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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329909/testing-the-boundaries-of-boundary-extension-anticipatory-scene-representation-across-development-and-disorder
#1
G Spanò, H Intraub, J O Edgin
Recent studies have suggested that Boundary Extension (BE), a scene construction error, may be linked to the function of the hippocampus. In this study, we tested BE in two groups with variations in hippocampal development and disorder: a typically developing sample ranging from preschool to adolescence and individuals with Down syndrome. We assessed BE across three different test modalities: drawing, visual recognition, and a 3D scene boundary reconstruction task. Despite confirmed fluctuations in memory function measured through a neuropsychological assessment, the results showed consistent BE in all groups across test modalities, confirming the near universal nature of BE...
March 22, 2017: Hippocampus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329084/obstructive-sleep-apnea-is-associated-with-early-but-possibly-modifiable-alzheimer-s-disease-changes
#2
Claudio Liguori, Nicola Biagio Mercuri, Francesca Izzi, Andrea Romigi, Alberto Cordella, Giuseppe Sancesario, Fabio Placidi
Study Objectives: Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a common sleep disorder. Actually, literature lacks studies examining sleep, cognition, and Alzheimer's Disease (AD) cerebrospinal-fluid biomarkers in OSA patients. Therefore, we firstly studied cognitive performances, polysomnographic sleep, and CSF β-amyloid, tau proteins and lactate levels in patients affected by subjective cognitive impairment (SCI) divided in three groups: OSA patients (showing an Apnea-Hypopnea Index - AHI ≥15/h), controls (showing an AHI<15/h), and patients treating OSA by continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP)...
January 28, 2017: Sleep
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328738/inhibition-of-hippocampal-long-term-potentiation-by-high-fat-diets-is-it-related-to-an-effect-of-palmitic-acid-involving-glycogen-synthase-kinase-3
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Ana Contreras, Danila Del Rio, Ana Martínez, Carmen Gil, Lidia Morales, Mariano Ruiz-Gayo, Nuria Del Olmo
High-fat diets (HFD) impair hippocampal-dependent learning and memory and produce important changes in synaptic transmission by enhancing glutamate uptake, decreasing synaptic efficacy, and inhibiting plasticity mechanisms such as N-methyl-D-aspartate-mediated long-term depression (LTD) within the hippocampus. Adolescent animals seem to be particularly susceptible to the detrimental effect of HFD as dietary treatments carried out between weaning and early adulthood are much more efficient in terms of hippocampal damage that those carried out during the adult period...
March 21, 2017: Neuroreport
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328547/predictors-and-impact-of-self-reported-suboptimal-effort-on-estimates-of-prevalence-of-hiv-associated-neurocognitive-disorders
#4
Andrew J Levine, Eileen Martin, Ned Sacktor, Cynthia Munro, James Becker
BACKGROUND: Prevalence estimates of HIV-associated neurocognitive disorders (HAND) may be inflated. Estimates are determined via cohort studies in which participants may apply suboptimal effort on neurocognitive testing, thereby inflating estimates. Additionally, fluctuating HAND severity over time may be related to inconsistent effort. To address these hypotheses, we characterized effort in the Multicenter AIDS Cohort Study. METHODS: After neurocognitive testing, 935 participants (525 HIV-, 410 HIV+) completed the Visual Analogue Effort Scale (VAES), rating their effort from 0-100%...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes: JAIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327097/rumination-mediates-the-relationship-between-overgeneral-autobiographical-memory-and-depression-in-patients-with-major-depressive-disorder
#5
Yansong Liu, Xinnian Yu, Bixiu Yang, Fuquan Zhang, Wenhua Zou, Aiguo Na, Xudong Zhao, Guangzhong Yin
BACKGROUND: Overgeneral autobiographical memory has been identified as a risk factor for the onset and maintenance of depression. However, little is known about the underlying mechanisms that might explain overgeneral autobiographical memory phenomenon in depression. The purpose of this study was to test the mediation effects of rumination on the relationship between overgeneral autobiographical memory and depressive symptoms. Specifically, the mediation effects of brooding and reflection subtypes of rumination were examined in patients with major depressive disorder...
March 21, 2017: BMC Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326164/ptsd-symptom-severity-relates-to-cognitive-and-psycho-social-dysfunctioning-a-study-with-congolese-refugees-in-uganda
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Herbert E Ainamani, Thomas Elbert, David K Olema, Tobias Hecker
Background: In the ongoing conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), civilians have been heavily exposed to traumatic stressors. Traumatizing experiences cumulatively heighten the risk for trauma-related disorders, and with it affect cognitive and psycho-social functioning. Objectives: We aimed at investigating the association between trauma-related disorders and cognitive and psycho-social functioning and hypothesized that PTSD symptom severity would negatively correlate with executive functioning, working memory and psycho-social functioning in everyday life...
2017: European Journal of Psychotraumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326014/the-gabaergic-hypothesis-for-cognitive-disabilities-in-down-syndrome
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REVIEW
Andrea Contestabile, Salvatore Magara, Laura Cancedda
Down syndrome (DS) is a genetic disorder caused by the presence of a third copy of chromosome 21. DS affects multiple organs, but it invariably results in altered brain development and diverse degrees of intellectual disability. A large body of evidence has shown that synaptic deficits and memory impairment are largely determined by altered GABAergic signaling in trisomic mouse models of DS. These alterations arise during brain development while extending into adulthood, and include genesis of GABAergic neurons, variation of the inhibitory drive and modifications in the control of neural-network excitability...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325138/assessment-of-olfactory-memory-in-olfactory-dysfunction
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Kathrin Kollndorfer, Johanna Reichert, Josephine Braunsteiner, Veronika Schöpf
To assess all clinically relevant components of olfactory perception, examinations for olfactory sensitivity, discrimination, and identification are performed. Besides the standard perceptual test battery, episodic olfactory memory might offer additional information about olfactory abilities relative to these standard clinical tests. As both olfactory deficits and memory deficits are early symptoms in neurodegenerative disorders, olfactory memory may be of particular interest. However, to date little is known about episodic olfactory memory performance in patients with decreased olfactory function...
March 2017: Perception
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324119/the-impact-of-cognitive-training-in-substance-use-disorder-the-effect-of-working-memory-training-on-impulse-control-in-methamphetamine-users
#9
Samantha J Brooks, L Wiemerslage, K H Burch, S A Maiorana, E Cocolas, H B Schiöth, K Kamaloodien, D J Stein
OBJECTIVES: Impulsivity is a vulnerability trait for poor self-regulation in substance use disorder (SUD). Working memory (WM) training improves impulsivity and self-regulation in psychiatric disorders. Here we test WM training in methamphetamine use disorder (MUD). METHODS: There are 15 MUD patients receiving inpatient treatment as usual (TAU) and 20 who additionally completed WM cognitive training (CT) and 25 healthy controls (HC). MANCOVA repeated measures analyses examined changes in impulsivity and self-regulation at baseline and after 4 weeks...
March 21, 2017: Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323492/regulatory-and-exhausted-t-cell-responses-to-aav-capsid
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Gwladys Gernoux, James M Wilson, Christian Mueller
Recombinant adeno-associated viruses are quickly becoming the preferred viral vector for viral gene delivery for the treatment of a wide variety of genetic disorders. However, since their use in a clinical trial targeting Hemophilia B patients 10 years ago, immune responses to AAV capsid appear to have hampered some of the early clinical gene transfer efficacy. Indeed, AAV-based gene transfer has been shown to reactivate capsid-specific memory T cells which have correlated with a decline in AAV transduced tissue in some patients...
March 21, 2017: Human Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323201/the-recency-ratio-is-associated-with-reduced-csf-glutamate-in-late-life-depression
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Davide Bruno, Jay Nierenberg, Thomas B Cooper, Charles R Marmar, Henrik Zetterberg, Kaj Blennow, Kenji Hashimoto, Nunzio Pomara
Glutamate is the principal excitatory neurotransmitter in the central nervous system, and is thought to be involved in the process of memory encoding and storage. Glutamate disturbances have also been reported in psychiatric disorders, such as schizophrenia and major depressive disorder (MDD), and in Alzheimer's disease. In this paper, we set out to study the relationship between cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) glutamate levels and memory performance, which we believe has not been reported previously. In particular, we focused on recall performance broken down by serial position...
March 16, 2017: Neurobiology of Learning and Memory
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323058/executive-functioning-in-a-racially-diverse-sample-of-children-who-are-overweight-and-at-risk-for-eating-disorders
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Andrea B Goldschmidt, Setareh O'Brien, Jason M Lavender, Carolyn M Pearson, Daniel Le Grange, Scott J Hunter
Difficulties with executive functioning may underlie both overweight and loss of control (LOC) eating behavior across the age spectrum, but there is a relative paucity of research in children with both conditions. This study aimed to characterize general executive functioning among children with overweight and LOC eating as compared to their overweight and normal-weight peers. Participants were 75 racially diverse children (58.7% female; 81.3% African-American), aged 9-12y (M age = 10.5 ± 1.1), of whom 26 were overweight/obese and endorsed LOC eating (OW-LOC), 34 were overweight controls (OW-CON), and 15 were normal-weight controls (NW-CON)...
March 17, 2017: Appetite
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321200/the-importance-of-metamemory-functioning-to-the-pathogenesis-of-psychosis
#13
REVIEW
Sarah Eisenacher, Mathias Zink
Many studies up to date have implied that biases in the metacognition of memory, so called metamemory, contribute to the development and maintenance of positive symptoms in schizophrenia. However, no study exists which has longitudinally followed patients experiencing positive symptoms. The present article therefore reviews cross-sectional studies on retrospective metamemory abilities in participants within different stages of a schizophrenia spectrum disorder, with heterogeneous symptom severities, creating a pseudo-longitudinal overview...
2017: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321184/the-role-of-early-growth-response-1-egr1-in-brain-plasticity-and-neuropsychiatric-disorders
#14
REVIEW
Florian Duclot, Mohamed Kabbaj
It is now clearly established that complex interactions between genes and environment are involved in multiple aspects of neuropsychiatric disorders, from determining an individual's vulnerability to onset, to influencing its response to therapeutic intervention. In this perspective, it appears crucial to better understand how the organism reacts to environmental stimuli and provide a coordinated and adapted response. In the central nervous system, neuronal plasticity and neurotransmission are among the major processes integrating such complex interactions between genes and environmental stimuli...
2017: Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320841/prefrontal-cortex-kca2-channels-regulate-mglu5-dependent-plasticity-and-extinction-of-alcohol-seeking-behavior
#15
Reginald Cannady, Justin T McGonigal, Ryan J Newsom, John J Woodward, Patrick J Mulholland, Justin T Gass
Identifying novel treatments that facilitate extinction learning could enhance cue-exposure therapy and reduce high relapse rates in alcoholics. Activation of mGlu5 receptors in the infralimbic prefrontal cortex (IL-PFC) facilitates learning during extinction of cue-conditioned alcohol-seeking behavior. Small-conductance calcium-activated potassium (KCa2) channels have also been implicated in extinction learning of fear memories, and mGlu5 receptor activation can reduce KCa2 channel function. Using a combination of electrophysiological, pharmacological, and behavioral approaches, this study examined KCa2 channels as a novel target to facilitate extinction of alcohol-seeking behavior in rats...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320224/identification-of-common-neural-circuit-disruptions-in-cognitive-control-across-psychiatric-disorders
#16
Lisa M McTeague, Julia Huemer, David M Carreon, Ying Jiang, Simon B Eickhoff, Amit Etkin
OBJECTIVE: Cognitive deficits are a common feature of psychiatric disorders. The authors investigated the nature of disruptions in neural circuitry underlying cognitive control capacities across psychiatric disorders through a transdiagnostic neuroimaging meta-analysis. METHOD: A PubMed search was conducted for whole-brain functional neuroimaging articles published through June 2015 that compared activation in patients with axis I disorders and matched healthy control participants during cognitive control tasks...
March 21, 2017: American Journal of Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319344/mesoscale-polarization-by-geometric-frustration-in-columnar-supramolecular-crystals
#17
Christoph S Zehe, Joshua A Hill, Nicholas P Funnell, Klaus Kreger, Kasper P van der Zwan, Andrew L Goodwin, Hans-Werner Schmidt, Jürgen Senker
Columnar supramolecular phases with polarization along the columnar axis have potential for the development of ultrahigh-density memories as every single column might function as a memory element. By investigating structure and disorder for four columnar benzene-1,3,5-trisamides by total X-ray scattering and DFT calculations, we demonstrate that the column orientation, and thus the columnar dipole moment, is receptive to geometric frustration if the columns aggregate in a hexagonal rod packing. The frustration suppresses conventional antiferroelectric order and heightens the sensitivity towards collective intercolumnar packing effects...
March 20, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318413/treatment-strategies-for-programming-and-ritual-abuse
#18
Colin Ross
Individuals in treatment for dissociative identity disorder not uncommonly describe childhood involvement in organized, multi-perpetrator ritual abuse. They described being "programmed" by the perpetrators and feel that the programming is out of their control. The author has developed a set of treatment strategies and interventions for such cases. These are based on the principle of therapeutic neutrality and can be used no matter what assumptions the therapist makes about the historical accuracy of the memories and beliefs...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Trauma & Dissociation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317384/exploring-possible-predictors-and-moderators-of-an-executive-function-training-for-children-with-an-autism-spectrum-disorder
#19
Marieke de Vries, Mathilde Ge Verdam, Pier Jm Prins, Ben A Schmand, Hilde M Geurts
Previously, a total of 121 children with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) performed an adaptive working memory (WM)-training, an adaptive flexibility-training, or a non-adaptive control (mock)-training. Despite overall improvement, there were minor differences between the adaptive and mock-training conditions. Moreover, dropout was relatively high (26%). In the current study we explored potential predicting and moderating factors to clarify these findings. The effects of intelligence, autism traits, WM, flexibility, reward sensitivity and Theory of Mind on dropout, improvement during training, and improvement in everyday executive functioning (EF), ASD-like behavior, and Quality of Life (QoL) were studied...
March 1, 2017: Autism: the International Journal of Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316773/vitamin-d-treatment-during-pregnancy-prevents-autism-related-phenotypes-in-a-mouse-model-of-maternal-immune-activation
#20
Stephanie Vuillermot, Wei Luan, Urs Meyer, Darryl Eyles
BACKGROUND: Prenatal exposure to infection is a recognized environmental risk factor for neuropsychiatric disorders of developmental origins such as autism or schizophrenia. Experimental work in animals indicates that this link is mediated by maternal immune activation (MIA) involving interactions between cytokine-associated inflammatory events, oxidative stress, and other pathophysiological processes such as hypoferremia and zinc deficiency. Maternal administration of the viral mimic polyriboinosinic-polyribocytidylic acid (poly(I:C)) in mice produces several behavioral phenotypes in adult offspring of relevance to autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other neurodevelopmental disorders...
2017: Molecular Autism
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