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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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Modulation of inhibitory control by prefrontal anodal tDCS: A crossover double-blind sham-controlled fMRI study

Sallard, Etienne ; Mouthon, Michael ; De Pretto, Michael ; Spierer, Lucas

In: PLOS ONE, 2018, vol. 13, no. 3, p. e0194936

Prefrontal anodal transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) has been proposed as a potential approach to improve inhibitory control performance. The functional consequences of tDCS during inhibition tasks remain, however, largely unresolved. We addressed this question by analyzing functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) recorded while participants completed a Go/NoGo task after...

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Neural correlates of maladaptive pain behavior in chronic neck pain - a single case control fMRI study

Beinert, Konstantin ; Mouthon, Audrey ; Keller, Martin ; Mouthon, Michael ; Annoni, Jean-Marie ; Taube, Wolfgang

In: Pain Physician, 2017, vol. 20, no. 1, p. E115–E125

Chronic neck pain patients display functional impairments like decreased range of motion, decreased strength, and reduced sensorimotor function. In patients without structural damage, the reason for the persistence of pain is not well understood. Therefore, it is assumed that in chronic pain states, memory processes play an important role. We have now detected and tested a patient that might...

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Sustained enhancements in inhibitory control depend primarily on the reinforcement of fronto-basal anatomical connectivity

Chavan, Camille ; Mouthon, Michael ; Simone, Marie ; Hoogewoud, tHenri-Marcel ; Draganski, Bogdan ; Zwaag, Wietske van der ; Spierer, Lucas

In: Brain Structure and Function, 2017, vol. 222, no. 1, p. 635–643

What are the neurophysiological determinants of sustained supra-normal inhibitory control performance? We addressed this question by coupling multimodal neuroimaging and behavioral investigations of experts in fencing who underwent more than 20,000 h of inhibitory control training over 15 years. The superior control of the experts manifested behaviorally as a speeding-up of inhibition...

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The role of the cognitive control system in recovery from bilingual aphasia: a multiple single-case fMRI study

Radman, Narges ; Mouthon, Michael ; Pietro, Marie Di ; Gaytanidis, Chrisovalandou ; Leemann, Beatrice ; Abutalebi, Jubin ; Annoni, Jean-Marie

In: Neural Plasticity, 2016, vol. 2016, p. e8797086

Aphasia in bilingual patients is a therapeutic challenge since both languages can be impacted by the same lesion. Language control has been suggested to play an important role in the recovery of first (L1) and second (L2) language in bilingual aphasia following stroke. To test this hypothesis, we collected behavioral measures of language production (general aphasia evaluation and picture...

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Differential patterns of functional and structural plasticity within and between inferior frontal gyri support training-induced improvements in inhibitory control proficiency

Chavan, Camille F. ; Mouthon, Michael ; Draganski, Bogdan ; Zwaag, Wietske van der ; Spierer, Lucas

In: Human Brain Mapping, 2015, vol. 36, no. 7, p. 2527–2543

Ample evidence indicates that inhibitory control (IC), a key executive component referring to the ability to suppress cognitive or motor processes, relies on a right-lateralized fronto-basal brain network. However, whether and how IC can be improved with training and the underlying neuroplastic mechanisms remains largely unresolved. We used functional and structural magnetic resonance imaging to...

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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...