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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632441/research-dilemmas-with-behavioral-big-data
#1
Galit Shmueli
Behavioral big data (BBD) refers to very large and rich multidimensional data sets on human and social behaviors, actions, and interactions, which have become available to companies, governments, and researchers. A growing number of researchers in social science and management fields acquire and analyze BBD for the purpose of extracting knowledge and scientific discoveries. However, the relationships between the researcher, data, subjects, and research questions differ in the BBD context compared to traditional behavioral data...
June 2017: Big Data
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630968/designing-self-powered-materials-systems-that-perform-pattern-recognition
#2
Yan Fang, Victor V Yashin, Steven P Levitan, Anna C Balazs
Inspired by the advances in both materials and computer science, we describe efforts to design "materials that compute" where the material and the computer are the same entity. Using theory and simulation, we devise systems that integrate the behavior of self-oscillating gels and fundamental concepts from oscillator-based computing. We specifically focus on gels that undergo the Belousov-Zhabotinsky (BZ) reaction and thus exhibit self-sustained oscillations. In our models, we couple the BZ gel to an overlaying piezoelectric (PZ) cantilever to create a BZ-PZ unit...
June 20, 2017: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630904/participatory-adaptive-management-leads-to-environmental-learning-outcomes-extending-beyond-the-sphere-of-science
#3
Marie Fujitani, Andrew McFall, Christoph Randler, Robert Arlinghaus
Resolving uncertainties in managed social-ecological systems requires adaptive experimentation at whole-ecosystem levels. However, whether participatory adaptive management fosters ecological understanding among stakeholders beyond the sphere of science is unknown. We experimentally involved members of German angling clubs (n = 181 in workshops, n = 2483 in total) engaged in self-governance of freshwater fisheries resources in a large-scale ecological experiment of active adaptive management of fish stocking, which constitutes a controversial management practice for biodiversity and ecosystem functioning when conducted inappropriately...
June 2017: Science Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630814/normative-emotional-responses-to-behavior-analysis-jargon-or-how-not-to-use-words-to-win-friends-and-influence-people
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Thomas S Critchfield, Karla J Doepke, L Kimberly Epting, Amel Becirevic, Derek D Reed, Daniel M Fienup, Jamie L Kremsreiter, Cheryl L Ecott
It has been suggested that non-experts regard the jargon of behavior analysis as abrasive, harsh, and unpleasant. If this is true, excessive reliance on jargon could interfere with the dissemination of effective services. To address this often discussed but rarely studied issue, we consulted a large, public domain list of English words that have been rated by members of the general public for the emotional reactions they evoke. Selected words that behavior analysts use as technical terms were compared to selected words that are commonly used to discuss general science, general clinical work, and behavioral assessment...
June 2017: Behavior Analysis in Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630528/description-and-evaluation-of-a-measurement-technique-for-assessment-of-performing-gender
#5
Paul J Fleming, Kathleen Mullan Harris, Carolyn Tucker Halpern
The influence of masculinity and femininity on behaviors and outcomes has been extensively studied in social science research using various measurement strategies. In the present paper, we describe and evaluate a measurement technique that uses existing survey items to capture the extent to which an individual behaves similarly to their same-gender peers. We use data from the first four waves of The National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health (Add Health), a nationally representative sample of adolescents (age 12-18) in the United States who were re-interviewed at ages 13-19, 18-26, and 24-32...
June 2017: Sex Roles
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628507/patient-reported-outcomes-following-neoadjuvant-chemotherapy-or-chemoradiotherapy-treatment-for-esophageal-cancer-a-scoping-review-protocol
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Camilla Trenerry, Micah D J Peters, Nadia Corsini, Raechel A Damarell, Carlene Wilson, Ingrid Flight
The objective of this scoping review is to identify, describe and compare studies investigating patient-reported outcomes (PROs) in esophageal cancer patients following neoadjuvant (preoperative) chemotherapy (CT) and surgery or neoadjuvant chemoradiotherapy (CRT) and surgery.After preliminary searching of the literature and consultation with experts in the fields of esophageal cancer surgery, behavioral science, information systems and scoping review methodology, the following research objectives were defined as follows...
June 2017: JBI Database of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627918/development-and-validation-of-the-circumplex-scales-of-interpersonal-problems
#7
Michael J Boudreaux, Daniel J Ozer, Thomas F Oltmanns, Aidan G C Wright
The interpersonal circumplex (IPC) is a well-established model of social behavior that spans basic personality and clinical science. Although several measures are available to assess interpersonal functioning (e.g., motives, traits) within an IPC framework, researchers studying interpersonal difficulties have relied primarily on a single measure, the Inventory of Interpersonal Problems-Circumplex Scales (IIP-C; Horowitz, Alden, Wiggins, & Pincus, 2000). Although the IIP-C is a widely used measure, it is currently the only measure specifically designed to assess maladaptive interpersonal behavior using the IPC framework...
June 19, 2017: Psychological Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627044/adherence-to-treatment-in-patients-with-behcet-s-disease
#8
Alireza Khabbazi, Farid Karkon Shayan, Morteza Ghojazadeh, Hadise Kavandi, Mehrzad Hajialiloo, Kamal Esalat Manesh, Sousan Kolahi
AIM: Behcet's disease (BD) is a chronic, inflammatory disease with multisystem involvement. Adherence to treatment is low in chronic diseases as well as inflammatory and autoimmune diseases. This study assessed factors associated with non-adherence to treatment in patients with BD. METHODS: All the patients with BD who visited in the outpatient clinic of Connective Tissue Diseases Research Center in Tabriz University of Medical Sciences were included in the study...
June 19, 2017: International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626435/reproducibility-in-psychological-science-when-do-psychological-phenomena-exist
#9
Seppo E Iso-Ahola
Scientific evidence has recently been used to assert that certain psychological phenomena do not exist. Such claims, however, cannot be made because (1) scientific method itself is seriously limited (i.e., it can never prove a negative); (2) non-existence of phenomena would require a complete absence of both logical (theoretical) and empirical support; even if empirical support is weak, logical and theoretical support can be strong; (3) statistical data are only one piece of evidence and cannot be used to reduce psychological phenomena to statistical phenomena; and (4) psychological phenomena vary across time, situations and persons...
2017: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625100/applications-of-meta-analytic-structural-equation-modeling-in-health-psychology-examples-issues-and-recommendations
#10
Mike W-L Cheung, Ryan Y Hong
Statistical methods play an important role in behavioral, medical and social sciences. Two recent statistical advances are structural equation modeling (SEM) and meta-analysis. SEM is used to test hypothesized models based on substantive theories, which can be path, confirmatory factor analytic, or full structural equation models. Meta-analysis is used to synthesize research findings in a particular topic. This article demonstrates another recent statistical advance-meta-analytic structural equation modeling (MASEM)-that combines meta-analysis and SEM to synthesize research findings for the purpose of testing hypothesized models...
June 18, 2017: Health Psychology Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625003/when-science-is-not-enough-a-framework-towards-more-customer-focused-drug-development
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Nektarios Oraiopoulos, William C N Dunlop
INTRODUCTION: The purpose of this study was to identify the key barriers to a customer-focused drug development process and develop a comprehensive framework to overcome them. METHODS: The paper draws on existing literature, both academic and practitioner, across a range of disciplines (innovation management, marketing, organizational behavior, behavioral economics, health economics, industry reports). On the basis of this extensive review, a conceptual framework is developed that offers concrete suggestions on how organizations can overcome the barriers and enable a more customer-focused development process...
June 17, 2017: Advances in Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623185/a-web-based-data-collection-platform-for-multisite-randomized-behavioral-intervention-trials-development-key-software-features-and-results-of-a-user-survey
#12
Riddhi A Modi, Michael J Mugavero, Rivet K Amico, Jeanne Keruly, Evelyn Byrd Quinlivan, Heidi M Crane, Alfredo Guzman, Anne Zinski, Solange Montue, Katya Roytburd, Anna Church, James H Willig
BACKGROUND: Meticulous tracking of study data must begin early in the study recruitment phase and must account for regulatory compliance, minimize missing data, and provide high information integrity and/or reduction of errors. In behavioral intervention trials, participants typically complete several study procedures at different time points. Among HIV-infected patients, behavioral interventions can favorably affect health outcomes. In order to empower newly diagnosed HIV positive individuals to learn skills to enhance retention in HIV care, we developed the behavioral health intervention Integrating ENGagement and Adherence Goals upon Entry (iENGAGE) funded by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), where we deployed an in-clinic behavioral health intervention in 4 urban HIV outpatient clinics in the United States...
June 16, 2017: JMIR Research Protocols
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28621412/the-not-so-long-history-of-zebrafish-research-in-israel
#13
Janna Blechman, Gil Levkowitz, Yoav Gothilf
The zebrafish has become a model of choice in fundamental and applied life sciences and is widely used in various fields of biomedical research as a human disease model for cancer, metabolic and neurodegenerative diseases, and regenerative medicine. The transparency of the zebrafish embryo allows real-time visualization of the development and morphogenesis of practically all of its tissues and organs. Zebrafish are amenable to genetic manipulation, for which innovative genetic and molecular techniques are constantly being introduced...
2017: International Journal of Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619414/health-information-needs-and-reliability-of-sources-among-nondegree-health-sciences-students-a-prerequisite-for-designing-ehealth-literacy
#14
Hussein Haruna, Ndumiso Tshuma, Xiao Hu
BACKGROUND: Understanding health information needs and health-seeking behavior is a prerequisite for developing an electronic health information literacy (EHIL) or eHealth literacy program for nondegree health sciences students. At present, interest in researching health information needs and reliable sources paradigms has gained momentum in many countries. However, most studies focus on health professionals and students in higher education institutions. OBJECTIVE: The present study was aimed at providing new insight and filling the existing gap by examining health information needs and reliability of sources among nondegree health sciences students in Tanzania...
March 2017: Annals of Global Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28617660/circuits-for-action-and-cognition-a-view-from-the-superior-colliculus
#15
Michele A Basso, Paul J May
The superior colliculus is one of the most well-studied structures in the brain, and with each new report, its proposed role in behavior seems to increase in complexity. Forty years of evidence shows that the colliculus is critical for reorienting an organism toward objects of interest. In monkeys, this involves saccadic eye movements. Recent work in the monkey colliculus and in the homologous optic tectum of the bird extends our understanding of the role of the colliculus in higher mental functions, such as attention and decision making...
June 15, 2017: Annual Review of Vision Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28617015/using-implementation-science-to-guide-the-integration-of-evidence-based-family-interventions-into-primary-care
#16
Justin D Smith, Jodi Polaha
This article is a demonstration of how an implementation-science (IS) framework can be coupled with the measurement of implementation outcomes to effectively integrate evidence-based family interventions in primary care. The primary care environment presents a number of challenges for successfully integrating such interventions. However, IS methods can improve the prospect of successfully implementing a new intervention while simultaneously and rigorously evaluating the impact on salient outcomes. We used our experiences across 2 pilot trials in which the family check-up (Smith, Montaño, Mauricio, Berkel, & Dishion, 2016), an evidence-based family intervention, was integrated into primary care...
June 2017: Families, Systems & Health: the Journal of Collaborative Family Healthcare
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28616959/smelling-seeing-tasting-old-senses-for-new-sensing
#17
Luca Guerrini, Eduardo Garcia-Rico, Nicolas Pazos-Perez, Ramon A Alvarez-Puebla
The senses are the physiological mechanisms of perception that enable an organism to interact with the surrounding media. For centuries, humans have utilized these senses in science; vision and olfaction have been used the most extensively in laboratories followed by gustation and somatosensation, whereas audition has only rarely been employed. Most of these applications of senses were developed spontaneously based on the natural behavior of the chemistry of the reactants producing changes in scent, taste, or color...
June 15, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28612884/computer-simulation-study-on-the-self-assembly-of-unimodal-and-bimodal-polymer-grafted-nanoparticles-in-a-polymer-melt
#18
Rui Shi, Hu-Jun Qian, Zhong-Yuan Lu
The controllable distribution of nanoparticles (NPs) in polymer nanocomposites (PNCs) is a challenge in materials science. An important method is grafting chains that are chemically identical to the polymer matrix on NPs. By performing comprehensive molecular dynamics simulations, the self-assembly behavior of polymer-grafted NPs in a polymer matrix is investigated in this study. The relationship between the grafted chain length N, grafting density σ and the NPs' self-assembly morphologies is studied. Phase diagrams of the NP self-assembly structures for both unimodal and bimodal grafted NP systems are constructed on a parameter space, where P is the matrix polymer chain length...
June 14, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28612568/-a-cross-sectional-study-of-hepatitis-b-virus-infection-in-mianyang-sichuan-province
#19
Na-Na Xi, Zong-Li Zuo, Su-Su Long, Yuan-Ji Ma, Ju-Ying Zhang
OBJECTIVES: To determine the prevalence and distribution of hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection in Mianyang. METHODS: Data were extracted from the 12th five-year National Science and Technology Major Projects-Integrated Prevention and Control of Major Infectious Diseases in Mianyang. A two-level logistic regression model was established to determine factors associated with HBV infection. RESULTS: About 4.91% of people in Mianyang were HBsAg positive, which increased with age...
January 2017: Sichuan da Xue Xue Bao. Yi Xue Ban, Journal of Sichuan University. Medical Science Edition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28612081/betting-on-transitivity-in-probabilistic-causal-chains
#20
Dennis Hebbelmann, Momme von Sydow
Causal reasoning is crucial to people's decision making in probabilistic environments. It may rely directly on data about covariation between variables (correspondence) or on inferences based on reasonable constraints if larger causal models are constructed based on local relations (coherence). For causal chains an often assumed constraint is transitivity. For probabilistic causal relations, mismatches between such transitive inferences and direct empirical evidence may lead to distortions of empirical evidence...
June 13, 2017: Cognitive Processing
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