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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546084/-sex-differences-in-a-real-academic-stressor-cognitive-appraisal-and-the-cortisol-response
#1
Susanne Helbig, Jutta Backhaus
Women and men differ in their physiological and psychological stress response but only a few studies have analyzed this sex difference in a naturalistic setting and focused on cognitive stress appraisal. In the present study, the salivary cortisol concentration of 24 female and 22 male subjects was measured before and several times after an oral academic presentation given by themselves (stress condition) or given by a fellow student (control condition). Feelings of subjective stress and nervousness were assessed simultaneously to the saliva samples and a questionnaire for cognitive stress appraisal was conducted right before the oral presentation...
May 22, 2017: Physiology & Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533176/the-mouse-thermoregulatory-system-its-impact-on-translating-biomedical-data-to-humans
#2
REVIEW
Christopher J Gordon
The laboratory mouse has become the predominant test species in biomedical research. The number of papers that translate or extrapolate data from mouse to human has grown exponentially since the year 2000. There are many physiological and anatomical factors to consider in the process of extrapolating data from one species to another. Body temperature is, of course, a critical determinant in extrapolation because it has a direct impact on metabolism, cardiovascular function, drug efficacy, pharmacokinetics of toxins and drugs, and many other effects...
May 19, 2017: Physiology & Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528894/the-social-facilitation-of-eating-without-the-presence-of-others-self-reflection-on-eating-makes-food-taste-better-and-people-eat-more
#3
Ryuzaburo Nakata, Nobuyuki Kawai
Food tastes better and people eat more of it when eaten with company than alone. Although several explanations have been proposed for this social facilitation of eating, they share the basic assumption that this phenomenon is achieved by the existence of co-eating others. Here, we demonstrate a similar "social" facilitation of eating in the absence of other individuals. Elderly participants tasted a piece of popcorn alone while in front of a mirror (which reflects the participant themselves eating popcorn) or in front of a wall-reflecting monitor, and were found to eat more popcorn and rate it better tasting in the self-reflecting condition than in the monitor condition...
May 18, 2017: Physiology & Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528893/body-temperature-responses-to-handling-stress-in-wintering-black-capped-chickadees-poecile-atricapillus-l
#4
Agnès Lewden, Andreas Nord, Magali Petit, François Vézina
Body temperature variation in response to acute stress is typically characterized by peripheral vasoconstriction and a concomitant increase in core body temperature (stress-induced hyperthermia). It is poorly understood how this response differs between species and within individuals of the same species, and how it is affected by the environment. We therefore investigated stress-induced body temperature changes in a non-model species, the Black-capped Chickadee, in two environmental conditions: outdoors in low ambient temperature (mean: -6...
May 18, 2017: Physiology & Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528892/hot-chicks-cold-feet
#5
Randi Oppermann Moe, Jon Bohlin, Andreas Flø, Guro Vasdal, Solveig Marie Stubsjøen
Infrared thermography (IRT) is increasingly applied as a noninvasive technique for measuring surface body temperature alterations related to e.g. stress, emotions and leg pathologies in avian species. As a basis for the validation of IRT as a future tool for veterinary diagnostics such as detection and/or prediction of subclinical footpad pathologies in broiler chickens, this study explored effects of manual restraint at two different ages on footpad temperatures. Head region temperatures were applied as additional measures of emotional arousal and stress...
May 18, 2017: Physiology & Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528891/salivary-steroids-hormones-well-being-and-physical-performance-during-an-intensification-training-period-followed-by-a-tapering-period-in-youth-rhythmic-gymnasts
#6
Kizzy Antualpa, Marcelo Saldanha Aoki, Alexandre Moreira
This study examined the effect of an intensification period (IT; 4weeks; after a habitual training period; HT) followed by a tapering period (TP; 2weeks) on salivary hormones (testosterone - T and cortisol - C), well-being (WB), and physical performance in 23 rhythmic gymnasts (RG; Under-11 group [G1], Under-13 group [G2], and >13 group [G3]). The session-rating of perceived exertion was used to quantify the daily internal training load (ITL). The WB questionnaire was completed daily. Physical performance tests and saliva sampling were carried out at the beginning of the IT (T1), after IT (T2), and after TP (T3)...
May 18, 2017: Physiology & Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527683/association-of-val66met-polymorphism-at-brain-derived-neurotrophic-factor-gene-with-depression-among-chinese-adolescents-after-wenchuan-earthquake-an-18months-longitudinal-study
#7
Mei Fan, Rong Hui Li, Min Shan Hu, Li Ying Xiao, Xue Dong Zhou, Mao Sheng Ran, Ding Zhi Fang
To longitudinally investigate the association of Val66Met polymorphism at brain derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) gene (BDNF) with depression in Chinese Han adolescents after the 2008 Wenchuan earthquake, BDNF Val66Met was identified by polymerase chain reaction-restriction fragment length polymorphism analyses and verified by DNA sequencing. Depression was assessed by Beck Depression Inventory (BDI) among high school students at 6, 12 and 18months after the earthquake. The results showed that the females constantly had higher depression prevalence than the males during the follow-up in the Met allele carriers, but not in the Val/Val homozygotes...
May 17, 2017: Physiology & Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527682/analyzing-the-experiences-of-adolescent-control-rats-effects-of-the-absence-of-physical-or-social-stimulation-on-anxiety-like-behaviour-are-dependent-on-the-test
#8
Namrata Joshi, Ronald A Leslie, Tara S Perrot
The present study was designed to systematically assess the control experience routinely used in our laboratory as part of studies on predator odour stress. Specifically, we examined effects of the physical and social components of this control experience on measures of anxiety-like behaviour in adolescent rats. Adolescent animals are at increased susceptibility to environmental perturbations and have been used for such studies much less often. Male and female Long-Evans rats were subjected to physical stimulation (Exposed or Unexposed) and social stimulation (Single Housed or Pair Housed), resulting in four groups...
May 17, 2017: Physiology & Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527681/decreased-food-anticipatory-activity-of-obese-mice-relates-to-hypothalamic-c-fos-expression
#9
C Luna-Illades, T Morales, M Miranda-Anaya
During daily Food Restriction (FR), obese Neotomodon alstoni mice present decreased Food Anticipatory Activity (FAA) compared to lean mice. Here, we investigated whether FOS expression in hypothalamic nuclei involved in food synchronization and anticipation parallels decreased FAA during daily FR of obese N. alstoni. Locomotor activity of lean and obese mice in ad libitum feeding conditions was monitored for at least two weeks. Then, a gradual restriction of food access was followed to establish a 5h period of daily food access...
May 17, 2017: Physiology & Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527680/sensitivity-of-salivary-hydrogen-sulfide-to-psychological-stress-and-its-association-with-exhaled-nitric-oxide-and-affect
#10
Juliet L Kroll, Chelsey A Werchan, Audrey G Reeves, Kevin J Bruemmer, Alexander R Lippert, Thomas Ritz
BACKGROUND: Hydrogen sulfide (H2S) is the third gasotransmitter recently discovered after nitric oxide (NO) and carbon monoxide. Both NO and H2S are involved in multiple physiological functions. Whereas NO has been shown to vary with psychological stress, the influence of stress on H2S and the relationship between H2S and NO are unknown. We therefore examined levels of salivary H2S and NO in response to a stressful final academic exam period. METHODS: Measurements of stress, negative affect, and fraction of exhaled NO (FENO), were obtained from students (N=16) and saliva was collected at three time points: low-stress period in the semester, early exam period, and late exam period...
May 17, 2017: Physiology & Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527679/salivary-steroid-response-and-competitive-anxiety-in-elite-basketball-players-effect-of-opponent-level
#11
Ademir F S Arruda, Marcelo S Aoki, Ana Carolina Paludo, Alexandre Moreira
This study examined the effect of playing matches against different opponent teams (hard match; HM, medium match; MM, and easy match; EM) on pre-match testosterone concentration (T), pre-to-post match cortisol (C) concentration, and pre-competitive anxiety (CSAI-2 questionnaire) in 20 elite male basketball players. One training session (TS) was also assessed (control condition). Saliva steroids were determined by ELISA. The pre-T concentration was significantly lower for the TS (163±54pmolL(-1)), compared to the three official matches (EM: 208±82pmolL(-1), MM: 213±57pmolL(-1), and HM: 218±37pmolL(-1)) (p<0...
May 17, 2017: Physiology & Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522315/plasma-bdnf-levels-and-anxiety-in-women-with-recovery-from-anorexia-nervosa
#12
LETTER
Tomoyuki Kawada
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
May 15, 2017: Physiology & Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511867/social-housing-and-social-isolation-impact-on-stress-indices-and-energy-balance-in-male-and-female-syrian-hamsters-mesocricetus-auratus
#13
Amy P Ross, Alisa Norvelle, Dennis C Choi, James C Walton, H Elliott Albers, Kim L Huhman
Although Syrian hamsters are thought to be naturally solitary, recent evidence from our laboratory demonstrates that hamsters may actually prefer social contact. Hamsters increase their preference for a location associated with an agonistic encounter regardless of whether they have "won" or "lost". It has also been reported that social housing as well as exposure to intermittent social defeat or to a brief footshock stressor increase food intake and body mass in hamsters. By contrast, it has also been suggested that housing hamsters in social isolation causes anxiety-induced anorexia and reductions in body mass selectively in females...
May 13, 2017: Physiology & Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28502838/sleep-quality-and-duration-are-associated-with-performance-in-maximal-incremental-test
#14
B M Antunes, E Z Campos, S S Parmezzani, R V Santos, E Franchini, F S Lira
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Inadequate sleep patterns may be considered a trigger to development of several metabolic diseases. Additionally, sleep deprivation and poor sleep quality can negatively impact performance in exercise training. However, the impact of sleep duration and sleep quality on performance during incremental maximal test performed by healthy men is unclear. Therefore, the purpose of the study was to analyze the association between sleep pattern (duration and quality) and performance during maximal incremental test in healthy male individuals...
May 11, 2017: Physiology & Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28502837/use-of-technology-to-facilitate-physical-activity-in-children-with-autism-spectrum-disorders-a-pilot-study
#15
Melissa D Bittner, B Rhett Rigby, Lisa Silliman-French, David L Nichols, Suzanna R Dillon
Deficits in social behavior and communication skills are correlated with reduced gross motor skills in children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). The ExerciseBuddy application (EB app) was designed to communicate these motor skills to those with ASD and integrates evidence-based practices such as visual support and video modeling supported by The National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorders. The purpose of this study was to determine the effectiveness of the EB app in facilitating increased physiologic responses to physical activity via a continuous measurement of energy expenditure and heart rate versus practice-style teaching methods in children with ASD...
May 11, 2017: Physiology & Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28501558/effects-of-prolonged-exposure-to-co2-on-behaviour-hormone-secretion-and-respiratory-muscles-in-young-female-rats
#16
J M Martrette, C Egloff, C Clément, K Yasukawa, S N Thornton, M Trabalon
Atmospheric CO2 concentrations increased significantly over the last century and continuing increases are expected to have significant effects on current ecosystems. This study evaluated the behavioural and physiological (hormone status, muscle structure) effects of prolonged CO2 exposure in young female Wistar rats exposed at 700ppm of CO2 during 6h a day for 15days. Prolonged CO2 exposure, though not continuous, produced significant disturbances in behaviour with an increase in drinking, grooming and resting, and a reduction in rearing, jumping-play and locomotor activity...
May 10, 2017: Physiology & Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28501557/the-positive-cognitive-impact-of-aerobic-fitness-is-associated-with-peripheral-inflammatory-and-brain-derived-neurotrophic-biomarkers-in-young-adults
#17
Jungyun Hwang, Darla M Castelli, F Gonzalez-Lima
There is ample evidence for supporting the positive impact of aerobic fitness on cognitive function, but little is known about the physiological mechanisms. The objective of this study was to investigate whether the positive cognitive impact of aerobic fitness is associated with inflammatory and neurotrophic peripheral biomarkers in young adults aged 18 to 29years (n=87). For the objective assessment of aerobic fitness, we measured maximal oxygen uptake (VO2max) as a parametric measure of cardiorespiratory capacity...
May 10, 2017: Physiology & Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28501556/behavioral-and-physiological-reactions-in-dogs-to-a-veterinary-examination-owner-dog-interactions-improve-canine-well-being
#18
Erika Csoltova, Michaël Martineau, Alain Boissy, Caroline Gilbert
In order to improve well-being of dogs during veterinary visits, we aimed to investigate the effect of human social interactions on behavior and physiology during routine examination. Firstly, we assessed the impact of a standardized veterinary examination on behavioral and physiological indicators of stress in dogs. Secondly, we examined whether the owner's tactile and verbal interactions with the dog influenced behavioral and physiological stress-associated parameters. A randomized within-subjects crossover design was used to examine behavior (n=33), rectal temperature (n=33), heart rate (HR) (n=18), maximal ocular surface temperature (max OST) (n=13) and salivary cortisol concentrations (n=10) in healthy privately owned pet dogs...
May 10, 2017: Physiology & Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28499795/anesthesia-inducing-drugs-also-induce-conditioned-taste-aversions
#19
Jian-You Lin, Joe Arthurs, Steve Reilly
Animals learn to reduce their intake of a tastant when its ingestion is followed by the administration of an anesthesia-inducing drug. To determine the nature of this intake suppression, the current study examined whether ketamine/xylazine (Experiment 1) and pentobarbital (Experiment 2) also conditionally reduce taste palatability. Using lick pattern analysis, we found that pairing saccharin with either drug reduced total licks, lick cluster size, and initial lick rate. Given that both lick cluster size and initial lick rate are indices of palatability, this pattern of results indicates that anesthesia-inducing drugs also induce conditioned taste aversions...
May 9, 2017: Physiology & Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28495465/the-effect-of-blue-enriched-white-light-on-cognitive-performances-and-sleepiness-of-night-shift-workers-a-field-study
#20
Majid Motamedzadeh, Rostam Golmohammadi, Reza Kazemi, Rashid Heidarimoghadam
INTRODUCTION: Night-shift works are basically accompanied by reduced cognitive performance, sleepiness, and higher possibility for human error and related incidents. It is therefore crucial to improve individuals' performance and alertness in sensitive places like industries' control room with the ultimate goal of increasing efficiency and reducing the number of possible incidents. Previous research has indicated that blue light is a critical cue for entraining circadian rhythm. As a result, the present study was an attempt to investigate whether blue-enriched white light illumination was a practical strategy to decrease sleepiness and improve cognitive performance during night shifts...
May 8, 2017: Physiology & Behavior
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