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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934887/somatosensory-cortex-excitability-changes-due-to-differences-in-instruction-conditions-of-motor-imagery
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Takashi Hasegawa, Hironori Miyata, Keita Nishi, Akira Sagari, Takefumi Moriuchi, Takashi Matsuo, Takayuki Tabira, Toshio Higashi
Purpose Vivid motor imagery appears to be associated with improved motor learning efficiency. However, the practical difficulties in measuring vivid motor imagery warrant new analytical approaches. The present study aimed to determine the instruction conditions for which vividness in motor imagery could be more easily seen and the excitability of the sensory cortex as it relates to the motor image. Materials and methods In total, 15 healthy, right-handed volunteers were instructed to imagine grasping a rubber ball under a verbal-only instruction condition (verbal condition), a verbal + visual instruction condition (visual condition), and a verbal + execution (physically grasping a real ball) condition (execution condition)...
September 21, 2017: Somatosensory & Motor Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919043/neocortical-dynamics-during-whisker-based-sensory-discrimination-in-head-restrained-mice
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Fritjof Helmchen, Ariel Gilad, Jerry L Chen
A fundamental task frequently encountered by brains is to rapidly and reliably discriminate between sensory stimuli of the same modality, be it distinct auditory sounds, odors, visual patterns, or tactile textures. A key mammalian brain structure involved in discrimination behavior is the neocortex. Sensory processing not only involves the respective primary sensory area, which is crucial for perceptual detection, but additionally relies on cortico-cortical communication among several regions including higher-order sensory areas as well as frontal cortical areas...
September 14, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917592/prefrontal-versus-motor-cortex-transcranial-direct-current-stimulation-tdcs-effects-on-post-surgical-opioid-use
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Jeffrey J Borckardt, Scott T Reeves, Cole Milliken, Brittan Carter, Thomas I Epperson, Ryan J Gunselman, Alok Madan, H Del Schutte, Harry A Demos, Mark S George
BACKGROUND: Pain is often a complaint that precedes total knee arthroplasty (TKA), however the procedure itself is associated with considerable post-operative pain lasting days to weeks which can predict longer-term surgical outcomes. Previously, we reported significant opioid-sparing effects of motor cortex transcranial direct current stimulation from a single-blind trial. In the present study, we used double-blind methodology to compare motor cortex tDCS and prefrontal cortex tDCS to both sham and active-control (active electrodes over non-pain modulating brain areas) tDCS...
September 6, 2017: Brain Stimulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917007/specific-properties-of-the-si-and-sii-somatosensory-areas-and-their-effects-on-motor-control-a-system-neurophysiological-study
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Julia Friedrich, Moritz Mückschel, Christian Beste
Sensorimotor integration is essential for successful motor control and the somatosensory modality has been shown to have strong effects on the execution of motor plans. The primary (SI) and the secondary somatosensory (SII) cortices are known to differ in their neuroanatomical connections to prefrontal areas, as well as in their involvement to encode cognitive aspects of tactile processing. Here, we ask whether the area-specific processing architecture or the structural neuroanatomical connections with prefrontal areas determine the efficacy of sensorimotor integration processes for motor control...
September 15, 2017: Brain Structure & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28914737/evidence-of-semantic-processing-impairments-in-behavioural-variant-frontotemporal-dementia-and-parkinson-s-disease
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Katheryn A Q Cousins, Murray Grossman
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Category-specific impairments caused by brain damage can provide important insights into how semantic concepts are organized in the brain. Recent research has demonstrated that disease to sensory and motor cortices can impair perceptual feature knowledge important to the representation of semantic concepts. This evidence supports the grounded cognition theory of semantics, the view that lexical knowledge is partially grounded in perceptual experience and that sensory and motor regions support semantic representations...
September 13, 2017: Current Opinion in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28893928/content-specific-codes-of-parametric-vibrotactile-working-memory-in-humans
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Timo Torsten Schmidt, Yuan-Hao Wu, Felix Blankenburg
To understand how the brain flexibly handles mentally represented information in the absence of sensory stimulation, working memory (WM) studies have been essential. A seminal finding in monkey research is that neurons in the prefrontal cortex (PFC) retain stimulus-specific information when vibrotactile frequencies were memorized. A direct mapping between monkey studies and human fMRI research is still controversial. While oscillatory signatures, in terms of frequency dependent parametric beta-band modulation, have recently been observed in human EEG studies, the content-specificity of these representations in terms of multivariate pattern analysis has not yet been shown...
September 11, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28878631/a-laminar-organization-for-selective-cortico-cortical-communication
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REVIEW
Rinaldo D D'Souza, Andreas Burkhalter
The neocortex is central to mammalian cognitive ability, playing critical roles in sensory perception, motor skills and executive function. This thin, layered structure comprises distinct, functionally specialized areas that communicate with each other through the axons of pyramidal neurons. For the hundreds of such cortico-cortical pathways to underlie diverse functions, their cellular and synaptic architectures must differ so that they result in distinct computations at the target projection neurons. In what ways do these pathways differ? By originating and terminating in different laminae, and by selectively targeting specific populations of excitatory and inhibitory neurons, these "interareal" pathways can differentially control the timing and strength of synaptic inputs onto individual neurons, resulting in layer-specific computations...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroanatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28852394/effects-of-visual-information-regarding-tactile-stimulation-on-the-somatosensory-cortical-activation-a-functional-mri-study
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Hyeok Gyu Kwon, Sung Ho Jang, Mi Young Lee
Many studies have investigated the evidence for tactile and visual interactive responses to activation of various brain regions. However, few studies have reported on the effects of visuo-tactile multisensory integration on the amount of brain activation on the somatosensory cortical regions. The aim of this study was to examine whether coincidental information obtained by tactile stimulation can affect the somatosensory cortical activation using functional MRI. Ten right-handed healthy subjects were recruited for this study...
July 2017: Neural Regeneration Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28831377/centrality-of-prefrontal-and-motor-preparation-cortices-to-tourette-syndrome-revealed-by-meta-analysis-of-task-based-neuroimaging-studies
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Liliana Polyanska, Hugo D Critchley, Charlotte L Rae
Tourette Syndrome (TS) is a neurodevelopmental condition characterized by chronic multiple tics, which are experienced as compulsive and 'unwilled'. Patients with TS can differ markedly in the frequency, severity, and bodily distribution of tics. Moreover, there are high comorbidity rates with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), anxiety disorders, and depression. This complex clinical profile may account for apparent variability of findings across neuroimaging studies that connect neural function to cognitive and motor behavior in TS...
2017: NeuroImage: Clinical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28829782/exploratory-structural-assessment-in-craniocervical-dystonia-global-and-differential-analyses
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Larissa Vilany, Thiago J R de Rezende, Luiza G Piovesana, Lidiane S Campos, Paula C de Azevedo, Fabio R Torres, Marcondes C França, Augusto C Amato-Filho, Iscia Lopes-Cendes, Fernando Cendes, Anelyssa D'Abreu
INTRODUCTION: Our goal was to investigate the cortical thickness and subcortical volume in subjects with craniocervical dystonia and its subgroups. METHODS: We studied 49 subjects, 17 with cervical dystonia, 18 with blepharospasm or oromandibular dystonia, and 79 healthy controls. We performed a whole group analysis, followed by a subgroup analysis. We used Freesurfer software to measure cortical thickness, subcortical volume and to perform a primary exploratory analysis in the craniocervical dystonia group, complemented by a region of interest analysis...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28826501/electrical-activity-controls-area-specific-expression-of-neuronal-apoptosis-in-the-mouse-developing-cerebral-cortex
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Oriane Blanquie, Jenq-Wei Yang, Werner Kilb, Salim Sharopov, Anne Sinning, Heiko J Luhmann
Programmed cell death widely but heterogeneously affects the developing brain, causing the loss of up to 50% of neurons in rodents. However, whether this heterogeneity originates from neuronal identity and/or network-dependent processes is unknown. Here, we report that the primary motor cortex (M1) and primary somatosensory cortex (S1), two adjacent but functionally distinct areas, display striking differences in density of apoptotic neurons during the early postnatal period. These differences in rate of apoptosis negatively correlate with region-dependent levels of activity...
August 21, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813785/a-pilot-study-on-the-optimal-speeds-for-passive-wrist-movements-by-a-rehabilitation-robot-of-stroke-patients-a-functional-nirs-study
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Sung Jin Bae, Sung Ho Jang, Jeong Pyo Seo, Pyung Hun Chang
The optimal conditions inducing proper brain activation during performance of rehabilitation robots should be examined to enhance the efficiency of robot rehabilitation based on the concept of brain plasticity. In this study, we attempted to investigate differences in cortical activation according to the speeds of passive wrist movements performed by a rehabilitation robot for stroke patients. 9 stroke patients with right hemiparesis participated in this study. Passive movements of the affected wrist were performed by the rehabilitation robot at three different speeds: 0...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811255/cortical-layers-cyto-myelo-receptor-and-synaptic-architecture-in-human-cortical-areas
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REVIEW
Nicola Palomero-Gallagher, Karl Zilles
Cortical layers have classically been identified by their distinctive and prevailing cell types and sizes, as well as the packing densities of cell bodies or myelinated fibers. The densities of multiple receptors for classical neurotransmitters also vary across the depth of the cortical ribbon, and thus determine the neurochemical properties of cyto- and myeloarchitectonic layers. However, a systematic comparison of the correlations between these histologically definable layers and the laminar distribution of transmitter receptors is currently lacking...
August 12, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808819/separating-the-idea-from-the-action-a-sloreta-study
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Martin Rakusa, Pierpaolo Busan, Piero Paolo Battaglini, Janez Zidar
Simple imaginary movements activate similar cortical and subcortical areas to actual movements, chiefly in the sensory-motor network. However, only a few studies also examined the imagery of more skilful movements such as reaching. Ten volunteers performed reaching movements or imagined the same movements. EEG was simultaneously recorded and analysed with sLORETA, which compared the preparation for actual and imagined reaching with respect to their baseline and between tasks. Major differences between them were found at three time intervals after target presentation, always in favour of the actual reaching condition...
August 14, 2017: Brain Topography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805585/understanding-and-treating-pain-syndromes-in-parkinson-s-disease
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Marialuisa Gandolfi, Christian Geroin, Angelo Antonini, Nicola Smania, Michele Tinazzi
Pain affects many people with Parkinson's disease (PD) and diminishes their quality of life. Different types of pain have been described, but their related pathophysiological mechanisms remain unclear. The aim of this chapter is to provide movement disorders specialists an update about the pathophysiology of pain and a practical guide for the management of pain syndromes in clinical practice. This chapter reviews current knowledge on the pathophysiological mechanisms of sensory changes and pain in PD, as well as assessment and treatment procedures to manage these symptoms...
2017: International Review of Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28793351/characterization-of-neurons-in-the-primate-medial-intraparietal-area-reveals-a-joint-representation-of-intended-reach-direction-and-amplitude
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Rishi Rajalingham, Sam Musallam
To support accurate memory-guided reaching, the brain must represent both the direction and amplitude of reaches in a movement plan. Several cortical areas have been shown to represent the direction of a planned reaching movement, but the neuronal representation of reach amplitude is still unclear, especially in sensory-motor integration areas. To investigate this, we recorded from neurons in the medial intraparietal area (MIP) of monkeys performing a variable amplitude memory reach task. In one monkey, we additionally recorded from the dorsal premotor cortex (PMd) for direct cross-area comparisons...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743011/posterior-parietal-cortex
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Jonathan R Whitlock
The posterior parietal cortex, along with temporal and prefrontal cortices, is one of the three major associative regions in the cortex of the mammalian brain. It is situated between the visual cortex at the caudal pole of the brain and the somatosensory cortex just behind the central sulcus. Technically, any cortex covered by the parietal bone is referred to as 'parietal cortex', but the posterior sector, formally referred to as posterior parietal cortex, is indeed its own functional section of cortex, consisting of Brodmann's areas 5, 7, 39, and 40 in humans, areas 5 and 7 in macaques, and area 7 in rodents (Figure 1)...
July 24, 2017: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735100/attention-modulates-specific-motor-cortical-circuits-recruited-by-transcranial-magnetic-stimulation
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J L Mirdamadi, L Y Suzuki, S K Meehan
Skilled performance and acquisition is dependent upon afferent input to motor cortex. The present study used short-latency afferent inhibition (SAI) to probe how manipulation of sensory afference by attention affects different circuits projecting to pyramidal tract neurons in motor cortex. SAI was assessed in the first dorsal interosseous muscle while participants performed a low or high attention-demanding visual detection task. SAI was evoked by preceding a suprathreshold transcranial magnetic stimulus with electrical stimulation of the median nerve at the wrist...
September 17, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733833/neuroanatomy-of-pain-deficiency-and-cross-modal-activation-in-calcium-channel-subunit-cacn-%C3%AE-2%C3%AE-3-knockout-mice
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Julia Landmann, Franziska Richter, Ana-Maria Oros-Peusquens, N Jon Shah, Joseph Classen, G Gregory Neely, Angelika Richter, Josef M Penninger, Ingo Bechmann
The phenotype of calcium channel subunit (CACN) α2δ3 knockout (KO) mice includes sensory cross-activation and deficient pain perception. Sensory cross-activation defines the activation of a sensory cortical region by input from another modality due to reorganization in the brain such as after sensory loss. To obtain mechanistic insight into both phenomena, we employed a comprehensive battery of neuroanatomical techniques. While CACNα2δ3 was ubiquitously expressed in wild-type mice, it was absent in α2δ3 KO animals...
July 21, 2017: Brain Structure & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729830/resting-state-fluctuations-of-eeg-sensorimotor-rhythm-reflect-bold-activities-in-the-pericentral-areas-a-simultaneous-eeg-fmri-study
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Shohei Tsuchimoto, Shuka Shibusawa, Nobuaki Mizuguchi, Kenji Kato, Hiroki Ebata, Meigen Liu, Takashi Hanakawa, Junichi Ushiba
Blockade of the scalp electroencephalographic (EEG) sensorimotor rhythm (SMR) is a well-known phenomenon following attempted or executed motor functions. Such a frequency-specific power attenuation of the SMR occurs in the alpha and beta frequency bands and is spatially registered at primary somatosensory and motor cortices. Here, we hypothesized that resting-state fluctuations of the SMR in the alpha and beta frequency bands also covary with resting-state sensorimotor cortical activity, without involving task-related neural dynamics...
2017: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
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