-the-rat-brain
#19
Romana Koprdova, Jana Osacka, Mojmir Mach, Alexander Kiss
The impacts of three pyridoindole derivatives (PDs), designated as PD144, PD143, and PD104, which have previously been shown to have antidepressant (PD144) and anxiolytic (PD143, PD104) properties, were investigated on the Fos expressions in 11 different rat brain areas, including the medial prefrontal cortex, striatum, septum, accumbens nucleus (shell, core), bed nucleus of the stria terminalis, hypothalamic paraventricular nucleus, central amygdala, locus coeruleus, dorsal raphe nucleus, and the solitary tract nucleus...
July 10, 2017: Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28689673/the-anatomy-of-apathy-a-neurocognitive-framework-for-amotivated-behavior
#20
C Le Heron, M A J Apps, M Husain
Apathy is a debilitating syndrome associated with many neurological disorders, including several common neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson's disease and Alzheimer's disease, and focal lesion syndromes such as stroke. Here, we review neuroimaging studies to identify anatomical correlates of apathy, across brain disorders. Our analysis reveals that apathy is strongly associated with disruption particularly of dorsal anterior cingulate cortex (dACC), ventral striatum (VS) and connected brain regions...
July 6, 2017: Neuropsychologia
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