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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29107320/walking-my-way-walker-gender-and-display-format-confounds-the-perception-of-specific-emotions
#1
Shaun Halovic, Christian Kroos
Previous evidence has shown that males and females display different gait kinematics which may influence the perception of emotions displayed through the same walking gait. We therefore investigated the influence of walker gender on the perception of happiness, sadness, anger and fear displayed through walking movements. Full-light (FL), point-light (PL) and synthetically modelled point-light walkers (SW) of both genders were shown to perceivers over three experiments. Additionally, gender ambiguous synthetic walkers were shown to control for the influence of form, gender stereotypes and idiosyncratic gait movements on emotional gait perception...
October 26, 2017: Human Movement Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29097081/paraneoplastic-autoimmune-movement-disorders
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Thien Thien Lim
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: To provide an overview of paraneoplastic autoimmune disorders presenting with various movement disorders. RECENT FINDINGS: The spectrum of paraneoplastic autoimmune disorders has been expanding with the discovery of new antibodies against cell surface and intracellular antigens. Many of these paraneoplastic autoimmune disorders manifest as a form of movement disorder. With the discovery of new neuronal antibodies, an increasing number of idiopathic or neurodegenerative movement disorders are now being reclassified as immune-mediated movement disorders...
October 13, 2017: Parkinsonism & related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29094380/context-and-perceptual-salience-influence-the-formation-of-novel-stereotypes-via-cumulative-cultural-evolution
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Jacqui Hutchison, Sheila J Cunningham, Gillian Slessor, James Urquhart, Kenny Smith, Douglas Martin
We use a transmission chain method to establish how context and category salience influence the formation of novel stereotypes through cumulative cultural evolution. We created novel alien targets by combining features from three category dimensions-color, movement, and shape-thereby creating social targets that were individually unique but that also shared category membership with other aliens (e.g., two aliens might be the same color and shape but move differently). At the start of the transmission chains each alien was randomly assigned attributes that described it (e...
November 2, 2017: Cognitive Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29070031/17q23-2q23-3-de-novo-duplication-in-association-with-speech-and-language-disorder-learning-difficulties-incoordination-motor-skill-impairment-and-behavioral-disturbances-a-case-report
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Karen Wessel, Jehan Suleiman, Tamam E Khalaf, Shivendra Kishore, Arndt Rolfs, Ayman W El-Hattab
BACKGROUND: Chromosomal rearrangements involving 17q23 have been described rarely. Deletions at 17q23.1q23.2 have been reported in individuals with developmental delay and growth retardation, whereas duplications at 17q23.1q23.2 appear to segregate with clubfoot. Dosage alterations in the TBX2 and TBX4 genes, located in 17q23.2, have been proposed to be responsible for the phenotypes observed in individuals with 17q23.1q23.2 deletions and duplications. In this report, we present the clinical phenotype of a child with a previously unreported de novo duplication at 17q23...
October 25, 2017: BMC Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29053770/tourette-syndrome-a-disorder-of-the-social-decision-making-network
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Roger L Albin
Tourette syndrome is a common neurodevelopmental disorder defined by characteristic involuntary movements, tics, with both motor and phonic components. Tourette syndrome is usually conceptualized as a basal ganglia disorder, with an emphasis on striatal dysfunction. While considerable evidence is consistent with these concepts, imaging data suggest diffuse functional and structural abnormalities in Tourette syndrome brain. Tourette syndrome exhibits features that are difficult to explain solely based on basal ganglia circuit dysfunctions...
August 22, 2017: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29038946/cognitive-and-behavioral-disorders-in-parkinson-s-disease-an-update-ii-behavioral-disorders
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Luigi Trojano, Costanza Papagno
Patients with Parkinson's disease (PD) can experience several behavioral symptoms, such as apathy, agitation, hypersexuality, stereotypic movements, pathological gambling, abuse of antiparkinsonian drugs, and REM sleep behavioral disorders. Psychoses and hallucinations, depression and anxiety disorders, and difficulties in recognizing and experiencing emotions also impair behavior and can cause severe psychosocial problems in patients with PD. Symptoms can be present since early stages of the disease, sometimes even before the appearance of classical motor symptoms, likely in relation to dopamine depletion in basal ganglia and/or to dysfunctions of other neurotrasmitter systems, and others can develop later, in some cases in relation to dopaminergic treatment...
October 16, 2017: Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29021593/a-coordinated-sequence-of-distinct-flagellar-waveforms-enables-a-sharp-flagellar-turn-mediated-by-squid-sperm-ph-taxis
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Tomohiro Iida, Yoko Iwata, Tatsuma Mohri, Shoji A Baba, Noritaka Hirohashi
Animal spermatozoa navigate by sensing ambient chemicals to reach the site of fertilization. Generally, such chemicals derive from the female reproductive organs or cells. Exceptionally, squid spermatozoa mutually release and perceive carbon dioxide to form clusters after ejaculation. We previously identified the pH-taxis by which each spermatozoon can execute a sharp turn, but how flagellar dynamics enable this movement remains unknown. Here, we show that initiation of the turn motion requires a swim down a steep proton gradient (a theoretical estimation of ≥0...
October 11, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29020061/catching-up-children-with-developmental-coordination-disorder-compared-to-healthy-children-before-and-after-sensorimotor-therapy
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COMPARATIVE STUDY
Mats Niklasson, Torsten Norlander, Irene Niklasson, Peder Rasmussen
The aims of the present study were to (a) compare healthy children in terms of sensorimotor maturity to untreated children diagnosed with developmental coordination disorder (DCD) and (b) compare healthy children to diagnosed children following completed treatment with sensorimotor therapy. Participants were 298 children, 196 boys and 102 girls, distributed into a Norm group of healthy children (n = 99) and a group of children diagnosed with DCD (n = 199) with a total mean age of 8.77 years (SD = 2.88). Participants in both groups were assessed on instruments aimed to detect sensorimotor deviations...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28988267/leg-length-in-relation-to-selected-ballet-performance-indicators
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C C Karpodini, M A Wyon, N Comoutos, Y Koutedakis
It is unclear whether the modern ballet body stereotype of long limbs is advantageous in dance performance. Therefore, we investigated the relationship between leg-length and selected dance movements representative of power, dexterity, and range of motion in ballet dancers at different competence levels. METHODS: The total of 10 recreational, 24 vocational, and 10 professional ballerinas volunteered. They were subjected to: a) lower limb-length measurements, b) power tests (vertical jump-sautés and unilateral countermovement jump-temps levé), c) dexterity tests (tendus and double battement frappes), and d) flexibility tests (lateral active and passive-développé à la seconde)...
September 2017: Medical Problems of Performing Artists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28971695/valbenazine-for-the-treatment-of-tardive-dyskinesia
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Thomas Müller
Chronic intake of typical neuroleptics or centrally acting dopamine receptor blocking antiemetics may cause onset of tardive syndromes. Various types exist. One of them is tardive dyskinesia, characterised by often stigmatising, purposeless, rapid, repetitive, stereotypic, involuntary movements of face, limbs or trunk. Effective symptomatic drug treatment options beyond application of tetrabenazine are rare. Tetrabenazine is usually administered three times daily due to the short half life of this agent. Areas covered: This narrative review discusses the value of valbenazine for the treatment of tardive dyskinesia as a therapeutic alternative to tetrabenazine...
October 12, 2017: Expert Review of Neurotherapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919799/maple-syrup-urine-disease-mechanisms-and-management
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REVIEW
Patrick R Blackburn, Jennifer M Gass, Filippo Pinto E Vairo, Kristen M Farnham, Herjot K Atwal, Sarah Macklin, Eric W Klee, Paldeep S Atwal
Maple syrup urine disease (MSUD) is an inborn error of metabolism caused by defects in the branched-chain α-ketoacid dehydrogenase complex, which results in elevations of the branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs) in plasma, α-ketoacids in urine, and production of the pathognomonic disease marker, alloisoleucine. The disorder varies in severity and the clinical spectrum is quite broad with five recognized clinical variants that have no known association with genotype. The classic presentation occurs in the neonatal period with developmental delay, failure to thrive, feeding difficulties, and maple syrup odor in the cerumen and urine, and can lead to irreversible neurological complications, including stereotypical movements, metabolic decompensation, and death if left untreated...
2017: Application of Clinical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910236/quantitative-responses-of-adult-zebrafish-to-changes-in-ambient-illumination
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Enhua Shao, Qing Bai, Yangzhong Zhou, Edward A Burton
The use of zebrafish models to study central nervous system aging and late-onset neurological diseases will be facilitated by assays allowing rapid evaluation of neurological phenotypes in adult zebrafish. We analyzed groups of 12 adult zebrafish swimming simultaneously in single-animal arenas, and quantified their responses to changes in ambient illumination. Under these conditions, stereotypical locomotor patterns were observed and readily quantified using open source software. Continuous, low-velocity movements were observed during 10-min periods of darkness, whereas intermittent high-velocity movements occurred in bright light...
September 14, 2017: Zebrafish
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28894610/maturation-refinement-and-serotonergic-modulation-of-cerebellar-cortical-circuits-in-normal-development-and-in-murine-models-of-autism
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REVIEW
Eriola Hoxha, Pellegrino Lippiello, Bibiana Scelfo, Filippo Tempia, Mirella Ghirardi, Maria Concetta Miniaci
The formation of the complex cerebellar cortical circuits follows different phases, with initial synaptogenesis and subsequent processes of refinement guided by a variety of mechanisms. The regularity of the cellular and synaptic organization of the cerebellar cortex allowed detailed studies of the structural plasticity mechanisms underlying the formation of new synapses and retraction of redundant ones. For the attainment of the monoinnervation of the Purkinje cell by a single climbing fiber, several signals are involved, including electrical activity, contact signals, homosynaptic and heterosynaptic interaction, calcium transients, postsynaptic receptors, and transduction pathways...
2017: Neural Plasticity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28890690/a-cohesive-framework-for-motor-stereotypy-in-typical-and-atypical-development-the-role-of-sensorimotor-integration
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Robin L Shafer, Karl M Newell, Mark H Lewis, James W Bodfish
Stereotyped motor behavior manifests as rhythmic, repetitive movements. It is common in several neurologic and psychiatric disorders where it is considered maladaptive. However, it also occurs early in typical development where it serves an adaptive function in the development of complex, controlled motor behavior. Currently, no framework accounts for both adaptive and maladaptive forms of motor stereotypy. We propose a conceptual model that implicates sensorimotor mechanisms in the phenomenology of adaptive and maladaptive stereotypy...
2017: Frontiers in Integrative Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28889979/visual-threat-assessment-and-reticulospinal-encoding-of-calibrated-responses-in-larval-zebrafish
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Kiran Bhattacharyya, David L McLean, Malcolm A MacIver
All visual animals must decide whether approaching objects are a threat. Our current understanding of this process has identified a proximity-based mechanism where an evasive maneuver is triggered when a looming stimulus passes a subtended visual angle threshold. However, some escape strategies are more costly than others, and so it would be beneficial to additionally encode the level of threat conveyed by the predator's approach rate to select the most appropriate response. Here, using naturalistic rates of looming visual stimuli while simultaneously monitoring escape behavior and the recruitment of multiple reticulospinal neurons, we find that larval zebrafish do indeed perform a calibrated assessment of threat...
September 25, 2017: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28884336/the-effects-of-constraining-vision-and-eye-movements-on-whole-body-coordination-during-standing-turns
#16
Rebecca K Robins, Mark A Hollands
Turning the body towards a new direction is normally achieved via a top-down synergy whereby gaze (eye direction in space) leads the upper body segments, which in turn lead the feet. These anticipatory eye movements are observable even in darkness and constraining the initial eye movements modifies the stereotyped top-down reorientation sequence. Our aim was to elucidate the relative contributions of vision and eye movements to whole-body coordination during large standing turns by observing the effects of separately removing visual information or suppressing eye movements throughout the turn...
December 2017: Experimental Brain Research. Experimentelle Hirnforschung. Expérimentation Cérébrale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28878054/sneeze-to-leave-african-wild-dogs-lycaon-pictus-use-variable-quorum-thresholds-facilitated-by-sneezes-in-collective-decisions
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Reena H Walker, Andrew J King, J Weldon McNutt, Neil R Jordan
In despotically driven animal societies, one or a few individuals tend to have a disproportionate influence on group decision-making and actions. However, global communication allows each group member to assess the relative strength of preferences for different options among their group-mates. Here, we investigate collective decisions by free-ranging African wild dog packs in Botswana. African wild dogs exhibit dominant-directed group living and take part in stereotyped social rallies: high energy greeting ceremonies that occur before collective movements...
September 13, 2017: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28871070/pearls-oy-sters-frontal-lobe-epilepsy-presenting-as-complex-stereotyped-movements
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Jennifer Vermilion, Jonathan W Mink
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
September 5, 2017: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28864563/induced-parental-care-in-a-poison-frog-a-tadpole-cross-fostering-experiment
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Andrius Pašukonis, Kristina Barbara Beck, Marie-Therese Fischer, Steffen Weinlein, Susanne Stückler, Eva Ringler
Understanding the external stimuli and natural contexts that elicit complex behaviors, such as parental care, is key in linking behavioral mechanisms to their real-life function. Poison frogs provide obligate parental care by shuttling their tadpoles from terrestrial clutches to aquatic nurseries, but little is known about the proximate mechanisms that control these behaviors. In this study, we used Allobates femoralis, a poison frog with predominantly male parental care, to investigate whether tadpole transport can be induced in both sexes by transferring unrelated tadpoles to the backs of adults in the field...
September 1, 2017: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28856689/real-time-large-scale-in-vivo-observations-reveal-intrinsic-synchrony-plasticity-and-growth-cone-dynamics-of-midline-crossing-axons-during-neuronal-wiring-of-the-zebrafish-spinal-cord
#20
Søren S L Andersen
How axons are wired in the vertebrate spinal cord has been studied mostly using fixed samples or looking at individually growing axons. Using light-sheet microscopy, early neural development is here followed in vivo in real time at high resolution along several hundred micrometers of the zebrafish spinal cord. The dynamics and time course of cellular development and axonal wiring of interneurons expressing GFP under control of the dmrt3 promotor are analyzed. Following neurulation, commissural axons are observed crossing the ventral floor plate midline perpendicularly at about 20 microns/h and in a manner dependent on the Robo3 but not the EphA4 receptors...
August 30, 2017: Journal of Comparative Neurology
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