UMass Neurosciences Publications – March 2022

Youngbin Kwak

This month’s Featured Researcher, Youngbin Kwak, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences. Youngbin is interested in the brain mechanisms that can bias decision-making in humans. Her lab has an upcoming paper in the journal Cortex that appeared PubMed recently showing changes in brain waves that corresponded to when subjects expected a larger reward when executing a movement.

Here’s what else is new for ‘ ”University of Massachusetts” AND Amherst AND neuroscience’ in PubMed. These publications appeared online in March. They are just a fraction of the neuroscience research that occurs on campus. You can click on the PubMed ID to find the publication.

1: Schlinger BA, Remage-Healey L, Saldanha CJ. The form, function, and evolutionary significance of neural aromatization. Front Neuroendocrinol. 2022 Jan;64:100967. doi: 10.1016/j.yfrne.2021.100967. Epub 2021 Nov 19. PMID: 34808232.

2: Fitzroy AB, Kainec KA, Seo J, Spencer RMC. Encoding and consolidation of motor sequence learning in young and older adults. Neurobiol Learn Mem. 2021 Nov;185:107508. doi: 10.1016/j.nlm.2021.107508. Epub 2021 Aug 25. PMID: 34450244; PMCID: PMC8595672.

3: Hässler T, …, Tropp LR, …, Selvanathan HP, …, Kelmendi K, Pistella J. Need satisfaction in intergroup contact: A multinational study of pathways toward social change. J Pers Soc Psychol. 2022 Apr;122(4):634-658. doi: 10.1037/pspi0000365. Epub 2021 Jun 17. PMID: 34138605.

4: Bowman LC, McCormick SA, Kane-Grade F, Xie W, Bosquet Enlow M, Nelson CA. Infants’ neural responses to emotional faces are related to maternal anxiety. J Child Psychol Psychiatry. 2022 Feb;63(2):152-164. doi: 10.1111/jcpp.13429. Epub 2021 May 16. PMID: 33993507.

5: Tsang YK, Zou Y, Tse CY. Semantic transparency in Chinese compound word processing: Evidence from mismatch negativity. Neuroscience. 2022 Mar 11:S0306-4522(22)00119-1. doi: 10.1016/j.neuroscience.2022.03.007. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 35288179.

6: Sakurai A, Katz PS. Bursting emerges from the complementary roles of neurons in a four-cell network. J Neurophysiol. 2022 Mar 23. doi: 10.1152/jn.00017.2022. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 35320029.

7: Tamvacakis AN, Lillvis JL, Sakurai A, Katz PS. The Consistency of Gastropod Identified Neurons Distinguishes Intra-Individual Plasticity From Inter-Individual Variability in Neural Circuits. Front Behav Neurosci. 2022 Mar 3;16:855235. doi: 10.3389/fnbeh.2022.855235. PMID: 35309684; PMCID: PMC8928192.

8: Chen XJ, van den Berg B, Kwak Y. Reward and expectancy effects on neural signals of motor preparation and execution. Cortex. 2022 Feb 24;150:29-46. doi: 10.1016/j.cortex.2022.01.018. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 35334431.