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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737272/dynamic-coupling-between-fmri-local-connectivity-and-interictal-eeg-in-focal-epilepsy-a-wavelet-analysis-approach
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Amir Omidvarnia, Mangor Pedersen, David N Vaughan, Jennifer M Walz, David F Abbott, Andrew Zalesky, Graeme D Jackson
Simultaneous scalp EEG-fMRI recording is a noninvasive neuroimaging technique for combining electrophysiological and hemodynamic aspects of brain function. Despite the time-varying nature of both measurements, their relationship is usually considered as time-invariant. The aim of this study was to detect direct associations between scalp-recorded EEG and regional changes of hemodynamic brain connectivity in focal epilepsy through a time-frequency paradigm. To do so, we developed a voxel-wise framework that analyses wavelet coherence between dynamic regional phase synchrony (DRePS, calculated from fMRI) and band amplitude fluctuation (BAF) of a target EEG electrode with dominant interictal epileptiform discharges (IEDs)...
July 24, 2017: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736284/adam-a-breathing-phantom-for-lung-sbrt-quality-assurance
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Stefania Pallotta, Silvia Calusi, Leonardo Foggi, Riccardo Lisci, Laura Masi, Livia Marrazzo, Cinzia Talamonti, Lorenzo Livi, Gabriele Simontacchi
PURPOSE: Radiotherapy treatment of moving lesions is a challenging task in which different strategies can be used to adequately treat the tumor while sparing the surrounding tissue. The complexity of these strategies requires accurate and appropriate quality assurance tests. For this purpose, ADAM (Anthropomorphic Dynamic breAthing Model), a new phantom which simulates realistic patient breathing, was developed aiming to test the image quality and dose delivery in lung cancer treatments...
July 20, 2017: Physica Medica: PM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733769/communication-for-coordination-gesture-kinematics-and-conventionality-affect-synchronization-success-in-piano-duos
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Laura Bishop, Werner Goebl
Ensemble musicians often exchange visual cues in the form of body gestures (e.g., rhythmic head nods) to help coordinate piece entrances. These cues must communicate beats clearly, especially if the piece requires interperformer synchronization of the first chord. This study aimed to (1) replicate prior findings suggesting that points of peak acceleration in head gestures communicate beat position and (2) identify the kinematic features of head gestures that encourage successful synchronization. It was expected that increased precision of the alignment between leaders' head gestures and first note onsets, increased gesture smoothness, magnitude, and prototypicality, and increased leader ensemble/conducting experience would improve gesture synchronizability...
July 21, 2017: Psychological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733399/synchronous-induction-of-meiosis-in-the-fission-yeast-schizosaccharomyces-pombe
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Akira Yamashita, Takeshi Sakuno, Yoshinori Watanabe, Masayuki Yamamoto
In fission yeast Schizosaccharomyces pombe, initiation of meiosis is repressed by Pat1 kinase. This protocol describes how ectopic inactivation of the temperature-sensitive Pat1-114 kinase in G1-arrested h(-)/h(-) diploid cells carrying mat1-Pc induces a highly synchronized commitment to and execution of meiosis. Haploid or diploid pat1-114 mutants without mat1-Pc can also be used for convenience, although less synchrony may be attained compared with induction using true diploids. An essentially identical protocol can be used for induction via inhibition of genetically sensitized Pat1 kinase by ATP analogs...
July 21, 2017: Cold Spring Harbor Protocols
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729438/electrophysiological-evidence-that-the-retrosplenial-cortex-displays-a-strong-and-specific-activation-phased-with-hippocampal-theta-during-paradoxical-rem-sleep
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Koike Bruna Del Vechio, Farias Kelly Soares, Billwiller Francesca, Almeida-Filho Daniel, Libourel Paul-Antoine, Tiran-Cappello Alix, Parmentier Régis, Blanco Wilfredo, Ribeiro Sidarta, Luppi Pierre-Herve, Queiroz Claudio Marcos
It is widely accepted that cortical neurons are similarly more activated during waking and paradoxical sleep (PS, aka REM) than during slow wave sleep (SWS). However, we recently reported using Fos labeling that only a few limbic cortical structures including the retrosplenial (RSC) and anterior cingulate (ACA) cortices contain a large number of neurons activated during PS hypersomnia. Our aim in the present study was to record local field potentials (LFPs) and unit activity from these two structures across all vigilance states in freely moving male rats to determine whether the RSC and the ACA are electrophysiologically specifically active during basal PS episodes...
July 20, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725863/empathy-in-the-clinician-patient-relationship-the-role-of-reciprocal-adjustments-and-processes-of-synchrony
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Arnstein Finset, Knut Ørnes
The clinician-patient relationship is asymmetric in the sense that clinicians and patients have different roles in the medical consultation. Yet, there are qualities of reciprocity and mutuality in many clinician-patient encounters, and we suggest that such reciprocity may be related to the phenomenon of empathy. Empathy is often defined as the capacity to place oneself in another's position, but empathy may also be understood as a sequence of reciprocal turns-of talk, starting with the patient's expression of emotion, followed by the perception, vicarious experience, and empathic response by the clinician...
June 2017: Journal of patient experience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725398/phenological-asynchrony-between-host-plant-and-gypsy-moth-reduces-insect-gut-microbiota-and-susceptibility-to-bacillus-thuringiensis
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Vyacheslav V Martemyanov, Irina A Belousova, Sergey V Pavlushin, Ivan M Dubovskiy, Nikita I Ershov, Tatyana Y Alikina, Marsel R Kabilov, Victor V Glupov
The phenological synchrony between the emergence of overwintering herbivorous insects and the budding of host plants is considered a crucial factor in the population dynamics of herbivores. However, the mechanisms driving the interactions between the host plant, herbivores, and their pathogens are often obscure. In the current study, an artificially induced phenological asynchrony was used to investigate how the asynchrony between silver birch Betula pendula and gypsy moth Lymantria dispar affects the immunity of the insect to bacteria, its susceptibility to the entomopathogenic bacteria Bacillus thuringiensis, and the diversity in its midgut microbiota...
October 2016: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724776/inhibitory-circuits-of-the-mammalian-main-olfactory-bulb
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Shawn D Burton
Synaptic inhibition critically influences sensory processing throughout the mammalian brain, including the main olfactory bulb (MOB), the first station of sensory processing in the olfactory system. Decades of research across numerous laboratories have established a central role for granule cells (GCs), the most abundant GABAergic interneuron type in the MOB, in the precise regulation of principal mitral and tufted cell (M/TC) firing rates and synchrony through lateral and recurrent inhibitory mechanisms. In addition to GCs, however, the MOB contains a vast diversity of other GABAergic interneuron types, and recent findings suggest that, while fewer in number, these oft-ignored interneurons are just as important as GCs in shaping odor-evoked M/TC activity...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724501/noise-exposure-alters-long-term-neural-firing-rates-and-synchrony-in-primary-auditory-and-rostral-belt-cortices-following-bimodal-stimulation
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Joseph D Takacs, Taylor J Forrest, Gregory J Basura
We previously demonstrated that bimodal stimulation (spinal trigeminal nucleus [Sp5] paired with best frequency tone) altered neural tone-evoked and spontaneous firing rates (SFRs) in primary auditory cortex (A1) 15 min after pairing in guinea pigs with and without noise-induced tinnitus. Neural responses were enhanced (+10 ms) or suppressed (0 ms) based on the bimodal pairing interval. Here we investigated whether bimodal stimulation leads to long-term (up to 2 h) changes in tone-evoked and SFRs and neural synchrony (correlate of tinnitus) and if the long-term bimodal effects are altered following noise exposure...
July 13, 2017: Hearing Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723957/brain-synchronization-during-perception-of-facial-emotional-expressions-with-natural-and-unnatural-dynamics
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Dionysios Perdikis, Jakob Volhard, Viktor Müller, Kathrin Kaulard, Timothy R Brick, Christian Wallraven, Ulman Lindenberger
Research on the perception of facial emotional expressions (FEEs) often uses static images that do not capture the dynamic character of social coordination in natural settings. Recent behavioral and neuroimaging studies suggest that dynamic FEEs (videos or morphs) enhance emotion perception. To identify mechanisms associated with the perception of FEEs with natural dynamics, the present EEG (Electroencephalography)study compared (i) ecologically valid stimuli of angry and happy FEEs with natural dynamics to (ii) FEEs with unnatural dynamics, and to (iii) static FEEs...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723916/stakeholders-views-and-experiences-of-care-and-interventions-for-addressing-frailty-and-pre-frailty-a-meta-synthesis-of-qualitative-evidence
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Barbara D'Avanzo, Rachel Shaw, Silvia Riva, Joao Apostolo, Elzbieta Bobrowicz-Campos, Donata Kurpas, Maria Bujnowska, Carol Holland
Frailty is a common condition in older age and is a public health concern which requires integrated care and involves different stakeholders. This meta-synthesis focuses on experiences, understanding, and attitudes towards screening, care, intervention and prevention for frailty across frail and healthy older persons, caregivers, health and social care practitioners. Studies published since 2001 were identified through search of electronic databases; 81 eligible papers were identified and read in full, and 45 papers were finally included and synthesized...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723600/detailed-analysis-of-high-frequency-auditory-brainstem-response-in-patients-with-tinnitus-a-preliminary-study
#12
Joseph Pinkl, Matthew J Wilson, Danica Billingsly, Raymundo Munguia-Vazquez
Increased spontaneous activity and aberrant neural synchrony is thought to be the underlying cause of tinnitus. The perceived pitch of tinnitus may be dictated by frequency specific neural fibers of the subcortical pathway, or the projection of altered cortical activity by-way-of tonotopic reorganizations. Subcortical neural activity in relation to tinnitus was characterized using ABR measurements. In the present study, 11 patients (21 ears) with constant tonal tinnitus underwent a two-part experiment. Experiment 1 involved click ABR measurements and included two experimental groups: tinnitus with normal hearing from 2000-4000 Hz (GI) and tinnitus with hearing loss within the range of 2000-4000 Hz (GII)...
June 1, 2017: International Tinnitus Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722149/masting-in-wind-pollinated-trees-system-specific-roles-of-weather-and-pollination-dynamics-in-driving-seed-production
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Michał Bogdziewicz, Jakub Szymkowiak, Idalia Kasprzyk, Łukasz Grewling, Zbigniew Borowski, Katarzyna Borycka, Władysław Kantorowicz, Dorota Myszkowska, Katarzyna Piotrowicz, Monika Ziemianin, Mario B Pesendorfer
Masting, the highly variable production of synchronized large seed crops, is a common reproductive strategy in plant populations. In wind-pollinated trees, flowering and pollination dynamics are hypothesized to provide the mechanistic link for the well-known relationship between weather and population-level seed production. Several hypotheses make predictions about the effect of weather on annual pollination success. The pollen coupling hypothesis predicts that weather and plant resources drive the flowering effort of trees which directly translates into the size of seed crops through efficient pollination...
July 19, 2017: Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715546/sensitivity-to-audiovisual-temporal-asynchrony-in-children-with-a-history-of-specific-language-impairment-and-their-peers-with-typical-development-a-replication-and-follow-up-study
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Natalya Kaganovich
Purpose: Earlier, my colleagues and I showed that children with a history of specific language impairment (H-SLI) are significantly less able to detect audiovisual asynchrony compared with children with typical development (TD; Kaganovich & Schumaker, 2014). Here, I first replicate this finding in a new group of children with H-SLI and TD and then examine a relationship among audiovisual function, attention skills, and language in a combined pool of children. Method: The stimuli were a pure tone and an explosion-shaped figure...
July 13, 2017: Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research: JSLHR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712947/cortical-dynamics-of-emotional-autobiographical-memory-retrieval-differ-between-women-and-men
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Joseph R Manns, Nicole L Varga, John B Trimper, Patricia J Bauer
Retrieval of autobiographical memories entails periods of search, access, and elaboration. Women's reports of their memories feature more detail and emotional content relative to men's. A key question is how these gender differences relate to unfolding changes in cortical activity during retrieval. We recorded EEG activity from 32 scalp electrodes as women and men were cued to retrieve positive, negative, and neutral autobiographical memories. Alpha (9-12Hz) oscillations were prominent at all EEG channels. Alpha coherence between channels was calculated as a measure of ms-level cortical synchrony...
July 13, 2017: Neuropsychologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28709666/novel-rotational-speed-modulation-system-used-with-venoarterial-extracorporeal-membrane-oxygenation
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Noritsugu Naito, Takashi Nishimura, Kei Iizuka, Yutaka Fujii, Yoshiaki Takewa, Akihide Umeki, Masahiko Ando, Minoru Ono, Eisuke Tatsumi
BACKGROUND: Femoral venoarterial extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (VA-ECMO) is widely used to maintain blood flow in patients with cardiogenic shock. However, retrograde blood flow increases left ventricular (LV) afterload during femoral VA-ECMO. Additional support by means of an intraaortic balloon pump (IABP) alleviates LV afterload but is associated with significant adverse events. We previously developed a system for rotational speed modulation in synchrony with the native cardiac cycle, for use with implantable continuous-flow LV assist devices...
July 11, 2017: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28709352/asymmetry-induced-synchronization-in-oscillator-networks
#17
Yuanzhao Zhang, Takashi Nishikawa, Adilson E Motter
A scenario has recently been reported in which in order to stabilize complete synchronization of an oscillator network-a symmetric state-the symmetry of the system itself has to be broken by making the oscillators nonidentical. But how often does such behavior-which we term asymmetry-induced synchronization (AISync)-occur in oscillator networks? Here we present the first general scheme for constructing AISync systems and demonstrate that this behavior is the norm rather than the exception in a wide class of physical systems that can be seen as multilayer networks...
June 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28709323/noise-induced-stabilization-of-collective-dynamics
#18
Pau Clusella, Antonio Politi
We illustrate a counterintuitive effect of an additive stochastic force, which acts independently on each element of an ensemble of globally coupled oscillators. We show that a very small white noise not only broadens the clusters, wherever they are induced by the deterministic forces, but can also stabilize a linearly unstable collective periodic regime: self-consistent partial synchrony. With the help of microscopic simulations we are able to identify two noise-induced bifurcations. A macroscopic analysis, based on a perturbative solution of the associated nonlinear Fokker-Planck equation, confirms the numerical studies and allows determining the eigenvalues of the stability problem...
June 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28709232/coupling-conditions-for-globally-stable-and-robust-synchrony-of-chaotic-systems
#19
Suman Saha, Arindam Mishra, E Padmanaban, Sourav K Bhowmick, Prodyot K Roy, Bivas Dam, Syamal K Dana
We propose a set of general coupling conditions to select a coupling profile (a set of coupling matrices) from the linear flow matrix of dynamical systems for realizing global stability of complete synchronization (CS) in identical systems and robustness to parameter perturbation. The coupling matrices define the coupling links between any two oscillators in a network that consists of a conventional diffusive coupling link (self-coupling link) as well as a cross-coupling link. The addition of a selective cross-coupling link in particular plays constructive roles that ensure the global stability of synchrony and furthermore enables robustness of synchrony against small to nonsmall parameter perturbation...
June 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708864/abnormal-lateralization-of-fine-motor-actions-in-tourette-syndrome-persists-into-adulthood
#20
D Martino, C Delorme, E Pelosin, A Hartmann, Y Worbe, L Avanzino
Youth with Tourette syndrome (TS) exhibit, compared to healthy, abnormal ability to lateralize digital sequential tasks. It is unknown whether this trait is related to inter-hemispheric connections, and whether it is preserved or lost in patients with TS persisting through adult life. We studied 13 adult TS patients and 15 age-matched healthy volunteers. All participants undertook: 1) a finger opposition task, performed with the right hand (RH) only or with both hands, using a sensor-engineered glove in synchrony with a metronome at 2 Hz; we calculated a lateralization index [(single RH-bimanual RH)/single RH X 100) for percentage of correct movements (%CORR); 2) MRI-based diffusion tensor imaging and probabilistic tractography of inter-hemispheric corpus callosum (CC) connections between supplementary motor areas (SMA) and primary motor cortices (M1)...
2017: PloS One
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