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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214050/communication-deficits-and-avoidance-of-angry-faces-in-children-with-autism-spectrum-disorder
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Ana García-Blanco, Concepción López-Soler, Máximo Vento, María Carmen García-Blanco, Belén Gago, Manuel Perea
BACKGROUND: Understanding how emotional faces are processed is important to help characterize the social deficits in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). AIMS: We examined: (i) whether attention is modulated by emotional facial expression; (ii) the time course of the attentional preferences (short vs. long stimulus presentation rates); and (iii) the association between attentional biases and autistic symptomatology. METHOD AND PROCEDURES: We applied a dot-probe experiment with emotional faces (happy, sad, and angry)...
February 14, 2017: Research in Developmental Disabilities
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213634/a-randomized-controlled-trial-of-social-norm-interventions-to-increase-physical-activity
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Christopher M Wally, Linda D Cameron
BACKGROUND: Physical activity confers numerous health benefits, yet few adults meet recommended physical activity guidelines. PURPOSE: The impact of brief messages providing descriptive and injunctive social norm feedback on physical activity was tested in this conceptual pilot study. METHODS: Young adults (N = 111) were randomly assigned to one of three conditions: descriptive norm feedback, descriptive-plus-injunctive norm feedback, or no social feedback (control condition)...
February 17, 2017: Annals of Behavioral Medicine: a Publication of the Society of Behavioral Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211817/post-stroke-acquired-amusia-a-comparison-between-right-and-left-brain-hemispheric-damages
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Zahra Jafari, Mahdiye Esmaili, Ahmad Delbari, Masoud Mehrpour, Majid H Mohajerani
BACKGROUND: Although extensive research has been published about the emotional consequences of stroke, most studies have focused on emotional words, speech prosody, voices, or facial expressions. The emotional processing of musical excerpts following stroke has been relatively unexplored. OBJECTIVE: The present study was conducted to investigate the effects of chronic stroke on the recognition of basic emotions in music. METHODS: Seventy persons, including 25 normal controls (NC), 25 persons with right brain damage (RBD) from stroke, and 20 persons with left brain damage (LBD) from stroke between the ages of 31-71 years were studied...
February 15, 2017: NeuroRehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211496/the-use-of-bright-and-dark-types-of-humour-is-rooted-in-the-brain
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Ilona Papousek, Willibald Ruch, Christian Rominger, Elisabeth Kindermann, Katharina Scheidl, Günter Schulter, Andreas Fink, Elisabeth M Weiss
The ways in which humour can be used are related to the manifold interpersonal functions humour can serve, some of which are positive, and some negative. In the present study, phasic changes in the functional coupling of prefrontal and posterior cortex (EEG coherence) during other people's auditory displays of happy and sad mood were recorded to predict people's typical use of humour in social interactions. Greater use of benevolent humour, the intentions of which are in keeping with the characteristics of "laughing-with" humour, was associated with greater decreases of prefrontal-posterior coupling during the processing of happy laughter...
February 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210990/indices-from-lagged-poincare-plots-of-heart-rate-variability-an-efficient-nonlinear-tool-for-emotion-discrimination
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Ateke Goshvarpour, Ataollah Abbasi, Atefeh Goshvarpour
Interest in human emotion recognition, regarding physiological signals, has recently risen. In this study, an efficient emotion recognition system, based on geometrical analysis of autonomic nervous system signals, is presented. The electrocardiogram recordings of 47 college students were obtained during rest condition and affective visual stimuli. Pictures with four emotional contents, including happiness, peacefulness, sadness, and fear were selected. Then, ten lags of Poincare plot were constructed for heart rate variability (HRV) segments...
February 16, 2017: Australasian Physical & Engineering Sciences in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196783/symptom-cluster-trajectories-during-chemotherapy-in-breast-cancer-outpatients
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Hsin-Tien Hsu, Kuan-Chia Lin, Li-Min Wu, Chiung-Hui Juan, Ming-Feng Hou, Shiow-Li Hwang, Yi Liu, Marylin J Dodd
CONTEXT: Breast cancer patients often experience multiple symptoms and substantial discomfort. Some symptoms may occur simultaneously and throughout the duration of chemotherapy treatment OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to investigate symptom severity and symptom cluster trajectories during chemotherapy in outpatients with breast cancer in Taiwan. METHODS: This prospective, longitudinal, repeated measures study administered a standardized questionnaire (M...
February 11, 2017: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194083/asbestos-induced-lung-disease-in-small-scale-clutch-manufacturing-workers
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Dipti Gothi, Tanushree Gahlot, Ram B Sah, Mayank Saxena, U C Ojha, Anand K Verma, Sonam Spalgais
BACKGROUND: The crocidolite variety of asbestos is banned. However, chrysotile, which is not prohibited, is still used in developing countries in making products such as clutch plate. Fourteen workers from a small-scale clutch plate-manufacturing factory were analyzed for asbestos-induced lung disease as one of their colleagues had expired due to asbestosis. AIMS: This study was conducted to evaluate the awareness of workers, the prevalence and type of asbestos-induced lung disease, and the sensitivity and specificity of diffusion test...
May 2016: Indian Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192770/the-relationship-between-childhood-trauma-emotion-recognition-and-irritability-in-schizophrenia-patients
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Mustafa Melih Bilgi, Seval Taspinar, Burcu Aksoy, Kaya Oguz, Kerry Coburn, Ali Saffet Gonul
This study investigated the relationship between childhood trauma, irritability, and emotion recognition, in schizophrenia patients during a psychotic break. Thirty-six schizophrenia inpatients and 36 healthy controls were assessed with the Irritability Questionnaire (IRQ) and two facial emotion recognition tasks, the Emotion Discrimination Test (EDT) and Emotion Identification Test (EIT). Patients were further assessed with the Structured Clinical Interview for DSM III-R Axis II Disorders (SCID-II), the Positive and Negative Symptom Scale (PANSS), and the Childhood Trauma Questionnaire-28 (CTQ-28)...
February 3, 2017: Psychiatry Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191984/explicit-and-implicit-self-evaluations-in-social-anxiety-disorder
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Eva Gilboa-Schechtman, Hadar Keshet, Tamar Livne, Uri Berger, Reut Zabag, Haggai Hermesh, Sofi Marom
Cognitive models of social anxiety disorder (SAD) emphasize the role of explicit and implicit self-evaluations (SEs) in the etiology and maintenance of this condition. Whereas individuals with SAD consistently report lower explicit SEs as compared with nonanxious individuals, findings concerning implicit SEs are mixed. To gain a more nuanced understanding of the nature of SEs in SAD, we examined explicit and implicit SEs in two significant interpersonal domains: social rank and affiliation. Consistent with cognitive theorizing, we predicted that, compared to nonclinical controls (NCCs), individuals with SAD would exhibit lower explicit and implicit SEs in both domains...
February 13, 2017: Journal of Abnormal Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28189075/increased-risk-of-suicide-in-schizophrenia-patients-with-linkage-to-chromosome-13q
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P J Malherbe, M Karayiorgou, R Ehlers, J L Roos
We link schizophrenia in families from the genetically isolated South African Afrikaner population to chromosome 13q (n =51), 1p (n =23) and combined 13q & 1p (n =18). Patients with linkages to chromosome 13q were 4.16 times more likely to meet diagnostic criteria for schizoaffective disorder compared to patients with linkage to 1p. A third of patients with linkage to both 13q &1p met diagnostic criteria for SAD. There was a significant positive relationship between suicidality and a diagnosis of schizoaffective disorder...
February 5, 2017: Psychiatry Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188560/maternal-incarceration-children-s-psychological-adjustment-and-the-mediating-role-of-emotion-regulation
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Janice L Zeman, Danielle H Dallaire, Johanna B Folk, Todd M Thrash
Children who live in the context of maternal incarceration (MI) are exposed to both general environmental risk and incarceration-specific risk increasing the probability of their developing externalizing and internalizing behaviors problems. Little research has examined the socio-emotional mechanisms that account for the psychological effects of MI. This research examined children's anger and sadness regulation as mediators between environmental and incarceration-specific risk and psychological functioning...
February 10, 2017: Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188358/protective-effect-of-valproic-acid-in-streptozotocin-induced-sporadic-alzheimer-s-disease-mouse-model-possible-involvement-of-the-cholinergic-system
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Mirna Ezzat Sorial, Nesrine Salah El Dine El Sayed
Sporadic Alzheimer's disease (SAD) is a slowly progressive neurological disorder that is the most common form of dementia. Cholinergic system dysfunction and amyloid beta formation are the two main underlying pathological mechanisms for the disease development. In recent studies, insulin receptor desensitization and disturbances in the downstream effects of insulin receptor signaling were observed in the brains of Alzheimer's patients. Currently, intracereberoventricular (ICV) injection of streptozotocin (STZ) is found to induce behavioral, neurochemical, and structural alterations in animals resembling those found in SAD patients...
February 10, 2017: Naunyn-Schmiedeberg's Archives of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187303/response-bias-related-impairment-of-early-subjective-face-discrimination-in-social-anxiety-disorders-an-event-related-potential-study
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Yanyan Qi, Ruolei Gu, Jianqin Cao, Xuejing Bi, Haiyan Wu, Xun Liu
Considerable research has shown that social anxiety disorder (SAD) is accompanied by various negative cognitive biases, such as social feedback expectancy bias, memory bias, and interpretation bias. However, whether the memory bias in individuals with SAD is actually a manifestation of response bias, and whether such response bias is associated with deficits in face discrimination, remains unclear. In the present study, we investigated response bias (i.e., a tendency to recognize more negative evaluations) to faces with positive (social acceptance) or negative (social rejection) social evaluations in individuals with SAD and healthy controls (HCs) using event-related potentials (ERPs)...
February 5, 2017: Journal of Anxiety Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28184210/attachment-avoidance-is-significantly-related-to-attentional-preference-for-infant-faces-evidence-from-eye-movement-data
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Yuncheng Jia, Gang Cheng, Dajun Zhang, Na Ta, Mu Xia, Fangyuan Ding
Objective: To determine the influence of adult attachment orientations on infant preference. Methods: We adopted eye-tracking technology to monitor childless college women's eye movements when looking at pairs of faces, including one adult face (man or woman) and one infant face, with three different expressions (happy, sadness, and neutral). The participants (N = 150; 84% Han ethnicity) were aged 18-29 years (M = 19.22, SD = 1.72). A random intercepts multilevel linear regression analysis was used to assess the unique contribution of attachment avoidance, determined using the Experiences in Close Relationships scale, to preference for infant faces...
2017: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28182445/state-dependent-alterations-in-inhibitory-control-and-emotional-face-identification-in-seasonal-affective-disorder
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Liv V Hjordt, Dea S Stenbæk, Kathrine Skak Madsen, Brenda Mc Mahon, Christian G Jensen, Martin Vestergaard, Ida Hageman, David Meder, Steen G Hasselbalch, Gitte M Knudsen
BACKGROUND: Depressed individuals often exhibit impaired inhibition to negative input and identification of positive stimuli, but it is unclear whether this is a state or trait feature. We here exploited a naturalistic model, namely individuals with seasonal affective disorder (SAD), to study this feature longitudinally. AIM: The goal of this study was to examine seasonal changes in inhibitory control and identification of emotional faces in individuals with SAD...
February 9, 2017: Journal of Abnormal Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28180234/pharmacokinetics-and-pharmacodynamics-of-tecarfarin-a-novel-vitamin-k-antagonist-oral-anticoagulant
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Detlef Albrecht, David Ellis, Daniel M Canafax, Daniel Combs, Pascal Druzgala, Peter G Milner, Mark G Midei
Tecarfarin is a vitamin K antagonist (VKA) with reduced propensity for drug interactions. To evaluate the pharmacokinetic (PK), pharmacodynamic (PD), and safety of tecarfarin, we performed single ascending dose (SAD) (n=66), multiple ascending dose (MAD) (n=43), and tecarfarin versus warfarin (n=28) studies in human volunteers. In the SAD, tecarfarin was administered to 5 of 6 subjects (1 received placebo) in each of 11 cohorts. AUC0-∞ exhibited linearity and dose proportionality. Elimination T1/2 ranged from 87-136 hours (h) across all doses...
February 9, 2017: Thrombosis and Haemostasis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28178977/diagnostic-performance-and-optimal-cut-off-scores-of-the-massachusetts-youth-screening-instrument-second-version-in-a-sample-of-swiss-youths-in-welfare-and-juvenile-justice-institutions
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Claudia Dölitzsch, Laura E W Leenarts, Klaus Schmeck, Jorg M Fegert, Thomas Grisso, Marc Schmid
BACKGROUND: There is a growing consensus about the importance of mental health screening of youths in welfare and juvenile justice institutions. The Massachusetts Youth Screening Instrument-second version (MAYSI-2) was specifically designed, normed and validated to assist juvenile justice facilities in the United States of America (USA), in identifying youths with potential emotional or behavioral problems. However, it is not known if the USA norm-based cut-off scores can be used in Switzerland...
February 8, 2017: BMC Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28178866/a-sociocultural-approach-to-children-s-perceptions-of-death-and-loss
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Sungeun Yang, Soyeon Park
By employing the phenomenographic approach, the present study explored children's cognitive understanding of and emotional responses to death and bereavement. Participants included 52 Korean, 16 Chinese, and 16 Chinese American children ages 5-6. Thematic analysis of children's drawings and open-ended interviews revealed that most children associated death with negative emotions such as fear, anxiety, and sadness. The majority of children used realistic expressions to narrate death. The core themes from their drawings included causes for death, attempts to stop the dying, and situations after death...
January 1, 2017: Omega
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28178338/the-impact-of-obesity-and-adiponectin-signaling-in-patients-with-renal-cell-carcinoma-a-potential-mechanism-for-the-obesity-paradox
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Ryuichi Ito, Shintaro Narita, Mingguo Huang, Taketoshi Nara, Kazuyuki Numakura, Koichiro Takayama, Hiroshi Tsuruta, Atsushi Maeno, Mitsuru Saito, Takamitsu Inoue, Norihiko Tsuchiya, Shigeru Satoh, Tomonori Habuchi
Although obesity increases the risk of renal cell carcinoma (RCC), obese patients with RCC experience longer survival than non-obese patients. However, the mechanism of this "obesity paradox" is unknown. We examined the impact of preoperative BMI, serum total adiponectin (sAd) level, total adiponectin secretion from perinephric adipose tissue, and intratumoral expression of adiponectin receptors on RCC aggressiveness and survival. We also investigated the mechanism underlying enhanced cancer aggressiveness in RCC cells stimulated with exogenous adiponectin...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28176678/a-non-axial-superconducting-magnet-design-for-optimized-patient-access-and-minimal-sad-for-use-in-a-linac-mr-hybrid-proof-of-concept
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Shima Yaghoobpour Tari, Keith Wachowicz, B Gino Fallone
A prototype rotating hybrid magnetic resonance (MR) imaging system and linac has been developed to allow for simultaneous imaging and radiation delivery parallel to B0. However, the design of a compact magnet capable of rotation in a small vault with sufficient patient access and a typical clinical source-to-axis distance (SAD) is challenging. This work presents a novel superconducting magnet design as a proof of concept that allows for a reduced SAD and ample patient access by moving the superconducting coils to the side of the yoke...
February 8, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
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