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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538994/predictive-feature-remapping-before-saccadic-eye-movements
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Dongjun He, Ce Mo, Fang Fang
Saccadic eye movements cause rapid and dramatic displacements of the retinal image of the visual world, yet our conscious perception of the world remains stable and continuous. A popular explanation for this remarkable ability of our visual system to compensate for the displacements is the predictive feature remapping theory. The theory proposes that, before saccades, the representation of a visual stimulus can be predictively transferred from neurons that initially encode the stimulus to neurons whose receptive fields will encompass the stimulus location after the saccade...
May 1, 2017: Journal of Vision
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538162/infants-perceptions-of-constraints-on-object-motion-as-a-function-of-object-shape
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Gelareh Jowkar-Baniani, Angelina Paolozza, Anishka Greene, Cho Kin Cheng, Mark A Schmuckler
Three studies examined young infants' ability to distinguish between expected and unexpected motion of objects based on their shape. Using a preferential-looking paradigm, 8- and 12-month-old infants' looking time towards expected and unexpected motion displays of familiar, everyday objects (e.g., balls and cubes) was examined. Experiment 1 demonstrated that two factors drive infants' preferential fixations of object motion displays. Both 8- and 12-month-olds displayed a tendency to look at rotating information over non-rotating, stationary visual information...
May 21, 2017: Cognition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536868/caffeine-increases-the-velocity-of-rapid-eye-movements-in-unfatigued-humans
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Charlotte J W Connell, Benjamin Thompson, Jason Turuwhenua, Robert F Hess, Nicholas Gant
BACKGROUND: Caffeine is a widely used dietary stimulant that can reverse the effects of fatigue on cognitive, motor and oculomotor function. However, few studies have examined the effect of caffeine on the oculomotor system when homeostasis has not been disrupted by physical fatigue. This study examined the influence of a moderate dose of caffeine on oculomotor control and visual perception in participants who were not fatigued. METHODS: Within a placebo-controlled crossover design, 13 healthy adults ingested caffeine (5 mg·kg(-1) body mass) and were tested over 3 h...
May 24, 2017: Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529013/bipolar-fresh-total-osteochondral-allograft-in-the-ankle-is-it-a-successful-long-term-solution
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S Giannini, A Mazzotti, F Vannini
INTRODUCTION: Severe post-traumatic ankle arthritis poses a reconstructive challenge in young and active patients. Although technically demanding and despite unsolved immunological issues, bipolar fresh total osteochondral allograft (BFTOA) represent an intriguing option to arthrodesis and prosthetic replacement. The purpose of this paper is to evaluate the outcomes of a series of 48 ankle BFTOA at 10 years follow up and to investigate the rate of survival long term. METHODS: 58 patients underwent BFTOA, of these 48 were available for follow up...
May 11, 2017: Injury
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515866/effect-of-different-display-types-on-vection-and-its-interaction-with-motion-direction-and-field-dependence
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Behrang Keshavarz, Martina Speck, Bruce Haycock, Stefan Berti
Illusory self-motion (vection) can be generated by visual stimulation. The purpose of the present study was to compare behavioral vection measures including intensity ratings, duration, and onset time across different visual display types. Participants were exposed to a pattern of alternating black-and-white horizontal or vertical bars that moved either in vertical or horizontal direction, respectively. Stimuli were presented on four types of displays in randomized order: (a) large field of view dome projection, (b) combination of three computer screens, (c) single computer screen, (d) large field of view flat projection screen...
May 2017: I-Perception
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28514063/where-are-you-heading-flexible-integration-of-retinal-and-extra-retinal-cues-during-self-motion-perception
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Shenbing Kuang, Jinfu Shi, Yang Wang, Tao Zhang
As we move forward in the environment, we experience a radial expansion of the retinal image, wherein the center corresponds to the instantaneous direction of self-motion. Humans can precisely perceive their heading direction even when the retinal motion is distorted by gaze shifts due to eye/body rotations. Previous studies have suggested that both retinal and extra-retinal strategies can compensate for the retinal image distortion. However, the relative contributions of each strategy remain unclear. To address this issue, we devised a two-alternative-headings discrimination task, in which participants had either real or simulated pursuit eye movements...
May 17, 2017: PsyCh Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28508035/flashing-lights-induce-prolonged-distortions-in-visual-cortical-responses-and-visual-perception
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Genki Minamisawa, Kenta Funayama, Nobuyoshi Matsumoto, Norio Matsuki, Yuji Ikegaya
The primary sensory neocortex generates an internal representation of the environment, and its circuit reorganization is thought to lead to a modification of sensory perception. This reorganization occurs primarily through activity-dependent plasticity and has been well documented in animals during early developmental stages. Here, we describe a new method for the noninvasive induction of long-term plasticity in the mature brain: simple transient visual stimuli (i.e., flashing lights) can be used to induce prolonged modifications in visual cortical processing and visually driven behaviors...
May 2017: ENeuro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507245/conformational-changes-of-inter-domain-linker-mediate-mechanical-signal-transmission-in-sensor-kinase-bvgs
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Elodie Lesne, Elian Dupré, Camille Locht, Rudy Antoine, Françoise Jacob-Dubuisson
The whooping cough agent, Bordetella pertussis, controls the expression of its large virulence regulon in a coordinated manner through the two-component system BvgAS. BvgS is a dimeric, multi-domain sensor-kinase. Each monomer comprises in succession tandem periplasmic Venus flytrap (VFT) domains, a transmembrane segment, a cytoplasmic Per-ArnT-Sim (PAS) domain, a kinase module and additional phosphorelay domains. BvgS shifts between kinase and phosphatase modes of activity in response to chemical modulators that modify the clamshell motions of the VFT domains...
May 15, 2017: Journal of Bacteriology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28505663/possible-role-for-recurrent-interactions-between-expansion-and-contraction-cells-in-mstd-during-self-motion-perception-in-dynamic-environments
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Oliver W Layton, Brett R Fajen
Cortical area MSTd contains cells sensitive to the radial expansion and contraction motion patterns experienced during forward and backward self-motion. We investigated the open question of whether populations of MSTd cells tuned to expansion and contraction interact through recurrent connectivity, which may play important roles in postural control and resolving heading in dynamic environments. We used a neural model of MSTd to generate predictions about the consequences of different types of interactions among MSTd expansion and contraction cells for heading signals produced in the case of self-motion in the presence of a retreating object-a stimulus that recruits both expansion and contraction MSTd cell populations...
May 1, 2017: Journal of Vision
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28502021/the-visual-and-haptic-contributions-to-hand-perception
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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/28499997/enhancement-of-visual-comfort-and-sense-of-presence-on-stereoscopic-3d-images
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Heeseok Oh, Jongyoo Kim, Jinwoo Kim, Taewan Kim, Sanghoon Lee, Alan C Bovik
Conventional stereoscopic 3D (S3D) displays do not provide accommodation depth cues of the 3D image or video contents being viewed. The sense of content depths is thus limited to cues supplied by motion parallax (for 3D video), stereoscopic vergence cues created by presenting left and right views to the respective eyes, and other contextual and perspective depth cues. The absence of accommodation cues can induce two kinds of accommodation vergence mismatches (AVM) at the fixation and peripheral points, which can result in severe visual discomfort...
May 9, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Image Processing: a Publication of the IEEE Signal Processing Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28499363/predictors-of-response-to-prefabricated-foot-orthoses-or-rocker-sole-footwear-in-individuals-with-first-metatarsophalangeal-joint-osteoarthritis
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Hylton B Menz, Maria Auhl, Jade M Tan, Pazit Levinger, Edward Roddy, Shannon E Munteanu
BACKGROUND: Osteoarthritis of the first metatarsophalangeal joint (1st MTPJ OA) is a common and disabling condition commonly managed with footwear and orthotic interventions. The objective of this study was to identify factors associated with a successful treatment response in people with 1st MTPJ OA provided with prefabricated orthoses or rocker-sole footwear as part of a randomised clinical trial. METHODS: People with 1st MTPJ OA (n = 88) who participated in a randomised trial were allocated to receive prefabricated foot orthoses (n = 47) or rocker-sole footwear (n = 41) and completed a baseline questionnaire including information on demographics, anthropometrics, general health, pain characteristics (including the Foot Health Status Questionnaire [FHSQ] and Foot Function Index [FFI]) and perceptions of the interventions, and a clinical assessment of foot posture, range of motion, radiographic severity and in-shoe plantar pressures...
May 12, 2017: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28495637/veridical-stimulus-localization-is-linked-to-human-area-v5-mt-activity
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Anna K Bonkhoff, Eckart Zimmermann, Gereon R Fink
How the brain represents visual space is an unsolved mystery. Spatial localization becomes particularly challenging when visual information processing is briefly disrupted, as in the case of saccadic eye movements, blinks, or visual masks. As we have recently reported, a compression of visual space, illustrated by displacements of shortly flashed stimuli, can be observed in the temporal vicinity of masking stimuli during ocular fixation (Zimmermann et al., 2013). We here aimed at investigating the neural mechanisms underlying these displacements using functional magnetic resonance imaging...
May 8, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28490154/from-exoscope-into-the-next-generation
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Kenichi Nishiyama
An exoscope, high-definition video telescope operating monitor system to perform microsurgery has recently been proposed an alternative to the operating microscope. It enables surgeons to complete the operation assistance by visualizing magnified images on a display. The strong points of exoscope are the wide field of view and deep focus. It minimized the need for repositioning and refocusing during the procedure. On the other hand, limitation of magnifying object was an emphasizing weak point. The procedures are performed under 2D motion images with a visual perception through dynamic cue and stereoscopically viewing corresponding to the motion parallax...
May 2017: Journal of Korean Neurosurgical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28489534/dynamic-2-d-3-d-rigid-registration-framework-using-point-to-plane-correspondence-model
#15
Jian Wang, Roman Schaffert, Anja Borsdorf, Benno Heigl, Xiaolin Huang, Joachim Hornegger, Andreas Maier
In image-guided interventional procedures, live 2-D X-ray images can be augmented with preoperative 3-D CT or MRI images to provide planning landmarks and enhanced spatial perception. An accurate alignment between the 3-D and 2-D images is a prerequisite for fusion applications. This paper presents a dynamic rigid 2-D/3-D registration framework, which measures the local 3-D-to-2-D misalignment and efficiently constrains the update of both planar and non-planar 3-D rigid transformations using a novel point-to-plane correspondence model...
May 8, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28487047/anodal-and-cathodal-electrical-stimulation-over-v5-improves-motion-perception-by-signal-enhancement-and-noise-reduction
#16
Luca Battaglini, Stefano Noventa, Clara Casco
BACKGROUND: The effect that transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) has on discrimination of coherent motion (CM) signals in a field of randomly moving dots (noise) can be accounted for by both noise reduction and signal enhancement. OBJECTIVE: To distinguish between noise reduction and signal enhancement, we monitored the discrimination of the correct CM direction as a function of the coherence level (using the psychophysical method of constant stimuli)...
April 28, 2017: Brain Stimulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28481714/causal-action-a-fundamental-constraint-on-perception-and-inference-about-body-movements
#17
Yujia Peng, Steven Thurman, Hongjing Lu
The human body navigates the environment via locomotory movements that leverage gravity and limb biomechanics to propel the body in a particular direction. This process creates a causal link between limb movements and whole-body translation. However, it is unknown whether humans use this causal relation as a constraint in perception and inference with body movements. In the present study, participants rated actions of other individuals as more natural when limb movements (as a cause) occurred before body displacements (as an effect) than when limb movements temporally lagged behind body displacements...
May 1, 2017: Psychological Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28479403/normal-aging-slows-spontaneous-switching-in-auditory-and-visual-bistability
#18
Hirohito M Kondo, Takanori Kochiyama
Age-related changes in auditory and visual perception have an impact on the quality of life. It has been debated how perceptual organization is influenced by advancing age. From the neurochemical perspective, we investigated age effects on auditory and visual bistability. In perceptual bistability, a sequence of sensory inputs induces spontaneous switching between different perceptual objects. We used different modality tasks of auditory streaming and visual plaids. Young and middle-aged participants (20-60years) were instructed to indicate by a button press whenever their perception changed from one stable state to the other...
May 4, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28479319/a-normalization-mechanism-for-estimating-visual-motion-across-speeds-and-scales
#19
Nikos Gekas, Andrew I Meso, Guillaume S Masson, Pascal Mamassian
Interacting with the natural environment leads to complex stimulations of our senses. Here we focus on the estimation of visual speed, a critical source of information for the survival of many animal species as they monitor moving prey or approaching dangers. In mammals, and in particular in primates, speed information is conceived to be represented by a set of channels sensitive to different spatial and temporal characteristics of the optic flow [1-5]. However, it is still largely unknown how the brain accurately infers the speed of complex natural scenes from this set of spatiotemporal channels [6-14]...
May 22, 2017: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28473908/the-silhouette-zoetrope-a-new-blend-of-motion-mirroring-depth-and-size-illusions
#20
Christine Veras, Quang-Cuong Pham, Gerrit W Maus
Here, we report a novel combination of visual illusions in one stimulus device, a contemporary innovation of the traditional zoetrope, called Silhouette Zoetrope. In this new device, an animation of moving silhouettes is created by sequential cutouts placed outside a rotating empty cylinder, with slits illuminating the cutouts successively from the back. This "inside-out" zoetrope incurs the following visual effects: the resulting animated figures are perceived (a) horizontally flipped, (b) inside the cylinder, and (c) appear to be of different size than the actual cutout object...
March 2017: I-Perception
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