Joëlle Micallef-Roll

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Variable findings have been reported for emotional processing in patients with Parkinson disease (PD). These contradictions could be due to differences in the progression of dopamine (DA) depletion. Levodopa treatment could have either beneficial or detrimental effects on brain functions modulated by DA according to disease progression. In healthy subjects,(More)
A critical role of dopaminergic systems in emotional processing has been revealed by several animal and clinical studies in Parkinson disease and schizophrenia. We conducted a study with functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) in 13 healthy volunteers to test the dopaminergic modulation on amygdala response to emotional processing and to evaluate if it(More)
OBJECTIVE A link between the brain dopaminergic (DA) system and emotional processing seems to be supported by the DA nature of neural systems surrounding emotional recognition, the occurrence of emotional deficits in medical disorders involving a DA dysfunction, and the effect of DA agonists or antagonists on emotional processing. The authors tested the(More)
RATIONALE Dopamine is involved in a variety of motor and non-motor information-processing operations. One way to determine its contribution to human information processing is to study reaction time (RT) performance after oral absorption of its precursor, levodopa, which increases its concentration in the nervous system. OBJECTIVE The purpose of the(More)
The aim of the present study was to assess levodopa (L-Dopa)-induced drowsiness in healthy volunteers using two parameters: choice reaction time and a subjective rating of sedation. Sixteen subjects participated in a randomized, double-blinded, crossover study. A single dose of 200 mg L-Dopa or placebo was administered at 9:00 AM. To limit peripheral side(More)
RATIONALE Recently, we have shown that oral absorption of levodopa shortens reaction time (RT), measured as the interval between the response signal and the onset of voluntary electromyographic (EMG) activity. The motor time (MT) interval that elapses from the EMG activity to the mechanical response was not analysed. OBJECTIVE The purpose of the present(More)
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