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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778957/how-can-we-value-an-environmental-asset-that-very-few-have-visited-or-heard-of-lessons-learned-from-applying-contingent-and-inferred-valuation-in-an-australian-wetlands-case-study
#1
Daniel Gregg, Sarah Ann Wheeler
To date, the majority of environmental assets studied in the economic valuation literature clearly have high amenity and recreational use values. However there are many cases where small, but nevertheless unique and important, ecosystems survive as islands amongst large areas of modified, productive, or urban, landscapes. Development encroaches on the landscape and as urban landscapes become more concentrated these types of conservation islands will become increasingly more important. Previous experience with economic valuation suggests that lower total values for smaller contributions to conservation are more liable to be swamped by survey and hypothetical bias measures...
May 17, 2018: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778952/-too-much-of-a-good-thing-the-role-of-advanced-eco-learning-and-contingency-factors-on-the-relationship-between-corporate-environmental-and-financial-performance
#2
Hengky Latan, Charbel Jose Chiappetta Jabbour, Ana Beatriz Lopes de Sousa Jabbour, Douglas William Scott Renwick, Samuel Fosso Wamba, Muhammad Shahbaz
Inspired by the natural-resource-based view (NRBV) theory, we attempt to shed light on a controversy which has been persistent over the last decade, concerning the relationship between corporate environmental performance (CEP) and corporate financial performance (CFP). Using the 'too-much-of-a-good-thing' (TMGT) concept, which suggests that "too much can be worse than too little," we link mixed results and consider the roles of advanced eco-learning and contingency factors in influencing the CEP-CFP relationship...
May 17, 2018: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778626/factors-underlying-risk-taking-in-heroin-dependent-individuals-feedback-processing-and-environmental-contingencies
#3
Daniella M Saleme, Bruno Kluwe-Schiavon, Abdrabo Soliman, Błażej Misiak, Dorota Frydecka, Ahmed A Moustafa
Evidence suggests that factors influencing risk-taking include whether decisions are made based on emotions (affective systems) or cognitions (deliberative systems), the processing of feedback (e.g., deciding to attend a rehabilitation facility for opioid addiction treatment after an intervention held by a family member), and attention to environmental contingencies (e.g., considering the probability of an outcome such as the likelihood of contracting tetanus from a shared needle; or the gains and losses associated with a decision, such as the benefits and costs of taking drugs)...
May 17, 2018: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778071/anxious-distress-in-depressed-outpatients-prevalence-comorbidity-and-incremental-validity
#4
Anthony J Rosellini, Michelle L Bourgeois, Jeannette Correa, Esther S Tung, Svetlana Goncharenko, Timothy A Brown
The goals of this study were to estimate the prevalence of the DSM-5 anxious distress specifier (AD) among depressed outpatients, to examine associations of AD with comorbid diagnoses, and to test the incremental validity of AD over comorbidity in predicting functional impairment and severity of anxiety and depression symptoms. The sample was 237 outpatients diagnosed with major depressive disorder (MDD) or persistent depressive disorder (PDD), with and without AD, using the Anxiety and Related Disorders Interview Schedule for DSM-5...
May 8, 2018: Journal of Psychiatric Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775421/probability-of-heat-intolerance-standardized-interpretation-of-heat-tolerance-testing-results-versus-specialist-judgment
#5
Haggai Schermann, Erin Craig, Einat Yanovich, Itay Ketko, Gary Kalmanovich, Ran Yanovich
CONTEXT:   The heat-tolerance test (HTT) is a screening tool for secondary prevention of exertional heat illness by the Israel Defense Forces. To discern participant tolerance, recruits are exposed to intermediate environmental and exercise stresses, and their physiological responses, core temperature, and heart rate are monitored. When their physiological measures rise at a higher rate or exceed the upper levels of absolute values compared with other participants, heat intolerance (HI) is diagnosed...
April 2018: Journal of Athletic Training
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29771904/development-of-an-otitis-media-strategy-in-the-pacific-key-informant-perspectives
#6
Elizabeth Holt, Judith McCool, Vili Nosa, Peter Thorne
AIM: Ear and hearing health services are scarce within Pacific Island countries. Where available, they remain under-resourced, despite there being a high estimated prevalence of otitis media and otitis media-related hearing loss. This study examines the potential for improving ear and hearing health strategies by examining key factors, opportunities and challenges, working with Fiji as a case study. METHOD: A series of semi-structured interviews were conducted with professionals who had experience in otitis media programme implementation and/or professionals with working experience within the Pacific region and the Fiji health system...
May 18, 2018: New Zealand Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29771545/hemispheric-asymmetries-in-categorical-facial-expression-perception
#7
D Michael Burt, Markus Hausmann
Although many sensory phenomena vary continuously, humans tend to divide them into discrete categories with facial expressions being divided into categories such as happy, sad, anger, and fear. A critical effect of category use is categorical perception: same sized physical differences are better perceived if the difference occurs between two categories rather than within the same category. Here we investigate the lateralization of categorical perception of facial expressions. Categorical perception of facial expressions may be lateralized to the right hemisphere due to the intimacy of basic, possibly universal and innate, prototypical facial expression categories and face processing which is predominantly lateralized to the right hemisphere...
May 17, 2018: Emotion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29771005/prospective-analysis-of-different-combined-regimens-of-stereotactic-body-radiation-therapy-and-chemotherapy-for-locally-advanced-pancreatic-cancer
#8
Xiaofei Zhu, Dongchen Shi, Fuqi Li, Xiaoping Ju, Yangsen Cao, Yuxin Shen, Fei Cao, Shuiwang Qing, Fang Fang, Zhen Jia, Huojun Zhang
To identify impacts of different combined regimens of stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) and chemotherapy on survival of patients with locally advanced pancreatic cancer (LAPC) and factors correlated with determinations of different combinations. Four hundred and nineteen patients with radiographically and biopsy-proven LAPC were prospectively enrolled. Factors associated with different strategies were analyzed with Chi-square test and contingency coefficients. Cox regression was used to identify factors predictive of survival...
May 17, 2018: Cancer Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29769157/the-role-of-performance-quality-in-adolescents-self-evaluation-and-rumination-after-a-speech-is-it-contingent-on-social-anxiety-level
#9
Anke W Blöte, Anne C Miers, Esther Van den Bos, P Michiel Westenberg
BACKGROUND: Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) has relatively poor outcomes for youth with social anxiety, possibly because broad-based CBT is not tailored to their specific needs. Treatment of social anxiety in youth may need to pay more attention to negative social cognitions that are considered a key factor in social anxiety development and maintenance. AIMS: The aim of the present study was to learn more about the role of performance quality in adolescents' cognitions about their social performance and, in particular, the moderating role social anxiety plays in the relationship between performance quality and self-cognitions...
May 17, 2018: Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29767284/diagnostic-accuracy-of-mri-in-assessing-tumor-regression-and-identifying-complete-response-in-patients-with-locally-advanced-rectal-cancer-after-neoadjuvant-treatment
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Medhat Aker, Darren Boone, Anuradha Chandramohan, Bruce Sizer, Roger Motson, Tan Arulampalam
BACKGROUND: The diagnostic accuracy of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) in restaging locally advanced rectal cancers (LARC) after neoadjuvant chemo-radio therapy (NCRT) has been under recent scrutiny. There is limited data on the accuracy of MRI and its timing in assessing tumor regression grade (TRG) and in identifying patients with complete response (CR). NCRT seems to cause tissue inflammation and oedema which renders reading the scans difficult for radiologist. AIM: This study aims to assess the accuracy of MRI at different time intervals after NCRT in staging TRG and in identifying CR...
May 16, 2018: Abdominal Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29766839/status-quality-and-specific-needs-of-ebola-virus-diagnostic-capacity-and-capability-in-laboratories-of-the-two-european-preparedness-laboratory-networks-emerge-and-evd-labnet
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Chantal B Reusken, Ramona Mögling, Pieter W Smit, Roland Grunow, Giuseppe Ippolito, Antonino Di Caro, Marion Koopmans
From December 2013 to March 2016, West Africa experienced the largest Ebola virus (EBOV) outbreak to date, leading to a European-wide activation of laboratory preparedness and response. At the end of the outbreak, laboratories associated with the two European preparedness networks of expert laboratories EMERGE JA and EVD-LabNet were invited to participate in an assessment of the response of European laboratories to the EBOV outbreak, to identify learning points and training needs to strengthen future outbreak responses...
May 2018: Euro Surveillance: Bulletin Européen sur les Maladies Transmissibles, European Communicable Disease Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29766486/risk-communication-in-genetic-counselling-exploring-uptake-and-perception-of-recurrence-numbers-and-their-impact-on-patient-outcomes
#12
K Borle, E Morris, A Inglis, J Austin
Providing recurrence numbers is often considered a fundamental component of genetic counselling. We sought to fill knowledge gaps regarding how often patients actively seek recurrence numbers, and how they impact patient outcomes. We conducted a retrospective chart review at a clinic where patients routinely complete the Genetic Counselling Outcomes Scale [GCOS, measuring empowerment] pre (T1)/post (T2)-appointment. Using ANCOVA we evaluated the effect on T2 GCOS score of: a) receiving recurrence numbers, and b) patient perception of recurrence numbers...
May 16, 2018: Clinical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29766295/the-impact-of-temporal-contingencies-between-cue-and-target-onset-on-spatial-attentional-capture-by-subliminal-onset-cues
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Tobias Schoeberl, Ulrich Ansorge
Prior research suggested that attentional capture by subliminal abrupt onset cues is stimulus driven. In these studies, reacting was faster when a searched-for target appeared at the location of a preceding abrupt onset cue compared to when the same target appeared at a location away from the cue (cueing effect), although the earlier onset of the cue was subliminal, because it appeared as one out of three horizontally aligned placeholders with a lead time that was too short to be noticed by the participants...
May 15, 2018: Psychological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29765625/does-it-actually-feel-right-a-replication-attempt-of-the-rounded-price-effect
#14
Christopher Harms, Hanna A Genau, Carolin Meschede, André Beauducel
How does the roundedness of prices affect product evaluations? The 'rounded price effect' postulates that depending on the context, rounded or non-rounded prices increase the purchase likelihood of consumers. The study presented here is a replication attempt of these findings and the proposed mediation of the effect through a sense of 'feeling right' when evaluating the product. p -Curve analysis and the R-Index are used to assess the robustness of the originally reported statistics since original data were not available...
April 2018: Royal Society Open Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29765152/illusory-body-ownership-of-an-invisible-body-interpolated-between-virtual-hands-and-feet-via-visual-motor-synchronicity
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Ryota Kondo, Maki Sugimoto, Kouta Minamizawa, Takayuki Hoshi, Masahiko Inami, Michiteru Kitazaki
Body ownership can be modulated through illusory visual-tactile integration or visual-motor synchronicity/contingency. Recently, it has been reported that illusory ownership of an invisible body can be induced by illusory visual-tactile integration from a first-person view. We aimed to test whether a similar illusory ownership of the invisible body could be induced by the active method of visual-motor synchronicity and if the illusory invisible body could be experienced in front of and facing away from the observer...
May 15, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29758439/subgenual-anterior-cingulate-insula-resting-state-connectivity-as-a-neural-correlate-to-trait-and-state-stress-resilience
#16
Robin Shao, Way K W Lau, Mei-Kei Leung, Tatia M C Lee
Accumulating evidence indicates important roles of the subgenual anterior cingulate cortex and rostral limbic regions such as the anterior insula, in regulating stress-related affective responses and negative affect states in general. However, research is lacking in simultaneously assessing the inter-relations between trait and state affective responses to stress, and the functional connectivity between the subgenual anterior cingulate and anterior insula. This preliminary research involved matched healthy participants with high (N = 10) and low (N = 10) self-reported trait stress resilience, and assessed their affective and subgenual anterior cingulate-anterior insula resting-state functional connectivity patterns before and after a psychosocial stress task...
May 11, 2018: Brain and Cognition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29758417/exploring-the-value-of-overseas-biodiversity-to-chinese-netizens-based-on-willingness-to-pay-for-the-african-elephants-protection
#17
Zhengzao Wang, Yazhen Gong, Xianqiang Mao
For a long time, Chinese people have been considered to be concerned only with commercial interests but not ecological systems and biodiversity conservation, even though their trade and investment footprints are globalizing rapidly. This study intended to reveal the non-market valuation on the non-use value of African elephant to Chinese people. Taking the ban of ivory trade as the background, in this study, Chinese netizens' willingness to pay for African elephant conservation was investigated using the contingent valuation method...
May 10, 2018: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29758337/model-free-and-model-based-reward-prediction-errors-in-eeg
#18
Thomas D Sambrook, Ben Hardwick, Andy J Wills, Jeremy Goslin
Learning theorists posit two reinforcement learning systems: model-free and model-based. Model-based learning incorporates knowledge about structure and contingencies in the world to assign candidate actions with an expected value. Model-free learning is ignorant of the world's structure; instead, actions hold a value based on prior reinforcement, with this value updated by expectancy violation in the form of a reward prediction error. Because they use such different learning mechanisms, it has been previously assumed that model-based and model-free learning are computationally dissociated in the brain...
May 11, 2018: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29757362/is-a-500-cell-count-necessary-for-bone-marrow-differentials-a-proposed-analytical-method-for-validating-a-lower-cutoff
#19
Ahmed A Abdulrahman, Kirtesh H Patel, Tong Yang, David D Koch, Sarah M Sivers, Geoffrey H Smith, David L Jaye
Objectives: By convention, 500 cells are counted for bone marrow aspirate differentials. Evidence supporting such a cutoff is lacking. We hypothesized that 300-cell counts could be sufficient. Methods: Cell count results from 165 cases, for which values were recorded at 300 and 500 cells, were analyzed. We tested for statistical differences and changes in diagnostic classification between the two cutoffs. Results: Three hundred cell counts did not produce diagnostically different results, particularly for myeloblasts and plasma cells, where cell percentages are critical for disease classification...
May 10, 2018: American Journal of Clinical Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29755972/lignocellulosic-biomass-transformations-via-greener-oxidative-pretreatment-processes-access-to-energy-and-value-added-chemicals
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REVIEW
Walter Den, Virender K Sharma, Mengshan Lee, Govind Nadadur, Rajender S Varma
Anthropogenic climate change, principally induced by the large volume of carbon dioxide emission from the global economy driven by fossil fuels, has been observed and scientifically proven as a major threat to civilization. Meanwhile, fossil fuel depletion has been identified as a future challenge. Lignocellulosic biomass in the form of organic residues appears to be the most promising option as renewable feedstock for the generation of energy and platform chemicals. As of today, relatively little bioenergy comes from lignocellulosic biomass as compared to feedstock such as starch and sugarcane, primarily due to high cost of production involving pretreatment steps required to fragment biomass components via disruption of the natural recalcitrant structure of these rigid polymers; low efficiency of enzymatic hydrolysis of refractory feedstock presents a major challenge...
2018: Frontiers in Chemistry
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