Heather S Pixley

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BACKGROUND Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) has been hypothesized to involve inhibitory control dysfunction related to abnormal frontal-striatal-thalamic-cortical (FSTC) circuitry. METHODS We examined the neural substrates of response inhibition in adults with OCD using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and a go/no-go task. Participants(More)
Bipolar disorder has been associated with dysfunction of executive control processes. Using functional magnetic resonance imaging, we examined brain activation during a counting Stroop task in 11 healthy adults and 11 patients with bipolar I disorder. Results revealed greater activation for the healthy than bipolar disorder group in distributed brain(More)
Deficits in contrast sensitivity (CS) have been reported in Alzheimer's disease (AD). However, the extent of these deficits in prodromal AD stages, including mild cognitive impairment (MCI) or even earlier, has not been investigated. In this study, CS was assessed using frequency doubling technology in older adults with AD (n = 10), amnestic MCI (n = 28),(More)
Increased frequency of cavum septum pellucidum (CSP) has been inconsistently observed in schizophrenia, and little is known about its functional implications. We investigated whether patients with schizophrenia were more likely than healthy controls to have CSP, and among patients assessed the relationship between CSP, psychiatric symptoms, and selected(More)
OBJECTIVE Effective monitoring and treatment are needed to address the elevated rates of medical comorbidity among individuals with serious mental illnesses. This study examined the feasibility and potential effectiveness of an automated telehealth intervention, supported by nurse health-care management, among adults with serious mental illnesses and(More)
The Cognitive Estimation Test (CET) is generally considered to be a measure of executive function, but there is little information with respect to its clinical utility in patients with schizophrenia. In the present investigation, we evaluated the clinical utility of the CET in 42 patients with schizophrenia relative to 42 healthy comparison subjects matched(More)
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