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Imperceptible Somatosensory Stimulation Alters Sensorimotor Background Rhythm and Connectivity
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It is concluded that after subthreshold stimulation the (excitatory) feedforward sweep of bottom-up processing terminates in SI preventing access to conscious experience, and the increase in alpha activity and the disconnection of SI from frontoparietal areas are likely correlates of an elevated perception threshold and may serve as a gating mechanism for the access toconscious experience. Expand
Somatosensory activation of two fingers can be discriminated with ultrahigh-density diffuse optical tomography
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This work tested the advantage of ultrahigh-density probe arrays and show that highly focal activations would be missed by classical next-nearest neighbor NIRS approach, but also by DOT, when using a sparse probe array, and hypothesize that HD-DOT may render very focal activation accessible which would be missing by the traditionally used sparse arrays. Expand
High-Resolution Optical Functional Mapping of the Human Somatosensory Cortex
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It is shown that optical imaging allows for the differentiation between activations of single finger representations in the primary somatosensory cortex (SI) and this advance in spatial resolution opens new perspectives to apply optical imaging in the research on plasticity notably in patients undergoing neurorehabilitation. Expand
A comparison of neural mechanisms in mirror therapy and movement observation therapy.
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Lateralized cerebral activations elicited during self-initiated movement mirroring and observation of movements are elicited by inversion of visual feedback (movement mirroring), but not by movement observation. Expand
Rewinding the process of mammalian extinction.
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The ideas discussed here, while centered on the northern white rhinoceros, are equally applicable, after proper adjustments, to other mammals on the brink of extinction. Expand
Neoteny, Prolongation of Youth: From Naked Mole Rats to "Naked Apes" (Humans).
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The inhibition of the aging process in humans by specific drugs seems to be a promising approach to prolong the authors' healthspan and might be a way to retard aging, which is already partially accomplished via the natural physiological phenomenon neoteny. Expand
Inhibitory impact of subliminal electrical finger stimulation on SI representation and perceptual sensitivity of an adjacent finger
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This work shows that interspersed subliminal electrical stimulation of an adjacent finger reduces the response to target finger stimulation in contralateral SI and proposes the mechanism underlying this lateral inhibitory effect to be related to a representational overlap of inhibitory interneurons based on the divergence of thalamocortical feedforward projections. Expand
Fruit bats (Pteropodidae) fuel their metabolism rapidly and directly with exogenous sugars
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The results support the notion that flying bats, irrespective of their size, catabolize dietary sugars directly, and possibly exclusively, to fuel flight. Expand
FRAMA: from RNA-seq data to annotated mRNA assemblies
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A comparison with three different sources of naked mole-rat transcripts reveals that FRAMA’s gene models are better supported by RNA-seq data than any other transcript set, demonstrating the competitiveness of FRAMA to state of the art genome-based transcript reconstruction approaches. Expand
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