Jennifer L Figurski

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Decreased function in the prefrontal cortex (PFC) is regarded as a primary mechanism of cognitive aging. However, despite a strong association between the prefrontal cortex and the neostriatum, the role of the neostriatum in cognitive aging is less certain. In the current study, event-related functional MRI was used to distinguish the cognitive(More)
OBJECTIVE The aim of this exploratory study is to examine the default mode network (DMN) functional connectivity pattern in elderly depressed subjects with and without comorbid anxiety. METHODS Functional magnetic resonance imaging data were collected for 11 elderly depressed subjects with high comorbid anxiety and eight elderly depressed subjects with(More)
Recent studies show that specific regions of the cortex contribute to modulation of appetitive behaviors. The purpose of this study was to determine whether neural response in these regions changes over time when a taste stimulus is administered repeatedly. Such a paradigm may be useful for determining whether altered habituation contributes to disturbed(More)
BACKGROUND Frontostriatal dysfunction is a primary hypothesis for the neurocognitive changes of depression in late life. The aim of the present study was to test this hypothesis with the use of functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) tasks that are known to engage the prefrontal and neostriatal cognitive circuits. METHODS Twenty-three elderly(More)
Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) has revealed much about altered CNS function in HIV/AIDS. In this study, we compared the blood oxygen level dependent hemodynamic response function (BOLD HRF) signal in HIV/AIDS and control subjects as a necessary pre-condition for fMRI studies of higher level cognitive function. Using event-related fMRI,(More)
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