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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088040/listen-up-developmental-differences-in-the-impact-of-ids-on-speech-segmentation
#1
Melanie S Schreiner, Nivedita Mani
While American English infants typically segment words from fluent speech by 7.5-months, studies of infants from other language backgrounds have difficulty replicating this finding. One possible explanation for this cross-linguistic difference is that the input infants from different language backgrounds receive is not as infant-directed as American English infant-directed speech (Floccia et al., 2016). Against this background, the current study investigates whether German 7.5- and 9-month-old infants segment words from fluent speech when the input is prosodically similar to American English IDS...
January 11, 2017: Cognition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074291/unaccompanied-refugee-minors-in-germany-attitudes-of-the-general-population-towards-a-vulnerable-group
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Paul L Plener, Rebecca C Groschwitz, Elmar Brähler, Thorsten Sukale, Jörg M Fegert
Germany saw an increase in numbers of refugees in 2015, with nearly a third being below the age of 18. Unaccompanied refugee minors (URMs) present an especially vulnerable group. In addition to pre-flight and flight stress, the acculturation process can work as potential stressor, and we wanted to explore attitudes towards URM. We conducted a study in a representative sample (n = 2524) of the German population (ages 14 years or older) between January and March 2016. Only 22.8% of participants thought that Germany could accompany more URM...
January 10, 2017: European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069544/left-posterior-inferior-frontal-gyrus-is-causally-involved-in-reordering-during-sentence-processing
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Philipp Kuhnke, Lars Meyer, Angela D Friederici, Gesa Hartwigsen
Storage and reordering of incoming information are two core processes required for successful sentence comprehension. Storage is necessary whenever the verb and its arguments (i.e., subject and object) are separated over a long distance, while reordering is necessary whenever the argument order is atypical (e.g., object-first order in German, where subject-first order is typical). Previous neuroimaging work has associated storage with the left planum temporale (PT), and reordering with the left posterior inferior frontal gyrus (pIFG)...
January 6, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068123/coreference-and-antecedent-representation-across-languages
#4
Sol Lago, Shayne Sloggett, Zoe Schlueter, Wing Yee Chow, Alexander Williams, Ellen Lau, Colin Phillips
Previous studies have shown that speakers of languages such as German, Spanish, and French reactivate the syntactic gender of the antecedent of a pronoun to license gender agreement. As syntactic gender is assumed to be stored in the lexicon, this has motivated the claim that pronouns in these languages reactivate the lexical entry of their antecedent noun. In contrast, in languages without syntactic gender such as English, lexical retrieval might be unnecessary. We used eye-tracking while reading to examine whether antecedent retrieval involves rapid semantic and phonological reactivation...
January 9, 2017: Journal of Experimental Psychology. Learning, Memory, and Cognition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28049539/swiss-ethnoveterinary-knowledge-on-medicinal-plants-a-within-country-comparison-of-italian-speaking-regions-with-north-western-german-speaking-regions
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Maria Mayer, Mirjam Zbinden, Christan R Vogl, Silvia Ivemeyer, Beat Meier, Michele Amorena, Ariane Maeschli, Matthias Hamburger, Michael Walkenhorst
BACKGROUND: Ethnoveterinary knowledge in Europe may play an important role as a basis for sustainable treatment options for livestock. Aims of our study were (a) to compare the ethnoveterinary practices of two culturally and sociodemographically different regions of Switzerland, (b) to compare results with earlier ethnoveterinary studies conducted in Switzerland and in adjacent Italian regions and, (c) to evaluate possible reasons for regional differences in European ethnoveterinary medicine...
January 3, 2017: Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28033624/-plastic-surgery-in-palliative-care-report-on-the-consensus-workshop-of-the-37th-annual-meeting-of-the-german-language-group-for-microsurgery-of-the-peripheral-nerves-and-vessels-dam-2016-in-bochum
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A Daigeler, M Lehnhardt, S Bauer, S Goldhammer, P M Vogt
Introduction: At the consensus meeting on "Plastic Surgery in the Palliative Situation" at the 37th Annual Meeting of the DAM 2015 in Bochum, treatment options were discussed with oncologists and palliative care anesthesiologists and recommendations were given. Methods: The literature was reviewed and the results of the expert-meeting options and limits of therapy were illustrated. The role of plastic surgery for palliative care patients was pointed out and recommendations given for successful cooperative treatment...
December 2016: Handchirurgie, Mikrochirurgie, Plastische Chirurgie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28032414/the-german-intelligibility-in-context-scale-ics-g-reliability-and-validity-evidence
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Sandra Neumann, Christian Rietz, Prisca Stenneken
BACKGROUND: In 2012 the Intelligibility in Context Scale (ICS) was published as a parent-report screening assessment that considers parents' perceptions of their children's functional intelligibility with a range of communication partners that differ in levels of authority and familiarity in real-life situations. To date, the ICS has been translated into 60 languages (including German). AIMS: To evaluate the psychometric properties of the German translation of the ICS ( = ICS-G), especially its reliability and validity, using four objective measures of speech sound disorder (SSD) severity: percentage of consonants correct (PCC); percentage of initial consonants correct (PICC); percentage of vowels correct (PVC); and percentage of phonemes correct (PPC)...
December 29, 2016: International Journal of Language & Communication Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28009677/effectiveness-of-temporary-deafferentation-of-the-arm-on-somatosensory-and-motor-functions-following-stroke-a-systematic-review
#8
Emmanuelle Opsommer, Camille Zwissig, Natalya Korogod, Thomas Weiss
BACKGROUND: After stroke, regaining functional use of the upper limb can be challenging. Temporary deafferentation (TD) is a novel approach used in neurorehabilitation to voluntarily reduce the somatosensory input in a body part by temporary anesthesia; which has been shown to improve sensorimotor functions in the affected limb. OBJECTIVES: The primary objective of this systematic review was to present the best available evidence related to the effects of TD of the affected arm on the recovery of motor function and activity of the upper limb (arm and hand) following stroke...
December 2016: JBI Database of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28005176/the-mrz-reaction-as-a-highly-specific-marker-of-multiple-sclerosis-re-evaluation-and-structured-review-of-the-literature
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S Jarius, P Eichhorn, D Franciotta, H F Petereit, G Akman-Demir, M Wick, B Wildemann
It has long been known that the majority of patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) display an intrathecal, polyspecific humoral immune response to a broad panel of neurotropic viruses. This response has measles virus, rubella virus and varicella zoster virus as its most frequent constituents and is thus referred to as the MRZ reaction (MRZR). Re-evaluation of the specificity of MRZR as a marker of MS. Structured review of the existing English-, German- and Spanish-language literature on MRZR testing, with evaluation of MRZR in a cohort of 43 unselected patients with MS and other neurological diseases as a proof of principle...
December 22, 2016: Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28004089/divisible-atoms-or-none-at-all-facing-the-european-contributions-to-developments-of-chemistry-and-physics-in-china
#10
Stanislav Južnič
One of the most important Mid-European professor with more than six thousand academic descendants was the leading Slovenian erudite Jurij Vega. In broader sense, Vega's and other applied sciences of the south of Holy Roman Empire of German Nationality were connected with the mercury mine of Idrija during the last half of millennia. The Idrija Mine used to be one of the two top European producers of mercury, the basic substance of atomistic alchemists. Idrija Mine contributions to the history of techniques, their examinations and approbations is comparable to the other Mid-European achievements...
December 2016: Acta Chimica Slovenica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27999605/fever-views-in-anthroposophic-medicine-and-their-scientific-validity
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REVIEW
David D Martin
Objective. To conduct a scoping review to characterize how fever is viewed in anthroposophic medicine (AM) and discuss the scientific validity of these views. Methods. Systematic searches were run in Medline, Embase, CAMbase, and Google Scholar. Material from anthroposophic medical textbooks and articles was also used. Data was extracted and interpreted. Results. Most of the anthroposophic literature on this subject is in the German language. Anthroposophic physicians hold a beneficial view on fever, rarely suppress fever with antipyretics, and often use complementary means of alleviating discomfort...
2016: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ECAM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27991815/effects-of-learning-context-on-the-acquisition-and-processing-of-emotional-words-in-bilinguals
#12
Julia Brase, Nivedita Mani
Although bilinguals respond differently to emotionally valenced words in their first language (L1) relative to emotionally neutral words, similar effects of emotional valence are hard to come by in second language (L2) processing. We examine the extent to which these differences in first and second language processing are due to the context in which the 2 languages are acquired: L1 is typically acquired in more naturalistic settings (e.g., family) than L2 (e.g., at school). Fifty German-English bilinguals learned unfamiliar German and English negative and neutral words in 2 different learning conditions: One group (emotion video context) watched videos of a person providing definitions of the words with facial and gestural cues, whereas another group (neutral video context) received the same definitions without gestural and emotional cues...
December 19, 2016: Emotion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27990130/acquiring-complex-focus-marking-finnish-4-to-5-year-olds-use-prosody-and-word-order-in-interaction
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Anja Arnhold, Aoju Chen, Juhani Järvikivi
Using a language game to elicit short sentences in various information structural conditions, we found that Finnish 4- to 5-year-olds already exhibit a characteristic interaction between prosody and word order in marking information structure. Providing insights into the acquisition of this complex system of interactions, the production data showed interesting parallels to adult speakers of Finnish on the one hand and to children acquiring other languages on the other hand. Analyzing a total of 571 sentences produced by 16 children, we found that children rarely adjusted input word order, but did systematically avoid marked OVS order in contrastive object focus condition...
2016: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27977053/protease-modulating-matrix-treatments-for-healing-venous-leg-ulcers
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REVIEW
Maggie J Westby, Gill Norman, Jo C Dumville, Nikki Stubbs, Nicky Cullum
BACKGROUND: Venous leg ulcers (VLUs) are open skin wounds on the lower leg that occur because of poor blood flow in the veins of the leg; leg ulcers can last from weeks to years, and are both painful and costly. Prevalence in the UK is about 2.9 cases per 10,000 people. First-line treatment for VLUs is compression therapy, but around 60% of people have unhealed ulcers after 12 weeks' treatment and about 40% after 24 weeks; therefore, there is scope for further improvement. Limited evidence suggests non-healing leg ulcers may have persisting elevated levels of proteases, which is thought to deter the later stages of healing; thus, timely protease-modulating matrix (PMM) treatments may improve healing by physically removing proteases from the wound fluid...
December 15, 2016: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27965527/lexical-specification-of-prosodic-information-in-swedish-evidence-from-mismatch-negativity
#15
Hatice Zora, Tomas Riad, Iris-Corinna Schwarz, Mattias Heldner
Like that of many other Germanic languages, the stress system of Swedish has mainly undergone phonological analysis. Recently, however, researchers have begun to recognize the central role of morphology in these systems. Similar to the lexical specification of tonal accent, the Swedish stress system is claimed to be morphologically determined and morphemes are thus categorized as prosodically specified and prosodically unspecified. Prosodically specified morphemes bear stress information as part of their lexical representations and are classified as tonic (i...
2016: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27957323/relationship-between-hospital-ward-design-and-healthcare-associated-infection-rates-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
#16
REVIEW
Andrea Stiller, Florian Salm, Peter Bischoff, Petra Gastmeier
BACKGROUND: The influence of the hospital's infrastructure on healthcare-associated colonization and infection rates has thus far infrequently been examined. In this review we examine whether healthcare facility design is a contributing factor to multifaceted infection control strategies. METHODS: We searched PubMed/MEDLINE, EMBASE and Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL) from 1990 to December 31(st), 2015, with language restriction to English, Spanish, German and French...
2016: Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27936827/the-cultural-dimension-of-uncertainty-avoidance-impacts-police-civilian-interaction
#17
Ellen Giebels, Miriam S D Oostinga, Paul J Taylor, Joanna L Curtis
This research examines how the cultural dimension of uncertainty avoidance-a person's (in)tolerance for uncertain or unknown situations-impacts communication alignment in crisis negotiations. We hypothesized that perpetrators high on uncertainty avoidance would respond better to negotiators who use formal language and legitimize their position with reference to law, procedures, and moral codes. Data were transcriptions of 53 negotiations from a Dutch-German police training initiative, where police negotiators interacted with a high (German) and low (Dutch) uncertainty-avoidant mock perpetrator...
December 12, 2016: Law and Human Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918175/empirical-correlates-for-the-minnesota-multiphasic-personality-inventory-2-restructured-form-in-a-german-inpatient-sample
#18
Josefine K Moultrie, Rolf R Engel
We identified empirical correlates for the 42 substantive scales of the German language version of the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI)-2-Restructured Form (MMPI-2-RF): Higher Order, Restructured Clinical, Specific Problem, Interest, and revised Personality Psychopathology Five scales. We collected external validity data by means of a 177-item chart review form in a sample of 488 psychiatric inpatients of a German university hospital. We structured our findings along the interpretational guidelines for the MMPI-2-RF and compared them with the validity data published in the tables of the MMPI-2-RF Technical Manual...
December 5, 2016: Psychological Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909737/-attitudes-towards-psychotherapy-in-south-korea-and-germany-a%C3%A2-cross-cultural-comparative-study
#19
W Schulz, M A Shin, G Schmid-Ott
BACKGROUND: Due to the relatively recent introduction of psychotherapy in South Korea and against the background of collectivist and Confucian values, it has been suggested that South Koreans harbor more negative attitudes towards psychotherapy compared to Germans and that the social acceptance of psychotherapy is lower. METHODS: We compared the attitudes of 99 women from South Korea with 98 German women using the questionnaire on attitudes towards psychotherapeutic treatment (FEP)...
December 1, 2016: Der Nervenarzt
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903838/european-military-mental-health-research-benefits-of-collaboration
#20
EDITORIAL
Hubertus Himmerich, G D Willmund, U Wesemann, N Jones, N T Fear
Despite joint participation in international military operations, few collaborative military mental health research projects have been undertaken by European countries. From a common perspective of military mental health researchers from Germany and the UK, the lack of shared research might be related not only to the use of different languages but also the different ways in which the two militaries provide mental health and medical support to operations and differences in military institutions. One area that is suitable for military health research collaboration within UK and German forces is mental health and well-being among military personnel...
November 30, 2016: Journal of the Royal Army Medical Corps
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