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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429189/using-time-perception-to-explore-implicit-sensitivity-to-emotional-stimuli-in-autism-spectrum-disorder
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Catherine R G Jones, Anna Lambrechts, Sebastian B Gaigg
Establishing whether implicit responses to emotional cues are intact in autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is fundamental to ascertaining why their emotional understanding is compromised. We used a temporal bisection task to assess for responsiveness to face and wildlife images that varied in emotional salience. There were no significant differences between an adult ASD and comparison group, with both showing implicit overestimation of emotional stimuli. Further, there was no correlation between overestimation of emotional stimuli and autistic traits in undergraduate students...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427890/attentive-pointing-in-natural-scenes-correlates-with-other-measures-of-attention
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Daniel M Jeck, Michael Qin, Howard Egeth, Ernst Niebur
Finger pointing is a natural human behavior frequently used to draw attention to specific parts of sensory input. Since this pointing behavior is likely preceded and/or accompanied by the deployment of attention by the pointing person, we hypothesize that pointing can be used as a natural means of providing self-reports of attention and, in the case of visual input, visual salience. We here introduce a new method for assessing attentional choice by asking subjects to point to and tap the first place they look at on an image appearing on an electronic tablet screen...
April 17, 2017: Vision Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426553/greater-fear-of-visceral-pain-contributes-to-differences-between-visceral-and-somatic-pain-in-healthy-women
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Laura Ricarda Koenen, Adriane Icenhour, Katarina Forkmann, Annika Pasler, Nina Theysohn, Michael Forsting, Ulrike Bingel, Sigrid Elsenbruch
This functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) study addressed similarities and differences in behavioral and neural responses to experimental visceral compared to somatic pain stimuli and explored the contribution of fear of pain to differences between pain modalities. In N=22 healthy women, blood oxygen level-dependent (BOLD) responses to rectal distensions and cutaneous heat stimuli matched for perceived pain intensity. Fear of pain and pain unpleasantness were assessed before and after scanning. Visceral pain was more fear-evoking, more unpleasant, and trial-by-trial intensity ratings failed to habituate across trials (all interactions modality X time/trial: p<...
April 18, 2017: Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425491/the-neural-dynamics-underlying-the-interpersonal-effects-of-emotional-expression-on-decision-making
#4
Xuhai Chen, Tingting Zheng, Lingzi Han, Yingchao Chang, Yangmei Luo
Although numerous studies explore the effects of emotion on decision-making, the existing research has mainly focused on the influence of intrapersonal emotions, leaving the influence of one person's emotions on another's decisions underestimated. To specify how interpersonal emotions shape decision-making and delineate the underlying neural dynamics involved, the present study examined brain responses to utilitarian feedback combined with angry or happy faces in competitive and cooperative contexts. Behavioral results showed that participants responded slower following losses than wins when competitors express happiness but responded faster following losses than wins when cooperators express anger...
April 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424635/preferential-processing-of-social-features-and-their-interplay-with-physical-saliency-in-complex-naturalistic-scenes
#5
Albert End, Matthias Gamer
According to so-called saliency-based attention models, attention during free viewing of visual scenes is particularly allocated to physically salient image regions. In the present study, we assumed that social features in complex naturalistic scenes would be processed preferentially irrespective of their physical saliency. Therefore, we expected worse prediction of gazing behavior by saliency-based attention models when social information is present in the visual field. To test this hypothesis, participants freely viewed color photographs of complex naturalistic social (e...
2017: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424430/exploring-non-stationarity-patterns-in-schizophrenia-neural-reorganization-abnormalities-in-the-alpha-band
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Pablo Núñez, Jesus Poza, Alejandro Bachiller, Javier Gomez-Pilar, Alba Lubeiro, Vicente Molina, Roberto Hornero
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this paper was to characterize brain non-stationarity during an auditory oddball task in schizophrenia (SCH). The level of non-stationarity was measured in the baseline and response windows of relevant tones in SCH patients and healthy controls. APPROACH: Event-related potentials were recorded from 28 SCH patients and 51 controls. Non-stationarity was estimated in the conventional electroencephalography frequency bands by means of Kullback-Leibler divergence (KLD)...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Neural Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424396/-the-center-of-sadness-pain-and-recognition
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Richi Niida, Masaru Mimura
The posterior cingulate cortex (Brodmann area, BA 23) is the hub of the default mode network (DMN). Moreover, its network connectivity decreases early in Alzheimer disease. The anterior cingulate cortex (BA 24) is connected to networks such as the DMN, working memory network (WMN), and salience network (SN) and plays a role in network coordination. The subgenual anterior cingulate cortex (sgACC) on the rostral region of the anterior cingulated cortex is suggested to be associated with depression.
April 2017: Brain and Nerve, Shinkei Kenkyū No Shinpo
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422990/sensory-cortical-response-to-uncertainty-and-low-salience-during-recognition-of-affective-cues-in-musical-intervals
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Fernando Bravo, Ian Cross, Emmanuel Andreas Stamatakis, Martin Rohrmeier
Previous neuroimaging studies have shown an increased sensory cortical response (i.e., heightened weight on sensory evidence) under higher levels of predictive uncertainty. The signal enhancement theory proposes that attention improves the quality of the stimulus representation, and therefore reduces uncertainty by increasing the gain of the sensory signal. The present study employed functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to investigate the neural correlates for ambiguous valence inferences signaled by auditory information within an emotion recognition paradigm...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422659/revisiting-co-saliency-detection-a-novel-approach-based-on-two-stage-multi-view-spectral-rotation-co-clustering
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Xiwen Yao, Junwei Han, Dingwen Zhang, Feiping Nie
With the goal of discovering the common and salient objects from the given image group, co-saliency detection has received tremendous research interest in recent years. However, as most of the existing co-saliency detection methods are performed based on the assumption that all the images in the given image group should contain co-salient objects in only one category, they can hardly be applied in practice, particularly for the large-scale image set obtained from the internet. To address this problem, this paper revisits the co-saliency detection task and advances its development into a new phase, where the problem setting is generalized to allow the image group to contain objects in arbitrary number of categories and the algorithms need to simultaneously detect multi-class co-salient objects from such complex data...
April 13, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Image Processing: a Publication of the IEEE Signal Processing Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421863/a-meta-analysis-of-task-related-influences-in-prospective-memory-in-traumatic-brain-injury
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Daniela Wong Gonzalez, Lori Buchanan
Prospective memory is the ability to remember to do something in the future and it is essential to every-day functional independence. Traumatic brain injury is associated with frequent and persistent prospective memory deficits. This study presents a review and meta-analysis investigating the effects of task parameters on prospective memory performance of individuals with TBI. Individual studies using continuous behavioural measures of prospective memory with a sample of adults with TBI and matched controls were included...
April 19, 2017: Neuropsychological Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417832/color-vision-in-color-display-night-vision-goggles
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Eric P Liggins, William P Serle
INTRODUCTION: Aircrew viewing eyepiece-injected symbology on color display night vision goggles (CDNVGs) are performing a visual task involving color under highly unnatural viewing conditions. Their performance in discriminating different colors and responding to color cues is unknown. METHODS: Experimental laboratory measurements of 1) color discrimination and 2) visual search performance are reported under adaptation conditions representative of a CDNVG. Color discrimination was measured using a two-alternative forced choice (2AFC) paradigm that probes color space uniformly around a white point...
May 1, 2017: Aerospace Medicine and Human Performance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416452/associated-motivational-salience-impacts-early-sensory-processing-of-human-faces
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Wiebke Hammerschmidt, Holger Sennhenn-Reulen, Annekathrin Schacht
Facial expressions of emotion have an undeniable processing advantage over neutral faces, discernible both at behavioral level and in emotion-related modulations of several event-related potentials (ERPs). Recently it was proposed that also inherently neutral stimuli might gain salience through associative learning mechanisms. The present study investigated whether acquired motivational salience leads to processing advantages similar to biologically determined origins of inherent emotional salience by applying an associative learning paradigm to human face processing...
April 14, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416329/weight-stigma-predicts-inhibitory-control-and-food-selection-in-response-to-the-salience-of-weight-discrimination
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Ashley M Araiza, Joseph D Wellman
OBJECTIVE: Fear and stigmatization are often used to motivate individuals with higher body weight to engage in healthy behaviors, but these strategies are sometimes counterproductive, leading to undesirable outcomes. In the present study, the impact of weight-based stigma on cognition (i.e., inhibitory control) and food selection (i.e., calories selected) was examined among individuals who consider themselves to be overweight. It was predicted that participants higher in perceived weight stigma would perform more poorly on an inhibitory control task and order more calories on a food selection task when they read about discrimination against individuals with higher weight versus discrimination against an out-group...
April 14, 2017: Appetite
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413601/a-few-of-my-favorite-things-circumscribed-interests-in-autism-are-not-accompanied-by-increased-attentional-salience-on-a-personalized-selective-attention-task
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Owen E Parsons, Andrew P Bayliss, Anna Remington
BACKGROUND: Autistic individuals commonly show circumscribed or "special" interests: areas of obsessive interest in a specific category. The present study investigated what impact these interests have on attention, an aspect of autistic cognition often reported as altered. In neurotypical individuals, interest and expertise have been shown to result in an automatic attentional priority for related items. Here, we examine whether this change in salience is also seen in autism. METHODS: Adolescents and young adults with and without autism performed a personalized selective attention task assessing the level of attentional priority afforded to images related to the participant's specific interests...
2017: Molecular Autism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411736/masked-priming-for-the-comparative-evaluation-of-camouflage-conspicuity
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Tad T Brunyé, Marianna D Eddy, Matthew S Cain, Lisa B Hepfinger, Kathryn Rock
Human observer test and evaluation of camouflage patterns is critical for understanding relative pattern conspicuity against a range of background scenes. However, very few validated methodologies exist for this purpose, and those that do carry several limitations. Five experiments examined whether masked priming with a dot probe could be used to reliably differentiate camouflage patterns. In each experiment, participants were primed with a camouflaged target appearing on the left or right of the screen, and then made a speeded response to a dot probe appearing on the same (congruent) or different (incongruent) side...
July 2017: Applied Ergonomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28410524/cognitive-control-in-young-heavy-drinkers-an-erp-study
#16
Ingmar H A Franken, Maartje Luijten, Frederik M van der Veen, Jan W van Strien
Substance use disorders have been frequently linked to an impaired cognitive control system. Whether this impaired control is also present in young adults who heavily drink alcohol is still subject to debate. The present study investigated possible impairments in cognitive control in heavy drinkers using behavioral and electrophysiological (EEG) measures. We studied behavioral performance on an inhibitory control and an error-processing task, using a GoNogo task and an Eriksen Flanker task respectively, while ERPs (Nogo-N2/P3 and ERN/Pe) were measured in a group of heavy alcohol drinkers (n=48) and a healthy control group of light drinkers (n=49)...
March 28, 2017: Drug and Alcohol Dependence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28408294/resilience-and-cross-network-connectivity-a-neural-model-for-post-trauma-survival
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Marcella Brunetti, Laura Marzetti, Gianna Sepede, Filippo Zappasodi, Vittorio Pizzella, Fabiola Sarchione, Federica Vellante, Giovanni Martinotti, Massimo Di Giannantonio
Literature on the neurobiological bases of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) considers medial Prefrontal cortex (mPFC), a core region of the Default Mode Network (DMN), as a region involved in response regulation to stressors. Disrupted functioning of the DMN has been recognized at the basis of the pathophysiology of a number of mental disorders. Furthermore, in the evaluation of the protective factors to trauma consequence, an important role has been assigned to resilience. Our aim was to investigate the specific relation of resilience and PTSD symptoms severity with resting state brain connectivity in a traumatized population using magnetoencephalography (MEG), a non-invasive imaging technique with high temporal resolution and documented advantages in clinical applications...
April 10, 2017: Progress in Neuro-psychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28408150/adaptive-and-maladaptive-neural-compensatory-consequences-of-sensory-deprivation-from-a-phantom-percept-perspective
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Anusha Mohan, Sven Vanneste
It is suggested that the brain undergoes plastic changes in order to adapt to changing environmental needs. Sensory deprivation results in decreased input to the brain leading to adaptive or maladaptive changes. Although several theories hypothesize the mechanism of these adaptive and maladaptive changes, the course of action taken by the brain heavily depends on the age of incidence of damage. The growing body of literature on the topic proposes that maladaptive changes in the brain are instrumental in creating phantom percepts, defined as the perception of a sensory experience in the absence of a physical stimulus...
April 10, 2017: Progress in Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407027/an-efficient-depth-map-preprocessing-method-based-on-structure-aided-domain-transform-smoothing-for-3d-view-generation
#19
Wei Liu, Liyan Ma, Bo Qiu, Mingyue Cui, Jianwei Ding
Depth image-based rendering (DIBR), which is used to render virtual views with a color image and the corresponding depth map, is one of the key techniques in the 2D to 3D conversion process. Due to the absence of knowledge about the 3D structure of a scene and its corresponding texture, DIBR in the 2D to 3D conversion process, inevitably leads to holes in the resulting 3D image as a result of newly-exposed areas. In this paper, we proposed a structure-aided depth map preprocessing framework in the transformed domain, which is inspired by recently proposed domain transform for its low complexity and high efficiency...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28405754/local-government-capacity-to-respond-to-environmental-change-insights-from-towns-in-new-york-state
#20
Lincoln R Larson, T Bruce Lauber, David L Kay, Bethany B Cutts
Local governments attempting to respond to environmental change face an array of challenges. To better understand policy responses and factors influencing local government capacity to respond to environmental change, we studied three environmental issues affecting rural or peri-urban towns in different regions of New York State: climate change in the Adirondacks (n = 63 towns), loss of open space due to residential/commercial development in the Hudson Valley (n = 50), and natural gas development in the Southern Tier (n = 62)...
April 12, 2017: Environmental Management
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