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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738288/it-doesn-t-matter-what-you-say-fmri-correlates-of%C3%A2-voice-learning-and-recognition-independent-of%C3%A2-speech-content
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Romi Zäske, Bashar Awwad Shiekh Hasan, Pascal Belin
Listeners can recognize newly learned voices from previously unheard utterances, suggesting the acquisition of high-level speech-invariant voice representations during learning. Using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) we investigated the anatomical basis underlying the acquisition of voice representations for unfamiliar speakers independent of speech, and their subsequent recognition among novel voices. Specifically, listeners studied voices of unfamiliar speakers uttering short sentences and subsequently classified studied and novel voices as "old" or "new" in a recognition test...
June 27, 2017: Cortex; a Journal Devoted to the Study of the Nervous System and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737698/platycodon-grandiflorus-root-extract-improves-learning-and-memory-by-enhancing-synaptogenesis-in-mice-hippocampus
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Jin-Il Kim, Seong Gak Jeon, Kyoung Ah Kim, Jwa-Jin Kim, Eun Ji Song, Yukyoung Jeon, Eunbin Kim, Kyung Bok Lee, Jong Hwan Kwak, Minho Moon
Platycodon grandiflorus (Jacq.) A.DC. (PG) has long been used as an ingredient of foods and is known to have beneficial effects on cognitive functions as well. The present study examined the effect of each PG extract (PGE) from root, aerial part, and seeds on cognitive functions in mice. Changes in spatial learning and memory using a Y-maze test, and markers of adult hippocampal neurogenesis and synaptogenesis were examined. Moreover, changes in neuritogenesis and activation of the ERK1/2 pathway were investigated...
July 23, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736798/sympathetic-under-arousal-and-externalizing-behavior-problems-in-children-with-autism-spectrum-disorder
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Jason K Baker, Rachel M Fenning, Stephen A Erath, Brian R Baucom, Jacquelyn Moffitt, Mariann A Howland
Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) commonly exhibit co-occurring externalizing behavior problems, which can impede learning opportunities and contribute significantly to caregiver stress. Substantial theory and research has linked under-arousal of the sympathetic nervous system to increased externalizing problems in children without ASD, but under-arousal has not been considered as an explanatory mechanism for individual differences among children with ASD. We tested the notion that lower electrodermal activity (EDA) would predict more externalizing problems in children with ASD, and considered the degree to which parent co-regulatory support could buffer this risk...
July 24, 2017: Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736736/feedback-driven-sensory-mapping-adaptation-for-robust-speech-activity-detection
#4
Ashwin Bellur, Mounya Elhilali
Parsing natural acoustic scenes using computational methodologies poses many challenges. Given the rich and complex nature of the acoustic environment, data mismatch between train and test conditions is a major hurdle in data-driven audio processing systems. In contrast, the brain exhibits a remarkable ability at segmenting acoustic scenes with relative ease. When tackling challenging listening conditions that are often faced in everyday life, the biological system relies on a number of principles that allow it to effortlessly parse its rich soundscape...
March 2017: IEEE/ACM Transactions on Audio, Speech, and Language Processing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736503/-do-you-see-what-i-mean-staff-collaboration-in-eating-disorder-units-during-mealtimes
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Trine Wiig Hage, Øyvind Rø, Anne Moen
BACKGROUND: Eating disorders are psychiatric illnesses with potentially life-threatening consequences. Inpatient treatment is typically required for the most severely ill patients, who are often emaciated or significantly malnourished. A core therapeutic objective is to normalize eating patterns and facilitate weight gain. These goals guide the efforts of milieu therapeutic staff working with this patient group, who support renourishment through the positive manipulation of a structured environment, as well via relational aspects...
2017: BMC Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736414/community-interactive-research-workshop-series-community-members-engaged-as-team-teachers-to-conduct-research
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Connie Kim Nguyen-Truong, Joannie Tang, Chiao-Yun Hsiao
BACKGROUND: Vietnamese women are diagnosed with cervical cancer at twice the rate of non-Hispanic White women and the highest compared to Chinese, Filipino, Korean, and Japanese women. ἀ e Vietnamese Women's Health Project, a community-based participatory research partnership, was developed to address this concern. In earlier studies, community members received research training. OBJECTIVES: To describe how we developed an innovative curricular research training framework...
2017: Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, and Action
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736407/implementing-physical-activity-recommendations-in-a-tri-ethnic-rural-community-through-a-community-university-partnership
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Sally M Davis, Theresa H Cruz, Julia Meredith Hess, Richard Kozoll, Janet Page-Reeves
BACKGROUND: A tri-ethnic rural community with limited resources and a university Prevention Research Center (PRC) developed a partnership to promote evidence-based physical activity. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to investigate how a community-university partnership can disseminate and implement ἀe Commu nity Guide's recommendations for increasing physical activity and create a model for other under-resourced communities experiencing high rates of chronic disease...
2017: Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, and Action
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736404/factors-that-facilitate-addressing-social-determinants-of-health-throughout-community-based-participatory-research-processes
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Rebecca Paradiso de Sayu, Shannon M Sparks
BACKGROUND: Community-based participatory research (CBPR) is one approach to addressing health disparities. Considering social conditions that foster disparate health outcomes is a strength of CBPR studies that move beyond a more narrow focus on modifying individual health behaviors. OBJECTIVE: This article examines factors that facilitate addressing the social determinants of health (SDH) throughout a CBPR process. METHODS: Conducting an extensive literature review of relevant key terms and, subsequently, using purposeful snowball sampling, we identified ten CBPR partnerships that addressed SDH and conducted semistructured interviews followed by qualitative content analysis...
2017: Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, and Action
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735567/policy-research-challenges-in-comparing-care-models-for-dual-eligible-beneficiaries
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Janet H Van Cleave, Brian L Egleston, Sarah Brosch, Elizabeth Wirth, Molly Lawson, Eileen M Sullivan-Marx, Mary D Naylor
Providing affordable, high-quality care for the 10 million persons who are dual-eligible beneficiaries of Medicare and Medicaid is an ongoing health-care policy challenge in the United States. However, the workforce and the care provided to dual-eligible beneficiaries are understudied. The purpose of this article is to provide a narrative of the challenges and lessons learned from an exploratory study in the use of clinical and administrative data to compare the workforce of two care models that deliver home- and community-based services to dual-eligible beneficiaries...
January 1, 2017: Policy, Politics & Nursing Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735144/entorhinal-tau-pathology-disrupts-hippocampal-prefrontal-oscillatory-coupling-during-associative-learning
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Stephanie E Tanninen, Bardia Nouriziabari, Mark D Morrissey, Rami Bakir, Robert D Dayton, Ronald L Klein, Kaori Takehara-Nishiuchi
A neural signature of asymptomatic preclinical Alzheimer's disease (AD) is disrupted connectivity between brain regions; however, its underlying mechanisms remain unknown. Here, we tested whether a preclinical pathologic feature, tau aggregation in the entorhinal cortex (EC) is sufficient to disrupt the coordination of local field potentials (LFPs) between its efferent regions. P301L-mutant human tau or green fluorescent protein (GFP) was virally overexpressed in the EC of adult rats. LFPs were recorded from the dorsal hippocampus and prelimbic medial prefrontal cortex while the rats underwent trace eyeblink conditioning where they learned to associate 2 stimuli separated by a short time interval...
July 6, 2017: Neurobiology of Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735081/anti-inflammatory-activity-of-cecropin-a2-from-musca-domestica
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Rui-Yang Wei, Jie Bai, Meng-Fei Zhao, Bin Xu, Wen-Jia Li, Feng-Xian Wei, Yan-Yan Xi, Shao-Yu Li
This study aimed to investigate the anti-inflammatory activity of Musca domestica cecropin-A2 (Mdc-A2) toward Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) to learn more about their immunological functions. RAW264.7 cells were transfected with recombinant lentiviruses introduce pLEX-Mdc-A2into the RAW264.7 cell line (RAW-Mdc-A2). The RAW264.7 cell line with empty pLEX (RAW-pLEX) was produced in the same manner as a negative control. Real-time quantitative reverse transcription PCR (RT-PCR) was performed to analyze the mRNA expression of TNF-a, IL-1β, NFκB-1 and NFκB-2 in S...
July 19, 2017: Microbial Pathogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734837/neural-reuse-of-action-perception-circuits-for-language-concepts-and-communication
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REVIEW
Friedemann Pulvermüller
Neurocognitive and neurolinguistics theories make explicit statements relating specialized cognitive and linguistic processes to specific brain loci. These linking hypotheses are in need of neurobiological explanation. Recent mathematical models of human language mechanisms constrained by fundamental neuroscience principles and established knowledge about comparative neuroanatomy offer explanations for where, when and how language is processed in the human brain. In these models, network structure and connectivity along with action- and perception-induced correlation of neuronal activity co-determine neurocognitive mechanisms...
July 19, 2017: Progress in Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734773/epico-4-0-total-quality-in-the-management-of-invasive-candidiasis-in-critically-ill-patients-by-analysing-the-integrated-process
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Rafael Zaragoza, Ricard Ferrer, Pedro Llinares, Emilio Maseda, Alejandro Rodríguez, Santiago Grau, Guillermo Quindós
BACKGROUND: A high quality integrated process in the clinical setting of non-neutropenic critically ill patients at risk for invasive candidiasis is a necessary tool to improve the management of these patients. AIMS: To identify the key points on invasive candidiasis in order to develop a set of recommendations with a high level of consensus required for the creation of a total quality integrated process for the management of non-neutropenic critically ill patients at risk of invasive candidiasis...
July 19, 2017: Revista Iberoamericana de Micología
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734529/ultrasound-based-differentiation-of-malignant-and-benign-thyroid-nodules-an-extreme-learning-machine-approach
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Jianfu Xia, Huiling Chen, Qiang Li, Minda Zhou, Limin Chen, Zhennao Cai, Yang Fang, Hong Zhou
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: It is important to be able to accurately distinguish between benign and malignant thyroid nodules in order to make appropriate clinical decisions. The purpose of this study was to improve the effectiveness and efficiency for discriminating the malignant from benign thyroid cancers based on the Ultrasonography (US) features. METHODS: There were 114 benign nodules in 106 patients (82 women and 24 men) and 89 malignant nodules in 81 patients (69 women and 12 men) included in this study...
August 2017: Computer Methods and Programs in Biomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734365/automatic-feed-phase-identification-in-multivariate-bioprocess-profiles-by-sequential-binary-classification
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Ramin Nikzad-Langerodi, Edwin Lughofer, Susanne Saminger-Platz, Thomas Zahel, Patrick Sagmeister, Christoph Herwig
In this paper, we propose a new strategy for retrospective identification of feed phases from online sensor-data enriched feed profiles of an Escherichia Coli (E. coli) fed-batch fermentation process. In contrast to conventional (static), data-driven multi-class machine learning (ML), we exploit process knowledge in order to constrain our classification system yielding more parsimonious models compared to static ML approaches. In particular, we enforce unidirectionality on a set of binary, multivariate classifiers trained to discriminate between adjacent feed phases by linking the classifiers through a one-way switch...
August 22, 2017: Analytica Chimica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733839/limits-in-feature-based-attention-to-multiple-colors
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Taosheng Liu, Michael Jigo
Attention to a feature enhances the sensory representation of that feature. Although much has been learned about the properties of attentional modulation when attending to a single feature, the effectiveness of attending to multiple features is not well understood. We investigated this question in a series of experiments using a color-detection task while varying the number of attended colors in a cueing paradigm. Observers were shown either a single cue, two cues, or no cue (baseline) before detecting a coherent color target...
July 21, 2017: Attention, Perception & Psychophysics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733697/perspectives-of-newly-diagnosed-advanced-cancer-patients-receiving-dignity-therapy-during-cancer-treatment
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Ann Marie Dose, Lori M Rhudy
PURPOSE: Dignity therapy is a psychosocial intervention that has been used primarily at the end of life to improve quality of life and other patient outcomes, but many individuals are unable to complete it due to health decline and death. The purpose of this study was to identify what individuals with advanced pancreatic or lung cancer with limited life expectancy, undergoing active cancer treatment describe during the dignity therapy intervention as important to them when not immediately facing end of life...
July 21, 2017: Supportive Care in Cancer: Official Journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733358/pattern-analyses-reveal-separate-experience-based-fear-memories-in-the-human-right-amygdala
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Senne Braem, Jan De Houwer, Jelle Demanet, Kenneth S L Yuen, Raffael Kalisch, Marcel Brass
Learning fear via the experience of contingencies between a conditioned stimulus (CS) and an aversive unconditioned stimulus (US) is often assumed to be fundamentally different from learning fear via instructions. An open question is whether fear-related brain areas respond differently to experienced CS-US contingencies than to merely instructed CS-US contingencies. Here, we contrasted two experimental conditions where subjects were instructed to expect the same CS-US contingencies while only one condition was characterized by prior experience with the CS-US contingency...
July 21, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733248/pupil-dilations-induced-by-barely-conscious-reward-goal-priming
#19
Yudai Takarada, Daichi Nozaki
The topic of unconscious influences on behavior has long been explored as a way of understanding human performance and the neurobiological correlates of intention, motivation and action. Previous research using transcranial magnetic stimulation has demonstrated that barely visible priming of an action concept, when combined with reward in the form of a consciously perceived positive stimulus, can alter the state of the motor system and enhance the maximal voluntary force level. One possible explanation is that positive stimulus-induced reward signals are processed by the dopaminergic system in the basal ganglia, motivating individuals to increase the effort they invest in particular behaviors, or to recruit the resources necessary for maintaining those behaviors...
July 18, 2017: Neuropsychologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732667/contribution-of-bdnf-trkb-signalling-in-the-racc-to-the-development-of-pain-related-aversion-via-activation-of-erk-in-rats-with-spared-nerve-injury
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Xu Wang, Le Zhang, Yufeng Zhan, Dengping Li, Yuangui Zhang, Gongming Wang, Mengyuan Zhang
The rostral anterior cingulate cortex (rACC) is a key structure in mediating the negative affective component of chronic pain. Brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) is known to play a critical role in activity-dependent synaptic plasticity, learning and memory. It has been shown that BDNF signalling in the rACC might be involved in spontaneous pain-related aversion, but its underlying mechanism is still largely unknown. To address this question, we measured the mRNA and protein levels of BDNF in the rACC after nerve injury and found that BDNF expression was markedly higher in nerve-injured rats than in controls...
July 18, 2017: Brain Research
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