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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100748/independent-neural-computation-of-value-from-other-people-s-confidence
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Daniel Campbell-Meiklejohn, Arndis Simonsen, Chris D Frith, Nathaniel D Daw
: Expectation of reward can be shaped by the observation of actions and expressions of other people in one's environment. A person's apparent confidence in the likely reward of an action, for instance, makes qualities of their evidence, not observed directly, socially accessible. This strategy is computationally distinguished from associative learning methods that rely on direct observation, by its use of inference from indirect evidence. In twenty-three healthy human subjects, we isolated effects of first-hand experience, other people's choices, and the mediating effect of their confidence, on decision-making and neural correlates of value within ventromedial prefrontal cortex (vmPFC)...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100739/action-categories-in-lateral-occipitotemporal-cortex-are-organized-along-sociality-and-transitivity
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Moritz F Wurm, Alfonso Caramazza, Angelika Lingnau
: How neural specificity for distinct conceptual knowledge categories arises is central for understanding the organization of semantic memory in the human brain. Although there is a large body of research on the neural processing of distinct object categories, the organization of action categories remains largely unknown. In particular, it is unknown whether different action categories follow a specific topographical organization on the cortical surface analogously to the category-specific organization of object knowledge...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097524/pubovisceralis-muscle-fiber-architecture-determination-comparison-between-biomechanical-modeling-and-diffusion-tensor-imaging
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Sofia Brandão, Marco Parente, Elisabete Silva, Thuane Da Roza, Teresa Mascarenhas, João Leitão, João Cunha, Renato Natal Jorge, Rita Gouveia Nunes
Biomechanical analysis of pelvic floor dysfunction requires knowledge of certain biomechanical parameters, such as muscle fiber direction, in order to adequately model function. Magnetic resonance (MR) diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) provides an estimate of overall muscle fiber directionality based on the mathematical description of water diffusivity. This work aimed at evaluating the concurrence between pubovisceralis muscle fiber representations obtained from DTI, and the maximum principal stress lines obtained through the finite element method...
January 17, 2017: Annals of Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097516/are-event-related-potentials-to-dynamic-facial-expressions-of-emotion-related-to-individual-differences-in-the-accuracy-of-processing-facial-expressions-and-identity
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Guillermo Recio, Oliver Wilhelm, Werner Sommer, Andrea Hildebrandt
Despite a wealth of knowledge about the neural mechanisms behind emotional facial expression processing, little is known about how they relate to individual differences in social cognition abilities. We studied individual differences in the event-related potentials (ERPs) elicited by dynamic facial expressions. First, we assessed the latent structure of the ERPs, reflecting structural face processing in the N170, and the allocation of processing resources and reflexive attention to emotionally salient stimuli, in the early posterior negativity (EPN) and the late positive complex (LPC)...
January 17, 2017: Cognitive, Affective & Behavioral Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095591/a-critical-discussion-and-practical-recommendations-on-some-issues-relevant-to-the-nonprobabilistic-treatment-of-uncertainty-in-engineering-risk-assessment
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Nicola Pedroni, Enrico Zio, Alberto Pasanisi, Mathieu Couplet
Models for the assessment of the risk of complex engineering systems are affected by uncertainties due to the randomness of several phenomena involved and the incomplete knowledge about some of the characteristics of the system. The objective of this article is to provide operative guidelines to handle some conceptual and technical issues related to the treatment of uncertainty in risk assessment for engineering practice. In particular, the following issues are addressed: (1) quantitative modeling and representation of uncertainty coherently with the information available on the system of interest; (2) propagation of the uncertainty from the input(s) to the output(s) of the system model; (3) (Bayesian) updating as new information on the system becomes available; and (4) modeling and representation of dependences among the input variables and parameters of the system model...
January 17, 2017: Risk Analysis: An Official Publication of the Society for Risk Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095190/-but-oh-what-tales-portraying-the-middle-east-in-u-s-homophile-periodicals-of-the-1950s-and-1960s
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Marva Milo
This essay examines Middle East representation in U.S. homophile periodicals from 1953 to 1964. The essay uses more than 120 Middle East related items that were published in ONE, Mattachine Review, and The Ladder to address the periodicals' engagement with the region (particularly ancient history and biblical themes) and discuss the types of sexual "knowledge" that the homophile periodicals created about the region. It then assesses the role of periodicals as a genre in the creation of a transnational homophile community, showing both their potential for democratizing participation in this community and their limits...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Homosexuality
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088288/a-novel-mouse-model-of-staphylococcus-aureus-vascular-graft-infection-noninvasive-imaging-of-biofilm-development-in%C3%A2-vivo
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Hélène Van de Vyver, Philipp R Bovenkamp, Verena Hoerr, Katrin Schwegmann, Lorena Tuchscherr, Silke Niemann, Laura Kursawe, Christina Grosse, Annette Moter, Uwe Hansen, Ute Neugebauer, Michael T Kuhlmann, Georg Peters, Sven Hermann, Bettina Löffler
Staphylococcus aureus causes very serious infections of vascular grafts. Knowledge of the molecular mechanisms of this disease is largely lacking because of the absence of representable models. Therefore, the aim of this study was to set up a mouse model of vascular graft infections that closely mimics the human situation. A catheter was inserted into the right carotid artery of mice, which acted as a vascular graft. Mice were infected i.v. using 8 different S. aureus strains, and development of the infection was followed up...
January 4, 2017: American Journal of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28080961/interoception-beyond-homeostasis-affect-cognition-and-mental-health
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Manos Tsakiris, Hugo Critchley
Interoception refers to the sensing of the internal state of one's body. Interoception is distinct from the processing of sensory information concerning external (non-self) stimuli (e.g. vision, hearing, touch and smell) and is the afferent axis to internal (autonomic and hormonal) physiological control. However, the impact of interoception extends beyond homeostatic/allostatic reflexes: it is proposed to be fundamental to motivation, emotion (affective feelings and behaviours), social cognition and self-awareness...
November 19, 2016: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28080111/generalized-movement-representation-in-haptic-perception
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Lucile Dupin, Vincent Hayward, Mark Wexler
The extraction of spatial information by touch often involves exploratory movements, with tactile and kinesthetic signals combined to construct a spatial haptic percept. However, the body has many tactile sensory surfaces that can move independently, giving rise to the source binding problem: when there are multiple tactile signals originating from sensory surfaces with multiple movements, are the tactile and kinesthetic signals bound to one another? We studied haptic signal combination by applying the tactile signal to a stationary fingertip while another body part (the other hand or a foot) or a visual target moves, and using a task that can only be done if the tactile and kinesthetic signals are combined...
January 12, 2017: Journal of Experimental Psychology. Human Perception and Performance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076421/oscillatory-dynamics-supporting-semantic-cognition-meg-evidence-for-the-contribution-of-the-anterior-temporal-lobe-hub-and-modality-specific-spokes
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Giovanna Mollo, Piers L Cornelissen, Rebecca E Millman, Andrew W Ellis, Elizabeth Jefferies
The "hub and spoke model" of semantic representation suggests that the multimodal features of objects are drawn together by an anterior temporal lobe (ATL) "hub", while modality-specific "spokes" capture perceptual/action features. However, relatively little is known about how these components are recruited through time to support object identification. We used magnetoencephalography to measure neural oscillations within left ATL, lateral fusiform cortex (FC) and central sulcus (CS) during word-picture matching at different levels of specificity (employing superordinate vs...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068769/high-resolution-coarse-grained-model-of-hydrated-anion-exchange-membranes-that-accounts-for-hydrophobic-and-ionic-interactions-through-short-ranged-potentials
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Jibao Lu, Liam C Jacobson, Yamila A Perez Sirkin, Valeria Molinero
Molecular simulations provide a versatile tool to study the structure, anion conductivity, and stability of anion-exchange membrane (AEM) materials and can provide a fundamental understanding of the relation between structure and property of membranes that is key for their use in fuel cells and other applications. The quest for large spatial and temporal scales required to model the multiscale structure and transport processes in the polymer electrolyte membranes, however, cannot be met with fully atomistic models, and the available coarse-grained (CG) models suffer from several challenges associated with their low-resolution...
January 10, 2017: Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062323/biosystem-models-generated-from-a-complex-rule-reaction-influence-network-and-from-two-functionality-prototypes
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M Varga, A Prokop, B Csukas
In this work we have further developed the Direct Computer Mapping (DCM) based modelling and simulation methodology. A unified, transition-based representation of complex rule, reaction and influence networks has been introduced and two prototypes (one general state- and another general transition-prototype) have been developed for the unified functional modelling of the state and transition nodes. Starting from the network and from the functional prototypes, an automatic generation method of the graphically editable and extensible GraphML description of biosystem models has been elaborated...
January 3, 2017: Bio Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28059461/sound-categories-or-phonemes
#13
Melissa A Redford
Vihman emphasizes the importance of early word production to the emergence of phonological knowledge. This emphasis, consistent with the generative function of phonology, provides insight into the concurrent representation of phonemes and words. At the same time, Vihman's focus on phonology leads her to possibly overstate the influence of early word acquisition on the emergence of sound categories that are probably purely phonetic in nature at the outset of learning.
February 2017: British Journal of Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28058272/language-in-context-meg-evidence-for-modality-general-and-specific-responses-to-reference-resolution
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Christian Brodbeck, Laura Gwilliams, Liina Pylkkänen
Successful language comprehension critically depends on our ability to link linguistic expressions to the entities they refer to. Without reference resolution, newly encountered language cannot be related to previously acquired knowledge. The human experience includes many different types of referents, some visual, some auditory, some very abstract. Does the neural basis of reference resolution depend on the nature of the referents, or do our brains use a modality-general mechanism for linking meanings to referents? Here we report evidence for both...
November 2016: ENeuro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28057687/afresh-an-adaptive-framework-for-compression-of-reads-and-assembled-sequences-with-random-access-functionality
#15
Tom Paridaens, Glenn Van Wallendael, Wesley De Neve, Peter Lambert
MOTIVATION: The past decade has seen the introduction of new technologies that lowered the cost of genomic sequencing increasingly. We can even observe that the cost of sequencing is dropping significantly faster than the cost of storage and transmission. The latter motivates a need for continuous improvements in the area of genomic data compression, not only at the level of effectiveness (compression rate), but also at the level of functionality (e.g., random access), configurability (effectiveness vs complexity, coding tool set…), and versatility (support for both sequenced reads and assembled sequences)...
January 5, 2017: Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28056889/dimensionality-reduction-based-fusion-approaches-for-imaging-and-non-imaging-biomedical-data-concepts-workflow-and-use-cases
#16
Satish E Viswanath, Pallavi Tiwari, George Lee, Anant Madabhushi
BACKGROUND: With a wide array of multi-modal, multi-protocol, and multi-scale biomedical data being routinely acquired for disease characterization, there is a pressing need for quantitative tools to combine these varied channels of information. The goal of these integrated predictors is to combine these varied sources of information, while improving on the predictive ability of any individual modality. A number of application-specific data fusion methods have been previously proposed in the literature which have attempted to reconcile the differences in dimensionalities and length scales across different modalities...
January 5, 2017: BMC Medical Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28056385/prior-conscious-experience-enhances-conscious-perception-but-does-not-affect-response-priming%C3%A2
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Dominique Lamy, Tomer Carmel, Ziv Peremen
Recent research shows that prior experience and expectations strongly enhance a visual stimulus' access to conscious awareness. However, whether such advance knowledge also influences this stimulus' indirect impact on behavior is poorly understood. The resolution of this question has the potential of providing strong tests between current models of conscious perception because these diverge on whether a factor that affects conscious access by a stimulus necessarily also affects the strength of this stimulus' representation and hence, its indirect impact on behavior...
January 2, 2017: Cognition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28055848/write-a-classifier-predicting-visual-classifiers-from-unstructured-text
#18
Mohamed Elhoseiny, Ahmed Elgammal, Babak Saleh
People typically learn through exposure to visual concepts associated with linguistic descriptions. For instance, teaching visual object categories to children is often accompanied by descriptions in text or speech. In a machine learning context, these observations motivates us to ask whether this learning process could be computationally modeled to learn visual classifiers. More specifically, the main question of this work is how to utilize purely textual description of visual classes with no training images, to learn explicit visual classifiers for them...
December 29, 2016: IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28054264/a-review-of-airq-models-and-their-applications-for-forecasting-the-air-pollution-health-outcomes
#19
Gea Oliveri Conti, Behzad Heibati, Itai Kloog, Maria Fiore, Margherita Ferrante
Even though clean air is considered as a basic requirement for the maintenance of human health, air pollution continues to pose a significant health threat in developed and developing countries alike. Monitoring and modeling of classic and emerging pollutants is vital to our knowledge of health outcomes in exposed subjects and to our ability to predict them. The ability to anticipate and manage changes in atmospheric pollutant concentrations relies on an accurate representation of the chemical state of the atmosphere...
January 4, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28052739/learning-to-spell-in-a-language-with-transparent-orthography-distributional-properties-of-orthography-and-whole-word-lexical-processing
#20
Angelelli Paola, Marinelli Chiara, Putzolu Anna, Notarnicola Alessandra, Iaia Marika, Burani Cristina
We examined how whole-word lexical information and knowledge of distributional properties of orthography interact in children's spelling. High- vs. low-frequency words, which included inconsistently spelled segments that occur more or less frequently in the orthography, were used in two experiments: i) word spelling; ii) lexical priming of pseudoword spelling. Participants were 1(st), 2(nd) and 4(th) grade typically developing Italian children. Word spelling results showed sensitivity to the distributional properties of orthography already in 1(st) grade children: high-frequency (i...
January 5, 2017: Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology: QJEP
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