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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214766/direct-and-generative-retrieval-of-autobiographical-memories-the-roles-of-visual-imagery-and-executive-processes
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Rachel J Anderson, Stephen A Dewhurst, Graham M Dean
Two experiments used a dual task methodology to investigate the role of visual imagery and executive resources in the retrieval of specific autobiographical memories. In Experiment 1, dynamic visual noise led to a reduction in the number of specific memories retrieved in response to both high and low imageability cues, but did not affect retrieval times. In Experiment 2, irrelevant pictures reduced the number of specific memories but only in response to low imageability cues. Irrelevant pictures also increased response times to both high and low imageability cues...
February 16, 2017: Consciousness and Cognition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214745/rapid-detection-and-quantification-of-enterovirus-71-by-a-portable-surface-plasmon-resonance-biosensor
#2
Briliant Adhi Prabowo, Robert Y L Wang, Muhammad Khari Secario, Po-Ting Ou, Azharul Alom, Jia-Jung Liu, Kou-Chen Liu
This study presents the first report on a label-free detection and rapid quantification method for human enterovirus 71 (EV71) using a portable surface plasmon resonance (SPR) system. The SPR sensor instrument was configured to run on low power in a miniaturized platform to improve the device portability for a wider application both in laboratories and in the field. A color tunable organic light emitting diode in red spectrum was attached on a trapezoidal prism for the disposable light source module. The SPR signal processing using integration area under the reflectivity curve is applied for optimum signal to noise ratio (SNR) enhancement...
January 21, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214528/adaptive-independent-vector-analysis-for-multi-subject-complex-valued-fmri-data
#3
Li-Dan Kuang, Qiu-Hua Lin, Xiao-Feng Gong, Fengyu Cong, Vince D Calhoun
BACKGROUND: Complex-valued fMRI data can provide additional insights beyond magnitude-only data. However, independent vector analysis (IVA), which has exhibited great potential for group analysis of magnitude-only fMRI data, has rarely been applied to complex-valued fMRI data. The main challenges in this application include the extremely noisy nature and large variability of the source component vector (SCV) distribution. NEW METHOD: To address these challenges, we propose an adaptive fixed-point IVA algorithm for analyzing multiple-subject complex-valued fMRI data...
February 15, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214516/saturation-of-long-term-potentiation-in-the-dorsal-cochlear-nucleus-and-its-pharmacological-reversal-in-an-experimental-model-of-tinnitus
#4
Thomas Tagoe, Daniel Deeping, Martine Hamann
Animal models have demonstrated that tinnitus is a pathology of dysfunctional excitability in the central auditory system, in particular in the dorsal cochlear nucleus (DCN) of the brainstem. We used a murine model and studied whether acoustic over-exposure leading to hearing loss and tinnitus, affects long-term potentiation (LTP) at DCN multisensory synapses. Whole cell and field potential recordings were used to study the effects on release probability and synaptic plasticity, respectively in brainstem slices...
February 15, 2017: Experimental Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214112/communicating-airport-noise-emission-data-to-the-general-public
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REVIEW
Luis Gasco, Cesar Asensio, Guillermo de Arcas
Despite the efforts that the aviation industry has undertaken during the last few decades, noise annoyance remains high, partly because of the continuous transport demands of modern societies and partly because of changes in citizen expectations and their growing environmental concerns. Although modern aircraft are considerably quieter than their predecessors, the number of complaints has not decreased as much as expected. Therefore, the aeronautical sector has tried more sociological and/or psychological strategies to gain acceptance through awareness and community engagement...
February 14, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213793/automation-of-peak-tracking-analysis-of-stepwise-perturbed-nmr-spectra
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Tommaso Banelli, Marco Vuano, Federico Fogolari, Andrea Fusiello, Gennaro Esposito, Alessandra Corazza
We describe a new algorithmic approach able to automatically pick and track the NMR resonances of a large number of 2D NMR spectra acquired during a stepwise variation of a physical parameter. The method has been named Trace in Track (TINT), referring to the idea that a gaussian decomposition traces peaks within the tracks recognised through 3D mathematical morphology. It is capable of determining the evolution of the chemical shifts, intensity and linewidths of each tracked peak.The performances obtained in term of track reconstruction and correct assignment on realistic synthetic spectra were high above 90% when a noise level similar to that of experimental data were considered...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Biomolecular NMR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213531/dexmedetomidine-oromucosal-gel-for-noise-associated-acute-anxiety-and-fear-in-dogs-a-randomised-double-blind-placebo-controlled-clinical-study
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M Korpivaara, K Laapas, M Huhtinen, B Schöning, K Overall
The aim of this randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled, clinical-field study was to evaluate the effect of dexmedetomidine oromucosal gel at subsedative doses in alleviation of noise-associated acute anxiety and fear in dogs. On New Year's Eve, 182 dogs with a history of acute anxiety and fear associated with fireworks received treatment as needed up to five times: 89 dogs received dexmedetomidine and 93 dogs received placebo. For the primary efficacy variables, dog owners assessed the overall treatment effect as well as signs and extent of anxiety and fear...
February 17, 2017: Veterinary Record
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213277/fluorescence-and-computed-tomography-for-assessing-the-biodistribution-of-sirna-after-intratracheal-application-in-mice
#8
Antonia Geyer, Cornelia Lorenzer, Sebastian Gehrig, Manuela Simlinger, Johannes Winkler, Haider Sami, Manfred Ogris
Pulmonary delivery of nucleic acids opens the possibility for direct treatment of lung diseases, like fibrosis, cancer, and infections. Lung retention and biodistribution of nucleic acids remain important issues for the development of suitable therapeutic approaches. Moreover, monitoring the dynamic biodistribution processes of siRNA after aerosol delivery can help in identifying bottlenecks and optimising therapeutic concepts. We investigated dynamic biodistribution events after intratracheal application of chemically stabilised siRNA labeled with near infrared emitting dye AlexaFluor750 (AF750)...
February 14, 2017: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213239/new-urea-modified-paper-substrate-for-enhanced-analytical-performance-of-negative-ion-mode-paper-spray-mass-spectrometry
#9
Jingjing Liu, Yan He, Shuo Chen, Ming Ma, Shouzuo Yao, Bo Chen
Electrospray ionization mass spectrometry (ESI-MS) analysis in the negative ion mode is adversely affected by ionization suppression caused by electrical discharge and the presence of salts. Paper spray mass spectrometry (PS-MS) also suffers from the above phenomenon, being built on principles similar to those of ESI. Herein, we report the use of a paper substrate modified by 1-[3-(trimethoxysilyl)propyl]urea to improve the sensitivity of quantitative PS-MS analysis in the negative ion mode. The obtained results demonstrated that the urea modified paper substrate can effectively bind anions and highly polar compounds in the sample solution, decreasing competitive ionization in the negative ion mode of PS-MS and significantly reducing the signal intensity of Cl(-) adducts...
May 1, 2017: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213210/comparison-of-sensitivity-to-artificial-spectral-errors-and-multivariate-lod-in-nir-spectroscopy-determining-the-performance-of-miniaturizations-on-melamine-in-milk-powder
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Raphael Henn, Christian G Kirchler, Maria-Elisabeth Grossgut, Christian W Huck
This study compared three commercially available spectrometers - whereas two of them were miniaturized - in terms of prediction ability of melamine in milk powder (infant formula). Therefore all spectra were split into calibration- and validation-set using Kennard Stone and Duplex algorithm in comparison. For each instrument the three best performing PLSR models were constructed using SNV and Savitzky Golay derivatives. The best RMSEP values were 0.28g/100g, 0.33g/100g and 0.27g/100g for the NIRFlex N-500, the microPHAZIR and the microNIR2200 respectively...
May 1, 2017: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213134/speech-in-noise-perception-in-musicians-a-review
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REVIEW
Emily B J Coffey, Nicolette Mogilever, Robert J Zatorre
The ability to understand speech in the presence of competing sound sources is an important neuroscience question in terms of how the nervous system solves this computational problem. It is also a critical clinical problem that disproportionally affects the elderly, children with language-related learning disorders, and those with hearing loss. Recent evidence that musicians have an advantage on this multifaceted skill has led to the suggestion that musical training might be used to improve or delay the decline of speech-in-noise (SIN) function...
February 14, 2017: Hearing Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213113/a-variational-bayesian-inference-method-for-parametric-imaging-of-pet-data
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M Castellaro, G Rizzo, M Tonietto, M Veronese, F E Turkheimer, M A Chappell, A Bertoldo
In dynamic Positron Emission Tomography (PET) studies, compartmental models provide the richest information on the tracer kinetics of the tissue. Inverting such models at the voxel level is however quite challenging due to the low signal-to-noise ratio of the time activity curves. In this study, we propose the use of a Variational Bayesian (VB) approach to efficiently solve this issue and thus obtain robust quantitative parametric maps. VB was adapted to the non-uniform noise distribution of PET data. Moreover, we propose a novel hierarchical scheme to define the model parameter priors directly from the images in case such information are not available from the literature, as often happens with new PET tracers...
February 14, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212947/affective-valence-of-neurons-in-the-vicinity-of-the-rat-amygdala-single-unit-activity-in-response-to-a-conditioned-behavior-and-vocal-sound-playback
#13
Hiroko Kagawa, Yoshimasa Seki, Kazuo Okanoya
We recorded single unit activity within and around the rat amygdala while rats were engaged in an operant task (which included both reward and aversive trials) and during playback of ultrasonic vocalizations (USVs) to determine if there existed neurons which responded to two different types of either positive contexts (i.e., water reward and positively associated 50kHz vocalizations) or negative contexts (i.e., white noise and negatively associated 22kHz vocalizations). Ultimately, we wanted to determine if these two contexts (operant condition task and vocal sounds) could be represented as either positive or negative in a single neuron...
February 14, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212749/comparative-analysis-of-single-cell-rna-sequencing-methods
#14
Christoph Ziegenhain, Beate Vieth, Swati Parekh, Björn Reinius, Amy Guillaumet-Adkins, Martha Smets, Heinrich Leonhardt, Holger Heyn, Ines Hellmann, Wolfgang Enard
Single-cell RNA sequencing (scRNA-seq) offers new possibilities to address biological and medical questions. However, systematic comparisons of the performance of diverse scRNA-seq protocols are lacking. We generated data from 583 mouse embryonic stem cells to evaluate six prominent scRNA-seq methods: CEL-seq2, Drop-seq, MARS-seq, SCRB-seq, Smart-seq, and Smart-seq2. While Smart-seq2 detected the most genes per cell and across cells, CEL-seq2, Drop-seq, MARS-seq, and SCRB-seq quantified mRNA levels with less amplification noise due to the use of unique molecular identifiers (UMIs)...
February 16, 2017: Molecular Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212114/discriminative-feature-representation-an-effective-postprocessing-solution-to-low-dose-ct-imaging
#15
Yang Chen, Jin Liu, Yining Hu, Jian Yang, Luyao Shi, Huazhong Shu, Zhiguo Gui, Gouenou Coatrieux, Limin Luo
This paper proposes a concise and effective approach termed discriminative feature representation (DFR) for low dose computerized tomography (LDCT) image processing, which is currently a challenging problem in medical imaging field. This DFR method assumes LDCT images as the superposition of desirable high dose CT (HDCT) 3D features and undesirable noise-artifact 3D features (the combined term of noise and artifact features induced by low dose scan protocols), and the decomposed HDCT features are used to provide the processed LDCT images with higher quality...
February 17, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212098/a-2-5-mw-ch-50-mcps-10-analog-channel-adaptively-biased-read-out-front-end-ic-with-low-intrinsic-timing-resolution-for-single-photon-time-of-flight-pet-applications-with-time-dependent-noise-analysis-in-90-nm-cmos
#16
Hugo Cruz, Hong-Yi Huang, Ching-Hsing Luo, Shuenn-Yuh Lee
This paper presents a 10-channel time-of-flight application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC) for positron emission tomography in a 90 nm standard CMOS process. To overcome variations in channel-to-channel timing resolution caused by mismatch and process variations, adaptive biases and a digital-to-analog converter (DAC) are utilized. The main contributions of this work are as follows. First, multistage architectures reduce the total power consumption, and detection bandwidths of analog preamplifiers and comparators are increased to 1 and 1...
February 13, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Circuits and Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212085/contextual-noise-reduction-for-domain-adaptive-near-duplicate-retrieval-on-merchandize-images
#17
Zhen-Qun Yang, Xiao-Yong Wei, Zhang Yi, Gerald Friedland
In this paper, we have proposed a novel method which utilizes the contextual relationship among visual words for reducing the Quantization errors in near-duplicate image retrieval (NDR). Instead of following the track of conventional NDR techniques which usually search new solutions by borrowing ideas from the text domain, we propose to model the problem back to image domain, which results in a more natural way of solution search. The idea of the proposed method is to construct a context graph that encapsulates the contextual relationship within an image and treat the graph as a pseudo-image, so that classical image filters can be adopted to reduce the mismapped visual words which are contextually inconsistent with others...
February 15, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Image Processing: a Publication of the IEEE Signal Processing Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212081/a-comparative-analysis-of-cmut-receiving-architectures-for-design-optimization-of-integrated-transceiver-front-ends
#18
Marco Sautto, Alessandro Stuart Savoia, Fabio Quaglia, Giosue Caliano, Andrea Mazzanti
A formal comparison between fundamental RX amplifier configurations for Capacitive Micromachined Ultrasonic Transducers (CMUT) is proposed in this paper. The impact on both RX and the pulse-echo frequency response and on the output SNR are thoroughly analysed and discussed. It is shown that the resistive-feedback amplifier yields a band-pass RX frequency response, while both open-loop voltage and capacitivefeedback amplifiers exhibit a low-pass frequency response. For a given power dissipation, it is formally proved that a capacitivefeedback amplifier provides a remarkable SNR improvement against the commonly adopted resistive feedback stage, achieved at the expense of a reduced pulse-echo center frequency, making its use convenient in low and mid-frequency ultrasound imaging applications...
February 13, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212077/robust-guided-image-filtering-using-nonconvex-potentials
#19
Bumsub Ham, Minsu Cho, Jean Ponce
Filtering images using a guidance signal, a process called guided or joint image filtering, has been used in various tasks in computer vision and computational photography, particularly for noise reduction and joint upsampling. This uses an additional guidance signal as a structure prior, and transfers the structure of the guidance signal to an input image, restoring noisy or altered image structure. The main drawbacks of such a data-dependent framework are that it does not consider structural differences between guidance and input images, and that it is not robust to outliers...
February 14, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212072/neural-network-based-solutions-for-stochastic-optimal-control-using-path-integrals
#20
Karthikeyan Rajagopal, Sivasubramanya Nadar Balakrishnan, Jerome R Busemeyer
In this paper, an offline approximate dynamic programming approach using neural networks is proposed for solving a class of finite horizon stochastic optimal control problems. There are two approaches available in the literature, one based on stochastic maximum principle (SMP) formalism and the other based on solving the stochastic Hamilton-Jacobi-Bellman (HJB) equation. However, in the presence of noise, the SMP formalism becomes complex and results in having to solve a couple of backward stochastic differential equations...
March 2017: IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems
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