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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807647/endogenous-visuospatial-attention-increases-visual-awareness-independent-of-visual-discrimination-sensitivity
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Marine Vernet, Shruti Japee, Savannah Lokey, Sara Ahmed, Valentinos Zachariou, Leslie G Ungerleider
Visuospatial attention often improves task performance by increasing signal gain at attended locations and decreasing noise at unattended locations. Attention is also believed to be the mechanism that allows information to enter awareness. In this experiment, we assessed whether orienting endogenous visuospatial attention with cues differentially affects visual discrimination sensitivity (an objective task performance) and visual awareness (the subjective feeling of perceiving) during the same discrimination task...
August 11, 2017: Neuropsychologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806928/colour-polymorphic-lures-exploit-innate-preferences-for-spectral-versus-luminance-cues-in-dipteran-prey
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Thomas E White, Darrell J Kemp
BACKGROUND: Theory predicts that colour polymorphism may be favored by variation in the visual context under which signals are perceived. The context encompasses all environmental determinants of light availability and propagation, but also the dynamics of perception in receivers. Color vision involves the neural separation of information into spectral versus luminance channels, which often differentially guide specific tasks. Here we explicitly tested whether this discrete perceptual basis contributes to the maintenance of polymorphism in a prey-luring system...
August 14, 2017: BMC Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806670/transmission-surface-plasmon-resonance-techniques-and-their-potential-biosensor-applications
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Chutiparn Lertvachirapaiboon, Akira Baba, Sanong Ekgasit, Kazunari Shinbo, Keizo Kato, Futao Kaneko
Transmission surface plasmon resonance (TSPR) is an unusual extraordinary optical transmission that is more transparent at certain wavelengths than expected by classical theory. The three main plasmonic structures that providing this phenomenon are nanohole arrays, diffraction gratings, and nanoslit arrays. This extraordinary optical transmission phenomenon is produced as a result of surface plasmon excitations. The shifting in TSPR responses upon changing of dielectric environment at the surface of a metallic film was observed...
August 1, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794979/identification-of-the-epileptogenic-zone-of-temporal-lobe-epilepsy-from-stereo-electroencephalography-signals-a-phase-transfer-entropy-and-graph-theory-approach
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Meng-Yang Wang, Jing Wang, Jian Zhou, Yu-Guang Guan, Feng Zhai, Chang-Qing Liu, Fei-Fei Xu, Yi-Xian Han, Zhao-Fen Yan, Guo-Ming Luan
The aim of this research is to apply an approach based on phase transfer entropy (PTE) and graph theory to study the interactions between the stereo-electroencephalography (SEEG) activities recorded in multilobar origin, in order to evaluate their ability to detect the epileptogenic zone (EZ) of temporal lobe epilepsies (TLE). Forty-three patients were included in this retrospective study. Five to sixteen (median = 12) multilead electrodes were implanted per patient, and, for each patient, a sub-set of between 10 and 32 (median = 22) bipolar derivations was selected for analysis...
2017: NeuroImage: Clinical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28777720/delay-differential-analysis-of-seizures-in-multichannel-electrocorticography-data
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Claudia Lainscsek, Jonathan Weyhenmeyer, Sydney S Cash, Terrence J Sejnowski
High-density electrocorticogram (ECoG) electrodes are capable of recording neurophysiological data with high temporal resolution with wide spatial coverage. These recordings are a window to understanding how the human brain processes information and subsequently behaves in healthy and pathologic states. Here, we describe and implement delay differential analysis (DDA) for the characterization of ECoG data obtained from human patients with intractable epilepsy. DDA is a time-domain analysis framework based on embedding theory in nonlinear dynamics that reveals the nonlinear invariant properties of an unknown dynamical system...
August 4, 2017: Neural Computation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28751458/information-theoretic-evidence-for-predictive-coding-in-the-face-processing-system
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Alla Brodski-Guerniero, Georg-Friedrich Paasch, Patricia Wollstadt, Ipek Özdemir, Joseph T Lizier, Michael Wibral
Predictive coding suggests that the brain infers the causes of its sensations by combining sensory evidence with internal predictions based on available prior knowledge. However, the neurophysiological correlates of (pre-)activated prior knowledge serving these predictions are still unknown. Based on the idea that such pre-activated prior knowledge must be maintained until needed we measured the amount of maintained information in neural signals via the active information storage (AIS) measure. AIS was calculated on whole-brain beamformer-reconstructed source time-courses from magnetoencephalography (MEG) recordings of 52 human subjects during the baseline of a Mooney face/house detection task...
July 27, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28747465/unbounded-evidence-accumulation-characterizes-subjective-visual-vertical-svv-forced-choice-perceptual-choice-and-confidence
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Koeun Lim, Wei Wang, Daniel M Merfeld
Humans can subjectively yet quantitatively assess choice confidence based on perceptual precision even when a perceptual decision is made without an immediate reward or feedback. However, surprisingly little is known about choice confidence. Here we investigate the dynamics of choice confidence by merging two parallel conceptual frameworks of decision-making, signal detection theory and sequential analyses (i.e., drift diffusion modeling). Specifically, in order to capture end-point statistics of binary choice and confidence, we built on a previous study that defined choice confidence in terms of psychophysics derived from signal detection theory...
July 26, 2017: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28745762/a-smartphone-readable-colorimetric-sensing-platform-for-rapid-multiple-protein-detection
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Feiyang Wang, Yuexiang Lu, Jiacheng Yang, Ying Chen, Wenjie Jing, Liuying He, Yueying Liu
A simple, visible and smartphone readable strategy has been proposed for the sensitive detection and discrimination of multiple proteins. By employing five different concentrations of NaCl salt, AuNP exhibited different aggregation behavior for different proteins because of differential ion strength, leading to diverse color changes. The sensing system could not only discriminate twelve proteins at the concentration of 50 nM in aqueous solution, but it could also discriminate these proteins at 200 nM in the presence of human urine with an accuracy of 100%...
July 26, 2017: Analyst
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738410/no-large-population-of-unbound-or-wide-orbit-jupiter-mass-planets
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Przemek Mróz, Andrzej Udalski, Jan Skowron, Radosław Poleski, Szymon Kozłowski, Michał K Szymański, Igor Soszyński, Łukasz Wyrzykowski, Paweł Pietrukowicz, Krzysztof Ulaczyk, Dorota Skowron, Michał Pawlak
Planet formation theories predict that some planets may be ejected from their parent systems as result of dynamical interactions and other processes. Unbound planets can also be formed through gravitational collapse, in a way similar to that in which stars form. A handful of free-floating planetary-mass objects have been discovered by infrared surveys of young stellar clusters and star-forming regions as well as wide-field surveys, but these studies are incomplete for objects below five Jupiter masses. Gravitational microlensing is the only method capable of exploring the entire population of free-floating planets down to Mars-mass objects, because the microlensing signal does not depend on the brightness of the lensing object...
July 24, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737606/visual-acuity-and-contrast-sensitivity-development-in-children-sweep-visually-evoked-potential-and-psychophysics
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Fahad M Almoqbel, Elizabeth L Irving, Susan J Leat
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to investigate the development of visual acuity (VA) and contrast sensitivity in children as measured with objective (sweep visually evoked potential) and subjective, psychophysical techniques, including signal detection theory (SDT), which attempts to control for differences in criterion or behavior between adults and children. Furthermore, this study examines the possibility of applying SDT methods with children. METHODS: Visual acuity and contrast thresholds were measured in 12 children 6 to 7 years old, 10 children 8 to 9 years old, 10 children 10 to 12 years old, and 16 adults...
August 2017: Optometry and Vision Science: Official Publication of the American Academy of Optometry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724865/proposal-of-a-new-index-based-on-signal-to-noise-ratio-for-low-contrast-detectability-in-computed-tomographic-imaging
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Junichi Hashimoto, Shinji Abe, Yoshiyuki Ishimori, Masahiko Monma, Akio Tsumuraya, Kaneyoshi Miyauchi
The low-contrast detectability of computed tomography (CT) images is commonly evaluated by the contrast-to-noise ratio (CNR) because of its convenience to measure. However, the correlation between CNR and visual detectability is poor because the CNR is a simple index determined by both the contrast of the object and the standard deviation of the image noise. On the other hand, the signal-to-noise ratio (SNR), especially SNR based on the statistical decision theory model (SNRS, D) and SNR based on the matched-filter model (SNRM) are considered superior to CNR...
2017: Nihon Hoshasen Gijutsu Gakkai Zasshi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715329/phased-array-imaging-of-complex-geometry-composite-components
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Alex J Brath, Francesco Simonetti, Francesco Simonetti
Progress in computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and the availability of new composite materials are driving major advances in the design of aerospace engine components which now have highly complex geometries optimized to maximize system performance. However, shape complexity poses significant challenges to traditional non-destructive evaluation (NDE) methods whose sensitivity and selectivity rapidly decrease as surface curvature increases. Additionally, new aerospace materials typically exhibit an intricate microstructure that further complicates the inspection...
July 13, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28680950/change-deafness-for-real-spatialized-environmental-scenes
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Jeremy Gaston, Kelly Dickerson, Daniel Hipp, Peter Gerhardstein
The everyday auditory environment is complex and dynamic; often, multiple sounds co-occur and compete for a listener's cognitive resources. 'Change deafness', framed as the auditory analog to the well-documented phenomenon of 'change blindness', describes the finding that changes presented within complex environments are often missed. The present study examines a number of stimulus factors that may influence change deafness under real-world listening conditions. Specifically, an AX (same-different) discrimination task was used to examine the effects of both spatial separation over a loudspeaker array and the type of change (sound source additions and removals) on discrimination of changes embedded in complex backgrounds...
2017: Cognitive Research: Principles and Implications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28678795/quantifying-critical-states-of-complex-diseases-using-single-sample-dynamic-network-biomarkers
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Xiaoping Liu, Xiao Chang, Rui Liu, Xiangtian Yu, Luonan Chen, Kazuyuki Aihara
Dynamic network biomarkers (DNB) can identify the critical state or tipping point of a disease, thereby predicting rather than diagnosing the disease. However, it is difficult to apply the DNB theory to clinical practice because evaluating DNB at the critical state required the data of multiple samples on each individual, which are generally not available, and thus limit the applicability of DNB. In this study, we developed a novel method, i.e., single-sample DNB (sDNB), to detect early-warning signals or critical states of diseases in individual patients with only a single sample for each patient, thus opening a new way to predict diseases in a personalized way...
July 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28676311/the-seattle-spine-score-predicting-30-day-complication-risk-in-adult-spinal-deformity-surgery
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Quinlan D Buchlak, Vijay Yanamadala, Jean-Christophe Leveque, Alicia Edwards, Kellen Nold, Rajiv Sethi
BACKGROUND: Complication rates in complex spine surgery range from 25% to 80% in published studies. Numerous studies have shown that surgeons are not able to accurately predict whether patients are likely to face post-operative complications, in part due to biases based on individual experience. The purpose of this study was to develop and evaluate a predictive risk model and decision support system that could accurately predict the likelihood of 30-day postoperative complications in complex spine surgery based on routinely measured preoperative variables...
July 1, 2017: Journal of Clinical Neuroscience: Official Journal of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28673921/two-social-brains-neural-mechanisms-of-intersubjectivity
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REVIEW
Kai Vogeley
It is the aim of this article to present an empirically justified hypothesis about the functional roles of the two social neural systems, namely the so-called 'mirror neuron system' (MNS) and the 'mentalizing system' (MENT, also 'theory of mind network' or 'social neural network'). Both systems are recruited during cognitive processes that are either related to interaction or communication with other conspecifics, thereby constituting intersubjectivity. The hypothesis is developed in the following steps: first, the fundamental distinction that we make between persons and things is introduced; second, communication is presented as the key process that allows us to interact with others; third, the capacity to 'mentalize' or to understand the inner experience of others is emphasized as the fundamental cognitive capacity required to establish successful communication...
August 19, 2017: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28654635/two-different-mechanisms-support-selective-attention-at-different-phases-of-training
#17
Sirawaj Itthipuripat, Kexin Cha, Anna Byers, John T Serences
Selective attention supports the prioritized processing of relevant sensory information to facilitate goal-directed behavior. Studies in human subjects demonstrate that attentional gain of cortical responses can sufficiently account for attention-related improvements in behavior. On the other hand, studies using highly trained nonhuman primates suggest that reductions in neural noise can better explain attentional facilitation of behavior. Given the importance of selective information processing in nearly all domains of cognition, we sought to reconcile these competing accounts by testing the hypothesis that extensive behavioral training alters the neural mechanisms that support selective attention...
June 2017: PLoS Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28652323/constrained-sampling-experiments-reveal-principles-of-detection-in-natural-scenes
#18
Stephen Sebastian, Jared Abrams, Wilson S Geisler
A fundamental everyday visual task is to detect target objects within a background scene. Using relatively simple stimuli, vision science has identified several major factors that affect detection thresholds, including the luminance of the background, the contrast of the background, the spatial similarity of the background to the target, and uncertainty due to random variations in the properties of the background and in the amplitude of the target. Here we use an experimental approach based on constrained sampling from multidimensional histograms of natural stimuli, together with a theoretical analysis based on signal detection theory, to discover how these factors affect detection in natural scenes...
July 11, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648080/sensitive-detection-of-competitive-molecular-adsorption-by-surface-enhanced-raman-spectroscopy
#19
Ali O Altun, Tiziana Bond, Wouter Pronk, Hyung Gyu Park
Surface adsorption plays a critical role in a wide variety of fields from surface catalysis to molecular separation. Despite the importance, limited access to simultaneously sensitive and selective detection mechanisms has hampered the acquisition of comprehensive and versatile experimental data needed to understand the complex aspects of mixture adsorption, calling for a molecular detection method capable of obtaining the surface adsorption isotherms over a wide range of concentrations as well as distinguishing the competitive adsorption of different adsorbates...
July 10, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639818/a-critical-examination-of-the-research-and-theoretical-underpinnings-discussed-in-thomson-besner-and-smilek-2016
#20
Nicholas W Fraulini, Gabriella M Hancock, Alexis R Neigel, Victoria L Claypoole, James L Szalma
Thomson, Besner, and Smilek (2016) propose that performance decrements associated with sustained attention are not consistently the result of a decline in perceptual sensitivity. Thomson et al. (2016) present empirical evidence using a novel, nontraditional vigilance task to support their assumptions. However, in the present rebuttal, we argue that the authors have not only have misinterpreted previous research in sustained attention, but also have misapplied those interpretations to their study. Thomson et al...
July 2017: Psychological Review
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