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Age-related differences in cortical and subcortical activities during observation and motor imagery of dynamic postural tasks: an FMRI study

Mouthon, Audrey ; Ruffieux, Jan ; Mouthon, Michael ; Hoogewoud, Henri-Marcel ; Annoni, Jean-Marie ; Taube, Wolfgang

In: Neural Plasticity, 2018, p. -

Age-related changes in brain activation other than in the primary motor cortex are not well known with respect to dynamic balance control. Therefore, the current study aimed to explore age-related differences in the control of static and dynamic postural tasks using fMRI during mental simulation of balance tasks. For this purpose, 16 elderly (72 ± 5 years) and 16 young adults...

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Auditory time perception in Huntington’s disease

Vez, S. ; Köhli, J. ; Frey, B. ; Magezi, David A. ; Annoni, Jean-Marie ; Burgunder, J.-M.

In: Neuropsychologia, 2018, vol. 119, p. 247–252

Huntington's disease (HD) is characterized by early involvement of the striatum. It affects the pace of repetitive motor activity, as motor timing depends on basal ganglia activity. However, data are lacking on the impact of this process on auditory time perception in motor non-affected gene carriers.Objective: This work aims to test the performance in time perception of a group of mutation...

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Balanced bilinguals favor lexical processing in their opaque language and conversion system in their shallow language

Buetler, Karin A. ; Rodríguez, Diego de León ; Laganaro, Marina ; Müri, René ; Nyffeler, Thomas ; Spierer, Lucas ; Annoni, Jean-Marie

In: Brain and Language, 2015, vol. 150, p. 166–176

Referred to as orthographic depth, the degree of consistency of grapheme/phoneme correspondences varies across languages from high in shallow orthographies to low in deep orthographies. The present study investigates the impact of orthographic depth on reading route by analyzing evoked potentials to words in a deep (French) and shallow (German) language presented to highly proficient bilinguals....

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Balance training reduces brain activity during motor simulation of a challenging balance task in older adults: an fMRI study

Ruffieux, Jan ; Mouthon, Audrey ; Keller, Martin ; Mouthon, Michaël ; Annoni, Jean-Marie ; Taube, Wolfgang

In: Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, 2018, vol. 12, p. -

Aging is associated with a shift from an automatic to a more cortical postural control strategy, which goes along with deteriorations in postural stability. Although balance training has been shown to effectively counteract these behavioral deteriorations, little is known about the effect of balance training on brain activity during postural tasks in older adults. We, therefore, assessed...

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Behavioral and electrophysiological signatures of word translation processes

Jost, Lea B. ; Radman, Narges ; A.Buetler, Karin ; Annoni, Jean-Marie

In: Neuropsychologia, 2018, vol. 109, p. 245–254

Translation is a demanding process during which a message is analyzed, translated and communicated from one language to another. Despite numerous studies on translation mechanisms, the electrophysiological processes underlying translation with overt production remain largely unexplored. Here, we investigated how behavioral response patterns and spatial-temporal brain dynamics differ in a...

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Birth and death of a phantom

Dieguez, Sebastian ; Kaeser, Mélanie ; Roux, Camille ; Cottet, Jérôme ; Annoni, Jean-Marie ; Schmidlin, Eric

In: Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology, 2018, vol. 5, no. 1, p. 98–101

Patients with supernumerary phantom limb report experiencing an additional limb duplicating its physical counterpart, usually following a stroke with sensorimotor disturbances. Here, we report a short-lasting case of a right upper supernumerary phantom limb with unusual visuomotor features in a healthy participant during a pure Jacksonian motor seizure unexpectedly induced by continuous...

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Brain activity during observation and motor imagery of different balance tasks: An fMRI study

Taube, Wolfgang ; Mouthon, Michael ; Leukel, Christian ; Hoogewoud, Henri-Marcel ; Annoni, Jean-Marie ; Keller, Martin

In: Cortex, 2015, vol. 64, p. 102–114

After immobilization, patients show impaired postural control and increased risk of falling. Therefore, loss of balance control should already be counteracted during immobilization. Previously, studies have demonstrated that both motor imagery (MI) and action observation (AO) can improve motor performance. The current study elaborated how the brain is activated during imagination and observation...

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Cognitive control of language production in bilinguals involves a partly independent process within the domain-general cognitive control network: Evidence from task-switching and electrical brain activity

Magezi, David A. ; Khateb, Asaid ; Mouthon, Michael ; Spierer, Lucas ; Annoni, Jean-Marie

In: Brain and Language, 2012, vol. 122, no. 1, p. 55–63

In highly proficient, early bilinguals, behavioural studies of the cost of switching language or task suggest qualitative differences between language control and domain-general cognitive control. By contrast, several neuroimaging studies have shown an overlap of the brain areas involved in language control and domain-general cognitive control. The current study measured both behavioural...

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Comprehension of co-speech gestures in aphasic patients: an eye movement study

Eggenberger, Noëmi ; Preisig, Basil C. ; Schumacher, Rahel ; Hopfner, Simone ; Vanbellingen, Tim ; Nyffeler, Thomas ; Gutbrod, Klemens ; Annoni, Jean-Marie ; Bohlhalter, Stephan ; Cazzoli, Dario ; Müri, René M.

In: PLOS ONE, 2016, vol. 11, no. 1, p. e0146583

Co-speech gestures are omnipresent and a crucial element of human interaction by facilitating language comprehension. However, it is unclear whether gestures also support language comprehension in aphasic patients. Using visual exploration behavior analysis, the present study aimed to investigate the influence of congruence between speech and co-speech gestures on comprehension in terms of...