Papers for Early 2014


"Self-recalibrating classifiers for intracortical brain computer interfaces"
Journal of Neural Engineering, 11:026001

Mouse over here for a brief summary or click to open article in a new tab.Intracortical brain–computer interface (BCI) decoders are typically retrained daily to maintain stable performance. Self-recalibrating decoders aim to remove the burden this may present in the clinic by training themselves autonomously during normal use but have only been developed for continuous control. Here we address the problem for discrete decoding (classifiers).


"Girls’ challenging social experiences in early adolescence predict neural response to rewards and depressive symptoms"
Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, 8:18-27

Mouse over here for a brief summary or click to open article in a new tab.Adolescent psychosocial stress prospectively predicted neural response to potential rewards. Stress-related neural response to potential rewards was correlated with depressive symptoms. Results support reward-focused neurodevelopmental models of depression in girls.


"Environmental enrichment as a viable neurorehabilitation strategy for experimental traumatic brain injury"
Journal of Neurotrauma, 2014 Feb 20. [Epub ahead of print]:1

Mouse over here for a brief summary or click to open article in a new tab.comprehensive review of the literature evaluating environmental enrichment as a therapeutic approach for traumatic brain injury in rodents


"Structural Plasticity within the Barrel Cortex during Initial Phases of Whisker-Dependent Learning."
The Journal of Neuroscience, 34:6078-83

Mouse over here for a brief summary or click to open article in a new tab.Perceptual learning and skill acquisition are associated with dramatic changes in the response properties of sensory cortex neurons. The extent to which structural changes in synaptic connectivity are involved is not well understood. In mice learning an object localization task, we found that dendritic spine growth is enhanced during initial skill acquisition and that this synaptic growth in sensory cortex both preceded and predicted expert performance.


"Current controversies in Experimental Philosophy"
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Mouse over here for a brief summary or click to open article in a new tab.This book presents 8 papers discussing 4 live issues in experimental philosophy.


"Reading faces: Investigating the use of a novel face-based orthography in acquired alexia"
Brain and Language, 129:7-13

Mouse over here for a brief summary or click to open article in a new tab.The authors investigated whether an individual (AA1) with pure alexia resulting from acquired damage to the VWFA territory could learn an alphabetic “FaceFont” orthography, in which faces rather than typical letter-like units are used to represent phonemes.


"Together or apart: Learning of translation-ambiguous words"
Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, in press:in press

Mouse over here for a brief summary or click to open article in a new tab.This paper demonstrates that the difficulties associated with learning translation-ambiguous words can be partially alleviated by particular training manipulations.


"Intracortical microstimulation of the supplementary eye field impairs the ability of monkeys to make serially ordered saccades"
Journal of Neurophysiology, Epub ahead of print:Epub ahead of print

Mouse over here for a brief summary or click to open article in a new tab.To explore the role of the SEF in serial-order performance, we delivered intracortical microstimulation while monkeys performed a task requiring them to make saccades to three objects in a fixed order on each trial. The pattern of induced errors was such as would be expected if microstimulation shifted the neural representation of ordinal position toward a later phase of the trial.


"Type 2 diabetes and cognitive impairment: contributions from neuroimaging."
Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry and Neurology, 27:45

Mouse over here for a brief summary or click to open article in a new tab.A review of neuroimaging studies that have contributed to our understanding of how type 2 diabetes relates to cognitive impairment and Alzheimer Disease.