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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345592/community-temporal-variability-increases-with-fluctuating-resource-availability
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Wei Li, M Henry H Stevens
An increase in the quantity of available resources is known to affect temporal variability of aggregate community properties. However, it is unclear how might fluctuations in resource availability alter community-level temporal variability. Here we conduct a microcosm experiment with laboratory protist community subjected to manipulated resource pulses that vary in intensity, duration and time of supply, and examine the impact of fluctuating resource availability on temporal variability of the recipient community...
March 27, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339316/practical-insight-to-monitor-home-niv-in-copd-patients
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Jean-Michel Arnal, Joëlle Texereau, Aude Garnero
Home noninvasive ventilation (NIV) is used in COPD patients with concomitant chronic hypercapnic respiratory failure in order to correct nocturnal hypoventilation and improve sleep quality, quality of life, and survival. Monitoring of home NIV is needed to assess the effectiveness of ventilation and adherence to therapy, resolve potential adverse effects, reinforce patient knowledge, provide maintenance of the equipment, and readjust the ventilator settings according to the changing condition of the patient...
March 24, 2017: COPD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338892/embodiment-and-schizophrenia-a-review-of-implications-and-applications
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Wolfgang Tschacher, Anne Giersch, Karl Friston
In recent decades, embodiment has become an influential concept in psychology and cognitive neuroscience. Embodiment denotes the study of the reciprocal (causal) relationships between mind and body, with the mind not only affecting the body but also vice versa. Embodied cognition comes to the fore in sensorimotor coupling, predictive coding, and nonverbal behavior. Additionally, the embodiment of the mind constitutes the basis of social interaction and communication, as evident in research on nonverbal synchrony and mimicry...
March 3, 2017: Schizophrenia Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336572/the-computational-and-neural-basis-of-rhythmic-timing-in-medial-premotor-cortex
#4
Hugo Merchant, Bruno B Averbeck
The neural underpinnings of rhythmic behavior, including music and dance, have been studied using the synchronization-continuation task (SCT), where subjects initially tap in synchrony with an isochronous metronome and then keep tapping at a similar rate via an internal beat mechanism. Here, we provide behavioral and neural evidence that supports a resetting drift-diffusion model (DDM) during SCT. Behaviorally, we show the model replicates the linear relation between the mean and standard-deviation of the intervals produced by monkeys in SCT...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334604/the-potential-role-of-gap-junctional-plasticity-in-the-regulation-of-state
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REVIEW
Philippe Coulon, Carole E Landisman
Electrical synapses are the functional correlate of gap junctions and allow transmission of small molecules and electrical current between coupled neurons. Instead of static pores, electrical synapses are actually plastic, similar to chemical synapses. In the thalamocortical system, gap junctions couple inhibitory neurons that are similar in their biochemical profile, morphology, and electrophysiological properties. We postulate that electrical synaptic plasticity among inhibitory neurons directly interacts with the switching between different firing patterns in a state-dependent and type-dependent manner...
March 22, 2017: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334195/environmental-variables-influence-the-association-of-eustenopus-villosus-and-larinus-curtus-coleoptera-curculionidae-adults-with-different-growth-stages-of-the-invasive-thistle-centaurea-solstitialis-asteraceae-cardueae-in-washington-state
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S E Woodley, B A Zamora, T Coffey
A 2-yr (2014-2015) field study in eastern Washington State quantified the effect of environmental factors on the overwintered Eustenopus villosus (Boheman) and Larinus curtus (Hochhut) adults in relation to phenology of Centaurea solstitialis L. (Asteraceae: Cardueae), the feeding and breeding host for these two weevil biocontrol agents. We recorded in the study area: ambient and soil temperatures, soil moisture, percent cover and developmental stage of C. solstitialis, and presence of adults of each weevil species...
March 8, 2017: Environmental Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333586/modulation-of-context-dependent-spatiotemporal-patterns-within-packets-of-spiking-activity
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Miho Itoh, Timothée Leleu
Recent experiments have shown that stereotypical spatiotemporal patterns occur during brief packets of spiking activity in the cortex, and it has been suggested that top-down inputs can modulate these patterns according to the context. We propose a simple model that may explain important features of these experimental observations and is analytically tractable. The key mechanism underlying this model is that context-dependent top-down inputs can modulate the effective connection strengths between neurons because of short-term synaptic depression...
March 23, 2017: Neural Computation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331201/synchrony-of-plant-cellular-circadian-clocks-with-heterogeneous-properties-under-light-dark-cycles
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Masaaki Okada, Tomoaki Muranaka, Shogo Ito, Tokitaka Oyama
Individual cells in a plant can work independently as circadian clocks, and their properties are the basis of various circadian phenomena. The behaviour of individual cellular clocks in Lemna gibba was orderly under 24-h light/dark cycles despite their heterogeneous free-running periods (FRPs). Here, we reveal the entrainment habits of heterogeneous cellular clocks using non-24-h light/dark cycles (T-cycles). The cellular rhythms of AtCCA1::LUC under T = 16 h cycles showed heterogeneous entrainment that was associated with their heterogeneous FRPs...
March 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329216/heart-mechanics-at-high-altitude-6%C3%A2-days-on-the-top-of-europe
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Claire Maufrais, Thomas Rupp, Pierre Bouzat, Gregory Doucende, Samuel Verges, Stéphane Nottin, Guillaume Walther
Aims: The aim of this study was to analyse the underlying mechanisms of left and right ventricular (LV and RV) functional alterations during several days in high-altitude hypoxia. Methods and results: Resting evaluations of LV and RV function and mechanics were assessed by Speckle Tracking Echocardiography on 11 subjects at sea level (SLPRE), 3 ± 2 h after helicopter transport to high altitude (D0), at day 2 (D2), day 4 (D4) and day 6 (D6) at 4350 m and 5 ± 2 h after return to sea level (SLPOST)...
December 22, 2016: European Heart Journal Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326909/resynchronization-dynamics-reveal-that-the-ventral-entrains-the-dorsal-suprachiasmatic-nucleus
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Stephanie R Taylor, Thomas J Wang, Daniel Granados-Fuentes, Erik D Herzog
Although the suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN) has long been considered the master circadian clock in mammals, the topology of the connections that synchronize daily rhythms among SCN cells is not well understood. We combined experimental and computational methods to infer the directed interactions that mediate circadian synchrony between regions of the SCN. We analyzed PERIOD2 (PER2) expression from SCN slices during and after treatment with tetrodotoxin, allowing us to map connections as cells resynchronized their daily cycling following blockade and restoration of cell-cell communication...
February 2017: Journal of Biological Rhythms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326654/the-development-of-bodily-self-consciousness-changing-responses-to-the-full-body-illusion-in-childhood
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Dorothy Cowie, Aisling McKenna, Andrew J Bremner, Jane E Aspell
The present work investigates the development of bodily self-consciousness and its relation to multisensory bodily information, by measuring for the first time the development of responses to the full body illusion in childhood. We tested three age groups of children: 6- to 7-year-olds (n = 28); 8- to 9-year-olds (n = 21); 10- to 11-year-olds (n = 19), and a group of adults (n = 31). Each participant wore a head-mounted display (HMD) which displayed a view from a video camera positioned 2 metres behind their own back...
March 22, 2017: Developmental Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326195/faculty-perceptions-of-online-teaching-effectiveness-and-indicators-of-quality
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Christine Frazer, Debra Henline Sullivan, Deborah Weatherspoon, Leslie Hussey
Online education programs in nursing are increasing rapidly. Faculty need to be competent in their role and possess the skills necessary to positively impact student outcomes. Existing research offers effective teaching strategies for online education; however, there may be some disconnect in the application of these strategies and faculty perceptions of associated outcomes. Focus groups were formed to uncover how nursing faculty in an online program define and describe teaching effectiveness and quality indicators in an asynchronous online environment...
2017: Nursing Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326054/dynamical-constants-and-time-universals-a-first-step-toward-a-metrical-definition-of-ordered-and-abnormal-cognition
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REVIEW
Mark A Elliott, Naomi du Bois
From the point of view of the cognitive dynamicist the organization of brain circuitry into assemblies defined by their synchrony at particular (and precise) oscillation frequencies is important for the correct correlation of all independent cortical responses to the different aspects of a given complex thought or object. From the point of view of anyone operating complex mechanical systems, i.e., those comprising independent components that are required to interact precisely in time, it follows that the precise timing of such a system is essential - not only essential but measurable, and scalable...
2017: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324022/postnatal-ontogeny-of-the-circadian-expression-of-the-adrenal-clock-genes-and-corticosterone-rhythm-in-male-rats
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Silvia Liliana Ruiz Roa, Edson Zangiacomi Martinez, Clarissa Silva Martins, Sonir Rauber Antonini, Margaret de Castro, Ayrton Custódio Moreira
The postnatal synchronization of the circadian variation of the adrenal clock genes in mammals remains unknown. We evaluated the postnatal ontogeny of daily variation of clock genes (Clock/Bmal1/Per1/Per2/Per3/Cry1/Cry2/Rorα/Rev-Erbα) and steroidogenesis-related genes (Star and Mc2r) in rat adrenals and its relationship with the emergence of plasma corticosterone rhythm using Cosinor analysis. Plasma corticosterone circadian rhythm was detected from postnatal day (P) P1, with morning acrophase, between zeitgeber time (ZT) ZT0 and ZT2...
January 25, 2017: Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323454/interaction-behaviors-of-bilingual-parents-with-their-young-children-with-autism-spectrum-disorder
#15
Kristelle Hudry, Lisa Rumney, Nicole Pitt, Josephine Barbaro, Giacomo Vivanti
Given concerns that bilingual exposure might confuse children with disabilities-including autism spectrum disorder (ASD)-bilingual parents may restrict exposure to one language, often the community-dominant language. We investigated a potential consequence of this decision; the possibility that non-native language use might influence parental communicative behaviors during interaction with the child. We recruited 39 parent-child dyads, each with a young child with ASD (mostly boys) and parent/carer (mostly mothers)...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323009/investigation-of-the-effects-of-transcranial-alternating-current-stimulation-tacs-on-self-paced-rhythmic-movements
#16
Manuel Varlet, Alanna Wade, Giacomo Novembre, Peter E Keller
Human rhythmic movements spontaneously entrain to external rhythmic stimuli. Such sensory-motor entrainment can attract movements to different tempi and enhance their efficiency, with potential clinical applications for motor rehabilitation. Here we investigate whether entrainment of self-paced rhythmic movements can be induced via transcranial alternating current stimulation (tACS), which uses alternating currents to entrain spontaneous brain oscillations at specific frequencies. Participants swung a handheld pendulum at their preferred tempo with the right hand while tACS was applied over their left or right primary motor cortex at frequencies equal to their preferred tempo (Experiment 1) or in the alpha (10Hz) and beta (20Hz) ranges (Experiment 2)...
March 18, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317064/altered-synchrony-of-right-ventricular-contraction-in-borderline-pulmonary-hypertension
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Bouchra Lamia, Jean-François Muir, Luis-Carlos Molano, Catherine Viacroze, Jacques Benichou, Philippe Bonnet, Jean Quieffin, Antoine Cuvelier, Robert Naeije
Imaging studies have shown that pulmonary hypertension (PH) is associated with inhomogenous right ventricular (RV) regional contraction, or dyssynchrony, and that this is of prognostic relevance. This study aimed at the identification and functional significance of RV dyssynchrony in borderline PH defined by a mean pulmonary artery pressure between (mPAP) 20 and 25 mmHg. RV dyssynchrony was measured by 2-dimensional speckle tracking echocardiography in 17 patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH), 13 patients with borderline PH and 14 controls...
March 19, 2017: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316771/disconnection-from-others-in-autism-is-more-than-just-a-feeling-whole-brain-neural-synchrony-in-adults-during-implicit-processing-of-emotional-faces
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Rocco Mennella, Rachel C Leung, Margot J Taylor, Benjamin T Dunkley
BACKGROUND: Socio-emotional difficulties in autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are thought to reflect impaired functional connectivity within the "social brain". Nonetheless, a whole-brain characterization of the fast responses in functional connectivity during implicit processing of emotional faces in adults with ASD is lacking. METHODS: The present study used magnetoencephalography to investigate early responses in functional connectivity, as measured by interregional phase synchronization, during implicit processing of angry, neutral and happy faces...
2017: Molecular Autism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316133/hatching-date-variability-in-wild-populations-of-four-coexisting-species-of-african-annual-fishes
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Martin Reichard, Radim Blažek, Matej Polačik, Milan Vrtílek
BACKGROUND: Hatching is modulated by a combination of intrinsic and extrinsic factors. Annual killifish are adapted to complete their entire life cycle in annually desiccating habitats. Spending most of their life in the embryonic stage, they have evolved adaptations to survive desiccated conditions and match their hatching with the unpredictable onset of the aquatic phase of the pool. We examined spatial and temporal synchrony of hatching in natural populations of four species of African annual killifish (genus Nothobranchius)...
March 18, 2017: Developmental Dynamics: An Official Publication of the American Association of Anatomists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306715/correction-synchrony-of-dengue-incidence-in-ho-chi-minh-city-and-bangkok
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March 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
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