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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331778/identification-of-scintillation-signatures-on-gps-signals-originating-from-plasma-structures-detected-with-eiscat-incoherent-scatter-radar-along-the-same-line-of-sight
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Biagio Forte, Chris Coleman, Susan Skone, Ingemar Häggström, Cathryn Mitchell, Federico Da Dalt, Tommaso Panicciari, Joe Kinrade, Gary Bust
Ionospheric scintillation originates from the scattering of electromagnetic waves through spatial gradients in the plasma density distribution, drifting across a given propagation direction. Ionospheric scintillation represents a disruptive manifestation of adverse space weather conditions through degradation of the reliability and continuity of satellite telecommunication and navigation systems and services (e.g., European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service, EGNOS). The purpose of the experiment presented here was to determine the contribution of auroral ionization structures to GPS scintillation...
January 2017: Journal of Geophysical Research. Space Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28290478/systematic-errors-in-detecting-biased-agonism-analysis-of-current-methods-and-development-of-a-new-model-free-approach
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H Ongun Onaran, Caterina Ambrosio, Özlem Uğur, Erzsebet Madaras Koncz, Maria Cristina Grò, Vanessa Vezzi, Sudarshan Rajagopal, Tommaso Costa
Discovering biased agonists requires a method that can reliably distinguish the bias in signalling due to unbalanced activation of diverse transduction proteins from that of differential amplification inherent to the system being studied, which invariably results from the non-linear nature of biological signalling networks and their measurement. We have systematically compared the performance of seven methods of bias diagnostics, all of which are based on the analysis of concentration-response curves of ligands according to classical receptor theory...
March 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28288967/in-air-hearing-of-the-great-cormorant-phalacrocorax-carbo
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Alyssa Maxwell, Kirstin Anderson Hansen, Sara Torres Ortiz, Ole Næsbye Larsen, Ursula Siebert, Magnus Wahlberg
Many aquatic birds use sounds extensively for in-air communication. Regardless of this, we know very little about their hearing abilities. The in-air audiogram of a male adult great cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo) was determined using psychophysical methods (method of constants). Hearing thresholds were derived using pure tones of five different frequencies. The lowest threshold was at 2 kHz: 18 dB re 20 µPa rms. Thresholds derived using signal detection theory were within 2 dB of the ones derived using classical psychophysics...
March 13, 2017: Biology Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28286042/the-therapeutic-effects-of-periploca-forrestii-schltr-stem-extracts-on-collagen-induced-arthritis-by-inhibiting-the-activation-of-src-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-signaling-pathway-in-rats
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Lei Chen, Jinsong Li, Xuan Ke, Wei Qu, Jie Zhang, Feng Feng, Wenyuan Liu
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Periploca forrestii Schltr. is a classical traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) called Heilonggu (HLG) in China. According to the theory of TCM, it possesses the efficacy of eliminating wind and removing dampness. In clinical practice, it is commonly used for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis. The present work aimed to evaluate the anti-rheumatism activity of HLG ethanol extract and reveal the underlying molecular mechanism by employing an animal model of collagen-induced rheumatoid arthritis (CIA) in rats...
March 7, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28277736/evidence-of-systematic-attenuation-in-the-measurement-of-cognitive-deficits-in-schizophrenia
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Michael L Thomas, Virginie M Patt, Andrew Bismark, Joyce Sprock, Melissa Tarasenko, Gregory A Light, Gregory G Brown
Cognitive tasks that are too hard or too easy produce imprecise measurements of ability, which, in turn, attenuates group differences and can lead to inaccurate conclusions in clinical research. We aimed to illustrate this problem using a popular experimental measure of working memory-the N-back task-and to suggest corrective strategies for measuring working memory and other cognitive deficits in schizophrenia. Samples of undergraduates (n = 42), community controls (n = 25), outpatients with schizophrenia (n = 33), and inpatients with schizophrenia (n = 17) completed the N-back...
March 9, 2017: Journal of Abnormal Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28273343/fire-disturbance-disrupts-an-acacia-ant-plant-mutualism-in-favor-of-a-subordinate-ant-species
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Ryan L Sensenig, Duncan K Kimuyu, Juan Carlos Ruiz Guajardo, Kari E Veblen, Corinna Riginos, Truman P Young
Although disturbance theory has been recognized as a useful framework in examining the stability of ant-plant mutualisms, very few studies have examined the effects of fire disturbance on these mutualisms. In myrmecophyte-dominated savannas, fire and herbivory are key drivers that could influence ant-plant mutualisms by causing complete colony mortality and/or decreasing colony size, which potentially could alter dominance hierarchies if subordinate species are more fire resilient. We used a large-scale, replicated fire experiment to examine long-term effects of fire on acacia-ant community composition...
March 8, 2017: Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28270816/size-matters-a-lot-drought-affected-italian-oaks-are-smaller-and-show-lower-growth-prior-to-tree-death
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Michele Colangelo, Jesús J Camarero, Marco Borghetti, Antonio Gazol, Tiziana Gentilesca, Francesco Ripullone
Hydraulic theory suggests that tall trees are at greater risk of drought-triggered death caused by hydraulic failure than small trees. In addition the drop in growth, observed in several tree species prior to death, is often interpreted as an early-warning signal of impending death. We test these hypotheses by comparing size, growth, and wood-anatomy patterns of living and now-dead trees in two Italian oak forests showing recent mortality episodes. The mortality probability of trees is modeled as a function of recent growth and tree size...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28270776/a-quantitative-relationship-between-signal-detection-in-attention-and-approach-avoidance-behavior
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Vijay Viswanathan, John P Sheppard, Byoung W Kim, Christopher L Plantz, Hao Ying, Myung J Lee, Kalyan Raman, Frank J Mulhern, Martin P Block, Bobby Calder, Sang Lee, Dale T Mortensen, Anne J Blood, Hans C Breiter
This study examines how the domains of reward and attention, which are often studied as independent processes, in fact interact at a systems level. We operationalize divided attention with a continuous performance task and variables from signal detection theory (SDT), and reward/aversion with a keypress task measuring approach/avoidance in the framework of relative preference theory (RPT). Independent experiments with the same subjects showed a significant association between one SDT and two RPT variables, visualized as a three-dimensional structure...
2017: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28267761/the-perceptual-saliency-of-fearful-eyes-and-smiles-a-signal-detection-study
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Mahmoud Medhat Elsherif, Muhammet Ikbal Saban, Pia Rotshtein
Facial features differ in the amount of expressive information they convey. Specifically, eyes are argued to be essential for fear recognition, while smiles are crucial for recognising happy expressions. In three experiments, we tested whether expression modulates the perceptual saliency of diagnostic facial features and whether the feature's saliency depends on the face configuration. Participants were presented with masked facial features or noise at perceptual conscious threshold. The task was to indicate whether eyes (experiments 1-3A) or a mouth (experiment 3B) was present...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28267641/graphene-supporting-films-and-low-voltage-stem-in-sem-toward-imaging-nanobio-materials-without-staining-observation-of-insulin-amyloid-fibrils
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Takashi Ogawa, Geun Won Gang, Minh Thu Thieu, Hyuksang Kwon, Sang Jung Ahn, Tai Hwan Ha, Boklae Cho
Utilization of graphene-supporting films and low-voltage scanning transmission electron microscopy (LV-STEM) in scanning electron microscopy (SEM) is shown to be an effective means of observing unstained nanobio materials. Insulin amyloid fibrils, which are implicated as a cause of type II diabetes, are formed in vitro and observed without staining at room temperature. An in-lens cold field-emission SEM, equipped with an additional homemade STEM detector, provides dark field (DF)-STEM images in the low energy range of 5-30keV, together with secondary electron (SE) images...
February 27, 2017: Micron: the International Research and Review Journal for Microscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28265864/a-diffusion-decision-model-analysis-of-evidence-variability-in-the-lexical-decision-task
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Gabriel Tillman, Adam F Osth, Don van Ravenzwaaij, Andrew Heathcote
The lexical-decision task is among the most commonly used paradigms in psycholinguistics. In both the signal-detection theory and Diffusion Decision Model (DDM; Ratcliff, Gomez, & McKoon, Psychological Review, 111, 159-182, 2004) frameworks, lexical-decisions are based on a continuous source of word-likeness evidence for both words and non-words. The Retrieving Effectively from Memory model of Lexical-Decision (REM-LD; Wagenmakers et al., Cognitive Psychology, 48(3), 332-367, 2004) provides a comprehensive explanation of lexical-decision data and makes the prediction that word-likeness evidence is more variable for words than non-words and that higher frequency words are more variable than lower frequency words...
March 6, 2017: Psychonomic Bulletin & Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28252000/homodyne-detection-of-short-range-doppler-radar-using-a-forced-oscillator-model
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Kunanon Kittipute, Peerayudh Saratayon, Suthasin Srisook, Paramote Wardkein
This article presents the homodyne detection in a self-oscillation system, which represented by a short-range radar (SRR) circuit, that is analysed using a multi-time forced oscillator (MTFO) model. The MTFO model is based on a forced oscillation perspective with the signal and system theory, a second-order differential equation, and the multiple time variable technique. This model can also apply to analyse the homodyne phenomenon in a difference kind of the oscillation system under same method such as the self-oscillation system, and the natural oscillation system with external forced...
March 2, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28249536/linear-rogowski-coil
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V Nassisi, D Delle Side
Nowadays, the employment and development of fast current pulses require sophisticated systems to perform measurements. Rogowski coils are used to diagnose cylindrical shaped beams; therefore, they are designed and built with a toroidal structure. Recently, to perform experiments of radiofrequency biophysical stresses, flat transmission lines have been developed. Therefore, in this work we developed a linear Rogowski coil to detect current pulses inside flat conductors. The system is first approached by means of transmission line theory...
February 2017: Review of Scientific Instruments
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230091/the-integration-of-color-selective-mechanisms-in-symmetry-detection
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Chia-Ching Wu, Chien-Chung Chen
We studied how the visual system detects multicolor symmetric patterns by manipulating the number of colors in an image in both isoluminance and luminance conditions. With a two-interval forced choice noise masking paradigm, we presented a noise mask in both intervals of each trial. A vertically symmetric target was randomly presented in one interval while a noise control was presented in the other. The task of the observers was to determine which interval contained the target. The target detection threshold was measured at various noise mask densities, which was found to decrease 1...
February 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208303/a-photothermal-spectrometer-for-fast-and-background-free-detection-of-individual-nanoparticles-in-flow
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Richard Maceiczyk, Hisashi Shimizu, David Müller, Takehiko Kitamori, Andrew deMello
Sensitive detection and quantification of individual plasmonic nanoparticles is critical in a range of applications in the biological, nanomaterials, and analytical sciences. Although a wide range of techniques can be applied to the analysis of immobilized particles, high-throughput analysis of nanoscale species in flow is surprisingly underdeveloped. To address this shortcoming, we present an ultrasensitive, background-free technique based on the photothermal effect and termed differential detection photothermal interferometry (DDPI)...
February 7, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192502/theta-burst-transcranial-magnetic-stimulation-to-the-prefrontal-or-parietal-cortex-does-not-impair-metacognitive-visual-awareness
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Daniel Bor, David J Schwartzman, Adam B Barrett, Anil K Seth
Neuroimaging studies commonly associate dorsolateral prefrontal cortex (DLPFC) and posterior parietal cortex with conscious perception. However, such studies only investigate correlation, rather than causation. In addition, many studies conflate objective performance with subjective awareness. In an influential recent paper, Rounis and colleagues addressed these issues by showing that continuous theta burst transcranial magnetic stimulation (cTBS) applied to the DLPFC impaired metacognitive (subjective) awareness for a perceptual task, while objective performance was kept constant...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28157560/time-domain-shape-of-electron-spin-echo-signal-of-spin-correlated-radical-pairs-in-polymer-fullerene-blends
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Alexander A Popov, Ekaterina A Lukina, Leonid Rapatskiy, Leonid V Kulik
Temporal shape of electron spin echo (ESE) signal of photoinduced spin-correlated radical pairs (SCRP) in composite of conductive polymer P3HT and substituted fullerene PCBM is studied in details. ESE signals of radical pairs (RP) P3HT(+)/PCBM(-) are calculated in realistic model, taking into account finite microwave pulse length. Inhomogeneous broadening of resonant lines and interradical distance distribution are included. Experimentally observed ESE time-domain shape was found to contradict predictions of conventional SCRP theory, which would be valid in the case of very fast electron transfer...
January 23, 2017: Journal of Magnetic Resonance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28146674/rest-is-still-best
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William S Helton, Paul N Russell
OBJECTIVE: We examined the impact task interruptions of differing qualitative and quantitative load have on visuospatial vigilance sensitivity. BACKGROUND: The vigilance decrement and attempts to develop countermeasures to the decrement is one of the most important human factors issues. There is an ongoing debate between those who interpret the increase in the rate of failures to detect signals over time as being due to objective task monotony or task underload and those who interpret this increased failure proneness as being predominately due to cognitive-resource depletion and task overload...
February 2017: Human Factors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28135636/phasic-valence-and-arousal-do-not-influence-post-conflict-adjustments-in-the-simon-task
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David Dignath, Markus Janczyk, Andreas B Eder
According to theoretical accounts of cognitive control, conflict between competing responses is monitored and triggers post conflict behavioural adjustments. Some models proposed that conflict is detected as an affective signal. While the conflict monitoring theory assumed that conflict is registered as a negative valence signal, the adaptation by binding model hypothesized that conflict provides a high arousal signal. The present research induced phasic affect in a Simon task with presentations of pleasant and unpleasant pictures that were high or low in arousal...
January 27, 2017: Acta Psychologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28130715/exploring-the-origin-of-the-number-size-congruency-effect-sensitivity-or-response-bias
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Dennis Reike, Wolf Schwarz
Physical size modulates the efficiency of digit comparison, depending on whether the relation of numerical magnitude and physical size is congruent or incongruent (Besner & Coltheart, Neuropsychologia, 17, 467-472, 1979), the number-size congruency effect (NSCE). In addition, Henik and Tzelgov (Memory & Cognition, 10, 389-395, 1982) first reported an NSCE for the reverse task of comparing the physical size of digits such that the numerical magnitude of digits modulated the time required to compare their physical sizes...
January 27, 2017: Attention, Perception & Psychophysics
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