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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910735/birth-of-the-cool-a-two-centuries-decline-in-emotional-expression-in-anglophone-fiction
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Olivier Morin, Alberto Acerbi
The presence of emotional words and content in stories has been shown to enhance a story's memorability, and its cultural success. Yet, recent cultural trends run in the opposite direction. Using the Google Books corpus, coupled with two metadata-rich corpora of Anglophone fiction books, we show a decrease in emotionality in English-speaking literature starting plausibly in the nineteenth century. We show that this decrease cannot be explained by changes unrelated to emotionality (such as demographic dynamics concerning age or gender balance, changes in vocabulary richness, or changes in the prevalence of literary genres), and that, in our three corpora, the decrease is driven almost entirely by a decline in the proportion of positive emotion-related words, while the frequency of negative emotion-related words shows little if any decline...
December 2, 2016: Cognition & Emotion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909298/vernalization-memorizing-the-cold
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Lei Lei
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
December 2, 2016: Nature Plants
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909020/the-design-and-transformation-of-biofundamentals-a-nonsurvey-introductory-evolutionary-and-molecular-biology-course
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Michael W Klymkowsky, Jeremy D Rentsch, Emina Begovic, Melanie M Cooper
Many introductory biology courses amount to superficial surveys of disconnected topics. Often, foundational observations and the concepts derived from them and students' ability to use these ideas appropriately are overlooked, leading to unrealistic expectations and unrecognized learning obstacles. The result can be a focus on memorization at the expense of the development of a meaningful framework within which to consider biological phenomena. About a decade ago, we began a reconsideration of what an introductory course should present to students and the skills they need to master...
2016: CBE Life Sciences Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907807/transitional-probabilities-count-more-than-frequency-but-might-not-be-used-for-memorization
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Ansgar D Endress, Alan Langus
Learners often need to extract recurring items from continuous sequences, in both vision and audition. The best-known example is probably found in word-learning, where listeners have to determine where words start and end in fluent speech. This could be achieved through universal and experience-independent statistical mechanisms, for example by relying on Transitional Probabilities (TPs). Further, these mechanisms might allow learners to store items in memory. However, previous investigations have yielded conflicting evidence as to whether a sensitivity to TPs is diagnostic of the memorization of recurring items...
November 28, 2016: Cognitive Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27896631/selective-weighting-of-action-related-feature-dimensions-in-visual-working-memory
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Anna Heuer, Anna Schubö
Planning an action primes feature dimensions that are relevant for that particular action, increasing the impact of these dimensions on perceptual processing. Here, we investigated whether action planning also affects the short-term maintenance of visual information. In a combined memory and movement task, participants were to memorize items defined by size or color while preparing either a grasping or a pointing movement. Whereas size is a relevant feature dimension for grasping, color can be used to localize the goal object and guide a pointing movement...
November 28, 2016: Psychonomic Bulletin & Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894526/simplifying-optimal-tooth-size-calculations-and-communications-between-practitioners
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Daniel S German, Stephen J Chu, Michelle L Furlong, Alpesh Patel
The purpose of this article is to present a simple method for determining the optimal sizes of anterior teeth. This is needed because of the frequency of anomalous and missing maxillary lateral incisors. In addition to anomalous and missing incisors, other factors that create challenges for the dentist and orthodontist when designing an esthetic and occlusally sound dentition are attrition, trauma, transposition, erosion, and caries. Optimal esthetics and occlusion require correctly sized teeth in proportion to themselves and the other teeth...
December 2016: American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27890803/neural-signatures-of-phonological-deficits-in-chinese-developmental-dyslexia
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Fan Cao, Xin Yan, Zhao Wang, Yanni Liu, Jin Wang, Gregory J Spray, Yuan Deng
There has been debate on whether phonological deficits explain reading difficulty in Chinese, since Chinese is a logographic language which does not employ grapheme-phoneme-correspondence rules and remote memorization seems to be the main method to acquire reading. In the current study, we present neuroimaging evidence that the phonological deficit is also a signature of Chinese dyslexia. Specifically, we found that Chinese children with dyslexia (DD) showed reduced brain activation in the left dorsal inferior frontal gyrus (dIFG) when compared to both age-matched controls (AC) and reading-matched controls (RC) during an auditory rhyming judgment task...
November 23, 2016: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27881787/sensory-and-working-memory-representations-of-small-and-large-numerosities-in-the-crow-endbrain
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Helen M Ditz, Andreas Nieder
: Neurons in the avian nidopallium caudolaterale (NCL), an endbrain structure that originated independently from the mammalian neocortex, process visual numerosities. To clarify the code for number in this anatomically distinct endbrain area in birds, neuronal responses to a broad range of numerosities were analyzed. We recorded single-neuron activity from the NCL of crows performing a delayed match-to-sample task with visual numerosities as discriminanda. The responses of >20% of randomly selected neurons were modulated significantly by numerosities ranging from one to 30 items...
November 23, 2016: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27879321/when-misinformation-improves-memory-the-effects-of-recollecting-change
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Adam L Putnam, Victor W Sungkhasettee, Henry L Roediger
In two experiments, we explored the effects of noticing and remembering change in the misinformation paradigm. People watched slide shows, read narratives containing misinformation about the events depicted in the slide shows, and took a recognition test on which they reported whether any details had changed between the slides and the narratives. As expected, we found a strong misinformation effect overall. In some cases, however, misinformation led to improved recognition, which is opposite the usual finding...
November 22, 2016: Psychological Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27878873/the-effects-of-spaced-retrieval-training-in-improving-hyperphagia-of-people-living-with-dementia-in-residential-settings
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Chia-Ning Hsu, Li-Chan Lin, Shiao-Chi Wu
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: To investigate the effectiveness of spaced retrieval for improving hyperphagia in patients with dementia in residential care settings. BACKGROUND: Although 10-30% of patients with dementia have hyperphagia, most studies have focused on eating difficulties. Only a few studies have focused on hyperphagia. Various memory problems cause hyperphagia in patients with dementia. Spaced retrieval (SR), a cognitive technique for information learning, can be used as a training method to improve memory loss...
November 22, 2016: Journal of Clinical Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27878440/cognitive-dysfunction-in-patients-with-spinocerebellar-ataxia-type-6
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Itaru Tamura, Asako Takei, Shinsuke Hamada, Michio Nonaka, Yoshiko Kurosaki, Fumio Moriwaka
The aim of this study was to assess the cognitive functions of patients with spinocerebellar ataxia type 6 (SCA6). We examined 13 patients with genetically confirmed SCA6 and 13 healthy control subjects matched for age, years of education, global cognitive status, and intellectual ability. We administered verbal memory (word recall and word recognition), executive function (digit span, category and letter fluency, Frontal Assessment Battery, and Trail Making Test-A and B), and visuospatial construction (figure copying) tests...
November 22, 2016: Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27876847/a-simplified-computational-memory-model-from-information-processing
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Lanhua Zhang, Dongsheng Zhang, Yuqin Deng, Xiaoqian Ding, Yan Wang, Yiyuan Tang, Baoliang Sun
This paper is intended to propose a computational model for memory from the view of information processing. The model, called simplified memory information retrieval network (SMIRN), is a bi-modular hierarchical functional memory network by abstracting memory function and simulating memory information processing. At first meta-memory is defined to express the neuron or brain cortices based on the biology and graph theories, and we develop an intra-modular network with the modeling algorithm by mapping the node and edge, and then the bi-modular network is delineated with intra-modular and inter-modular...
November 23, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27875939/injectable-shape-memorizing-3d-hyaluronic-acid-cryogels-3d-ma-ha-for-skin-sculpting-and-soft-tissue-reconstruction
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Liying Cheng, Kai Ji, Ting-Yu Shih, Anthony Haddad, Giorgio Giatsidis, David J Mooney, Dennis P Orgill, Christoph S Nabzdyk
Introduction Hyaluronic acid based (HA) fillers are used for various cosmetic procedures. However, due to filler migration and degradation, reinjections of the fillers are often required. Methacrylated HA (MA-HA) can be made into injectable, shape-memorizing fillers (3D MA-HA) aimed to address this issue. In this study shape retention, firmness and biocompatibility of 3D MA-HA injected subcutaneously in mice were evaluated. Methods Fifteen mice, each receiving two subcutaneous injections in their back, were divided into 4 groups receiving HA, MA-HA, 3D MA-HA or saline, respectively...
November 22, 2016: Tissue Engineering. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27872368/complementary-learning-systems-within-the-hippocampus-a-neural-network-modelling-approach-to-reconciling-episodic-memory-with-statistical-learning
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Anna C Schapiro, Nicholas B Turk-Browne, Matthew M Botvinick, Kenneth A Norman
A growing literature suggests that the hippocampus is critical for the rapid extraction of regularities from the environment. Although this fits with the known role of the hippocampus in rapid learning, it seems at odds with the idea that the hippocampus specializes in memorizing individual episodes. In particular, the Complementary Learning Systems theory argues that there is a computational trade-off between learning the specifics of individual experiences and regularities that hold across those experiences...
January 5, 2017: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27870990/memory-by-association-integrating-memories-prolongs-retention-by-two-year-olds
#15
Harlene Hayne, Julien Gross
Recalling one memory often leads to the recollection of other memories that share overlapping features. This phenomenon, spreading activation, was originally documented in studies conducted with verbal adults, and more recently, it has been demonstrated with preverbal infants. Here, we examine the effect of spreading activation on long-term retention by 2-year-olds. Participants were tested in the Visual Recognition Memory (VRM) paradigm and the deferred imitation paradigm. Typically, infants of this age exhibit retention in the VRM paradigm for 24h, while they exhibit retention in the deferred imitation paradigm for at least 8 weeks...
November 18, 2016: Infant Behavior & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27858279/the-effect-of-encoding-conditions-on-learning-in-the-prototype-distortion-task
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Jessica C Lee, Evan J Livesey
The prototype distortion task demonstrates that it is possible to learn about a category of physically similar stimuli through mere observation. However, there have been few attempts to test whether different encoding conditions affect learning in this task. This study compared prototypicality gradients produced under incidental learning conditions in which participants performed a visual search task, with those produced under intentional learning conditions in which participants were required to memorize the stimuli...
November 17, 2016: Learning & Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27856547/validation-and-application-of-the-survey-of-teaching-beliefs-and-practices-for-undergraduates-step-u-identifying-factors-associated-with-valuing-important-workplace-skills-among-biology-students
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Gili Marbach-Ad, Carly Rietschel, Katerina V Thompson
We present a novel assessment tool for measuring biology students' values and experiences across their undergraduate degree program. Our Survey of Teaching Beliefs and Practices for Undergraduates (STEP-U) assesses the extent to which students value skills needed for the workplace (e.g., ability to work in groups) and their experiences with teaching practices purported to promote such skills (e.g., group work). The survey was validated through factor analyses in a large sample of biology seniors (n = 1389) and through response process analyses (five interviewees)...
2016: CBE Life Sciences Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27844062/memorable-audiovisual-narratives-synchronize-sensory-and-supramodal-neural-responses
#18
Samantha S Cohen, Lucas C Parra
Our brains integrate information across sensory modalities to generate perceptual experiences and form memories. However, it is difficult to determine the conditions under which multisensory stimulation will benefit or hinder the retrieval of everyday experiences. We hypothesized that the determining factor is the reliability of information processing during stimulus presentation, which can be measured through intersubject correlation of stimulus-evoked activity. We therefore presented biographical auditory narratives and visual animations to 72 human subjects visually, auditorily, or combined, while neural activity was recorded using electroencephalography...
November 2016: ENeuro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27843501/visual-memory-profile-in-22q11-2-microdeletion-syndrome-are-there-differences-in-performance-and-neurobiological-substrates-between-tasks-linked-to-ventral-and-dorsal-visual-brain-structures-a-cross-sectional-and-longitudinal-study
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Mathilde Bostelmann, Maude Schneider, Maria Carmela Padula, Johanna Maeder, Marie Schaer, Elisa Scariati, Martin Debbané, Bronwyn Glaser, Sarah Menghetti, Stephan Eliez
BACKGROUND: Children affected by the 22q11.2 deletion syndrome (22q11.2DS) have a specific neuropsychological profile with strengths and weaknesses in several cognitive domains. Specifically, previous evidence has shown that patients with 22q11.2DS have more difficulties memorizing faces and visual-object characteristics of stimuli. In contrast, they have better performance in visuo-spatial memory tasks. The first focus of this study was to replicate these results in a larger sample of patients affected with 22q11...
2016: Journal of Neurodevelopmental Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27829809/bridging-theory-and-practice-mixed-methods-approach-to-instruction-of-law-and-ethics-within-the-pharmaceutical-sciences
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Kyle John Wilby, Ziad Ghantous Nasr
Background: Professional responsibilities are guided by laws and ethics that must be introduced and mastered within pharmaceutical sciences training. Instructional design to teaching typically introduces concepts in a traditional didactic approach and requires student memorization prior to application within practice settings. Additionally, many centers rely on best practices from abroad, due to lack of locally published laws and guidance documents. Objectives: The aim of this paper was to summarize and critically evaluate a professional skills laboratory designed to enhance learning through diversity in instructional methods relating to pharmacy law and best practices regarding narcotics, controlled medications, and benzodiazepines...
November 2016: Saudi Pharmaceutical Journal: SPJ: the Official Publication of the Saudi Pharmaceutical Society
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