(65/868) Face recognition: when a nod is better than a wink.

A recent study has shown that, when people talk, their changing facial expressions and head movements provide dynamic cues for recognition.  (+info)

(66/868) Multiple subclasses of Purkinje cells in the primate floccular complex provide similar signals to guide learning in the vestibulo-ocular reflex.

The neural "learning rules" governing the induction of plasticity in the cerebellum were analyzed by recording the patterns of neural activity in awake, behaving animals during stimuli that induce a form of cerebellum-dependent learning. We recorded the simple- and complex-spike responses of a broad sample of Purkinje cells in the floccular complex during a number of stimulus conditions that induce motor learning in the vestibulo-ocular reflex (VOR). Each subclass of Purkinje cells carried essentially the same information about required changes in the gain of the VOR. The correlation of simple-spike activity in Purkinje cells with activity in vestibular pathways could guide learning during low-frequency but not high-frequency stimuli. Climbing fiber activity could guide learning during all stimuli tested but only if compared with the activity present approximately 100 msec earlier in either vestibular pathways or Purkinje cells.  (+info)

(67/868) Comparative measurement of visual stability in Earth and cosmic space.

Three theories have been suggested as to the cause of space motion sickness: 1) eye and vestibular sensory mismatch, 2) abnormal shift of body fluids producing increased intracranial pressure and 3) pre-warning signals for unpleasant physical situations by self-produced neurotoxic substances released in the body. We are interested in the possible functional disabilities/incongruities of eye, head and body movements in 0-G. Space motion sickness might be explained from the viewpoint of lack of coordination of the movements of the eye and head. It is important to ascertain the significance of gravity in the maintenance of human visual stability. We will examine the coordination of Japanese Payload Specialist (JPS) eye and head movement by electrooculogram and neck muscle electromyogram recordings, as well as obtaining a subjective evaluation of visual stability from the PS during space flight. We hypothesize that 1) poor performance of the eye movement will be observed, 2) unusual neck muscle activity will be observed and 3) there will be decreased visual stability in micro gravity. We obtained all digital data and VCR taped image data in [TEXT MISSING]  (+info)

(68/868) 5-hydroxytryptamine2A receptor inverse agonists as antipsychotics.

We have used a cell-based functional assay to define the pharmacological profiles of a wide range of central nervous system active compounds as agonists, competitive antagonists, and inverse agonists at almost all known monoaminergic G-protein-coupled receptor (GPCR) subtypes. Detailed profiling of 40 antipsychotics confirmed that as expected, most of these agents are potent competitive antagonists of the dopamine D2 receptor. Surprisingly, this analysis also revealed that most are potent and fully efficacious 5-hydroxytryptamine (5-HT)2A receptor inverse agonists. No other molecular property was shared as universally by this class of compounds. Furthermore, comparisons of receptor potencies revealed that antipsychotics with the highest extrapyramidal side effects (EPS) liability are significantly more potent at D2 receptors, the EPS-sparing atypical agents had relatively higher potencies at 5-HT2A receptors, while three were significantly more potent at 5-HT2A receptors. Functional high-throughput screening of a diverse chemical library identified 530 ligands with inverse agonist activity at 5-HT2A receptors, including several series of compounds related to known antipsychotics, as well as a number of novel chemistries. An analog of one of the novel chemical series, AC-90179, was pharmacologically profiled against the remaining monoaminergic GPCRs and found to be a highly selective 5-HT2A receptor inverse agonist. The behavioral pharmacology of AC-90179 is characteristic of an atypical antipsychotic agent.  (+info)

(69/868) Vestibular signals in self-orientation and eye movement control.

The central vestibular system receives afferent information about head position as well as rotation and translation. This information is used to prevent blurring of the retinal image but also to control self-orientation and motion in space. Vestibular signal processing in the brain stem appears to be linked to an internal model of head motion in space.  (+info)

(70/868) Effect of common airway manoeuvres on upper airway dimensions and clinical signs in anaesthetized, spontaneously breathing children.

Chin lift, jaw thrust and these manoeuvres combined with continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) can be used to improve the patency of the upper airway during general anaesthesia. We used video endoscopy and measurement of stridor to compare the efficacy of these manoeuvres in 24 children (3-10 yr) with adenotonsillar hyperplasia. A bronchofibrescope was passed via the nose while the children were breathing spontaneously, to identify (i) the shortest transverse distance between the tonsils during inspiration and during expiration and (ii) the distance from the tip of the epiglottis to the posterior pharyngeal wall. Chin lift or jaw thrust lifted the epiglottis and, when combined with CPAP (10 cm H2O), there was a significant lateral displacement of the tonsils. Both chin lift plus CPAP and jaw thrust plus CPAP reduced stridor significantly compared with the unsupported condition. In conclusion, in spontaneously breathing children with large tonsils, chin lift plus CPAP is recommended, whereas jaw thrust plus CPAP is no better and may cause post-operative discomfort.  (+info)

(71/868) Influence of head and neck position on cuff position and oropharyngeal sealing pressure with the laryngeal mask airway in children.

We studied how head and neck position affect the cuff position and oropharyngeal sealing pressures of the laryngeal mask airways (LMAs) in children. We studied 39 non-paralyzed healthy children aged 1.5-8.0 yr, weighing 10.3-27.0 kg, managed with size 2 or 2.5 LMAs during elective surgery. Head and neck movements did not adversely affect airway patency in 97% of patients. One child developed apparent airway obstruction with head and neck flexion, which was relieved in the neutral position. Oropharyngeal sealing pressure was significantly greater during neck flexion compared with the neutral position (P<0.02). Fibreoptic examination revealed that the epiglottis covered a larger area of the LMA aperture during neck flexion, compared with the neutral position (P<0.02).  (+info)

(72/868) A miniature head-mounted two-photon microscope. high-resolution brain imaging in freely moving animals.

Two-photon microscopy has enabled anatomical and functional fluorescence imaging in the intact brain of rats. Here, we extend two-photon imaging from anesthetized, head-stabilized to awake, freely moving animals by using a miniaturized head-mounted microscope. Excitation light is conducted to the microscope in a single-mode optical fiber, and images are scanned using vibrations of the fiber tip. Microscope performance was first characterized in the neocortex of anesthetized rats. We readily obtained images of vasculature filled with fluorescently labeled blood and of layer 2/3 pyramidal neurons filled with a calcium indicator. Capillary blood flow and dendritic calcium transients were measured with high time resolution using line scans. In awake, freely moving rats, stable imaging was possible except during sudden head movements.  (+info)