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BACKGROUND Recent technical developments have made it feasible to comprehensively assess brain anatomy in psychiatric populations. OBJECTIVE To describe the structural brain alterations detected in the magnetic resonance images of a large series of patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) using imaging procedures that allow the evaluation of(More)
CONTEXT Neurobiological models of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) emphasize disturbances in the function and connectivity of brain corticostriatal networks, or "loops." Although neuroimaging studies of patients have supported this network model of OCD, very few have applied measurements that are sensitive to brain connectivity features. OBJECTIVE(More)
The notion of a "default mode of brain function" has taken on certain relevance in human neuroimaging studies and in relation to a network of lateral parietal and midline cortical regions that show prominent activity fluctuations during passive imaging states, such as rest. In this study, we perform three fMRI experiments that demonstrate consistency and(More)
Very few studies have investigated to what extent different subtypes of specific phobia share the same underlying functional neuroanatomy. This study aims to investigate the potential differences in the anatomy and dynamics of the blood oxygen level-dependent (BOLD) responses associated with spider and blood-injection-injury phobias. We used an(More)
BACKGROUND Social anxiety often involves a combination of hypervigilance and avoidance to potentially warning signals including the facial expression of emotions. Functional imaging has demonstrated an increase in amygdala response to emotional faces in subjects with social anxiety. Nevertheless, it is unclear to what extent visual areas processing faces(More)
BACKGROUND The etiology of anorexia nervosa is still unknown. Multiple and distributed brain regions have been implicated in its pathophysiology, implying a dysfunction of connected neural circuits. Despite these findings, the role of white matter in anorexia nervosa has been rarely assessed. In this study, we used diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) to(More)
BACKGROUND The rapid development of language abilities in early childhood coincides with a similarly accelerated progression in brain maturation. OBJECTIVE To quantitate myelination in the lateral part of the verbal left hemisphere from birth to 3 years in the living human brain. METHODS One hundred children (mean age 16.6 months) were examined using(More)
Structural neuroimaging studies have reported a variety of brain alterations between groups of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) patients and healthy controls. However, the large heterogeneity in discrete anatomical measures that exists among patients prevents a clear discrimination of single patients from healthy subjects. This reduces the potential(More)
OBJECTIVE The authors investigated a possible relationship between interindividual variability in anterior cingulate gyrus (ACG) morphology and alexithymia. MATERIALS AND METHODS Magnetic resonance images were obtained in 100 healthy university graduates (51 female, 49 male; mean age 25.6 y). Surface area measurements of the ACG were performed on(More)
BACKGROUND Functional neuroimaging studies have provided consistent support for the idea that obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is associated with disturbances of brain corticostriatal systems. However, in general, these studies have not sought to account for the disorder's prominent clinical heterogeneity. METHODS To address these concerns, we(More)