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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545630/the-role-of-motor-imagery-in-learning-via-instructions
#1
Marijke Theeuwes, Baptist Liefooghe, Maarten De Schryver, Jan De Houwer
Learning via instructions and learning through physical practice are complementary pathways to obtain skilled performance. Whereas an initial task representation can be formed on the basis of instructions, physically practicing novel instructions leads to a shift in processing mode from controlled processing toward more automatic processing. This shift in processing mode is supposedly caused by the formation of a pragmatic task representation, which includes task parameters needed to attain skilled task execution...
May 23, 2017: Acta Psychologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545069/behavioral-alterations-are-associated-with-vitamin-b12-deficiency-in-the-transcobalamin-receptor-cd320-ko-mouse
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Kaveri Arora, Jeffrey M Sequeira, Alejandro I Hernández, Juan M Alarcon, Edward V Quadros
Vitamin B12 (cobalamin) deficiency is prevalent worldwide and causes megaloblastic anemia and neurologic deficits. While the anemia can be treated, the neurologic deficits can become refractive to treatment as the disease progresses. Therefore, timely intervention is critical for a favorable outcome. Moreover, the metabolic basis for the neuro-pathologic changes and the role of cobalamin deficiency in the pathology still remains unexplained. Using a transcobalamin receptor / CD320 knockout mouse that lacks the receptor for cellular uptake of transcobalamin bound cobalamin, we aimed to determine whether cobalamin deficiency in the central nervous system produced functional neurologic deficits in the mouse that would parallel those observed in humans...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543994/cognitive-enhancing-effects-of-rtms-administered-to-the-prefrontal-cortex-in-patients-with-depression-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-of-individual-task-effects
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REVIEW
Donel M Martin, Shawn M McClintock, Jane J Forster, Tin Yan Lo, Colleen K Loo
BACKGROUND: Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) is an approved therapeutic treatment of major depressive disorder and has increasing clinical use throughout the world. However, it remains unclear whether an rTMS course for depression may also produce cognitive enhancement. In a recent meta-analysis of sham-controlled randomized controlled studies (RCTs) conducted in patients with neuropsychiatric conditions, no evidence was found for generalized cognitive enhancing effects across cognitive domains with active compared to sham rTMS...
May 24, 2017: Depression and Anxiety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541407/insular-and-ventrolateral-orbitofrontal-cortices-differentially-contribute-to-goal-directed-behavior-in-rodents
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Shauna L Parkes, Pascal M Ravassard, Juan-Carlos Cerpa, Mathieu Wolff, Guillaume Ferreira, Etienne Coutureau
The medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC) has long been considered a critical site in action control. However, recent evidence indicates that the contribution of cortical areas to goal-directed behavior likely extends beyond mPFC. Here, we examine the function of both insular (IC) and ventrolateral orbitofrontal (vlOFC) cortices in action-dependent learning. We used chemogenetics to study the consequences of IC or vlOFC inhibition on acquisition and performance of instrumental actions using the outcome devaluation task...
May 25, 2017: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536873/bending-the-curve-a-community-based-behavioral-parent-training-model-to-address-adhd-related-concerns-in-the-voluntary-sector-in-denmark
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Anil Chacko, Christoffer Scavenius
Limited access to evidence-based behavioral parent training (BPT) for addressing attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) has been a growing concern internationally. Models to improve access to BPT are needed, particularly those that can be readily implemented in community settings and that leverage the potential workforce to increase capacity to deliver BPT. The purpose of this study was to evaluate a BPT model which included oft-used content, methods, processes of BPT (common-elements), non-professionally delivered (task-shifted/shared) BPT intervention, and an efficient ancillary support system (training, fidelity, and supervision methods) for families of youth with parental concerns about ADHD...
May 23, 2017: Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536703/a-novel-segmentation-approach-combining-region-and-edge-based-information-for-ultrasound-images
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Yaozhong Luo, Longzhong Liu, Qinghua Huang, Xuelong Li
Ultrasound imaging has become one of the most popular medical imaging modalities with numerous diagnostic applications. However, ultrasound (US) image segmentation, which is the essential process for further analysis, is a challenging task due to the poor image quality. In this paper, we propose a new segmentation scheme to combine both region- and edge-based information into the robust graph-based (RGB) segmentation method. The only interaction required is to select two diagonal points to determine a region of interest (ROI) on the original image...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536544/reporting-and-interpreting-task-performance-in-go-no-go-affective-shifting-tasks
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Adrian Meule
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
2017: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536434/exploration-and-exploitation-in-natural-viewing-behavior
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Ricardo Ramos Gameiro, Kai Kaspar, Sabine U König, Sontje Nordholt, Peter König
Many eye-tracking studies investigate visual behavior with a focus on image features and the semantic content of a scene. A wealth of results on these aspects is available, and our understanding of the decision process where to look has reached a mature stage. However, the temporal aspect, whether to stay and further scrutinize a region (exploitation) or to move on and explore image regions that were yet not in the focus of attention (exploration) is less well understood. Here, we investigate the trade-off between these two processes across stimuli with varying properties and sizes...
May 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535530/mathematical-model-of-potassium-profiling-in-chronic-dialysis
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Mauro Ursino, Gabriele Donati
Potassium balance is a difficult task in hemodialysis: low potassium in the dialysate is associated with a high risk of sudden cardiac death, whereas excessive dialysate potassium may provoke insufficient removal and hyperkalemia. A better understanding of the problem can be achieved with the use of mathematical models of solute kinetics. This study is aimed at presenting an improved model of solute kinetics and fluid shifts during hemodialysis. It comprises a 2-compartment (intracellular and extracellular) description of sodium, potassium, and urea, including volume fluid shifts induced by osmotic forces...
2017: Contributions to Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535478/the-effect-of-billboard-design-specifications-on-driving-a-pilot-study
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Hadas Marciano, Pe'erly Setter
Decades of research on the effects of advertising billboards on road accident rates, driver performance, and driver visual scanning behavior, has produced no conclusive findings. We suggest that road safety researchers should shift their focus and attempt to identify the billboard characteristics that are most distracting to drivers. This line of research may produce concrete guidelines for permissible billboards that would be likely to reduce the influence of the billboards on road safety. The current study is a first step towards this end...
May 20, 2017: Accident; Analysis and Prevention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535398/nurses-occupational-physical-activity-levels-a-systematic-review
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REVIEW
Stephanie E Chappel, Simone J J M Verswijveren, Brad Aisbett, Julie Considine, Nicola D Ridgers
BACKGROUND: Nurses' physical performance at work has implications both for nurses' occupational health and patient care. Although nurses are the largest healthcare workforce, are present 24-hours a day, and engage in many physically demanding tasks, nurses' occupational physical activity levels are poorly understood. OBJECTIVES: The aim of this systematic review was to examine nurses' occupational physical activity levels, and explore how nurses accumulate their physical activity during a shift...
May 10, 2017: International Journal of Nursing Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534792/neural-ailc-for-error-tracking-against-arbitrary-initial-shifts
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Mingxuan Sun, Tao Wu, Lejian Chen, Guofeng Zhang
This paper concerns with the adaptive iterative learning control using neural networks for systems performing repetitive tasks over a finite time interval. Two standing issues of such iterative learning control processes are addressed: one is the initial condition problem and the other is that related to the approximation error. Instead of the state tracking, an error tracking approach is proposed to tackle the problem arising from arbitrary initial shifts. The desired error trajectory is prespecified at the design stage, suitable to different tracking tasks...
May 17, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems
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/28531210/judging-time-to-passage-of-looming-sounds-evidence-for-the-use-of-distance-based-information
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Rosa Mariana Silva, João Lamas, Carlos César Silva, Yann Coello, Sandra Mouta, Jorge Almeida Santos
Perceptual judgments are an essential mechanism for our everyday interaction with other moving agents or events. For instance, estimation of the time remaining before an object contacts or passes us is essential to act upon or to avoid that object. Previous studies have demonstrated that participants use different cues to estimate the time to contact or the time to passage of approaching visual stimuli. Despite the considerable number of studies on the judgment of approaching auditory stimuli, not much is known about the cues that guide listeners' performance in an auditory Time-to-Passage (TTP) task...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529910/generalizable-items-of-quantitative-and-qualitative-cornerstones-for-personnel-requirement-of-physicians-in-anesthesia
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REVIEW
Manfred Weiss, Rolf Rossaint, Thomas Iber
Anesthesiologists perform a broad spectrum of tasks. However, in many countries, there is no legal basis for personnel staffing of physicians in anesthesia. Also, the German diagnosis related groups system for refunding does not deliver such a basis. Thus, in 2006 a new calculation base for the personnel requirement that included an Excel calculation sheet was introduced by the German Board of Anesthesiologists (BDA) and the German Society of Anesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine (DGAI), and updated in 2009 and 2015...
May 4, 2017: World Journal of Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529122/shared-decision-making-a-buzz-word-in-the-netherlands-the-pace-quickens-towards-nationwide-implementation%C3%A2
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Trudy van der Weijden, Heleen Post, Paul L P Brand, Haske van Veenendaal, Ton Drenthen, Linda Aj van Mierlo, Peep Stalmeier, Olga C Damman, Anne Stiggelbout
Currently, shared decision making (SDM) is on the agenda among target patient representative groups, policy makers and professional bodies. Although the International Conference for Shared Decision Making (ISDM) 2011 generated a positive boost, hesitation was also felt among Dutch clinicians, who are challenged by many new tasks. No hesitation is seen among the majority of patients, opting mostly for the SDM model. We haven't reached these patients' needs fully yet, given disappointing research data on patients' experiences and professional behaviour...
May 18, 2017: Zeitschrift Für Evidenz, Fortbildung und Qualität Im Gesundheitswesen
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529048/laboratory-based-performance-evaluation-of-pima-cd4-t-lymphocyte-count-point-of-care-by-lay-counselors-in-kenya
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Clement Zeh, Charles E Rose, Seth Inzaule, Mitesh A Desai, Fredrick Otieno, Felix Humwa, Benta Akoth, Paul Omolo, Robert T Chen, Yenew Kebede, Taraz Samandri
BACKGROUND: CD4+ T-lymphocyte count testing at the point-of-care (POC) may improve linkage to care of persons diagnosed with HIV-1 infection, but the accuracy of POC devices when operated by lay-counselors in the era of task-shifting is unknown. We examined the accuracy of Alere's Pima™ POC device on both capillary and venous blood when performed by lay-counselors and laboratory technicians. METHODS: In Phase I, we compared the perfomance of POC against FACSCalibur™ for 280 venous specimens by laboratory technicians...
May 18, 2017: Journal of Immunological Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528391/dynamism-in-the-upstream-invasion-edge-of-a-freshwater-fish-exposes-range-boundary-constraints
#18
Erika S Rubenson, Julian D Olden
Studying the dynamics of species' borders can provide insight into the mechanisms limiting or promoting range expansion in response to environmental change. In the John Day River, Oregon (USA), rising stream temperatures are facilitating the upstream expansion of invasive smallmouth bass Micropterus dolomieu. Here, where smallmouth bass occupy the upstream limit of its thermal tolerance, we explore population structure and seasonal movement patterns to elucidate the environmental conditions and individual traits that define front edge (where individuals reside year-round) and leading edge (where individuals colonize, but may not establish) limits to its upstream distribution...
May 20, 2017: Oecologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528262/stable-isotope-tracing-of-ni-and-cu-pollution-in-north-east-norway-potentials-and-drawbacks
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Hana Šillerová, Vladislav Chrastný, Martina Vítková, Anna Francová, Jan Jehlička, Marissa R Gutsch, Jana Kocourková, Paul E Aspholm, Lars O Nilsson, Tore F Berglen, Henning K B Jensen, Michael Komárek
The use of Ni and Cu isotopes for tracing contamination sources in the environment remains a challenging task due to the limited information about the influence of various biogeochemical processes influencing stable isotope fractionation. This work focuses on a relatively simple system in north-east Norway with two possible endmembers (smelter-bedrock) and various environmental samples (snow, soil, lichens, PM10). In general, the whole area is enriched in heavy Ni and Cu isotopes highlighting the impact of the smelting activity...
May 18, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527538/masking-release-with-changing-fundamental-frequency-electric-acoustic-stimulation-resembles-normal-hearing-subjects
#20
Alice Barbara Auinger, Dominik Riss, Rudolfs Liepins, Tobias Rader, Tilman Keck, Thomas Keintzel, Alexandra Kaider, Wolf-Dieter Baumgartner, Wolfgang Gstoettner, Christoph Arnoldner
It has been shown that patients with electric acoustic stimulation (EAS) perform better in noisy environments than patients with a cochlear implant (CI). One reason for this could be the preserved access to acoustic low-frequency cues including the fundamental frequency (F0). Therefore, our primary aim was to investigate whether users of EAS experience a release from masking with increasing F0 difference between target talker and masking talker. The study comprised 29 patients and consisted of three groups of subjects: EAS users, CI users and normal-hearing listeners (NH)...
May 11, 2017: Hearing Research
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