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See detailSearching for behavior relating to grey matter volume in a-priori defined right dorsal premotor regions: lessons learned.
Genon, Sarah ULg; Wensing, Tobias; Reid, Andrew et al

in NeuroImage (in press)

Recently, we showed that the functional heterogeneity of the right dorsal premotor (PMd) cortex could be better understood by dividing it into five subregions that showed different behavioral associations ... [more ▼]

Recently, we showed that the functional heterogeneity of the right dorsal premotor (PMd) cortex could be better understood by dividing it into five subregions that showed different behavioral associations according to task-based activations studies. The present study investigated whether the revealed behavioral profile could be corroborated and complemented by a structural brain behavior correlation approach in two healthy adults cohorts. Grey matter volume within the five volumes of interest (VOI-GM) was computed using voxel-based morphometry. Associations between the inter-individual differences in VOI-GM and performance across a range of neuropsychological tests were assessed in the two cohorts with and without correction for demographical variables. Additional analyses were performed in random smaller subsamples drawn from each of the two cohorts. In both cohorts, correlation coefficients were low; only few were significant and a considerable number of correlations were counterintuitive in their directions (i.e., higher performance related to lower GMV). Furthermore, correlation patterns were inconsistent between the two cohorts. Subsampling revealed that correlation patterns could vary widely across small samples and that negative correlations were as likely as positive correlations. Thus, the structural brain/behavior approach did not corroborate the functional profiles of the PMd subregions inferred from activation studies, suggesting that local recruitment by fMRI studies does not necessarily imply covariance of local structure with behavioral performance in healthy adults. We discuss the limitations of such studies and related recommendations for future studies. [less ▲]

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See detailDisrupted Self in Alzheimer’s disease: beyond midline structures: Commentary on Wong et al.
Genon, Sarah ULg; Salmon, Eric

in Cortex : A Journal Devoted to the Study of the Nervous System & Behavior (in press)

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See detailThe heterogeneity of the left dorsal premotor cortex evidenced by multimodal connectivity-based parcellation and functional characterization
Genon, Sarah ULg; Reid, Andrew; Li, Hai et al

in NeuroImage (in press)

Despite the common conception of the dorsal premotor cortex (PMd) as a single brain region, its diverse connectivity profiles and behavioral heterogeneity argue for a differentiated organization of the ... [more ▼]

Despite the common conception of the dorsal premotor cortex (PMd) as a single brain region, its diverse connectivity profiles and behavioral heterogeneity argue for a differentiated organization of the PMd. A previous study revealed that the right PMd is characterized by a rostro-caudal and a ventro-dorsal distinction dividing it into five subregions: rostral, central, caudal, ventral and dorsal. The present study assessed whether a similar organization is present in the left hemisphere, by capitalizing on a multimodal data-driven approach combining connectivity-based parcellation (CBP) based on meta-analytic modeling, resting- state functional connectivity, and probabilistic diffusion tractography. The resulting PMd modules were then characterized based on multimodal functional connectivity and a quantitative analysis of associated behavioral functions. Analyzing the clusters consistent across all modalities revealed an organization of the left PMd that mirrored its right counterpart to a large degree. Again, caudal, central and rostral modules reflected a cognitive- motor gradient and a premotor eye-field was found in the ventral part of the left PMd. In addition, a distinct module linked to abstract cognitive functions was observed in the rostro- ventral left PMd across all CBP modalities, implying greater differentiation of higher cognitive functions for the left than the right PMd. [less ▲]

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See detailSelf in Dementia
Antoine, Nicolas ULg; Genon, Sarah ULg; Bastin, Christine ULg et al

in Mishara; Corlett, P.; Fletcher, P. (Eds.) et al Phenomenological Neuropsychiatry, How Patient Experience Bridges Clinic with Clinical Neuroscience (in press)

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See detailProfiling inferior left dorsal premotor cortex: when Area 55b meets Premotor Eye-Field
Genon, Sarah ULg; Reid, Andrew; Langner, Robert et al

Poster (2017, June)

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See detailMétacognition lors de la récupération en mémoire chez les patients Alzheimer
Genon, Sarah ULg

Scientific conference (2017, May 19)

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See detailAnosognosia for behavioral disorder is related to confidence for false self-related memories in Alzheimer’s disease
Mélon, Marlène; Collette, Fabienne ULg; Salmon, Eric ULg et al

Poster (2017, March 24)

Impaired self-awareness (i.e. anosognosia) and altered metacognitive monitoring in memory tasks have both been evidenced in AD. Furthermore, cognitive studies showed disrupted interaction between self and ... [more ▼]

Impaired self-awareness (i.e. anosognosia) and altered metacognitive monitoring in memory tasks have both been evidenced in AD. Furthermore, cognitive studies showed disrupted interaction between self and memory cognitive systems in AD, reducing cognitive advantages of self-related memories (i.e. decreasing self reference effect, SRE) in these patients. However, how anosognosia relates to impaired metacognitive monitoring in AD, particularly for self-related memories, is still an open question. To investigate this question, an ecological memory task based on face-name associations was administrated to 20 healthy older controls (HC) and 20 mild AD patients. The influence of self-reference at encoding was assessed on subsequent name recall and recollective experience, as well as on predictive (feeling-of-knowing, FOK) and postretrieval (judgments-of-confidence, JOC) metacognitive judgments on name recognition in all participants. Furthermore relationships between metacognitive outcomes and awareness of daily cognitive and behavioral impairment was examined in AD. Altered SRE was evidenced in name recall and recollective experience in AD. Patients also showed impaired FOK and JOC, as well as lower awareness of their daily functioning impairment (anosognosia). Nevertheless, differential effect of self on metacognitive judgment in AD and HC was only observed on JOC for false memories. Importantly, anosognosia for behavioral disorders was related to post-retrieval confidence for false recognition of self-related items in AD patients. Thus, anosognosia concerning behavioral disorder and altered post-retrieval monitoring of self-related memories appear to be related in AD. We hypothesized that impaired monitoring of personal false memories may lead AD patients to rely on distorted recent reality when providing judgment about their everyday behavioral functioning. [less ▲]

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See detailRelating pessimistic memory predictions to Alzheimer’s disease brain structure
Genon, Sarah ULg; Simon, Jessica ULg; Bahri, Mohamed Ali ULg et al

Poster (2017, March 23)

Patients with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) show impairment of episodic memory and related metacognitive processes. The present study examined subjective metacognitive judgments preceding objective memory ... [more ▼]

Patients with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) show impairment of episodic memory and related metacognitive processes. The present study examined subjective metacognitive judgments preceding objective memory retrieval and investigated the neural correlates of pessimistic predictions for successfully retrieved memories in AD patients. AD patients and healthy older participants provided predictive judgements on their recognition performance before retrieval of famous (semantic) and recently learned (episodic) names. Correlations between grey matter volume (GMV) in T1 images and behavioural scores were examined with multivariate (PLS) and univariate (GLM) analyses in AD patients. AD patients showed a significant proportion of successful name recognition preceded by pessimistic prediction (Prediction_low_hits) in episodic memory. PLS revealed that behavioural pattern in AD patients was related with a mainly right lateralized pattern of GMV decrease including medial temporal lobe and posterior cingulate cortex, but also right ventrolateral prefrontal cortex (VLPFC). GLM further confirmed that pessimistic prediction negatively correlated with GMV in VLPFC. Thus, impaired monitoring processes (possibly influenced by inaccurate beliefs) allowing inferences about one’s own memory performance are primarily related to decrease GMV in VLPFC in AD patients. [less ▲]

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See detailResting-state test–retest reliability of a priori defined canonical networks over different preprocessing steps
Varikuti, Deepthi; Hoffstaedter, Felix; Genon, Sarah ULg et al

in Brain Structure & Function (2017), 222(3), 1447-1468

Resting-state functional connectivity analysis has become a widely used method for the investigation of human brain connectivity and pathology. The measurement of neuronal activity by functional MRI ... [more ▼]

Resting-state functional connectivity analysis has become a widely used method for the investigation of human brain connectivity and pathology. The measurement of neuronal activity by functional MRI, however, is impeded by various nuisance signals that reduce the stability of functional connectivity. Several methods exist to address this predicament, but little consensus has yet been reached on the most appropriate approach. Given the crucial importance of reliability for the development of clinical applications, we here investigated the effect of various confound removal approaches on the test–retest reliability of functional connectivity estimates in two previously defined functional brain networks. Our results showed that gray matter masking improved the reliability of connectivity estimates, whereas denoising based on principal components analysis reduced it. We additionally observed that refraining from using any correction for global signals provided the best test–retest reliability, but failed to reproduce anti-correlations between what have been previously described as antagonistic networks. This suggests that improved reliability can come at the expense of potentially poorer biological validity. Consistent with this, we observed that reliability was proportional to the retained variance, which presumably included structured noise, such as reliable nuisance signals (for instance, noise induced by cardiac processes). We conclude that compromises are necessary between maximizing test–retest reliability and removing variance that may be attributable to non-neuronal sources. [less ▲]

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See detailThe right dorsal premotor mosaic: organization, functions, and connectivity
Genon, Sarah ULg; Li, Hai; Fan, Lingzhong et al

in Cerebral Cortex (2017), 27(3), 2095-2110

The right dorsal premotor cortex (PMd) of humans has been reported to be involved in a broad range of motor and cognitive functions. We explored the basis of this behavioral heterogeneity by performing a ... [more ▼]

The right dorsal premotor cortex (PMd) of humans has been reported to be involved in a broad range of motor and cognitive functions. We explored the basis of this behavioral heterogeneity by performing a connectivity-based parcellation using meta-analytic approach applied to PMd coactivations. We compared our CBP results to parcellations obtained through resting-state functional connectivity and probabilistic diffusion tractography,. Functional connectivity profiles and behavioral decoding of the resulting PMd subregions allowed characterizing their respective behavior profile. These procedures divided the right PMd into five distinct subregions that formed a cognitive-motor gradient along a rostro-caudal axis. In particular, we found (i) a rostral subregion functionally connected with prefrontal cortex, which likely supports high-level cognitive processes, such as working memory (ii) a central subregion showing a mixed behavioral profile and functional connectivity to parietal regions of the dorsal attention network, and (iii) a caudal subregion closely integrated with the motor system. Additionally, we found (iv) a dorsal subregion, preferentially related to hand movements and connected to both cognitive and motor regions, and (v) a ventral subregion, whose functional profile fits the concept of an eye-movement related field. In conclusion, right PMd may be considered as a functional mosaic formed by five subregions. [less ▲]

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See detailAnosognosie et monitoring des souvenirs associés au « soi » dans la Maladie d’Alzheimer
Genon, Sarah ULg; Mélon, Marlène; Collette, Fabienne ULg et al

Conference (2017)

Chez les patients atteints de maladie d’Alzheimer (MA), on observe dès les stades débutants d’une part un phénomène d’anosognosie, qui peut être considéré comme une altération de la conscience de soi, et ... [more ▼]

Chez les patients atteints de maladie d’Alzheimer (MA), on observe dès les stades débutants d’une part un phénomène d’anosognosie, qui peut être considéré comme une altération de la conscience de soi, et d’autre part un dysfonctionnement des processus de monitoring mnésique [1]. En outre, l’interaction entre le soi et la mémoire (conférant un bénéfice mnésique pour les informations associées à soi), apparaît significativement altérée dans la MA. Dans la présente étude, nous avons examiné les relations entre l’anosognosie et le monitoring lors de la récupération en mémoire d’informations expérimentalement associées à soi. Nous avons évalué les processus de monitoring lors de la récupération en mémoire à l’aide d’une tâche expérimentale de 32 paires visage-prénom, ainsi que l’anosognosie à l’aide du questionnaire d’anosognosie dans la démence (AQD, [2]) chez 20 patients MA et 20 personnes âgées contrôles (AC). Durant la phase d’encodage, les paires visage-prénom ont été présentées aux participants soit comme des personnes faisant partie de leur famille (soi) soit comme des personnes faisant partie de la famille de l’expérimentateur (autrui). Ensuite, nous avons évalué les jugements de « sentiment de savoir » (FOK), les performances de rappel et de reconnaissance, ainsi que les jugements de confiance (JOC) des participants pour le nom de chaque personne lorsque son visage était présenté. Nos résultats ont confirmé l’altération de la conscience de soi (c’est-à-dire l’anosognosie mesurée par l’AQD), l’altération du bénéfice mnésique pour les informations associées à soi, ainsi que l’altération des processus de monitoring lors de la récupération en mémoire (FOK et JOC) chez les patients MA. Néanmoins, une modification de l’interaction entre le soi et les processus de monitoring chez ces patients a été observée uniquement au niveau des sentiments de confiance pour des souvenirs erronés. Nous avons également observé que l’anosognosie des troubles comportementaux était significativement corrélée à la proportion de sentiments de confiance pour des reconnaissances erronées sur les items associés à soi. En conclusion, notre étude suggère que l’altération de la conscience des troubles comportementaux chez les patients MA pourrait être liée à un déficit de monitoring des souvenirs liés à soi. C’est-à-dire que la conscience altérée du dysfonctionnement au quotidien pourrait s’appuyer sur des souvenirs personnels déformés. [less ▲]

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See detailNeurobiologische Korrelate von exekutiver Kontrolle im alternden Gehirn
Overhage, Sina; Eickhoff, Simon; Jockwitz, Christiane et al

Poster (2017)

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See detailRelating pessimistic memory predictions to Alzheimer’s disease brain structure
Genon, Sarah ULg; Simon, Jessica ULg; Bahri, Mohamed Ali ULg et al

in Cortex : A Journal Devoted to the Study of the Nervous System & Behavior (2016), 85

Patients with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) show impairment of episodic memory and related metacognitive processes. The present study examined subjective metacognitive judgments preceding objective memory ... [more ▼]

Patients with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) show impairment of episodic memory and related metacognitive processes. The present study examined subjective metacognitive judgments preceding objective memory retrieval and investigated the neural correlates of pessimistic predictions for successfully retrieved memories in AD patients. AD patients and healthy older participants provided predictive judgements on their recognition performance before retrieval of famous (semantic) and recently learned (episodic) names. Correlations between grey matter volume (GMV) in T1 images and behavioural scores were examined with multivariate (PLS) and univariate (GLM) analyses in AD patients. AD patients showed a significant proportion of successful name recognition preceded by pessimistic prediction (Prediction_low_hits) in episodic memory. PLS revealed that behavioural pattern in AD patients was related with a mainly right lateralized pattern of GMV decrease including medial temporal lobe and posterior cingulate cortex, but also right ventrolateral prefrontal cortex (VLPFC). GLM further confirmed that pessimistic prediction negatively correlated with GMV in VLPFC. Thus, impaired monitoring processes (possibly influenced by inaccurate beliefs) allowing inferences about one’s own memory performance are primarily related to decrease GMV in VLPFC in AD patients. [less ▲]

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See detailMultimodal Connectivity-Based Parcellation of the Brain
Reuter, Niels; Plachti, Anna; Genon, Sarah ULg et al

Poster (2016, October)

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See detailL’anosognosie dans la maladie d’Alzheimer: Soi, mémoire et jugement
Genon, Sarah ULg

Speech/Talk (2016)

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See detailDisrupted interaction between self and memory in patients with Alzheimer’s disease
Genon, Sarah ULg; Salmon, Eric ULg; Collette, Fabienne ULg et al

Conference (2016, July)

In humans, self and memory processes interact as evidenced by the self reference (SRE) and self reference recollection effects (SRRE). However, in patients with Alzheimer’s disease (AD), this relationship ... [more ▼]

In humans, self and memory processes interact as evidenced by the self reference (SRE) and self reference recollection effects (SRRE). However, in patients with Alzheimer’s disease (AD), this relationship can be disrupted. This was evidenced by impaired SRE and SRRE in AD for recognition of adjectives previously judged for self-relevance, as well as recall of names of people previously linked to the self. For both materials, a qualitative impairment of the recollective experience for the self-related items was also observed in AD. A neuroimaging approach suggested that reduced SRE is related to decreased grey matter volume in the lateral prefrontal cortex (lPFC). Thus, retrieval of recent self-related memories is impaired in relation to altered high-order processes in lPFC in AD. [less ▲]

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See detailMapping cortical modules, their connectivity and functions
Genon, Sarah ULg; Eickhoff, Simon

Conference (2016, April)

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See detailANIMA: A data-sharing initiative for neuroimaging meta-analyses
Reid, Andrew T.; Bzdok, Danilo; Genon, Sarah ULg et al

in NeuroImage (2016), 124(B), 1245-1253

Meta-analytic techniques allow cognitive neuroscientists to pool large amounts of data across many individual task-based functional neuroimaging experiments. These methods have been aided by the ... [more ▼]

Meta-analytic techniques allow cognitive neuroscientists to pool large amounts of data across many individual task-based functional neuroimaging experiments. These methods have been aided by the introduction of online databases such as Brainmap.org or Neurosynth.org, which collate peak activation coordinates obtained from thousands of published studies. Findings from meta-analytic studies typically include brain regions which are consistently activated across studies for specific contrasts, investigating cognitive or clinical hypotheses. These regions can be subsequently used as the basis for seed-based connectivity analysis, or formally compared to neuroimaging data in order to help interpret new findings. To facilitate such approaches, we have developed a new online repository of meta-analytic neuroimaging results, named the Archive of Neuroimaging Meta-analyses (ANIMA). The ANIMA platform consists of an intuitive online interface for querying, downloading, and contributing data from published meta-analytic studies. Additionally, to aid the process of organizing, visualizing, and working with these data, we present an open-source desktop application called Volume Viewer. Volume Viewer allows users to easily arrange imaging data into composite stacks, and save these sessions as individual files, which can also be uploaded to the ANIMA database. The application also allows users to perform basic functions, such as computing conjunctions between images, or extracting regions-of-interest or peak coordinates for further analysis. The introduction of this new resource will enhance the ability of researchers to both share their findings and incorporate existing meta-analytic results into their own research. [less ▲]

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See detailDisrupted interaction between memory and self in patients with Alzheimer’s disease
Genon, Sarah ULg; Salmon, Eric ULg; Collette, Fabienne ULg et al

in Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Memory (2016)

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