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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534668/does-spatial-attention-modulate-the-earliest-component-of-the-visual-evoked-potential
#1
Hannah M Baumgartner, Christian J Graulty, Steven A Hillyard, Michael A Pitts
Whether visual spatial attention can modulate feedforward input to human primary visual cortex (V1) is debated. A prominent and long-standing hypothesis is that visual spatial attention can influence processing in V1, but only at delayed latencies suggesting a feedback-mediated mechanism and a lack of modulation during the initial afferent volley. The most promising challenge to this hypothesis comes from an event-related potential (ERP) study that showed an amplitude enhancement of the earliest visual ERP component, called the "C1", in response to spatially-attended relative to spatially-unattended stimuli (Kelly et al...
May 23, 2017: Cognitive Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534312/evaluation-of-a-novel-multi-articulated-endoscope-proof-of-concept-through-a-virtual-simulation
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Tuukka Karvonen, Yusuke Muranishi, Goshiro Yamamoto, Tomohiro Kuroda, Toshihiko Sato
PURPOSE: In endoscopic surgery such as video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery and laparoscopic surgery, providing the surgeon a good view of the target is important. Rigid endoscope has for years been the go-to tool for this purpose, but it has certain limitations like the inability to work around obstacles. To improve on current tools, a novel multi-articulated endoscope (MAE) is currently under development. To investigate its feasibility and possible value, we performed a user test using virtual prototype of the MAE with the intent to show that it outperforms the conventional endoscope while bringing minimal additional burden to the operator...
May 22, 2017: International Journal of Computer Assisted Radiology and Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533459/camouflage-through-colour-change-mechanisms-adaptive-value-and-ecological-significance
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REVIEW
Rafael C Duarte, Augusto A V Flores, Martin Stevens
Animals from a wide range of taxonomic groups are capable of colour change, of which camouflage is one of the main functions. A considerable amount of past work on this subject has investigated species capable of extremely rapid colour change (in seconds). However, relatively slow colour change (over hours, days, weeks and months), as well as changes arising via developmental plasticity are probably more common than rapid changes, yet less studied. We discuss three key areas of colour change and camouflage...
July 5, 2017: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527749/visual-and-proprioceptive-feedback-differently-modulate-the-spatial-representation-of-number-and-time-in-children
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Elena Nava, Luca Rinaldi, Hermann Bulf, Viola Macchi Cassia
There has been compelling evidence favoring the idea that human adults similarly represent number and time along a horizontal mental number line (MNL) and mental time line (MTL), respectively. Yet, analogies drawn between the MNL and MTL have been challenged by recent studies suggesting that adults' representations of number and time arise from different spatial frames of reference; whereas the MNL relies on both hand-centered and object-centered coordinates, the MTL appears to be exclusively anchored on object-centered coordinates...
May 18, 2017: Journal of Experimental Child Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526482/reducing-trunk-compensation-in-stroke-survivors-a-randomized-crossover-trial-comparing-visual-vs-force-feedback-modalities
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Bulmaro Adolfo Valdés, Andrea Nicole Schneider, Hendrik Fridolijn Machiel Van der Loos
OBJECTIVE: To investigate whether the compensatory trunk movements of stroke survivors observed during reaching tasks can be decreased by force and visual feedback, and examine whether one of these feedback modalities is more efficacious than the other in reducing this compensatory tendency. DESIGN: Randomized Crossover Trial SETTING: University research laboratory PARTICIPANTS: 15 community dwelling older adults: 5 female, 64 ± 11 years old, with hemiplegia from non-traumatic hemorrhagic or ischemic stroke (> 3 months post-stroke), recruited from stroke recovery groups, the research group's website and the community...
May 16, 2017: Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28512726/cutaneous-reflex-modulation-during-obstacle-avoidance-under-conditions-of-normal-and-degraded-visual-input
#6
Daniel S Marigold, Andrew J Chang, Kim Lajoie
The nervous system integrates visual input regarding obstacles with limb-based sensory feedback to allow an individual to safely negotiate the environment. This latter source can include cutaneous information from the foot, particularly in the event that limb trajectory is not sufficient and there is an unintended collision with the object. However, it is not clear the extent to which cutaneous reflexes are modified based on visual input. In this study, we first determined if phase-dependent modulation of these reflexes is present when stepping over an obstacle during overground walking...
May 16, 2017: Experimental Brain Research. Experimentelle Hirnforschung. Expérimentation Cérébrale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511826/use-of-hypnosis-meditation-and-biofeedback-in-dermatology
#7
Philip D Shenefelt
Hypnosis utilizes trance to access otherwise inaccessible repressed or unconscious memories and features of the psyche and control of physiology not attainable in the ordinary conscious waking state. Medical uses of hypnosis in dermatology include reducing discomfort from itching or skin pain, altering ingrained dysfunctional habits such as scratching, promoting healing of skin disorders, searching for psychosomatic aspects of skin disorders and alleviating them, and reframing cognitive and emotional dysfunctional patterns related to skin disorders...
May 2017: Clinics in Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28510782/memory-guided-force-control-in-healthy-younger-and-older-adults
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Kristina A Neely, Shaadee Samimy, Samantha L Blouch, Peiyuan Wang, Amanda Chennavasin, Michele T Diaz, Nancy A Dennis
Successful performance of a memory-guided motor task requires participants to store and then recall an accurate representation of the motor goal. Further, participants must monitor motor output to make adjustments in the absence of visual feedback. The goal of this study was to examine memory-guided grip force in healthy younger and older adults and compare it to performance on behavioral tasks of working memory. Previous work demonstrates that healthy adults decrease force output as a function of time when visual feedback is not available...
May 16, 2017: Experimental Brain Research. Experimentelle Hirnforschung. Expérimentation Cérébrale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28508568/randomized-crossover-trial-of-a-pressure-sensing-visual-feedback-system-to-improve-mask-fitting-in-noninvasive-ventilation
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Anne-Kathrin Brill, Mohammad Moghal, Mary J Morrell, Anita K Simonds
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: A good mask fit, avoiding air leaks and pressure effects on the skin are key elements for a successful noninvasive ventilation (NIV). However, delivering practical training for NIV is challenging, and it takes time to build experience and competency. This study investigated whether a pressure sensing system with real-time visual feedback improved mask fitting. METHODS: During an NIV training session, 30 healthcare professionals (14 trained in mask fitting and 16 untrained) performed two mask fittings on the same healthy volunteer in a randomized order: one using standard mask-fitting procedures and one with additional visual feedback on mask pressure on the nasal bridge...
May 15, 2017: Respirology: Official Journal of the Asian Pacific Society of Respirology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28508378/population-pharmacokinetic-and-pharmacodynamic-modeling-of-etelcalcetide-in-patients-with-chronic-kidney-disease-and-secondary-hyperparathyroidism-receiving-hemodialysis
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Ping Chen, Adimoolam Narayanan, Benjamin Wu, Per Olsson Gisleskog, John P Gibbs, Andrew T Chow, Murad Melhem
INTRODUCTION: Etelcalcetide is a novel calcimimetic that binds and activates calcium-sensing receptors (CaSRs) for the treatment of secondary hyperparathyroidism (SHPT). METHODS: To assess titrated dosing regimens, population pharmacokinetic (PK) and PK/pharmacodynamic (PKPD) modeling of etelcalcetide was performed using NONMEM 7.2. In this analysis, plasma etelcalcetide, serum parathyroid hormone (PTH) and calcium (Ca) concentration-time data were collected from five phase I, II, and III clinical trials following single or multiple intravenous doses of etelcalcetide ranging from 2...
May 15, 2017: Clinical Pharmacokinetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28508034/laminar-localization-and-projection-specific-properties-of-presubicular-neurons-targeting-the-lateral-mammillary-nucleus-thalamus-or-medial-entorhinal-cortex
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Li-Wen Huang, Jean Simonnet, Mérie Nassar, Louis Richevaux, Roxanne Lofredi, Desdemona Fricker
The presubiculum (PrS) is part of an interconnected network of distributed brain regions where individual neurons signal the animals heading direction. PrS sends axons to medial entorhinal cortex (MEC), it is reciprocally connected with anterior thalamic nuclei (ATNs), and it sends feedback projections to the lateral mammillary nucleus (LMN), involved in generating the head direction signal. The intrinsic properties of projecting neurons will influence the pathway-specific transmission of activity. Here, we used projection-specific labeling of presubicular neurons to identify MEC-, LMN-, and ATN-projecting neurons in mice...
March 2017: ENeuro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507630/relationship-between-gait-parameters-and-postural-stability-in-early-and-late-parkinson-s-disease-and-visual-feedback-based-balance-training-effects
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Mohieldin M Ahmed, Douaa M Mosalem, Aziz K Alfeeli, Ayyoub B Baqer, Doaa Youssry Soliman
BACKGROUND: Gait disorders or postural instability has been done before. However, lack of reviews has addressed the relation between gait and postural stability in Parkinson's disease (PD). AIM: The aim was to evaluate the relation between gait parameters and postural stability in early and late stages of PD. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The forty-one idiopathic PD patients were divided into two groups into a group (A) considered as early PD and group (B) considered as late ambulant PD...
April 15, 2017: Open Access Macedonian Journal of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507503/improving-challenge-skill-ratio-in-a-multimodal-interface-by-simultaneously-adapting-game-difficulty-and-haptic-assistance-through-psychophysiological-and-performance-feedback
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Carlos Rodriguez-Guerrero, Kristel Knaepen, Juan C Fraile-Marinero, Javier Perez-Turiel, Valentin Gonzalez-de-Garibay, Dirk Lefeber
In order to harmonize robotic devices with human beings, the robots should be able to perceive important psychosomatic impact triggered by emotional states such as frustration or boredom. This paper presents a new type of biocooperative control architecture, which acts toward improving the challenge/skill relation perceived by the user when interacting with a robotic multimodal interface in a cooperative scenario. In the first part of the paper, open-loop experiments revealed which physiological signals were optimal for inclusion in the feedback loop...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507300/minimum-toe-clearance-probing-the-neural-control-of-locomotion
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Tim Killeen, Christopher S Easthope, László Demkó, Linard Filli, Lilla Lőrincz, Michael Linnebank, Armin Curt, Björn Zörner, Marc Bolliger
Minimum toe clearance (MTC) occurs during a highly dynamic phase of the gait cycle and is associated with the highest risk of unintentional contact with obstacles or the ground. Age, cognitive function, attention and visual feedback affect foot clearance but how these factors interact to influence MTC control is not fully understood. We measured MTC in 121 healthy individuals aged 20-80 under four treadmill walking conditions; normal walking, lower visual field restriction and two Stroop colour/word naming tasks of two difficulty levels...
May 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28504847/implementation-of-a-digital-preparation-validation-tool-in-dental-skills-laboratory-training
#15
A Kozarovska, C Larsson
AIM: To describe the implementation of a digital tool for preparation validation and evaluate it as an aid in students' self-assessment. METHODS: Students at the final semester of skills laboratory training were asked to use a digital preparation validation tool (PVT) when performing two different tasks; preparation of crowns for teeth 11 and 21. The students were divided into two groups. Group A self-assessed and scanned all three attempts at 21 ("prep-and-scan")...
May 15, 2017: European Journal of Dental Education: Official Journal of the Association for Dental Education in Europe
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28504523/decomposition-of-a-sensory-prediction-error-signal-for-visuomotor-adaptation
#16
Peter A Butcher, Jordan A Taylor
To accomplish effective motor control, the brain contains an internal forward model that predicts the expected sensory consequence of a motor command. When this prediction is inaccurate, a sensory prediction error is produced which adapts the forward model to make more accurate predictions of future movements. Other types of errors, such as task performance errors or reward, play less of a role in adapting a forward model. This raises the following question: What unique information is conveyed by the sensory prediction error that results in forward model adaptation? sensory prediction errors typically contain both the magnitude and direction of the error, but it is unclear if both components are necessary for adaptation or a single component is sufficient...
May 15, 2017: Journal of Experimental Psychology. Human Perception and Performance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28503804/neural-correlates-of-visuomotor-adjustments-during-scaling-of-human-finger-movements-fmri-during-visuomotor-scaling-of-finger-movements
#17
Johannes Brand, Lars Michels, Romy Bakker, Marie-Claude Hepp-Reymond, Daniel Kiper, Manfred Morari, Kynan Eng
Visually guided finger movements include online feedback of current effector position to guide target approach. This visual feedback may be scaled or otherwise distorted by unpredictable perturbations. Although adjustments to visual feedback scaling have been studied before, the underlying brain activation differences between upscaling (visual feedback larger than real movement) and downscaling (feedback smaller than real movement) are currently unknown. Brain activation differences between upscaling and downscaling might be expected because within-trial adjustments during upscaling require corrective backwards accelerations, whereas correcting for downscaling requires forward accelerations...
May 15, 2017: European Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28502021/the-visual-and-haptic-contributions-to-hand-perception
#18
Lara A Coelho, Claudia Lr Gonzalez
Previous research has found that the perception of our hands is distorted. The characteristics of this distortion are an overestimation of hand width and an underestimation of finger length. The present study examined the role that different sensory modalities (vision and/or haptics) play in the perception of our hands. Participants pointed to their concealed hand in one of three groups: Vision+Haptics, Vision-only, or Haptics-only. Participants in the Vision+Haptics group had vision (non-informative) of the experimental setup and of the pointing hand, but no vision of the hand being estimated...
May 13, 2017: Psychological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28501420/manipulation-of-visual-information-affects-control-strategy-during-a-visuomotor-tracking-task
#19
Paulina J M Bank, Lucas R M Dobbe, Carel G M Meskers, Jurriaan H de Groot, Erwin de Vlugt
Proper understanding of motor control requires insight into the extent and manner in which task performance and control strategy are influenced by various aspects of visual information. We therefore systematically manipulated the visual presentation (i.e., scaling factor and optical flow density) of a visuomotor tracking task without changing the task itself, and investigated the effect on performance, effort, motor control strategy (i.e., anticipatory or corrective steering) and underlying neuromechanical parameters (i...
May 10, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28496296/a-systematic-review-of-the-literature-on-parenting-of-young-children-with-visual-impairments-and-the-adaptions-for-video-feedback-intervention-to-promote-positive-parenting-vipp
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REVIEW
Ellen G C van den Broek, Ans J P M van Eijden, Mathilde M Overbeek, Sabina Kef, Paula S Sterkenburg, Carlo Schuengel
Secure parent-child attachment may help children to overcome the challenges of growing up with a visual or visual-and-intellectual impairment. A large literature exists that provides a blueprint for interventions that promote parental sensitivity and secure attachment. The Video-feedback Intervention to promote Positive Parenting (VIPP) is based on that blueprint. While it has been adapted to several specific at risk populations, children with visual impairment may require additional adjustments. This study aimed to identify the themes that should be addressed in adapting VIPP and similar interventions...
2017: Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities
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