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BMC Neuroscience

Sensory systems

Section edited by Jiu-Lin Du

This section deals with sensory functions and sensory processing. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, gustatory and olfactory signal transduction, chemosensory circuits, phototransduction and auditory neurophysiology.

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  1. Content type: Research article

    In the mammalian superior olivary complex (SOC), synaptic inhibition contributes to the processing of binaural sound cues important for sound localization. Previous analyses demonstrated a tonotopic gradient f...

    Authors: Lena Ebbers, Maren Weber and Hans Gerd Nothwang

    Citation: BMC Neuroscience 2017 18:75

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    Systemic inflammation is known to induce sickness behaviors, including decreased social interaction and pain. We have reported increased serum inflammatory cytokines in a rat model of repetitive strain injury ...

    Authors: D. L. Xin, J. Hadrévi, M. E. Elliott, M. Amin, M. Y. Harris, A. E. Barr-Gillespie and M. F. Barbe

    Citation: BMC Neuroscience 2017 18:36

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  3. Content type: Research article

    Oddball paradigms are frequently used to study auditory discrimination by comparing event-related potential (ERP) responses from a standard, high probability sound and to a deviant, low probability sound. Prev...

    Authors: Phillip M. Gilley, Kristin Uhler, Kaylee Watson and Christine Yoshinaga-Itano

    Citation: BMC Neuroscience 2017 18:34

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  4. Content type: Research article

    Primary open angle glaucoma is a heterogeneous group of optic neuropathies that results in optic nerve degeneration and a loss of retinal ganglion cells (RGCs) ultimately causing blindness if allowed to progre...

    Authors: Nolan R. McGrady, Alena Z. Minton, Dorota L. Stankowska, Shaoqing He, Hayden B. Jefferies and Raghu R. Krishnamoorthy

    Citation: BMC Neuroscience 2017 18:27

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  5. Content type: Research article

    The role of the piriform cortex (PC) in olfactory information processing remains largely unknown. The anterior part of the piriform cortex (APC) has been the focus of cortical-level studies of olfactory codin...

    Authors: Junli Yang, Gerhard Litscher, Zhongren Sun, Qiang Tang, Kiyoshi Kishi, Satoko Oda, Masaaki Takayanagi, Zemin Sheng, Yang Liu, Wenhai Guo, Ting Zhang, Lu Wang, Ingrid Gaischek, Daniela Litscher, Irmgard Th. Lippe and Masaru Kuroda

    Citation: BMC Neuroscience 2017 18:25

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  6. Content type: Research article

    Previous studies compared evoked potentials (EPs) between several sleep stages but only one uniform wake state. However, using electroencephalography (EEG), several arousal states can be distinguished before s...

    Authors: Jue Huang, Tilman Hensch, Christine Ulke, Christian Sander, Janek Spada, Philippe Jawinski and Ulrich Hegerl

    Citation: BMC Neuroscience 2017 18:21

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  7. Content type: Research article

    Patients with medication-overuse headache suffer not only from chronic headache, but often from psychiatric comorbidities, such as anxiety and depression. The mechanisms underlying these comorbidities are uncl...

    Authors: Aree Wanasuntronwong, Ukkrit Jansri and Anan Srikiatkhachorn

    Citation: BMC Neuroscience 2017 18:1

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  8. Content type: Research article

    Transcranial focused ultrasound (FUS) is gaining momentum as a novel non-invasive brain stimulation method, with promising potential for superior spatial resolution and depth penetration compared to transcrani...

    Authors: Wonhye Lee, Yong An Chung, Yujin Jung, In-Uk Song and Seung-Schik Yoo

    Citation: BMC Neuroscience 2016 17:68

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  9. Content type: Research article

    Larval zebrafish, with a simple and transparent vertebrate brain composed of ~100 K neurons, is well suited for deciphering entire neural circuit activity underlying behavior. Moreover, their small body size (...

    Authors: Yiming Bai, Harrison Liu, Bo Huang, Mahendra Wagle and Su Guo

    Citation: BMC Neuroscience 2016 17:63

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  10. Content type: Research article

    Mechanosensitive afferents innervating the bladder increase their firing rate as the bladder fills and pressure rises. However, the relationship between afferent firing rates and intravesical pressure is not a...

    Authors: Shani E. Ross, Zachariah J. Sperry, Colin M. Mahar and Tim M. Bruns

    Citation: BMC Neuroscience 2016 17:57

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  11. Content type: Methodology article

    In many functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) studies, experimental design often depends on the eye state (i.e., whether the participants had their eyes open or closed). Closed eyes during an fMRI is th...

    Authors: Stefan Brodoehl, Otto W. Witte and Carsten M. Klingner

    Citation: BMC Neuroscience 2016 17:48

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  12. Content type: Research article

    Anticipatory and compensatory balance responses are used by the central nervous system (CNS) to preserve balance, hence they significantly contribute to the understanding of physiological mechanisms of postura...

    Authors: Andresa M. C. Germano, Daniel Schmidt and Thomas L. Milani

    Citation: BMC Neuroscience 2016 17:41

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  13. Content type: Research article

    Resiniferatoxin (RTX) is a potent analog of capsaicin and activates transient receptor potential (TRP) vanilloid type (TRPV) 1. In the current study, we investigated the preventive effect of perineural RTX on ...

    Authors: Won Uk Koh, Seong-Soo Choi, Ji Hyun Kim, Hye Joo Yoon, Ho-Soo Ahn, Sun Kyung Lee, Jeong Gil Leem, Jun Gol Song and Jin Woo Shin

    Citation: BMC Neuroscience 2016 17:38

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  14. Content type: Research article

    Retinal inflammation can cause retinal neural disorders. In particular, functional disorder in the cone photoreceptor system influences visual acuity. However, the underlying mechanism is not yet fully underst...

    Authors: Mamoru Kamoshita, Kaoru Fujinami, Eriko Toda, Kazuo Tsubota and Yoko Ozawa

    Citation: BMC Neuroscience 2016 17:32

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  15. Content type: Research article

    The magnitude of multimodal enhancement in the brain is believed to depend on the stimulus intensity and timing. Such an effect has been found in many species, but has not been previously investigated in insects.

    Authors: Anna Balkenius and Christian Balkenius

    Citation: BMC Neuroscience 2016 17:29

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  16. Content type: Research article

    Steady-state visual evoked potentials have been utilized widely in basic and applied research in recent years. These oscillatory responses of the visual cortex are elicited by flickering stimuli. They have th...

    Authors: Søren K. Andersen and Matthias M. Müller

    Citation: BMC Neuroscience 2015 16:95

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  17. Content type: Research article

    The vomeronasal organ (VNO) is specialized in detecting pheromone and heterospecific cues in the environment. Recent studies demonstrate the involvement of multiple ion channels in VNO signal transduction, inc...

    Authors: SangSeong Kim, Limei Ma, Jay Unruh, Sean McKinney and C. Ron Yu

    Citation: BMC Neuroscience 2015 16:90

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  18. Content type: Research article

    Emotional scenes and faces have shown to capture and bind visual resources at early sensory processing stages, i.e. in early visual cortex. However, emotional words have led to mixed results. In the current st...

    Authors: Sophie M. Trauer, Sonja A. Kotz and Matthias M. Müller

    Citation: BMC Neuroscience 2015 16:89

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  19. Content type: Software

    To study the mapping from the retina to the brain, typically a small region of the retina is injected with a dye, which then propagates to the retina’s target structures. To determine the location of the inje...

    Authors: J. J. Johannes Hjorth, Elise Savier, David C. Sterratt, Michaël Reber and Stephen J. Eglen

    Citation: BMC Neuroscience 2015 16:80

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