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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432933/-non-symbolic-magnitude-processing-in-children-with-mathematical-difficulties-a-meta-analysis
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Christin Schwenk, Delphine Sasanguie, Jörg-Tobias Kuhn, Sophia Kempe, Philipp Doebler, Heinz Holling
Symbolic and non-symbolic magnitude representations, measured by digit or dot comparison tasks, are assumed to underlie the development of arithmetic skills. The comparison distance effect (CDE) has been suggested as a hallmark of the preciseness of mental magnitude representations. It implies that two magnitudes are harder to discriminate when the numerical distance between them is small, and may therefore differ in children with mathematical difficulties (MD), i.e., low mathematical achievement or dyscalculia...
April 19, 2017: Research in Developmental Disabilities
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432451/investigating-the-use-of-world-knowledge-during-on-line-comprehension-in-adults-with-autism-spectrum-disorder
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Philippa L Howard, Simon P Liversedge, Valerie Benson
The on-line use of world knowledge during reading was examined in adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Both ASD and typically developed adults read sentences that included plausible, implausible and anomalous thematic relations, as their eye movements were monitored. No group differences in the speed of detection of the anomalous violations were found, but the ASD group showed a delay in detection of implausible thematic relations. These findings suggest that there are subtle differences in the speed of world knowledge processing during reading in ASD...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432328/tactile-flow-overides-other-cues-to-self-motion
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Laurence R Harris, Kenzo Sakurai, William H A Beaudot
Vestibular-somatosensory interactions are pervasive in the brain but it remains unclear why. Here we explore the contribution of tactile flow to processing self-motion. We assessed two aspects of self-motion: timing and speed. Participants sat on an oscillating swing and either kept their hands on their laps or rested them lightly on an earth-stationary surface. They viewed a grating oscillating at the same frequency as their motion and judged its phase or, in a separate experiment, its speed relative to their perceived motion...
April 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432140/visually-evoked-3-5-hz-membrane-potential-oscillations-reduce-the-responsiveness-of-visual-cortex-neurons-in-awake-behaving-mice
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Michael C Einstein, Pierre-Olivier Polack, Duy T Tran, Peyman Golshani
Low frequency membrane potential (Vm) oscillations were once thought to only occur in sleeping and anesthetized states. Recently, low frequency Vm oscillations have been described in inactive awake animals, but it is unclear if they shape sensory processing in neurons and whether they occur during active awake behavioral states. To answer these questions, we performed two-photon guided whole-cell Vm recordings from primary visual cortex layer 2/3 excitatory and inhibitory neurons in awake mice during passive visual stimulation and performance of visual and auditory discrimination tasks...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430708/the-somatosensory-evoked-potential-in-reaction-time-is-gated-and-elicited-earlier-when-the-motor-response-to-a-somatosensory-cue-is-faster
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Koichi Hiraoka, Chisato Kori, Kana Sato
The aim of this study was to investigate whether the somatosensory-evoked potential (SEP) is gated and elicited earlier when a motor response to a somatosensory stimulus is faster. In healthy humans, the left index finger and thumb were pinched in response to a somatosensory stimulus administered over the left median nerve. The SEP elicited by this stimulus when producing a fast motor response was compared with that when producing a slow motor response. The amplitudes of N18 and frontal P40 when producing a fast motor response were smaller than those when producing a slow motor response...
April 20, 2017: Neuroreport
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430223/data-processing-error-analysis-based-on-doppler-asymmetric-spatial-heterodyne-measurement
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Jing Shen, Wei Xiong, Hai-Liang Shi, Hai-Yan Luo, Zhi-Wei Li, Guang-Xiao Hu, Xue-Jing Fang
The Doppler asymmetric spatial heterodyne (DASH) interferometer provides the capability to retrieve wind speed in the upper atmosphere. The data processing leads to a significant retrieving error with the development of wind precision. The influence of window parameters on the isolated interferogram is analyzed theoretically. Based on the derivation, the system is established, and the interferogram with a small shift is sampled. The phase and wind speed are calculated under various window types and window width values...
April 20, 2017: Applied Optics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429289/the-nature-and-consequences-of-cognitive-deficits-among-tobacco-smokers-with-hiv-a-comparison-to-tobacco-smokers-without-hiv
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Joseph D Harrison, Jessica A Dochney, Sonja Blazekovic, Frank Leone, David Metzger, Ian Frank, Robert Gross, Anita Hole, Karam Mounzer, Steven Siegel, Robert A Schnoll, Rebecca L Ashare
HIV-infected smokers lose more years of life to tobacco-related disease than HIV. Since neurocognitive deficits are common among those with HIV and are associated with smoking persistence, these deficits may be a unique barrier to smoking cessation among HIV-infected smokers. Documenting unique differences in and correlates of cognition among HIV-infected smokers is a critical step towards developing a population-specific tobacco cessation treatment. We compared neurocognitive function between HIV-infected (n = 103) and HIV-uninfected smokers (n = 70), accounting for demographic and smoking-related variables...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Neurovirology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428829/semivariogram-analysis-of-bone-images-implemented-on-fpga-architectures
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Mukul Shirvaikar, Yamuna Lagadapati, Xuanliang Dong
Osteoporotic fractures are a major concern for the healthcare of elderly and female populations. Early diagnosis of patients with a high risk of osteoporotic fractures can be enhanced by introducing second-order statistical analysis of bone image data using techniques such as variogram analysis. Such analysis is computationally intensive thereby creating an impediment for introduction into imaging machines found in common clinical settings. This paper investigates the fast implementation of the semivariogram algorithm, which has been proven to be effective in modeling bone strength, and should be of interest to readers in the areas of computer-aided diagnosis and quantitative image analysis...
March 2017: J Real Time Image Process
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428624/attentional-selection-predicts-rapid-automatized-naming-ability-in-chinese-speaking-children-with-adhd
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Encong Wang, Meirong Sun, Ye Tao, Xiaoyi Gao, Jialiang Guo, Chenguang Zhao, Hui Li, Qiujin Qian, Zhanliang Wu, Yufeng Wang, Li Sun, Yan Song
Children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are reported to have a significantly higher risk of showing reading difficulties or disorders. Here, we aimed to identify the relationship between electroencephalographic (EEG) marker of spatial attention and reading ability in Chinese children with ADHD. First, we demonstrated that rapid automatized naming (RAN) is a strong predictor of reading ability in Chinese-speaking children. Then, EEG data of 9-to 15-year-old children with ADHD (n = 38) and typically developing (TD) controls (n = 36) were collected while the children performed a classical visual search task...
April 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427713/on-the-efficiency-of-instruction-based-rule-encoding
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Hannes Ruge, Tatjana Karcz, Tony Mark, Victoria Martin, Katharina Zwosta, Uta Wolfensteller
Instructions have long been considered a highly efficient route to knowledge acquisition especially compared to trial-and-error learning. We aimed at substantiating this claim by identifying boundary conditions for such an efficiency gain, including the influence of active learning intention, repeated instructions, and working memory load and span. Our experimental design allowed us to not only assess how well the instructed stimulus-response (S-R) rules were implemented later on, but also to directly measure prior instruction encoding processes...
April 18, 2017: Acta Psychologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427659/synergistic-extraction-of-gold-from-the-refractory-gold-ore-via-ultrasound-and-chlorination-oxidation
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Likang Fu, Libo Zhang, Shixing Wang, Wei Cui, Jinhui Peng
A synergistic extraction method for gold from the refractory gold ores via ultrasound and chlorination-oxidation was developed. The effects of solid-liquid ratio, extraction time, ultrasound power, NaClO concentration and NaOH concentration on the extraction rate of gold from the refractory gold ore were investigated. The optimum conditions were as follows: NaClO concentration of 1.5mol/L, NaOH concentration of 1.5mol/L, solid-liquid ratio of 5, ultrasound power of 200W and ultrasound time of 2h. Under the optimal conditions, 68...
July 2017: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427633/an-efficient-approach-for-the-extraction-of-orientin-and-vitexin-from-trollius-chinensis-flowers-using-ultrasonic-circulating-technique
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Fengli Chen, Qiang Zhang, Junling Liu, Huiyan Gu, Lei Yang
Ultrasonic circulating extraction (UCE) approach was developed for effective extraction of orientin and vitexin from the flowers of Trollius chinensis successfully. In this study, some parameters potentially influencing the yields of orientin and vitexin were systematically investigated and optimized by Plackett-Burman and Box-Behnken design, and the optimum operational conditions obtained were 60% ethanol volume fraction, 1000r/min stirring speed, 30°C temperature, 28min ultrasonic irradiation time, 10mL/g liquid-solid ratio and 738W ultrasonic irradiation power...
July 2017: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425298/understanding-self-reported-difficulties-in-decision-making-by-people-with-autism-spectrum-disorders
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Lydia Vella, Howard A Ring, Mike Rf Aitken, Peter C Watson, Alexander Presland, Isabel Ch Clare
Autobiographical accounts and a limited research literature suggest that adults with autism spectrum disorders can experience difficulties with decision-making. We examined whether some of the difficulties they describe correspond to quantifiable differences in decision-making when compared to adults in the general population. The participants (38 intellectually able adults with autism spectrum disorders and 40 neurotypical adults) were assessed on three tasks of decision-making (Iowa Gambling Task, Cambridge Gamble Task and Information Sampling Task), which quantified, respectively, decision-making performance and relative attention to negative and positive outcomes, speed and flexibility, and information sampling...
April 1, 2017: Autism: the International Journal of Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424602/assessing-the-driver-s-current-level-of-working-memory-load-with-high-density-functional-near-infrared-spectroscopy-a-realistic-driving-simulator-study
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Anirudh Unni, Klas Ihme, Meike Jipp, Jochem W Rieger
Cognitive overload or underload results in a decrease in human performance which may result in fatal incidents while driving. We envision that driver assistive systems which adapt their functionality to the driver's cognitive state could be a promising approach to reduce road accidents due to human errors. This research attempts to predict variations of cognitive working memory load levels in a natural driving scenario with multiple parallel tasks and to reveal predictive brain areas. We used a modified version of the n-back task to induce five different working memory load levels (from 0-back up to 4-back) forcing the participants to continuously update, memorize, and recall the previous 'n' speed sequences and adjust their speed accordingly while they drove for approximately 60 min on a highway with concurrent traffic in a virtual reality driving simulator...
2017: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424070/antidepressant-use-and-cognitive-decline-in-community-dwelling-elderly-people-the-three-city-cohort
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Isabelle Carrière, Joanna Norton, Amandine Farré, Marilyn Wyart, Christophe Tzourio, Pernelle Noize, Karine Pérès, Annie Fourrier-Réglat, Karen Ritchie, Marie Laure Ancelin
BACKGROUND: Cognitive impairment is very common in late-life depression, principally affecting executive skills and information processing speed. The aim of the study was to examine the effect of antidepressant treatment on cognitive performances over a 10-year period. METHODS: The community-based cohort included 7381 participants aged 65 years and above. Five cognitive domains (verbal fluency, psychomotor speed, executive function, visuospatial skills and global cognition) were assessed up to five times over 10 years of follow-up...
April 19, 2017: BMC Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423908/dependence-of-the-enzymatic-velocity-on-the-substrate-dissociation-rate
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Alexander M Berezhkovskii, Attila Szabo, T Rotbart, M Urbakh, Anatoly B Kolomeisky
Enzymes are biological catalysts that play a fundamental role in all living systems by supporting the selectivity and the speed for almost all cellular processes. While the general principles of enzyme functioning are known, the specific details of how they work at the microscopic level are not always available. Simple Michaelis-Menten kinetics assumes that the enzyme-substrate complex has only one conformation that decays as a single exponential. As a consequence, the enzymatic velocity decreases as the dissociation (off) rate constant of the complex increases...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422889/an-in-vitro-biomechanical-evaluation-of-an-expansive-double-threaded-bi-directional-compression-screw-for-fixation-of-type-ii-odontoid-process-fractures-a-squire-compliant-article
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Ning Liu, Li Tian, Rong-Xian Jiang, Chao Xu, Lei Shi, Wei Lei, Yang Zhang
Odontoid process fracture accounts for 5% to 15% of all cervical spine injuries, and the rate is higher among elderly people. The anterior cannulated screw fixation has been widely used in odontoid process fracture, but the fixation strength may still be limited under some circumstances. This study aims to investigate the biomechanical fixation strength of expansive double-threaded bi-directional compression screw (EDBCS) compared with cannulated lag screw (CLS) and improved Herbert screw (IHS) for fixation of type II odontoid process fracture...
April 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422669/bioinspired-approach-to-modeling-retinal-ganglion-cells-using-system-identification-techniques
#18
Philip J Vance, Gautham P Das, Dermot Kerr, Sonya A Coleman, T Martin McGinnity, Tim Gollisch, Jian K Liu
The processing capabilities of biological vision systems are still vastly superior to artificial vision, even though this has been an active area of research for over half a century. Current artificial vision techniques integrate many insights from biology yet they remain far-off the capabilities of animals and humans in terms of speed, power, and performance. A key aspect to modeling the human visual system is the ability to accurately model the behavior and computation within the retina. In particular, we focus on modeling the retinal ganglion cells (RGCs) as they convey the accumulated data of real world images as action potentials onto the visual cortex via the optic nerve...
April 12, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422649/visual-servoed-three-dimensional-rotation-control-in-zebrafish-larva-heart-microinjection-system
#19
Songlin Zhuang, Weiyang Lin, Jie Zhong, Gefei Zhang, Li Li, Jianbin Qiu, Huijun Gao
OBJECTIVE: Zebrafish larva heart microinjection is a widely used technique in cardiac disease study. Compared with intensively researched rotation control of spherical or nearly spherical targets with clear structures, such as cells and embryos, 3-D rotation control of zebrafish larva demands new techniques due to its non-transparent structures and irregular outlines. METHODS: In this paper, we present a vision-servo system to automate the rotation process of zebrafish larva body...
April 12, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Bio-medical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422159/spastic-paraplegia-linked-phospholipase-papla1-is-necessary-for-development-reproduction-and-energy-metabolism-in-drosophila
#20
Martina Gáliková, Peter Klepsatel, Judith Münch, Ronald P Kühnlein
The human PAPLA1 phospholipase family is associated with hereditary spastic paraplegia (HSP), a neurodegenerative syndrome characterized by progressive spasticity and weakness of the lower limbs. Taking advantage of a new Drosophila PAPLA1 mutant, we describe here novel functions of this phospholipase family in fly development, reproduction, and energy metabolism. Loss of Drosophila PAPLA1 reduces egg hatchability, pre-adult viability, developmental speed, and impairs reproductive functions of both males and females...
April 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
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