Cognition and Neuroimaging in Schizophrenia

Vince D. Calhoun, Kenneth Hugdahl
2012 Frontiers in Human Neuroscience  
the dorsal anterior and posterior cingulate cortex, auditory cortex, and hippocampus and relate this to other networks related to mood disorders. Mathalon and Ford review the search for neurobiological correlates of clinical symptoms and present a number of conceptual and methodological challenges which have hindered such work. Though there have been some successes, in large part studies of the brain-symptom relationship have been unsuccessful. They propose a variety of possible ways to better
more » ... ddress the problem and continue to be optimistic that the link between brain structure and function and symptomatology is an important one. Sui et al. provide a compelling review of multimodal fusion methods in schizophrenia. The merits of combining imaging modalities, each of which is limited and informs us of only a part of the information, is clear. The challenges have been many, for example the development of new models that can handle very high dimensional data. Dr. Sui provides a review of recent work in this area as well and reviews a range of fusion approaches from brain functional and structure to genetics and imaging. The advent of these new approaches bodes well for new ways to identifying important links between data which cannot be revealed by one or the other alone. Liu et al. present a novel approach to combine functional imaging and whole genome polymorphism data. One of the challenges with analyzing genetic and imaging data is the number of variables is very high. Liu's approach provides a way to address this using a multivariate approach which can be used to guide the analysis using prior knowledge about which genetic factors or biological pathways are of primary interest while also allowing unanticipated genetic links to brain function to emerge from the data. Results reveal a link between functional changes in thalamus and cingulate with chromosome 7q21 and 5q35 which is compromised in the schizophrenia patients and clearly demonstrate the power of a hybrid approach to imaging genetics. The next three articles are focused on one particular symptom, auditory visual hallucinations (AVH). In the first of three articles, Hoffman and Hampson review recent work on functional connectivity in AVH and suggest that the core mechanism for AVH involves a more complex functional loop rather than a single impaired pathway. Implicated regions include Wernicke's area, its right homolog, putamen, and left inferior frontal cortex. They also propose a number of important recommendations for future studies. In 2010 we edited a Frontiers Special Topic on "An update on neurocognitive impairment in schizophrenia and depression" (Hugdahl and Calhoun, 2010). We follow-up this initiative with a new Special Topic focusing on "Cognition and neuroimaging in schizophrenia," thus narrowing the focus to schizophrenia, but expanding the focus to functional and structural neuroimaging to reveal the underlying neuronal architecture behind cognitive impairments. Schizophrenia has long been considered a disease of disconnectivity and thus special emphasis is given to work which addresses the schizophrenia macro-connectome including both functional and structural aspects. Central to such an approach are recent discoveries of intrinsic resting state networks that are task independent, and/or activated in the absence of a cognitive task. Possible impairments in the dynamic interactions between large-scale networks may provide new insights into the neurobiology of schizophrenia and schizophrenia symptoms. Recent research has also revealed the neuronal organization of auditory hallucinations, and how aberrant cortical network connectivity may contribute to the experience of auditory hallucinations. We present 10 articles with three general sub-themes. The first four articles focus on ways to characterize schizophrenia and analyze data using a proposed framework, the search for a relationship between imaging and symptomatology, and the use of multimodal imaging and genetics data. The next three articles focus on auditory hallucinations and "hearing voices" in the general population by non-psychotic individuals. This has become an important topic in research on schizophrenia and could cast new light on commonalities in symptom-like behavior as well as hallucinating individuals, that in turn could say something about a continuum of symptoms. The final three articles focus on network connectivity and connectome mapping in schizophrenia. Examples include a study of the up and down regulation of task-related networks, a study of connectivity in the context of working memory in schizophrenia, and finally the use of intrinsic networks at rest or during a task to classify patients and controls. Williamson and Allman provide a review of recent findings in schizophrenia in the context of an interaction of networks described as the salience network, the default mode network, and the executive control network and find them insufficient to explain symptoms or to differentiate schizophrenia from other illnesses. They propose an alternative framework which includes Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
doi:10.3389/fnhum.2012.00276 pmid:23060779 pmcid:PMC3465855 fatcat:mf7pfvoiyfbn3i5l74sr3t2cea