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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818539/playing-a-rigged-game-inequality-s-effect-on-physiological-stress-responses
#1
Martin S Shapiro, Rhanda Rylant, Amanda de Lima, Andrea Vidaurri, Herman van de Werfhorst
High income and wealth inequality corresponds with high rates of various health and social problems. One possible factor that could be contributing to this correlation is stress experienced by those being treated unfairly in an unequal society. The present experiment attempted to simulate aspects of income inequality in a lab setting while recording several measures of stress. Participants (n=96) were assigned to one of four groups and played a memory game against a confederate opponent to earn "money" to spend in a lab market...
August 14, 2017: Physiology & Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817961/evaluating-the-ergonomics-of-flexible-ureteroscopy
#2
Wesley Ludwig, Gyusung I Lee, Justin Bradley Ziemba, Joan S Ko, Brian Matlaga
INTRODUCTION: To date, the ergonomics of flexible ureteroscopy (URS) have not been well described. We performed a study to assess the biomechanical stresses on urologists performing URS and to investigate the effect of ureteroscope type on these parameters. METHODS: Electromyography (EMG) was used to quantify the activation level of muscle groups involved in URS. Surface EMG electrodes (Delsys, Boston, MA) were placed on the right and left thenar, flexor carpi ulnaris (FCU), extensor carpi ulnaris (ECU), biceps, triceps and deltoid...
August 17, 2017: Journal of Endourology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817708/timing-and-extent-of-finger-force-enslaving-during-a-dynamic-force-task-cannot-be-explained-by-emg-activity-patterns
#3
Mojtaba Mirakhorlo, Huub Maas, DirkJan H E J Veeger
Finger enslaving is defined as the inability of the fingers to move or to produce force independently. Such finger enslaving has predominantly been investigated for isometric force tasks. The aim of this study was to assess whether the extent of force enslaving is dependent on relative finger movements. Ten right-handed subjects (22-30 years) flexed the index finger while counteracting constant resistance forces (4, 6 and 8 N) orthogonal to the fingertip. The other, non-instructed fingers were held in extension...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816944/acute-changes-in-neuromuscular-activity-in-vertical-jump-and-flexibility-after-exposure-to-whole-body-vibration
#4
Giuseppe Annino, Ferdinando Iellamo, Francesco Palazzo, Augusto Fusco, Mauro Lombardo, Francesca Campoli, Elvira Padua
This study was aimed to investigate the neuromuscular activity after 10 minutes of exposure to a whole body vibration (WBV) session.Twenty male young adults (24.8 ± 2.5 year olds) were randomized and divided into 2 groups: the vibration group (VG) was exposed to 10 minutes of WBV at 35 Hz; performed 10 minutes of WBV at 35 Hz (displacement = 5 mm; magnitude = 5 g); the nonvibrated group (NVG) was the placebo group that maintained the same position on the plate but without exposure to any type of vibration...
August 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815863/decoding-fmri-events-in-sensorimotor-motor-network-using-sparse-paradigm-free-mapping-and-activation-likelihood-estimates
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Francisca M Tan, César Caballero-Gaudes, Karen J Mullinger, Siu-Yeung Cho, Yaping Zhang, Ian L Dryden, Susan T Francis, Penny A Gowland
Most functional MRI (fMRI) studies map task-driven brain activity using a block or event-related paradigm. Sparse paradigm free mapping (SPFM) can detect the onset and spatial distribution of BOLD events in the brain without prior timing information, but relating the detected events to brain function remains a challenge. In this study, we developed a decoding method for SPFM using a coordinate-based meta-analysis method of activation likelihood estimation (ALE). We defined meta-maps of statistically significant ALE values that correspond to types of events and calculated a summation overlap between the normalized meta-maps and SPFM maps...
August 16, 2017: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814053/mobio-a-5-dof-trans-humeral-robotic-prosthesis
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R Achintha M Abayasiri, D G Kanishka Madusanka, N M P Arachchige, A T S Silva, R A R C Gopura
In this paper, a 5 DOF trans-humeral robotic prosthesis: MoBio is proposed. MoBio includes 2 DOF at wrist which is rare in other trans-humeral prostheses. Through anthropometric features MoBio prosthetic arm can achieve elbow flexion/extension, forearm supination/pronation, wrist radial/ulnar deviation, wrist flexion/extension and compound motion of thumb and index finger. An EMG based control method which uses EMG signals of the biceps brachii and triceps brachii, is used with a motion switching mechanism to control the prosthesis...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814052/grasp-specific-and-user-friendly-interface-design-for-myoelectric-hand-prostheses
#7
Alireza Mohammadi, Jim Lavranos, Rob Howe, Peter Choong, Denny Oetomo
This paper presents the design and characterisation of a hand prosthesis and its user interface, focusing on performing the most commonly used grasps in activities of daily living (ADLs). Since the operation of a multi-articulated powered hand prosthesis is difficult to learn and master, there is a significant rate of abandonment by amputees in preference for simpler devices. In choosing so, amputees chose to live with fewer features in their prosthesis that would more reliably perform the basic operations...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814047/a-simple-tool-to-measure-spasticity-in-spinal-cord-injury-subjects
#8
Arash Arami, Nevio L Tagliamonte, Federica Tamburella, Hsieng-Yung Huang, Marco Molinari, Etienne Burdet
This work presents a wearable device and the algorithms for quantitative modelling of joint spasticity and its application in a pilot group of subjects with different levels of spinal cord injury. The device comprises light-weight instrumented handles to measure the interaction force between the subject and the physical therapist performing the tests, EMG sensors and inertial measurement units to measure muscle activity and joint kinematics. Experimental tests included the passive movement of different body segments, where the spasticity was expected, at different velocities...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814040/training-wrist-extensor-function-and-detecting-unwanted-movement-strategies-in-an-emg-controlled-visuomotor-task
#9
Mingxing Lyu, Charles Lambelet, Daniel Woolley, Xue Zhang, Weihai Chen, Xilun Ding, Roger Gassert, Nicole Wenderoth
Stroke patients often suffer from severe upper limb paresis. Rehabilitation treatment typically targets motor impairments as early as possible, however, muscular contractions, particularly in the wrist and fingers, are often too weak to produce overt movements, making the initial phase of rehabilitation training difficult. Here we propose a new training tool whereby electromyographic (EMG) activity is measured in the wrist extensors and serves as a proxy of voluntary corticomotor drive. We used the Myo armband to develop a proportional EMG controller which allowed volunteers to perform a simple visuomotor task by modulating wrist extensor activity...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814015/postoperative-healing-patterns-in-elbow-using-electromyography-towards-the-development-of-a-wearable-mechatronic-elbow-brace
#10
Raneem Haddara, Yue Zhou, Shrikant Chinchalkar, Ana Luisa Trejos
Musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions are the most common cause of severe long-term pain and physical disability. Current postoperative treatment for patients requires them to follow a long-term physiotherapy program customized for each specific case; however, this process can be complex, time-consuming and without the right therapy it may end up being ineffective. A possible solution involves the development of wearable mechatronic elbow braces that use electromyography (EMG) to identify patient intent. However, EMG characteristics change based on the health of the individual and therefore require further investigation...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814007/embroidered-archimedean-spiral-electrodes-for-contactless-prosthetic-control
#11
Andrew Mangezi, Andre Rosendo, Matthew Howard, Riaan Stopforth
With continuous advancements on active prosthetics the detection of the user's intention becomes the new technological bottleneck. While electromyography (EMG) is widely used to detect individual muscular contributions, sweat and relative sensor movements degrade the quality of the signal over time. In this paper, we bypass the problems created with the skin contact analyzing the muscular activation with Archimedean Spiral (AS) electrodes. We compare traditional EMG electrodes with AS electrodes, stacked up in textile embroidered layers to improve their functionality, and eventually adding a layer of cloth/silicon between the electrodes and the human skin to ascertain the feasibility of the method...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813990/a-learning-based-agent-for-home-neurorehabilitation
#12
Andreas Lydakis, Yuanliang Meng, Christopher Munroe, Yi-Ning Wu, Momotaz Begum
This paper presents the iterative development of an artificially intelligent system to promote home-based neurorehabilitation. Although proper, structured practice of rehabilitation exercises at home is the key to successful recovery of motor functions, there is no home-program out there which can monitor a patient's exercise-related activities and provide corrective feedback in real time. To this end, we designed a Learning from Demonstration (LfD) based home-rehabilitation framework that combines advanced robot learning algorithms with commercially available wearable technologies...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813985/emg-pattern-classification-to-control-a-hand-orthosis-for-functional-grasp-assistance-after-stroke
#13
Cassie Meeker, Sangwoo Park, Lauri Bishop, Joel Stein, Matei Ciocarlie
Wearable orthoses can function both as assistive devices, which allow the user to live independently, and as rehabilitation devices, which allow the user to regain use of an impaired limb. To be fully wearable, such devices must have intuitive controls, and to improve quality of life, the device should enable the user to perform Activities of Daily Living. In this context, we explore the feasibility of using electromyography (EMG) signals to control a wearable exotendon device to enable pick and place tasks...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813966/exergaming-with-a-pediatric-exoskeleton-facilitating-rehabilitation-and-research-in-children-with-cerebral-palsy
#14
Thomas C Bulea, Zachary F Lerner, Andrew J Gravunder, Diane L Damiano
Effective rehabilitation of children with cerebral palsy (CP) requires intensive task-specific exercise but many in this population lack the motor capabilities to complete the desired training tasks. Providing robotic assistance is a potential solution yet the effects of this assistance are unclear. We combined a novel exoskeleton and exercise video game (exergame) to create a new rehabilitation paradigm for children with CP. We incorporated high density electroencephalography (EEG) to assess cortical activity...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813952/comparative-performance-analysis-of-m-imu-emg-and-voice-user-interfaces-for-assistive-robots
#15
Clemente Laureiti, Francesca Cordella, Francesco Scotto di Luzio, Stefano Saccucci, Angelo Davalli, Rinaldo Sacchetti, Loredana Zollo
People with a high level of disability experience great difficulties to perform activities of daily living and resort to their residual motor functions in order to operate assistive devices. The commercially available interfaces used to control assistive manipulators are typically based on joysticks and can be used only by subjects with upper-limb residual mobilities. Many other solutions can be found in the literature, based on the use of multiple sensory systems for detecting the human motion intention and state...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813934/a-hybrid-brain-machine-interface-based-on-eeg-and-emg-activity-for-the-motor-rehabilitation-of-stroke-patients
#16
Andrea Sarasola-Sanz, Nerea Irastorza-Landa, Eduardo Lopez-Larraz, Carlos Bibian, Florian Helmhold, Doris Broetz, Niels Birbaumer, Ander Ramos-Murguialday
Including supplementary information from the brain or other body parts in the control of brain-machine interfaces (BMIs) has been recently proposed and investigated. Such enriched interfaces are referred to as hybrid BMIs (hBMIs) and have been proven to be more robust and accurate than regular BMIs for assistive and rehabilitative applications. Electromyographic (EMG) activity is one of the most widely utilized biosignals in hBMIs, as it provides a quite direct measurement of the motion intention of the user...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813876/design-control-and-validation-of-the-variable-stiffness-exoskeleton-flexo
#17
Sariah Mghames, Marco Laghi, Cosimo Della Santina, Manolo Garabini, Manuel Catalano, Giorgio Grioli, Antonio Bicchi
In this paper we present the design of a one degree of freedom assistive platform to augment the strength of upper limbs. The core element is a variable stiffness actuator, closely reproducing the behavior of a pair of antagonistic muscles. The novelty introduced by this device is the analogy of its control parameters with those of the human muscle system, the threshold lengths. The analogy can be obtained from a proper tuning of the mechanical system parameters. Based on this, the idea is to control inputs by directly mapping the estimation of the muscle activations, e...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813874/effect-of-human-robot-interaction-on-muscular-synergies-on-healthy-people-and-post-stroke-chronic-patients
#18
A Scano, A Chiavenna, M Caimmi, M Malosio, L M Tosatti, F Molteni
Robot-assisted training is a widely used technique to promote motor re-learning on post-stroke patients that suffer from motor impairment. While it is commonly accepted that robot-based therapies are potentially helpful, strong insights about their efficacy are still lacking. The motor re-learning process may act on muscular synergies, which are groups of co-activating muscles that, being controlled as a synergic group, allow simplifying the problem of motor control. In fact, by coordinating a reduced amount of neural signals, complex motor patterns can be elicited...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813865/template-model-inspired-leg-force-feedback-based-control-can-assist-human-walking
#19
Guoping Zhao, Maziar Sharbafi, Mark Vlutters, Edwin van Asseldonk, Andre Seyfarth
We present a novel control approach for assistive lower-extremity exoskeletons. In particular, we implement a virtual pivot point (VPP) template model inspired leg force feedback based controller on a lower-extremity powered exoskeleton (LOPES II) and demonstrate that it can effectively assist humans during walking. It has been shown that the VPP template model is capable of stabilizing the trunk and reproduce a human-like hip torque during the stance phase of walking. With leg force and joint angle feedback inspired by the VPP template model, our controller provides hip and knee torque assistance during the stance phase...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813863/comparison-of-kinematic-and-emg-parameters-between-unassisted-fixed-and-adaptive-stiffness-robotic-assisted-ankle-movements-in-post-stroke-subjects
#20
Juan C Perez-Ibarra, Adriano A G Siqueira
In this paper, we present an assist-as-needed scheme that effectively adapted the assistance provided by an ankle rehabilitation robot according to patient's participation and performance during therapeutic movements. We performed an error-based estimation of the ankle impedance as a valid measure of the patient participation. Then, we computed the amount of robotic assistance by three steps: normalization of the combined patient-robot stiffness, optimization of patientrobot interaction, and finally, adaptation of the level of the robotic assistance according to patient's performance while playing a serious game...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
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