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Structural and functional correlates of hypnotic depth and suggestibility (2014)
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McGeown, W. J., Mazzoni, G., Vannucci, M., & Venneri, A. (2015). Structural and functional correlates of hypnotic depth and suggestibility. Neuroimaging. Psychiatry research, 231(2), 151-159. doi:10.1016/j.pscychresns.2014.11.015

This study explores whether self-reported depth of hypnosis and hypnotic suggestibility are associated with individual differences in neuroanatomy and/or levels of functional connectivity. Twenty-nine people varying in suggestibility were recruited a... Read More

Neuroimaging resolution of the altered state hypothesis (2012)
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Mazzoni, G., Venneri, A., McGeown, W. J., & Kirsch, I. (2013). Neuroimaging resolution of the altered state hypothesis. Cortex; a journal devoted to the study of the nervous system and behavior, 49(2), (400-410). doi:10.1016/j.cortex.2012.08.005. ISSN 0010-9452

A controversy in the field of hypnosis has centered on the question of whether there is a uniquely hypnotic state of consciousness and, if so, whether it is causally related to responsiveness to suggestion. Evidence from brain imaging studies has bee... Read More

Near and far space neglect: task sensitivity and anatomical substrates (2012)
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Aimola, L., Schindler, I., Simone, A. M., & Venneri, A. (2012). Near and far space neglect: task sensitivity and anatomical substrates. Neuropsychologia, 50(6), (1115-1123). doi:10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2012.01.022. ISSN 0028-3932

Most group studies which have investigated neglect for near and far space have found an increased severity of symptoms in far space compared to near space. However, the majority of these studies used relatively small samples and based their findings... Read More

Task- and response related dissociations between neglect in near and far space: A morphometric case study (2012)
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Venneri, A., Aimola, L., & Schindler, I. (2012). Task- and response related dissociations between neglect in near and far space: A morphometric case study. Behavioural neurology, 27(3), (245-257). doi:10.3233/BEN-2012-110243. ISSN 0953-4180

Introduction: Patients with unilateral neglect may show line bisection errors selectively in either near (within hand reaching) or far (beyond hand reaching) space which suggests that these two spatial areas are coded differently by the brain. This e... Read More

Suggested visual hallucination without hypnosis enhances activity in visual areas of the brain (2012)
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McGeown, W. J., Venneri, A., Kirsch, I., Nocetti, L., Roberts, K., Foan, L., & Mazzoni, G. (2012). Suggested visual hallucination without hypnosis enhances activity in visual areas of the brain. Consciousness and cognition, 21(1), (100-116). doi:10.1016/j.concog.2011.10.015. ISSN 1053-8100

This functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) study investigated high and low suggestible people responding to two visual hallucination suggestions with and without a hypnotic induction. Participants in the study were asked to see color while loo... Read More

Hypnotic induction decreases anterior default mode activity (2009)
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Venneri, A., Kirsch, I., McGeown, W. J., & Mazzoni, G. (2009). Hypnotic induction decreases anterior default mode activity. Consciousness and cognition, 18(4), 848-855. doi:10.1016/j.concog.2009.09.001

The 'default mode' network refers to cortical areas that are active in the absence of goal-directed activity. In previous studies, decreased activity in the 'default mode' has always been associated with increased activation in task-relevant areas. W... Read More

Patterns of brain activity during a semantic task differentiate normal aging from early Alzheimer's disease (2009)
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McGeown, W. J., Shanks, M. F., Forbes-McKay, K. E., & Venneri, A. (2009). Patterns of brain activity during a semantic task differentiate normal aging from early Alzheimer's disease. Neuroimaging. Psychiatry research, 173(3), (218-227). doi:10.1016/j.pscychresns.2008.10.005. ISSN 0925-4927

In a study of the effects of normal and pathological aging on semantic-related brain activity, 29 patients with Alzheimer's disease (AD) and 19 controls subjects (10 young and 9 older controls) performed a version of the Pyramids and Palm Trees Test... Read More

The anatomical bases of semantic retrieval deficits in early Alzheimer's disease (2007)
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Venneri, A., McGeown, W. J., Hietanen, H. M., Guerrini, C., Ellis, A. W., & Shanks, M. F. (2008). The anatomical bases of semantic retrieval deficits in early Alzheimer's disease. Neuropsychologia, 46(2), (497-510). doi:10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2007.08.026. ISSN 0028-3932

Semantic abilities deteriorate early in patients with Alzheimer's disease (AD) and their residual language is characterised by strong lexical effects such as the age of acquisition of words and their typicality. The anatomical bases of this early sem... Read More

Regional brain activity after prolonged cholinergic enhancement in early Alzheimer's disease (2007)
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Shanks, M. F., McGeown, W. J., Forbes-McKay, K. E., Waiter, G. D., Ries, M., & Venneri, A. (2007). Regional brain activity after prolonged cholinergic enhancement in early Alzheimer's disease. Magnetic Resonance Imaging, 25(6), (848-859). doi:10.1016/j.mri.2007.02.005. ISSN 0730-725X

This functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) study examined changes in brain activation after prolonged (20 weeks) and stabilized treatment with the cholinesterase inhibitor galantamine in a small group of patients with very mild Alzheimer's dis... Read More