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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644921/targeted-memory-reactivation-during-sleep-but-not-wake-enhances-sensorimotor-skill-performance-a-pilot-study
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Brian P Johnson, Steven M Scharf, Kelly P Westlake
The benefits of sleep on memory consolidation have been enhanced for declarative and motor sequence learning through replaying classically conditioned auditory stimuli during sleep, known as targeted memory reactivation (TMR). However, it is unknown if TMR can influence performance of a sensorimotor skill, in the absence of the cognitive requirements of sequence learning. Here, young adults performed a nondominant arm throwing task separated by a full night of sleep or a full day of wake, with half of all participants receiving TMR between sessions...
June 23, 2017: Journal of Motor Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642699/cerebral-blood-flow-and-amyloid-%C3%AE-interact-to-affect-memory-performance-in-cognitively-normal-older-adults
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Katherine J Bangen, Alexandra L Clark, Emily C Edmonds, Nicole D Evangelista, Madeleine L Werhane, Kelsey R Thomas, Lyzette E Locano, My Tran, Zvinka Z Zlatar, Daniel A Nation, Mark W Bondi, Lisa Delano-Wood
Cerebral blood flow (CBF) alterations and amyloid-β (Aβ) accumulation have been independently linked to cognitive deficits in older adults at risk for dementia. Less is known about how CBF and Aβ may interact to affect cognition in cognitively normal older adults. Therefore, we examined potential statistical interactions between CBF and Aβ status in regions typically affected in Alzheimer's disease (AD) within a sample of older adults from the Alzheimer's Disease Neuroimaging Initiative (ADNI) study. Sixty-two cognitively normal participants (mean age = 72 years) underwent neuroimaging and memory testing...
2017: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642081/tetrahydrocannabinol-thc-impairs-encoding-but-not-retrieval-of-verbal-information
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Mohini Ranganathan, Rajiv Radhakrishnan, Peter H Addy, Ashley Schnakenberg, Ashley Williams, Michelle Carbuto, Jacqueline Elander, Brian Pittman, R Andrew Sewell, Patrick D Skosnik, Deepak Cyril D'Souza
INTRODUCTION: Cannabis and agonists of the brain cannabinoid receptor (CB1R) produce acute memory impairments in humans. However, the extent to which cannabinoids impair encoding and retrieval in humans has not been established. The objective of this analysis was to determine whether the administration of Δ(9)-Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the principal psychoactive constituent of cannabis, impairs encoding and/or retrieval of verbal information. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Healthy subjects were recruited from the community...
June 19, 2017: Progress in Neuro-psychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641678/cognitive-deterioration-in-moderate-and-severe-hypobaric-hypoxia-conditions
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Jeremy M A Beer, Barry S Shender, Daren Chauvin, Todd S Dart, Joseph Fischer
BACKGROUND: Hypoxia continues to present risks in military aviation. Hypoxia symptoms include sensory and cognitive effects; of these, it is important to identify which components of operator performance are most vulnerable to hypoxia-induced decline in order to determine which sensory modality is most effective for alerting an impaired aviator of an imminent hypoxic episode. METHODS: A study was performed in a hypobaric chamber to characterize deterioration of cognitive performance under moderate (MH) and severe (SH) hypoxia conditions, culminating in subjects' inability to perform tasks...
July 1, 2017: Aerospace Medicine and Human Performance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641589/modality-dependent-or-modality-independent-processing-in-mental-arithmetic-evidence-from-unimpaired-auditory-multiplication-for-a-patient-with-left-frontotemporal-stroke
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Dazhi Cheng, Haiyan Wu, Li Yuan, Rui Xu, Qian Chen, Xinlin Zhou
OBJECTIVES: Mental arithmetic is essential to daily life. Researchers have explored the mechanisms that underlie mental arithmetic. Whether mental arithmetic fact retrieval is dependent on surface modality or knowledge format is still highly debated. Chinese individuals typically use a procedure strategy for addition; and they typically use a rote verbal strategy for multiplication. This provides a way to examine the effect of surface modality on different arithmetic operations. METHODS: We used a series of neuropsychological tests (i...
June 23, 2017: Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society: JINS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634675/wild-capuchin-monkeys-anticipate-the-amount-of-ripe-fruit-in-natural-trees
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María Paula Tujague, Charles H Janson
Tropical forests have a high diversity of tree species which have very low densities and vary across time in their seasons of peak fruiting and maturation rates. As evidence of the ability of primates to track or anticipate changes in fruit production at individual trees, researchers have used the increased speed of primate groups toward more rewarding food patches. We analyzed the speed of approach to natural trees of wild capuchin monkeys under the effect of scramble competition, after excluding any plausible visual, olfactory and auditory cues...
June 20, 2017: Animal Cognition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630377/effects-of-cognitive-reserve-depend-on-executive-and-semantic-demands-of-the-task
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R Ryan Darby, Michael Brickhouse, David A Wolk, Bradford C Dickerson
BACKGROUND: Cognitive reserve (CR) is one factor that helps to maintain cognitive function in patients with Alzheimer's disease (AD). Whether the effects of CR depend on the semantic/executive components of the task remains unknown. METHODS: 470 patients (138 with AD, 332 with mild cognitive impairment (MCI)) were selected from the Alzheimer's Disease Neuroimaging Initiative database. Linear regression models were used to determine the effects of CR (years of education) on cognitive performance after controlling for demographic factors and regional cortical atrophy...
June 19, 2017: Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622613/dissociation-of-item-and-source-memory-in-rhesus-monkeys
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Benjamin M Basile, Robert R Hampton
Source memory, or memory for the context in which a memory was formed, is a defining characteristic of human episodic memory and source memory errors are a debilitating symptom of memory dysfunction. Evidence for source memory in nonhuman primates is sparse despite considerable evidence for other types of sophisticated memory and the practical need for good models of episodic memory in nonhuman primates. A previous study showed that rhesus monkeys confused the identity of a monkey they saw with a monkey they heard, but only after an extended memory delay...
June 13, 2017: Cognition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620325/reduced-consolidation-reinstatement-and-renewal-of-conditioned-fear-memory-by-repetitive-treatment-of-radix-polygalae-in-mice
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Jung-Won Shin, Hyunwoo Park, Yoonju Cho, Suck Lee, Jiwon Yoon, Sungho Maeng
The therapeutic goal for the treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is to promote extinction and to prevent the relapse of fearful memories. Research has identified pharmacological treatments that may regulate the formation and extinction of fear memories, but not many reagents that block the relapse of extinguished fear are known. Radix Polygalae (RP) is an Asian herb used for sedation, and its ingredients have anxiolytic and antidepressant properties. As various neurological effects have been identified, we tested whether RP affects the relapse of fear...
2017: Frontiers in Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28618812/auditory-feature-representation-using-convolutional-restricted-boltzmann-machine-and-teager-energy-operator-for-speech-recognition
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Hardik B Sailor, Hemant A Patil
In this letter, authors propose an auditory feature representation technique with the filterbank learned using an annealing dropout convolutional restricted Boltzmann machine (ConvRBM) and noise-robust energy estimation using the Teager energy operator (TEO). TEO is applied on each subband of ConvRBM filterbank and pooled later to get the short-term spectral features. Experiments on AURORA 4 database show that the proposed features perform better than the Mel filterbank features. The relative improvement of 2...
June 2017: Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28617864/pitch-contour-impairment-in-congenital-amusia-new-insights-from-the-self-paced-audio-visual-contour-task-sact
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Xuejing Lu, Yanan Sun, Hao Tam Ho, William Forde Thompson
Individuals with congenital amusia usually exhibit impairments in melodic contour processing when asked to compare pairs of melodies that may or may not be identical to one another. However, it is unclear whether the impairment observed in contour processing is caused by an impairment of pitch discrimination, or is a consequence of poor pitch memory. To help resolve this ambiguity, we designed a novel Self-paced Audio-visual Contour Task (SACT) that evaluates sensitivity to contour while placing minimal burden on memory...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28602997/neural-mechanisms-underlying-valence-inferences-to-sound-the-role-of-the-right-angular-gyrus
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Fernando Bravo, Ian Cross, Sarah Hawkins, Nadia Gonzalez, Jorge Docampo, Claudio Bruno, Emmanuel Andreas Stamatakis
We frequently infer others' intentions based on non-verbal auditory cues. Although the brain underpinnings of social cognition have been extensively studied, no empirical work has yet examined the impact of musical structure manipulation on the neural processing of emotional valence during mental state inferences. We used a novel sound-based theory-of-mind paradigm in which participants categorized stimuli of different sensory dissonance level in terms of positive/negative valence. Whilst consistent with previous studies which propose facilitated encoding of consonances, our results demonstrated that distinct levels of consonance/dissonance elicited differential influences on the right angular gyrus, an area implicated in mental state attribution and attention reorienting processes...
June 8, 2017: Neuropsychologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28600189/effect-of-high-dose-simvastatin-on-cognitive-neuropsychiatric-and-health-related-quality-of-life-measures-in-secondary-progressive-multiple-sclerosis-secondary-analyses-from-the-ms-stat-randomised-placebo-controlled-trial
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Dennis Chan, Sophie Binks, Jennifer M Nicholas, Chris Frost, M Jorge Cardoso, Sebastien Ourselin, David Wilkie, Richard Nicholas, Jeremy Chataway
BACKGROUND: In the 24-month MS-STAT phase 2 trial, we showed that high-dose simvastatin significantly reduced the annualised rate of whole brain atrophy in patients with secondary progressive multiple sclerosis (SPMS). We now describe the results of the MS-STAT cognitive substudy, in which we investigated the treatment effect on cognitive, neuropsychiatric, and health-related quality-of-life (HRQoL) outcome measures. METHODS: We did a secondary analysis of MS-STAT, a 24-month, double-blind, controlled trial of patients with SPMS done at three neuroscience centres in the UK between Jan 28, 2008, and Nov 4, 2011...
June 6, 2017: Lancet Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28596958/circulating-cellular-adhesion-molecules-and-cognitive-function-the-coronary-artery-risk-development-in-young-adults-study
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Cynthia Yursun Yoon, Lyn M Steffen, Myron D Gross, Lenore J Launer, Andrew Odegaard, Alexander Reiner, Otto Sanchez, Kristine Yaffe, Stephen Sidney, David R Jacobs
OBJECTIVE: Higher circulating concentrations of cellular adhesion molecules (CAMs) can be used as markers of endothelial dysfunction. Given that the brain is highly vascularized, we assessed whether endothelial function is associated with cognitive performance. METHOD: Within the Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults (CARDIA) Study, excluding N = 54 with stroke before year 25, we studied CAMs among N = 2,690 black and white men and women in CARDIA year 7 (1992-1993, ages 25-37) and N = 2,848 in CARDIA year 15 (2000-2001, ages 33-45)...
2017: Frontiers in Cardiovascular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28593440/multi-level-mental-representations-of-written-auditory-and-audiovisual-text-in-children-and-adults
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Wienke Wannagat, Gesine Waizenegger, Gerhild Nieding
We examined whether the comprehension of narrative texts differed between auditory, audiovisual, and written text presentations in a sample of 8- and 10-year-olds and adults. Based on multi-level theories of text comprehension that assume text comprehension to involve at least three levels of mental representation, we applied a sentence recognition task that enabled the separate assessment of the memory of the text surface, text base, and the situation model. Results indicate that 8-year-olds benefit from audiovisual and auditory text presentations in comparison with written text presentations in terms of their memory of situation model information...
June 7, 2017: Cognitive Processing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28588534/cognitive-effects-of-thinkrx-cognitive-rehabilitation-training-for-eleven-soldiers-with-brain-injury-a-retrospective-chart-review
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Christina Ledbetter, Amy Lawson Moore, Tanya Mitchell
Cognitive rehabilitation training is a promising technique for remediating the cognitive deficits associated with brain injury. Extant research is dominated by computer-based interventions with varied results. Results from clinician-delivered cognitive rehabilitation are notably lacking in the literature. The current study examined the cognitive outcomes following ThinkRx, a clinician-delivered cognitive rehabilitation training program for soldiers recovering from traumatic brain injury and acquired brain injury...
2017: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28585929/association-between-the-serotonin-transporter-gene-polymorphism-and-verbal-learning-in-older-adults-is-moderated-by-gender
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A-R Imlach, D D Ward, J C Vickers, M J Summers, K L Felmingham
The S allele of the functional 5-HTTLPR polymorphism has previously been associated with reductions in memory function. Given the change in function of the serotonergic system in older adults, and the functional consequences of memory decline in this age group, further investigation into the impact of 5-HTTLPR in healthy older adults is required. This investigation examined the effect of 5-HTTLPR variants (S carriers versus L/L homozygotes) on verbal and visual episodic memory in 438 healthy older adults participating in the Tasmanian Healthy Brain Project (age range 50-79 years, M=60...
June 6, 2017: Translational Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28579518/cognitive-impairment-in-agricultural-workers-and-nearby-residents-exposed-to-pesticides-in-the-coquimbo-region-of-chile
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Sebastián A Corral, Valeria de Angel, Natalia Salas, Liliana Zúñiga-Venegas, Pablo A Gaspar, Floria Pancetti
Chronic exposure to organophosphate pesticides is a worldwide public health concern associated with several psychiatric disorders and dementia. Most existing studies on the effects of pesticides only evaluate agricultural workers. Therefore, this study sought to establish if individuals indirectly exposed to pesticides, such as residents in agricultural areas, also suffer cognitive impairments. Neuropsychological evaluations were carried out on three groups (n=102): agricultural workers directly exposed to pesticides (n=32), individuals living in agricultural areas indirectly (i...
June 1, 2017: Neurotoxicology and Teratology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28579367/early-postnatal-handling-reduces-hippocampal-amyloid-plaque-formation-and-enhances-cognitive-performance-in-appswe-ps1de9-mice-at-middle-age
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Sylvie L Lesuis, Beryl A C E van Hoek, Paul J Lucassen, Harm J Krugers
In rodents, fragmented and low levels of maternal care have been implicated in age-related cognitive decline and the incidence and progression of Alzheimer's pathology. In contrast, enhancing early postnatal maternal care has been associated with improved cognitive function later in life. Here we examined whether early postnatal handling of mouse pups from postnatal days 2-9 enhanced maternal care and whether this affected cognition and Alzheimer pathology at 5 and 11months of age in the APPswe/PS1dE9 mouse model for Alzheimer's disease...
June 1, 2017: Neurobiology of Learning and Memory
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28577274/unexpected-events-disrupt-visuomotor-working-memory-and-increase-guessing
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R Dawn Finzi, Bradley R Postle, Timothy F Brady, Adam R Aron
When an unexpected event, such as a car horn honking, occurs in daily life, it often disrupts our train of thought. In the lab, this effect was recently modeled with a task in which verbal working memory (WM) was disrupted by unexpected auditory events (Wessel et al. in Nature Communications, 7, 11195, 2016). Here we tested whether this effect extends to a different type of WM-namely, visuomotor. We found that unexpected auditory events similarly decremented visuomotor WM. Moreover, this effect persisted for many more trials than had previously been shown for verbal WM, and the effect occurred for two different types of unexpected auditory events...
June 2, 2017: Psychonomic Bulletin & Review
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