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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346869/multisensory-object-perception-in-infancy-4-month-olds-perceive-a-mistuned-harmonic-as-a-separate-auditory-and-visual-object
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Nicholas A Smith, Nicole A Folland, Diana M Martinez, Laurel J Trainor
Infants learn to use auditory and visual information to organize the sensory world into identifiable objects with particular locations. Here we use a behavioural method to examine infants' use of harmonicity cues to auditory object perception in a multisensory context. Sounds emitted by different objects sum in the air and the auditory system must figure out which parts of the complex waveform belong to different sources (auditory objects). One important cue to this source separation is that complex tones with pitch typically contain a fundamental frequency and harmonics at integer multiples of the fundamental...
March 24, 2017: Cognition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346743/fabrication-of-a-mechanically-anisotropic-poly-glycerol-sebacate-membrane-for-tissue-engineering
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Chi-Nung Hsu, Pei-Yuan Lee, Ho-Yi Tuan-Mu, Chen-Yu Li, Jin-Jia Hu
Poly(glycerol sebacate) (PGS) has been used successfully as a scaffolding material for soft tissue engineering. PGS scaffolds, however, are usually mechanically isotropic, which may restrict their use in tissue repairs as many soft tissues in the body have anisotropic mechanical behaviors. Although various methods have been used to fabricate anisotropic scaffolds, it remains challenging to make anisotropic scaffolds from thermoset PGS. Here a new, simple method to fabricate an anisotropic PGS membrane which can then be used to construct thicker three-dimensional anisotropic scaffolds was developed...
March 27, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part B, Applied Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346641/speech-perception-and-auditory-performance-following-cochlear-implantation-in-elderly-koreans
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Sungsu Lee, Hyong-Joo Park, Hyong-Ho Cho, Yong-Beom Cho
The benefits of cochlear implantation (CI) in the elderly remain debatable in terms of sound and speech perception. Moreover, the results of CI may be affected by the intensity and pitch of spoken language. We conducted a retrospective study to evaluate surgical and hospitalization times, postoperative complications, and hearing outcomes after CI in elderly Koreans. Our study population was made up of 55 postlingually deafened adults who underwent unilateral CI. They were divided into two groups based on age; an older group consisted of 21 patients aged 65 years or older (mean 71...
March 2017: Ear, Nose, & Throat Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346456/sub-10-nm-patterning-via-directed-self-assembly-of-block-copolymer-films-with-a-vapour-phase-deposited-topcoat
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Hyo Seon Suh, Do Han Kim, Priya Moni, Shisheng Xiong, Leonidas E Ocola, Nestor J Zaluzec, Karen K Gleason, Paul F Nealey
Directed self-assembly (DSA) of the domain structure in block copolymer (BCP) thin films is a promising approach for sub-10-nm surface patterning. DSA requires the control of interfacial properties on both interfaces of a BCP film to induce the formation of domains that traverse the entire film with a perpendicular orientation. Here we show a methodology to control the interfacial properties of BCP films that uses a polymer topcoat deposited by initiated chemical vapour deposition (iCVD). The iCVD topcoat forms a crosslinked network that grafts to and immobilizes BCP chains to create an interface that is equally attractive to both blocks of the underlying copolymer...
March 27, 2017: Nature Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345948/the-impact-of-cross-modal-correspondences-on-working-memory-performance
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Riccardo Brunetti, Allegra Indraccolo, Serena Mastroberardino, Charles Spence, Valerio Santangelo
Cross-modal correspondences influence perceptual performance in adults, infants, and even nonhuman primates across a variety of different sensory modalities, including tasks involving speeded detection and categorization. However, to date, it is still unclear whether and how correspondences could modulate post-perceptual processes, such as working memory (WM). We investigated this issue using an audiovisual two-back task. In Experiment 1, 3 kinds of correspondences were used: audio/visual numerosity, pitch/shape, and pitch/elevation, each presented congruently (e...
April 2017: Journal of Experimental Psychology. Human Perception and Performance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345401/the-prosody-of-topic-transition-in-interaction-pitch-register-variations
#6
Marine Riou
In conversation, speakers can mobilize a variety of prosodic cues to signal a switch in topics. This paper uses a mixed-methods approach combining Conversation Analysis and Instrumental Prosody to investigate the prosody of topic transition in American English, and analyzes the ways in which speakers can play on register level and on register span. A cluster of three prosodic parameters was found to be predictive of transitions: a higher maximum fundamental frequency (F0), a higher median F0 (key), and an expanded register span...
March 1, 2017: Language and Speech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345045/bend-stretch-and-touch-locating-a-finger-on-an-actively-deformed-transparent-sensor-array
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Mirza Saquib Sarwar, Yuta Dobashi, Claire Preston, Justin K M Wyss, Shahriar Mirabbasi, John David Wyndham Madden
The development of bendable, stretchable, and transparent touch sensors is an emerging technological goal in a variety of fields, including electronic skin, wearables, and flexible handheld devices. Although transparent tactile sensors based on metal mesh, carbon nanotubes, and silver nanowires demonstrate operation in bent configurations, we present a technology that extends the operation modes to the sensing of finger proximity including light touch during active bending and even stretching. This is accomplished using stretchable and ionically conductive hydrogel electrodes, which project electric field above the sensor to couple with and sense a finger...
March 2017: Science Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344686/comparison-of-image-quality-diagnostic-accuracy-and-radiation-dose-between-flash-model-and-retrospective-ecg-triggered-protocols-in-dual-source-computed-tomography-dsct-in-congenital-heart-diseases
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Rong Wang, Xiang-Jiu Xu, Gang Huang, Xing Zhou, Wen-Wen Zhang, Ya-Qiong Ma, Xiao-Na Zuo
BACKGROUND: Dual source computed tomography (DSCT) plays an important role in the diagnosis of congenital heart diseases (CHD). However, the issue of radiation-related side effects constitutes a wide public concern. The aim of the study was to explore the differences in diagnostic accuracy, radiation dose and image quality between a prospectively ECG - triggered high - pitch spiral acquisition (flash model) and a retrospective ECG-gated protocol of DSCT used for the detection of CHD. MATERIAL/METHODS: The study included 58 patients with CHD who underwent a DSCT examination, including two groups of 29 patients in each protocol...
2017: Polish Journal of Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342648/the-first-clinical-implementation-of-a-real-time-six-degree-of-freedom-target-tracking-system-during-radiation-therapy-based-on-kilovoltage-intrafraction-monitoring-kim
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Doan Trang Nguyen, Ricky O'Brien, Jung-Ha Kim, Chen-Yu Huang, Lee Wilton, Peter Greer, Kimberley Legge, Jeremy T Booth, Per Rugaard Poulsen, Jarad Martin, Paul J Keall
PURPOSE: We present the first clinical implementation of a real-time six-degree of freedom (6DoF) Kilovoltage Intrafraction Monitoring (KIM) system which tracks the cancer target translational and rotational motions during treatment. The method was applied to measure and correct for target motion during stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT) for prostate cancer. METHODS: Patient: A patient with prostate adenocarcinoma undergoing SBRT with 36.25Gy, delivered in 5 fractions was enrolled in the study...
March 22, 2017: Radiotherapy and Oncology: Journal of the European Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341714/quantitative-assessment-of-variation-in-ct-parameters-on-texture-features-pilot-study-using-a-nonanatomic-phantom
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K Buch, B Li, M M Qureshi, H Kuno, S W Anderson, O Sakai
Our aim was to evaluate changes in texture features based on variations in CT parameters on a phantom. Scans were performed with varying milliampere, kilovolt, section thickness, pitch, and acquisition mode. Forty-two texture features were extracted by using an in-house-developed Matlab program. Two-tailed t tests and false-detection analyses were performed with significant differences in texture features based on detector array configurations (Q values = 0.001-0.006), section thickness (Q values = 0.0002-0...
March 24, 2017: AJNR. American Journal of Neuroradiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340449/right-hemisphere-pitch-mismatch-negativity-reduction-in-patients-with-major-depression-an-meg-study
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Noriaki Hirakawa, Yoji Hirano, Itta Nakamura, Shogo Hirano, Jinya Sato, Naoya Oribe, Takefumi Ueno, Shigenobu Kanba, Toshiaki Onitsuka
BACKGROUND: The mismatch negativity (MMN) component of the event-related potential and its magnetic counterpart, the MMNm, are generated by a mismatch between the physical features of a deviant stimulus and a neuronal sensory-memory trace produced by repetitive standard stimuli. Deficits in the MMN/MMNm have been reported in patients with major depression; however, the results are inconsistent. The present study investigated the pitch-MMNm in patients with major depression using whole-head 306-channel magnetoencephalography (MEG)...
March 19, 2017: Journal of Affective Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339206/utilizing-electron-spin-echo-envelope-modulation-to-distinguish-between-the-local-secondary-structures-of-an-%C3%AE-helix-and-an-amphipathic-310-helical-peptide
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Lauren Bottorf, Sophia Rafferty, Indra Dev Sahu, Robert M McCarrick, Gary A Lorigan
Electron Spin Echo Envelope Modulation (ESEEM) spectroscopy was used to distinguish between the local secondary structures of an α-helix and a 310-helix. Previously, we have shown that ESEEM spectroscopy in combination with site-directed spin labeling (SDSL) and 2H-labeled amino acids (i) can probe the local secondary structure of α-helices, resulting in an obvious deuterium modulation pattern, where i+4 positions generally show larger 2H ESEEM peak intensities than i+3 positions. Here, we have hypothesized that due to the unique turn periodicities of an α-helix (3...
March 24, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338046/solitary-perturbations-in-the-steep-boundary-of-magnetized-toroidal-plasma
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J E Lee, G S Yun, W Lee, M H Kim, M Choi, J Lee, M Kim, H K Park, J G Bak, W H Ko, Y S Park
Solitary perturbations (SPs) localized both poloidally and radially are detected within ~100 μs before the partial collapse of the high pressure gradient boundary region (called pedestal) of magnetized toroidal plasma in the KSTAR tokamak device. The SP develops with a low toroidal mode number (typically unity) in the pedestal ingrained with quasi-stable edge-localized mode (QSM) which commonly appears during the inter-collapse period. The SPs have smaller mode pitch and different (often opposite) rotation velocity compared to the QSMs...
March 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337157/pitch-perception-in-the-first-year-of-life-a-comparison-of-lexical-tones-and-musical-pitch
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Ao Chen, Catherine J Stevens, René Kager
Pitch variation is pervasive in speech, regardless of the language to which infants are exposed. Lexical tone is influenced by general sensitivity to pitch. We examined whether the development in lexical tone perception may develop in parallel with perception of pitch in other cognitive domains namely music. Using a visual fixation paradigm, 100 and one 4- and 12-month-old Dutch infants were tested on their discrimination of Chinese rising and dipping lexical tones as well as comparable three-note musical pitch contours...
2017: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336851/nano-photonic-structures-for-light-trapping-in-ultra-thin-crystalline-silicon-solar-cells
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Prathap Pathi, Akshit Peer, Rana Biswas
Thick wafer-silicon is the dominant solar cell technology. It is of great interest to develop ultra-thin solar cells that can reduce materials usage, but still achieve acceptable performance and high solar absorption. Accordingly, we developed a highly absorbing ultra-thin crystalline Si based solar cell architecture using periodically patterned front and rear dielectric nanocone arrays which provide enhanced light trapping. The rear nanocones are embedded in a silver back reflector. In contrast to previous approaches, we utilize dielectric photonic crystals with a completely flat silicon absorber layer, providing expected high electronic quality and low carrier recombination...
January 13, 2017: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328567/effects-of-a-simulated-game-on-upper-extremity-pitching-mechanics-and-muscle-activations-among-various-pitch-types-in-youth-baseball-pitchers
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Gretchen D Oliver, Hillary Plummer, Lisa Henning, Michael Saper, Gabrielle Glimer, Allison Brambeck, James R Andrews
BACKGROUND: Throwing requires proper stability and orientation of the pelvis and scapula for efficient energy transfer during pitching. Fatigue of the pelvis and scapular musculature throughout the course of a game can impair pitching performance, and place excessive demands on the throwing arm leading to injury. The purpose of this study was to examine differences in pelvis, torso, and upper extremity pitching mechanics and muscle activations between the fastball, change-up, and curveball pitches in youth baseball pitchers following a simulated game...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Orthopedics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328281/educational-role-for-an-advanced-suturing-task-in-the-pediatric-laparoscopic-surgery-simulator
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Maeve O'Neill Trudeau, Brian Carrillo, Ahmed Nasr, Justin T Gerstle, Georges Azzie
BACKGROUND: Laparoscopic models are recognized as important training tools. Lower fidelity systems are used mainly for simpler tasks; an advanced suturing task may allow for additional training of experts. The purpose of this study was to explore the educational role of an advanced suturing task using motion analysis and establish the task's construct validity. METHODS: The pediatric laparoscopic surgery (PLS) simulator was customized with motion-tracking hardware and software...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Laparoendoscopic & Advanced Surgical Techniques. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325337/lyotropic-liquid-crystal-behavior-of-carboxylated-cellulose-nanocrystals
#18
Jintao He, Sitong Liu, Ling Li, Guangzhe Piao
In this work, the lyotropic liquid crystal (LC) behavior of carboxylated cellulose nanocrystals (CNs) has been studied for cotton cellulose prepared by TEMPO-mediated oxidation of cellulose nanocrystals (TOCNs). It is found that suspensions of TOCNs at a critical concentration of 4.1wt% form anisotropic phase with clear optical birefringence. Furthermore, fingerprint texture is clearly observed when the concentration is 9.0wt% under a polarizing optical microscope. Fingerprint texture is characteristic of chiral nematic liquid crystal (N*-LC) phase...
May 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325010/step-length-and-width-variability-while-walking-on-a-motion-simulator-mounted-treadmill
#19
Timothy Boerger, Jacob Van Dehy, Tanya Onushko, Brian Schmit, Allison Hyngstrom
While devices which allow scientists to perturb normal walking are becoming increasingly common, postural adaptations to these perturbations have not been fully quantified. One way to quantify postural responses to perturbations are through the assessment of variability of step length and width. In the present study we determined variability of both step length and width while subjects walked under perturbations of varying amplitude in roll, pitch, yaw, anteroposterior, lateral, and combined roll, pitch, yaw directions...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323792/the-effect-of-intermittent-vest-cooling-on-thermoregulation-and-cardiovascular-strain-in-baseball-catchers
#20
Stacy Bishop, David J Szymanski, Greg A Ryan, Robert L Herron, Phil A Bishop
Baseball catchers are exposed to multiple physiological challenges while playing outside during the spring and summer months, many of which deal with recovery and thermoregulation. The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of intermittent cooling on core temperature, cardiovascular strain, exertion, and recovery during a simulated catching performance in the heat. Six trained college-aged baseball catchers performed in a controlled, hot (35 °C) and humid (25% relative humidity) environment in a counter-balanced, cross-over design...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
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