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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27863598/the-effects-of-a-simulated-laughter-programme-on-mood-cortisol-levels-and-health-related-quality-of-life-among-haemodialysis-patients
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Eun Hwa Heo, Sehyun Kim, Hye-Ja Park, Suk Yong Kil
OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to evaluate the effects of a simulated laughter programme on mood, cortisol levels, and health-related quality of life among haemodialysis patients. METHODS: Forty participants were randomly assigned to a laughter group (n = 20) or a control group (n = 20). Eleven participants completed the laughter programme after haemodialysis sessions and 18 control participants remained. The 4-week simulated laughter programme included weekly 60 min group sessions of simulated laughter, breathing, stretching exercises, and meditation, as well as daily 15 s individual laughter sessions administered via telephone...
November 2016: Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27836715/laughter-is-the-best-medicine-the-second-city-%C3%A2-improvisation-as-an-intervention-for-parkinson-s-disease
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Danny Bega, Pamela Palmentera, Abby Wagner, Matt Hovde, Becca Barish, Mary J Kwasny, Tanya Simuni
BACKGROUND: Expressive therapies are increasingly incorporated into the management of Parkinson's disease (PD), although there are little objective data assessing their benefits. OBJECTIVE: Develop and study a novel community Improvisation Theater (IT) program for PD in order to improve quality of life. METHODS: A prospective, rater-blinded, modified cross-over design study of IT for PD. 22 subjects were randomized 1:1 to active-start (AS) or control-start (CS) groups, controlling for age and Hoehn and Yahr stage...
November 5, 2016: Parkinsonism & related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27833572/white-matter-structural-connectivity-underlying-human-laughter-related-traits-processing
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Ching-Lin Wu, Suyu Zhong, Yu-Chen Chan, Hsueh-Chih Chen, Gaolang Gong, Yong He, Ping Li
Most research into the neural mechanisms of humor has not explicitly focused on the association between emotion and humor on the brain white matter networks mediating this connection. However, this connection is especially salient in gelotophobia (the fear of being laughed at), which is regarded as the presentation of humorlessness, and two related traits, gelotophilia (the enjoyment of being laughed at) and katagelasticism (the enjoyment of laughing at others). Here, we explored whether the topological properties of white matter networks can account for the individual differences in the laughter-related traits of 31 healthy adults...
2016: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27797564/genetic-and-environmental-contributions-to-the-development-of-positive-affect-in-infancy
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Elizabeth M Planalp, Carol Van Hulle, Kathryn Lemery-Chalfant, H Hill Goldsmith
We studied developmental changes in infant positive affect from 6 to 12 months of age, a time marked by increasing use of positive vocalizations, laughter, and social smiles. We estimated the magnitude of genetic and environmental influences on observed and parent reported infant positive affect across development. Participants were drawn from a longitudinal twin study of infancy and toddlerhood (N = 536 twin pairs). Mothers and fathers reported on infant temperament and infants were videotaped during 2 observational tasks assessing positive affect...
October 31, 2016: Emotion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27771696/angelman-syndrome-caused-by-chromosomal-rearrangements-a-case-report-of-46-xx-der-13-t-13-15-q14-1-q12-mat-15-with-an-atypical-phenotype-and-review-of-the-literature
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Yo Niida, Hitoshi Sato, Mamoru Ozaki, Masatsune Itoh, Kanju Ikeno, Etsuko Takase
Less than 1% of the cases with Angelman syndrome (AS) are caused by chromosomal rearrangements. This category of AS is not well defined and may manifest atypical phenotypes. Here, we report a girl with AS due to der(13)t(13;15)(q14.1;q12)mat. SNP array detected the precise deletion/duplication points and the parental origin of the 15q deletion. Multicolor FISH confirmed a balanced translocation t(13;15)(q14.1;q12) in her mother. Her facial appearance showed some features of dup(13)(pter→q14). Also, she lacked the most characteristic and unique behavioral symptoms of AS, i...
October 22, 2016: Cytogenetic and Genome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27746737/%C3%AE-9-thc-intoxication-by-cannabidiol-enriched-cannabis-extract-in-two-children-with-refractory-epilepsy-full-remission-after-switching-to-purified-cannabidiol
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José A S Crippa, Ana C S Crippa, Jaime E C Hallak, Rocio Martín-Santos, Antonio W Zuardi
Animal studies and preliminary clinical trials have shown that cannabidiol (CBD)-enriched extracts may have beneficial effects for children with treatment-resistant epilepsy. However, these compounds are not yet registered as medicines by regulatory agencies. We describe the cases of two children with treatment-resistant epilepsy (Case A with left frontal dysplasia and Case B with Dravet Syndrome) with initial symptom improvement after the introduction of CBD extracts followed by seizure worsening after a short time...
2016: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27725686/impaired-socio-emotional-processing-in-a-developmental-music-disorder
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César F Lima, Olivia Brancatisano, Amy Fancourt, Daniel Müllensiefen, Sophie K Scott, Jason D Warren, Lauren Stewart
Some individuals show a congenital deficit for music processing despite normal peripheral auditory processing, cognitive functioning, and music exposure. This condition, termed congenital amusia, is typically approached regarding its profile of musical and pitch difficulties. Here, we examine whether amusia also affects socio-emotional processing, probing auditory and visual domains. Thirteen adults with amusia and 11 controls completed two experiments. In Experiment 1, participants judged emotions in emotional speech prosody, nonverbal vocalizations (e...
October 11, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27721055/adaptation-of-the-infant-behavior-questionnaire-revised-for-use-in-ethiopia-expanding-cross-cultural-investigation-of-temperament-development
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Maria A Gartstein, Wolayte Bogale, Courtney L Meehan
Cross-cultural differences in temperament were evaluated for Ethiopian (N=109) and U.S. (N=109) samples of infants. We anticipated that the Sidama version of the Infant Behavior Questionnaire-Revised (IBQ-R; Gartstein & Rothbart, 2003) developed for use in Ethiopia would demonstrate satisfactory psychometric properties, and hypothesized significant cross-cultural differences in levels of fine-grained temperament characteristics. Interactions between culture, infant age, and sex were also considered. Internal consistency was satisfactory for 13 of the 14 IBQ-R scales (with a somewhat low estimate observed for Duration of Orienting), and an examination of the structure indicated patterns similar to those observed in the US, and elsewhere...
October 6, 2016: Infant Behavior & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27682562/student-life-when-laughter-is-the-best-medicine-and-when-it-is-not
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Mandy Day-Calder
As you progress through your placements, you will witness the extremes of the human condition.
September 28, 2016: Nursing Standard
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27632378/impaired-generalization-of-speaker-identity-in-the-perception-of-familiar-and-unfamiliar-voices
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Nadine Lavan, Sophie K Scott, Carolyn McGettigan
In 2 behavioral experiments, we explored how the extraction of identity-related information from familiar and unfamiliar voices is affected by naturally occurring vocal flexibility and variability, introduced by different types of vocalizations and levels of volitional control during production. In a first experiment, participants performed a speaker discrimination task on vowels, volitional (acted) laughter, and spontaneous (authentic) laughter from 5 unfamiliar speakers. We found that performance was significantly impaired for spontaneous laughter, a vocalization produced under reduced volitional control...
September 15, 2016: Journal of Experimental Psychology. General
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27615419/angelman-syndrome-insights-into-a-rare-neurogenetic-disorder
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REVIEW
Karin Buiting, Charles Williams, Bernhard Horsthemke
Angelman syndrome is a rare neurogenetic disorder that is characterized by microcephaly, severe intellectual deficit, speech impairment, epilepsy, EEG abnormalities, ataxic movements, tongue protrusion, paroxysms of laughter, abnormal sleep patterns, and hyperactivity. Angelman syndrome results from loss of function of the imprinted UBE3A (ubiquitin-protein ligase E3A) gene on chromosome 15q11.2-q13. This loss of function can be caused by a mutation on the maternal allele, a 5-7 Mb deletion of the maternally inherited chromosomal region, paternal uniparental disomy of chromosome 15, or an imprinting defect...
October 2016: Nature Reviews. Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27611794/adelina-anthony-interview-with-aimee-carrillo-rowe
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Adelina Anthony, Aimee Carrillo Rowe
This interview explores how performing artist, activist, writer, director, performer Adelina Anthony stages queer women of color affects as a complex terrain to mobilize a decolonial imaginary. Anthony's characters are complex, contradictory, surly, and resilient with whom audience members connect and feel deeply. Especially for queer women of color, who rarely get to see their own experiences on film or on stage, Anthony's work provides a critical forum for discussing, imagining, naming, and envisioning the connections between our personal struggles and broader forces of imperialism, heterosexual capitalism, and settler colonialism...
September 9, 2016: Journal of Lesbian Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27575516/factors-related-to-the-comorbidity-between-oppositional-defiant-disorder-and-anxiety-disorders-in-preschool-children
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Virginia Martín, Roser Granero, Josep Maria Domènech, Lourdes Ezpeleta
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: The aim of the study is to identify factors related to comorbid oppositional defiant disorder (ODD) and anxiety disorders (AD). DESIGN: A sample of 622 children was assessed longitudinally at 3 and 5 years of age. METHODS: At baseline, there were 310 boys (49.8%), most participants were of Caucasian-white-ethnicity (89.1%) and attended to public school (64.0%), and families' socioeconomic status was 64.3% medium-high, 14...
August 30, 2016: Anxiety, Stress, and Coping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27555825/-the-bitter-laughter-when-parody-is-a-moral-and-affective-priming-in-political-persuasion
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Francesca D'Errico, Isabella Poggi
Research on socially aware systems requires fine-grained knowledge of the mechanisms of persuasion in order to promote civic knowledge and aware political participation. Within humor studies, political parody is generally considered a simple pleasant weapon for political evaluation, currently explained by referring to the so called "just a joke effect" (Nabi et al., 2007). Indeed the funny side of parody can induce positive emotions, but it also includes a discrediting act that sometimes produces a "bitter laughter...
2016: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27550795/increased-discriminability-of-authenticity-from-multimodal-laughter-is-driven-by-auditory-information
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Nadine Lavan, Carolyn McGettigan
We present an investigation of the perception of authenticity in audiovisual laughter, in which we contrast spontaneous and volitional samples and examine the contributions of unimodal affective information to multimodal percepts. In a pilot study, we demonstrate that listeners perceive spontaneous laughs as more authentic than volitional ones, both in unimodal (audio-only, visual-only) and multimodal contexts (audiovisual). In the main experiment, we show that the discriminability of volitional and spontaneous laughter is enhanced for multimodal laughter...
August 23, 2016: Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology: QJEP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27547263/three-decades-investigating-humor-and-laughter-an-interview-with-professor-rod-martin
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Rod Martin, Nicholas A Kuiper
Since the start of the 21st century, the investigation of various psychological aspects of humor and laughter has become an increasingly prominent topic of research. This growth can be attributed, in no small part, to the pioneering and creative work on humor and laughter conducted by Professor Rod Martin. Dr. Martin's research interests in humor and laughter began in the early 1980s and continued throughout his 32 year long career as a professor of clinical psychology at the University of Western Ontario. During this time, Dr...
August 2016: Europe's journal of psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27547262/three-holy-men-get-haircuts-the-semiotic-analysis-of-a-joke
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Arthur Asa Berger
This article deals with a typology of 45 techniques of humor that I found when doing research on the mechanisms that generate humor in texts, lists the techniques and applies them to a Jewish joke. It references the work of Vladimir Propp on folktales as analogous in that both are concerned with mechanisms in text that generate meaning. It also deals with four theories about why people find texts humorous, defines the joke as a short narrative with a punch line that is meant to generate mirthful laughter and defines Jewish humor as being about Jewish people and culture as told by Jewish people...
August 2016: Europe's journal of psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27547260/consequences-of-laughter-upon-trunk-compression-and-cortical-activation-linear-and-polynomial-relations
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Sven Svebak
Results from two studies of biological consequences of laughter are reported. A proposed inhibitory brain mechanism was tested in Study 1. It aims to protect against trunk compression that can cause health hazards during vigorous laughter. Compression may be maximal during moderate durations and, for protective reasons, moderate in enduring vigorous laughs. Twenty-five university students volunteered to see a candid camera film. Laughter responses (LR) and the superimposed ha-responses were operationally assessed by mercury-filled strain gauges strapped around the trunk...
August 2016: Europe's journal of psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27547250/psychological-investigations-of-humor-and-laughter-honoring-the-research-contributions-of-professor-rod-martin-opening-comments
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Nicholas A Kuiper
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
August 2016: Europe's journal of psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27544495/inpatient-mortality-after-elective-primary-total-hip-and-knee-joint-arthroplasty-in-botswana
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Laughter Lisenda, Lipalo Mokete, Joseph Mkubwa, Mkhululi Lukhele
PURPOSE: Total hip and knee joint arthroplasty (TJA) rank among the most successful orthopaedic operations. Several developing countries in Africa have started to perform these procedures that are routine in developed countries. The aims of this study were to measure the incidence and assess the determinants of in-hospital mortality after elective primary TJA in our unit and compare it with published data. METHODS: This was a retrospective study of the first consecutive cohort of patients who underwent elective primary TJA in Princess Marina Hospital, Botswana between March 2009 and October 2015 (6...
August 21, 2016: International Orthopaedics
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