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Claudia Lunghi, Luca Lo Verde, David Alais
To efficiently interact with the external environment, our nervous system combines information arising from different sensory modalities. Recent evidence suggests that cross-modal interactions can be automatic and even unconscious, reflecting the ecological relevance of cross-modal processing. Here, we use continuous flash suppression (CFS) to directly investigate whether haptic signals can interact with visual signals outside of visual awareness. We measured suppression durations of visual gratings rendered invisible by CFS either during visual stimulation alone or during visuo-haptic stimulation...
January 2017: I-Perception
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208745/astrocytic-pathological-calcium-homeostasis-and-impaired-vesicle-trafficking-in-neurodegeneration
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REVIEW
Nina Vardjan, Alexej Verkhratsky, Robert Zorec
Although the central nervous system (CNS) consists of highly heterogeneous populations of neurones and glial cells, clustered into diverse anatomical regions with specific functions, there are some conditions, including alertness, awareness and attention that require simultaneous, coordinated and spatially homogeneous activity within a large area of the brain. During such events, the brain, representing only about two percent of body mass, but consuming one fifth of body glucose at rest, needs additional energy to be produced...
February 8, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202719/sleep-enhances-knowledge-of-routes-and-regions-in-spatial-environments
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Hannes Noack, Wiebke Schick, Hanspeter Mallot, Jan Born
Sleep is thought to preferentially consolidate hippocampus-dependent memory, and as such, spatial navigation. Here, we investigated the effects of sleep on route knowledge and explicit and implicit semantic regions in a virtual environment. Sleep, compared with wakefulness, improved route knowledge and also enhanced awareness of the semantic regionalization within the environment, whereas signs of implicit regionalization remained unchanged. Results support the view that sleep specifically enhances explicit aspects of memory, also in the spatial domain...
March 2017: Learning & Memory
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28181903/widespread-activity-of-multiple-lineages-of-usutu-virus-western-europe-2016
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Daniel Cadar, Renke Lühken, Henk van der Jeugd, Mutien Garigliany, Ute Ziegler, Markus Keller, Jennifer Lahoreau, Lars Lachmann, Norbert Becker, Marja Kik, Bas B Oude Munnink, Stefan Bosch, Egbert Tannich, Annick Linden, Volker Schmidt, Marion P Koopmans, Jolianne Rijks, Daniel Desmecht, Martin H Groschup, Chantal Reusken, Jonas Schmidt-Chanasit
In the summer of 2016, Belgium, France, Germany and the Netherlands reported widespread Usutu virus (USUV) activity based on live and dead bird surveillance. The causative USUV strains represented four lineages, of which two putative novel lineages were most likely recently introduced into Germany and spread to other western European countries. The spatial extent of the outbreak area corresponded with R0 values > 1. The occurrence of the outbreak, the largest USUV epizootic registered so far in Europe, allowed us to gain insight in how a recently introduced arbovirus with potential public health implications can spread and become a resident pathogen in a naïve environment...
January 26, 2017: Euro Surveillance: Bulletin Européen sur les Maladies Transmissibles, European Communicable Disease Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28166888/how-much-time-do-drivers-need-to-obtain-situation-awareness-a-laboratory-based-study-of-automated-driving
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Zhenji Lu, Xander Coster, Joost de Winter
Drivers of automated cars may occasionally need to take back manual control after a period of inattentiveness. At present, it is unknown how long it takes to build up situation awareness of a traffic situation. In this study, 34 participants were presented with animated video clips of traffic situations on a three-lane road, from an egocentric viewpoint on a monitor equipped with eye tracker. Each participant viewed 24 videos of different durations (1, 3, 7, 9, 12, or 20 s). After each video, participants reproduced the end of the video by placing cars in a top-down view, and indicated the relative speeds of the placed cars with respect to the ego-vehicle...
April 2017: Applied Ergonomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28148973/detection-of-changes-in-semi-natural-grasslands-by-cross-correlation-analysis-with-worldview-2-images-and-new-landsat-8-data
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Cristina Tarantino, Maria Adamo, Richard Lucas, Palma Blonda
Focusing on a Mediterranean Natura 2000 site in Italy, the effectiveness of the cross correlation analysis (CCA) technique for quantifying change in the area of semi-natural grasslands at different spatial resolutions (grain) was evaluated. In a fine scale analysis (2 m), inputs to the CCA were a) a semi-natural grasslands layer extracted from an existing validated land cover/land use (LC/LU) map (1:5000, time T1) and b) a more recent single date very high resolution (VHR) WorldView-2 image (time T2), with T2 > T1...
March 15, 2016: Remote Sensing of Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28141889/transcriptomic-responses-to-seawater-acidification-among-sea-urchin-populations-inhabiting-a-natural-ph-mosaic
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Tyler G Evans, Melissa H Pespeni, Gretchen E Hofmann, Stephen R Palumbi, Eric Sanford
Increasing awareness of spatial and temporal variation in ocean pH suggests some marine populations may be adapted to local pH regimes and will therefore respond differently to present-day pH variation and to long-term ocean acidification. In the Northeast Pacific Ocean, differences in the strength of coastal upwelling cause latitudinal variation in prevailing pH regimes that are hypothesized to promote local adaptation and unequal pH tolerance among resident populations. In this study, responses to experimental seawater acidification were compared among six populations of purple sea urchins (Strongylocentrotus purpuratus) inhabiting areas that differ in their frequency of low pH exposure and that prior research suggests are locally adapted to seawater pH...
January 31, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28139712/sounds-can-boost-the-awareness-of-visual-events-through-attention-without-cross-modal-integration
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Márta Szabina Pápai, Salvador Soto-Faraco
Cross-modal interactions can lead to enhancement of visual perception, even for visual events below awareness. However, the underlying mechanism is still unclear. Can purely bottom-up cross-modal integration break through the threshold of awareness? We used a binocular rivalry paradigm to measure perceptual switches after brief flashes or sounds which, sometimes, co-occurred. When flashes at the suppressed eye coincided with sounds, perceptual switches occurred the earliest. Yet, contrary to the hypothesis of cross-modal integration, this facilitation never surpassed the assumption of probability summation of independent sensory signals...
January 31, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28129177/context-aware-computer-aided-inbetweening
#9
Wenwu Yang
This paper presents a context-aware computer aided inbetweening (CACAI) technique that interpolates planar strokes to generate inbetween frames from a given set of key frames. The inbetweening is context-aware in the sense that not only the stroke's shape but also the context (i.e., the neighborhood of a stroke) in which a stroke appears are taken into account for the stroke correspondence and interpolation. Given a pair of successive key frames, the CACAI automatically constructs the stroke correspondence between them by exploiting the context coherence between the corresponding strokes...
January 24, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28129159/robust-non-rigid-point-set-registration-using-spatially-constrained-gaussian-fields
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Gang Wang, Qiangqiang Zhou, Yufei Chen
Estimating transformations from degraded point sets is necessary for many computer vision and pattern recognition applications. In this paper, we propose a robust nonrigid point set registration method based on spatially constrained context-aware Gaussian fields. We first construct a context-aware representation (e.g., shape context) for assignment initialization. Then we use a graph Laplacian regularized Gaussian fields to estimate the underlying transformation from the likely correspondences. On the one hand, the intrinsic manifold is considered and used to preserve the geometrical structure, and a priori knowledge of the point set is extracted...
January 25, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Image Processing: a Publication of the IEEE Signal Processing Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28129063/power-and-phase-of-alpha-oscillations-reveal-an-interaction-between-spatial-and-temporal-visual-attention
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Sayeed A D Kizuk, Kyle E Mathewson
Oscillatory brain rhythms can bias attention via phase and amplitude changes, which modulate sensory activity, biasing information to be processed or ignored. Alpha band (7-14 Hz) oscillations lateralize with spatial attention and rhythmically inhibit visual activity and awareness through pulses of inhibition. Here we show that human observers' awareness of spatially unattended targets is dependent on both alpha power and alpha phase at target onset. Following a predictive directional cue, alpha oscillations were entrained bilaterally using repetitive visual stimuli...
October 19, 2016: Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28124443/an-ethnographic-study-of-health-information-technology-use-in-three-intensive-care-units
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Myles Leslie, Elise Paradis, Michael A Gropper, Simon Kitto, Scott Reeves, Peter Pronovost
OBJECTIVES: To identify the impact of a full suite of health information technology (HIT) on the relationships that support safety and quality among intensive care unit (ICU) clinicians. DATA SOURCES: A year-long comparative ethnographic study of three academic ICUs was carried out. A total of 446 hours of observational data was collected in the form of field notes. A subset of these observations-134 hours-was devoted to job-shadowing individual clinicians and conducting a time study of their HIT usage...
January 25, 2017: Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28119346/dissociating-the-neural-basis-of-conceptual-self-awareness-from-perceptual-awareness-and-unaware-self-processing
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Pawel Tacikowski, Christopher C Berger, H Henrik Ehrsson
Conceptual self-awareness is a mental state in which the content of one's consciousness refers to a particular aspect of semantic knowledge about oneself. This form of consciousness plays a crucial role in shaping human behavior; however, little is known about its neural basis. Here, we use functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and a visual masked priming paradigm to dissociate the neural responses related to the awareness of semantic autobiographical information (one's own name, surname, etc.) from the awareness of information related to any visual stimulus (perceptual awareness), as well as from the unaware processing of self-relevant stimuli...
January 23, 2017: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28116530/first-mass-development-of-aedes-albopictus-diptera-culicidae-its-surveillance-and-control-in-germany
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Norbert Becker, Stefanie Schön, Alexandra-Maria Klein, Ina Ferstl, Ali Kizgin, Egbert Tannich, Carola Kuhn, Björn Pluskota, Artur Jöst
The Asian tiger mosquito Aedes albopictus has undergone a dramatic expansion of its range in the last few decades. Since its first detection in 2007 in Germany at the motorway A5 coming from Italy via Switzerland to Germany, it has been continuously introduced by vehicles, most probably from Italy. After a hint from an alert gardener in an allotment garden area in Freiburg, Southwest Germany, in 2015, a surveillance programme was started focusing on the garden area and adjacent areas as well as most of the cemeteries as potential infestation areas...
January 23, 2017: Parasitology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28113630/amplified-head-rotation-in-virtual-reality-and-the-effects-on-3d-search-training-transfer-and-spatial-orientation
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Eric D Ragan, Siroberto Scerbo, Felipe Bacim, Doug A Bowman
Many types of virtual reality (VR) systems allow users to use natural, physical head movements to view a 3D environment. In some situations, such as when using systems that lack a fully surrounding display or when opting for convenient low-effort interaction, view control can be enabled through a combination of physical and virtual turns to view the environment, but the reduced realism could potentially interfere with the ability to maintain spatial orientation. One solution to this problem is to amplify head rotations such that smaller physical turns are mapped to larger virtual turns, allowing trainees to view the entire surrounding environment with small head movements...
August 19, 2016: IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28113507/learning-expressionlets-via-universal-manifold-model-for-dynamic-facial-expression-recognition
#16
Mengyi Liu, Shiguang Shan, Ruiping Wang, Xilin Chen
Facial expression is a temporally dynamic event which can be decomposed into a set of muscle motions occurring in different facial regions over various time intervals. For dynamic expression recognition, two key issues, temporal alignment and semantics-aware dynamic representation, must be taken into account. In this paper, we attempt to solve both problems via manifold modeling of videos based on a novel midlevel representation, i.e. expressionlet. Specifically, our method contains three key stages: 1) each expression video clip is characterized as a spatial-temporal manifold (STM) formed by dense low-level features; 2) a Universal Manifold Model (UMM) is learned over all low-level features and represented as a set of local modes to statistically unify all the STMs...
October 5, 2016: IEEE Transactions on Image Processing: a Publication of the IEEE Signal Processing Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102157/sexual-dimorphism-of-acetabular-anatomy-based-on-three-dimensional-computed-tomography-image-of-pelvises
#17
Bartosz Musielak, Michał Rychlik, Marek Jóźwiak
BACKGROUND: The study aimed to compare sex differences in the morphology and spatial orientation of pelvic acetabula to advance the understanding of hip anatomy. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The study was based on three-dimensional reconstructions of computed tomography images of 50 female and 50 male acetabula. The images were used for spatial analysis of hip acetabula relative to the base of the sacral bone as the plane of reference. Statistical analysis was performed to compare angles relevant to the actual axis of the acetabulum (inclination angle, anteversion angle, tilt angle) as well as the volume and inner surface area of the acetabulum...
October 28, 2016: Ortopedia, Traumatologia, Rehabilitacja
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088242/differences-in-spatial-distributions-of-iron-supplementation-use-among-pregnant-women-and-associated-factors-in-ethiopia-evidence-from-the-2011-national-population-based-survey
#18
Demewoz Haile, Lianna Tabar, Yihunie Lakew
BACKGROUND: Iron supplementation during pregnancy prevents against low birth weight, incidence of prematurity and postpartum hemorrhage. However, the coverage of iron supplementation is still low in Ethiopia. This study aimed to investigate the spatial variations and associated factors of iron supplementation during pregnancy using the 2011 national demographic and health survey data. METHODS: This study used secondary data from the 2011 Ethiopian demographic and health survey...
January 14, 2017: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073552/ciguatera-fish-poisoning-incidence-health-costs-and-risk-perception-on-moorea-island-society-archipelago-french-polynesia
#19
Ewen Morin, Clémence Gatti, Tamatoa Bambridge, Mireille Chinain
Ciguatera Fish Poisoning (CFP) is a non-bacterial seafood poisoning well characterized in the remote archipelagos of French Polynesia, yet poorly documented in the Society archipelago, most notably on Moorea, the second most populated island in French Polynesia, which counts a high proportion of fishermen fishing on a regular basis. To address this knowledge gap, a holistic study of the ciguatera issue was conducted on Moorea. First, ciguatera risk was analysed in terms of incidence rate, fish species most commonly involved and risk stratification in Moorea lagoon based on 2007-2013 epidemiological data...
December 2016: Harmful Algae
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073085/effect-of-investigator-observation-on-gait-parameters-in-individuals-with-and-without-chronic-low-back-pain
#20
Joshua Vickers, Austin Reed, Robert Decker, Bryan P Conrad, Marissa Olegario-Nebel, Heather K Vincent
Despite the ubiquity of gait assessment in clinic and research, it is unclear how observation impacts gait, particularly in persons with chronic pain and psychological stress. We compared temporal spatial gait patterns in people with and without chronic low back pain (CLBP) when they were aware and unaware of being observed. This was a repeated-measures, deception study in 55 healthy persons (32.0±12.4 yr, 24.2±2.7kg/m(2)) and persons with CLBP (51.9±17.9 yr, 27.8±4.4kg/m(2)). Participants performed one condition in which they were unaware of observation (UNW), and three conditions under investigator observation: (1) aware of observation (AWA), (2) investigators watching cadence, (3) investigators watching step length...
January 3, 2017: Gait & Posture
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