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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449304/a-case-of-familial-transmission-of-the-newly-described-dnmt3a-overgrowth-syndrome
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Gabrielle Lemire, Julie Gauthier, Jean-François Soucy, Marie-Ange Delrue
DNMT3A-Overgrowth Syndrome (also known as Tatton-Brown-Rahman Syndrome) (MIM 615879) has recently been described in 13 individuals with de novo heterozygous mutations in DNMT3A gene. This autosomal dominant condition is characterized by overgrowth, dysmorphic facial features and moderate intellectual disability. Missense and truncating point mutations, a small in-frame deletion, as well as microdeletion 2p23 have been reported. Moreover, DNMT3A is commonly somatically mutated in acute myeloid leukemia. We herein report a family with two siblings and their father affected by the syndrome...
April 27, 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444223/gene-organizer-linking-genes-to-the-organs-they-affect
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David Gokhman, Guy Kelman, Adir Amartely, Guy Gershon, Shira Tsur, Liran Carmel
One of the biggest challenges in studying how genes work is understanding their effect on the physiology and anatomy of the body. Existing tools try to address this using indirect features, such as expression levels and biochemical pathways. Here, we present Gene ORGANizer (geneorganizer.huji.ac.il), a phenotype-based tool that directly links human genes to the body parts they affect. It is built upon an exhaustive curated database that links >7000 genes to ∼150 anatomical parts using >150 000 gene-organ associations...
April 21, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432314/the-effect-of-acute-social-stress-on-the-recognition-of-facial-expression-of-emotions
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Camille Daudelin-Peltier, Hélène Forget, Caroline Blais, Andréa Deschênes, Daniel Fiset
This study investigates the effect of acute social stress on the recognition of facial expression of emotions in healthy young men. Participants underwent both a standardized psychosocial laboratory stressor (TSST-G) and a control condition. Then, they performed a homemade version of the facial expressions megamix. All six basic emotions were included in the task. First, our results show a systematic increase in the intensity threshold for disgust following stress, meaning that the participants' performance with this emotion was impaired...
April 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28406679/gently-does-it-humans-outperform-a-software-classifier-in-recognizing-subtle-nonstereotypical-facial-expressions
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Neta Yitzhak, Nir Giladi, Tanya Gurevich, Daniel S Messinger, Emily B Prince, Katherine Martin, Hillel Aviezer
According to dominant theories of affect, humans innately and universally express a set of emotions using specific configurations of prototypical facial activity. Accordingly, thousands of studies have tested emotion recognition using sets of highly intense and stereotypical facial expressions, yet their incidence in real life is virtually unknown. In fact, a commonplace experience is that emotions are expressed in subtle and nonprototypical forms. Such facial expressions are at the focus of the current study...
April 13, 2017: Emotion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28402215/angry-faces-are-tracked-more-easily-than-neutral-faces-during-multiple-identity-tracking
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Jie Li, Lauri Oksama, Lauri Nummenmaa, Jukka Hyönä
We investigated whether and how emotional facial expressions affect sustained attention in face tracking. In a multiple-identity and object tracking paradigm, participants tracked multiple target faces that continuously moved around together with several distractor faces, and subsequently reported where each target face had moved to. The emotional expression (angry, happy, and neutral) of the target and distractor faces was manipulated. Tracking performance was better when the target faces were angry rather than neutral, whereas angry distractor faces did not affect tracking...
April 12, 2017: Cognition & Emotion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28401841/positive-valence-bias-and-parent-child-relationship-security-moderate-the-association-between-early-institutional-caregiving-and-internalizing-symptoms
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Michelle R Vantieghem, Laurel Gabard-Durnam, Bonnie Goff, Jessica Flannery, Kathryn L Humphreys, Eva H Telzer, Christina Caldera, Jennifer Y Louie, Mor Shapiro, Niall Bolger, Nim Tottenham
Institutional caregiving is associated with significant deviations from species-expected caregiving, altering the normative sequence of attachment formation and placing children at risk for long-term emotional difficulties. However, little is known about factors that can promote resilience following early institutional caregiving. In the current study, we investigated how adaptations in affective processing (i.e., positive valence bias) and family-level protective factors (i.e., secure parent-child relationships) moderate risk for internalizing symptoms in previously institutionalized (PI) youth...
May 2017: Development and Psychopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28392770/emergence-of-functional-flexibility-in-infant-vocalizations-of-the-first-3-months
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Yuna Jhang, D Kimbrough Oller
Functional flexibility, as manifest in the use of any word or sentence to express different affective valences on different occasions, is required in linguistic communication and can be said to be an infrastructural property of language. Early infant vocalizations (protophones), believed to be precursors to speech, occur in the first month and are functionally different from non-speech-like signals (e.g., cries and laughs). Oller et al. (2013) showed that infants by 3 months used three different protophone types with a full range of affect as manifest in facial expression, from positive to neutral to negative...
2017: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28383634/influence-of-bitter-taste-on-affective-facial-processing-an-erp-study
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Anne Schienle, Matteo Giraldo, Benjamin Spiegl, Daniela Schwab
Previous research showed that a bitter taste in the mouth is able to enhance hostile response tendencies to social rejection. The present event-related potential (ERP) study sought to investigate neuronal components of this effect. We presented 52 participants (39 women and 13 men; mean age = 23.3 years) with images of facial expressions signaling social rejection (angry, disgusted) or no rejection (happy, neural), whereas they either experienced a bitter aftertaste (bitter group [BG]: n = 26) or rinsed their mouth with water (control group [CG]: n = 26)...
April 5, 2017: Chemical Senses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28367404/processing-of-emotional-faces-in-congenital-amusia-an-emotional-music-priming-event-related-potential-study
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Jin Zhishuai, Liu Hong, Wu Daxing, Zhang Pin, Lu Xuejing
Congenital amusia is characterized by lifelong impairments in music perception and processing. It is unclear whether pitch detection deficits impact amusic individuals' perception of musical emotion. In the current work, 19 amusics and 21 healthy controls were subjected to electroencephalography (EEG) while being exposed to music excerpts and emotional faces. We assessed each individual's ability to discriminate positive- and negative-valenced emotional faces and analyzed electrophysiological indices, in the form of event-related potentials (ERPs) recorded at 32 sites, following exposure to emotionally positive or negative music excerpts...
2017: NeuroImage: Clinical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28358556/measuring-emotional-and-cognitive-empathy-using-dynamic-naturalistic-and-spontaneous-emotion-displays
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Ross Buck, Stacie R Powers, Kyle S Hull
Most measures of nonverbal receiving ability use posed expressions as stimuli. As empathy measures, such stimuli lack ecological validity, as the participant is not actually experiencing emotion. An alternative approach uses natural and dynamic displays of spontaneous expressions. The Communication of Affect Receiving Ability Test (CARAT) uses as stimuli spontaneous facial expressions and gestures filmed by an unobtrusive camera of solitary participants responding to emotional images. This article reports the development and initial validation of the CARAT-Spontaneous, Posed, Regulated (CARAT-SPR), which measures both abilities to detect emotion from spontaneous displays (emotion communication accuracy) and to differentiate spontaneous, posed, and regulated displays (expression categorization ability)...
March 30, 2017: Emotion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28351003/experimental-investigation-of-cognitive-and-affective-empathy-in-borderline-personality-disorder-effects-of-ambiguity-in-multimodal-social-information-processing
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Inga Niedtfeld
Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is characterized by affective instability and interpersonal problems. In the context of social interaction, impairments in empathy are proposed to result in inadequate social behavior. In contrast to findings of reduced cognitive empathy, some authors suggested enhanced emotional empathy in BPD. It was investigated whether ambiguity leads to decreased cognitive or emotional empathy in BPD. Thirty-four patients with BPD and thirty-two healthy controls were presented with video clips, which were presented through prosody, facial expression, and speech content...
March 23, 2017: Psychiatry Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344369/approach-avoidance-of-facial-affect-is-moderated-by-the-presence-of-an-observer-irrelevant-trigger
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S B Renard, P J de Jong, G H M Pijnenborg
This study examined whether approach-avoidance related behaviour elicited by facial affect is moderated by the presence of an observer-irrelevant trigger that may influence the observer's attributions of the actor's emotion. Participants were shown happy, disgusted, and neutral facial expressions. Half of these were presented with a plausible trigger of the expression (a drink). Approach-avoidance related behaviour was indexed explicitly through a questionnaire (measuring intentions) and implicitly through a manikin version of the affective Simon task (measuring automatic behavioural tendencies)...
2017: Motivation and Emotion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341827/neural-basis-of-negativity-bias-in-the-perception-of-ambiguous-facial-expression
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Takehito Ito, Keita Yokokawa, Noriaki Yahata, Ayako Isato, Tetsuya Suhara, Makiko Yamada
Negativity bias, which describes the tendency to interpret ambiguous stimuli or events as negative, is often observed in patients with depression and may prevent psychological well-being. Here, we used ambiguous facial stimuli, with negative (sad) and positive (happy) emotions simultaneously accessible, to examine neural activation during perceptual decision-making in healthy participants. The negativity bias was positively correlated with the activity of the bilateral pregenual anterior cingulate cortex (pgACC) when ambiguous faces were perceived as sad versus happy...
March 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337563/role-of-low-level-laser-therapy-added-to-facial-expression-exercises-in-patients-with-idiopathic-facial-bell-s-palsy
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Banu Ordahan, Ali Yavuz Karahan
The aim of the present study was to investigate the efficacy of low-level laser therapy in conjunction with conventional facial exercise treatment on functional outcomes during the early recovery period in patients with facial paralysis. Forty-six patients (mean age 41 ± 9.7 years; 40 women and 6 men) were randomized into two groups. Patients in the first group received low-level laser treatment as well as facial exercise treatment, while patients in the second group participated in facial exercise intervention alone...
May 2017: Lasers in Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334849/icf-specific-dnmt3b-dysfunction-interferes-with-intragenic-regulation-of-mrna-transcription-and-alternative-splicing
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Sole Gatto, Miriam Gagliardi, Monica Franzese, Sylwia Leppert, Mariarosaria Papa, Marco Cammisa, Giacomo Grillo, Guillame Velasco, Claire Francastel, Shir Toubiana, Maurizio D'Esposito, Claudia Angelini, Maria R Matarazzo
Hypomorphic mutations in DNA-methyltransferase DNMT3B cause majority of the rare disorder Immunodeficiency, Centromere instability and Facial anomalies syndrome cases (ICF1). By unspecified mechanisms, mutant-DNMT3B interferes with lymphoid-specific pathways resulting in immune response defects. Interestingly, recent findings report that DNMT3B shapes intragenic CpG-methylation of highly-transcribed genes. However, how the DNMT3B-dependent epigenetic network modulates transcription and whether ICF1-specific mutations impair this process remains unknown...
March 9, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332851/empathy-and-facial-expression-recognition-in-children-with-and-without-attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder-effects-of-stimulant-medication-on-empathic-skills-in-children-with-attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder
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Funda Gumustas, Ibrahim Yilmaz, Yasemin Yulaf, Sebla Gokce, Osman Sabuncuoglu
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to compare children and adolescents with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) to healthy children and adolescents in terms of state and trait empathy and emotion expression recognition skills. The goal was also to determine whether there are changes in emotion recognition and empathy measures in children with ADHD after methylphenidate (MPH) treatment. METHODS: The research sample consisted of outpatient drug-naive children and adolescents between the age of 8 and 14 years (n = 65) with ADHD according to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 4th ed...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321290/in-your-face-startle-to-emotional-facial-expressions-depends-on-face-direction
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Ole Åsli, Henriette Michalsen, Morten Øvervoll
Although faces are often included in the broad category of emotional visual stimuli, the affective impact of different facial expressions is not well documented. The present experiment investigated startle electromyographic responses to pictures of neutral, happy, angry, and fearful facial expressions, with a frontal face direction (directed) and at a 45° angle to the left (averted). Results showed that emotional facial expressions interact with face direction to produce startle potentiation: Greater responses were found for angry expressions, compared with fear and neutrality, with directed faces...
January 2017: I-Perception
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302196/-association-between-intelligence-development-and-facial-expression-recognition-ability-in-children-with-autism-spectrum-disorder
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Ning Pan, Gui-Hua Wu, Ling Zhang, Ya-Fen Zhao, Han Guan, Cai-Juan Xu, Jin Jing, Yu Jin
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the features of intelligence development, facial expression recognition ability, and the association between them in children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). METHODS: A total of 27 ASD children aged 6-16 years (ASD group, full intelligence quotient >70) and age- and gender-matched normally developed children (control group) were enrolled. Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children Fourth Edition and Chinese Static Facial Expression Photos were used for intelligence evaluation and facial expression recognition test...
March 2017: Zhongguo Dang Dai Er Ke za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Contemporary Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299412/tdcs-application-over-the-stg-improves-the-ability-to-recognize-and-appreciate-elements-involved-in-humor-processing
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Mirella Manfredi, Alice Mado Proverbio, Ana Paula Gonçalves Donate, Sofia Macarini Gonçalves Vieira, William Edgar Comfort, Mariana De Araújo Andreoli, Paulo Sérgio Boggio
The superior temporal gyrus (STG) has been found to play a crucial role in the recognition of actions and facial expressions and may, therefore, be critical for the processing of humorous information. Here we investigated whether tDCS application to the STG would modulate the ability to recognize and appreciate the comic element in serious and comedic situations of misfortune. To this aim, the effects of different types of tDCS stimulation on the STG were analyzed during a task in which the participants were instructed to categorize various misfortunate situations as "comic" or "not comic"...
March 15, 2017: Experimental Brain Research. Experimentelle Hirnforschung. Expérimentation Cérébrale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293537/a-rare-case-of-concomitant-sicca-keratopathy-and-ipsilateral-central-facial-palsy-in-wallenberg-s-dorsolateral-medullary-syndrome
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Deborah De Bruyn, Elisabeth Van Aken, Kristien Herman
Objective: To describe a patient with a right-sided supranuclear facial palsy and concomitant sicca keratopathy of the right eye following right-sided dorsolateral medullary infarction. Methods: Our patient underwent a complete ophthalmologic and neurologic examination including biomicroscopy, fundus examination, cranial nerve examination, Shirmer I test, and magnetic resonance imaging of the brain. Results: A 61-year-old woman presented in emergency with a central facial nerve palsy on the right side and truncal ataxia...
2017: GMS Ophthalmology Cases
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