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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436884/novelty-indicator-for-enhanced-prioritization-of-predicted-gene-ontology-annotations
#1
Davide Chicco, Fernando Palluzzi, Marco Masseroli
Biomolecular controlled annotations have become pivotal in computational biology, because they allow scientists to analyze large amounts of biological data to better understand test results, and to infer new knowledge. Yet, biomolecular annotation databases are incomplete by definition, like our knowledge of biology, and might contain errors and inconsistent information. In this context, machine-learning algorithms able to predict and prioritize new annotations are both effective and efficient, especially if compared with time-consuming trials of biological validation...
April 18, 2017: IEEE/ACM Transactions on Computational Biology and Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435975/-effect-of-bilateral-injection-of-calcitonin-gene-related-peptide-into-amygdala-on-learning-and-memory-of-mice
#2
Xin Wu, Wan-Jun Zheng, Ming-Hui Lv, Jian-Feng Gao
The aim of the present study was to explore the effects of different doses of calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP) injected into the central nucleus of amygdala on cognitive function, learning and memory of mice. C57BL/6J mice (30 days old) were randomly divided into control, sham, and three CGRP groups (10 mice for each group). Three doses of CGRP (200, 400 and 800 ng) were bilaterally administered into the central nucleus of the amygdala. Open field test was used to assess cognitive function. Novel object recognition and Morris water maze test were used to evaluate learning and memory of the mice...
April 25, 2017: Sheng Li Xue Bao: [Acta Physiologica Sinica]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435973/acclimatization-to-middle-altitude-hypoxia-protects-against-developmental-and-cognitive-deficits-caused-by-acute-fetal-hypoxia-in-mice
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Hui-Lang Liu, Yong-Mei Sun, Chuan-Yu Li, Hai-Chen Niu, Min Su, Jing-Kun Wang
Acute fetal hypoxia (AFH) can elicit postnatal motor deficits and cognitive impairments. To test whether lifelong acclimatization to middle altitude (MA) hypoxia has protective effects on the impairments caused by AFH, ICR mice bred at 1 900 m altitude for 6-7 generations were evaluated under AFH. On gestation day 9 (GD 9), 13 (GD 13) or 17 (GD 17), pregnant mice received a single exposure to acute hypoxia (7% O2, 6 h). Physiological and neurodevelopmental behaviors, motor function (open field), spatial learning and memory (Morris water maze), and anxiety level (elevated plus maze) were examined in the offspring from neonate to adulthood...
April 25, 2017: Sheng Li Xue Bao: [Acta Physiologica Sinica]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434913/development-of-school-based-asthma-management-programs-in-rochester-ny
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Jill S Halterman, Reynaldo Tajon, Paul Tremblay, Maria Fagnano, Arlene Butz, Tamara Perry, Ken McConnochie
In the spirit of Dr. Haggerty's teachings, we present an overview of our work to improve care for children with asthma in the context of 3 lessons learned:(1) 1) The importance of providing integrated services across disciplinary boundaries for children with chronic illness, 2) The need to move from a care model focused only on the individual child to a model focused on the child, family, and community, and 3) The need to expand beyond the local community and take a broad perspective on improving health on a national level...
April 18, 2017: Academic Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432767/categorical-learning-revealed-in-activity-pattern-of-left-fusiform-cortex
#5
Jessica E Goold, Ming Meng
The brain is organized such that it encodes and maintains category information about thousands of objects. However, how learning shapes these neural representations of object categories is unknown. The present study focuses on faces, examining whether: (1) Enhanced categorical discrimination or (2) Feature analysis enhances face/non-face categorization in the brain. Stimuli ranged from non-faces to faces with two-toned Mooney images used for testing and gray-scale images used for training. The stimulus set was specifically chosen because it has a true categorical boundary between faces and non-faces but the stimuli surrounding that boundary have very similar features, making the boundary harder to learn...
April 22, 2017: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432349/augmentation-of-working-memory-training-by-transcranial-direct-current-stimulation-tdcs
#6
Steffen Philipp Ruf, Andreas J Fallgatter, Christian Plewnia
Transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) to the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex (dlPFC) can modulate working memory (WM) performance. However, evidence regarding the enhancement of WM training, its sustainability and transferability is ambiguous. Since WM functioning appears to be lateralized in respect to stimulus characteristics, this study examined the difference between task-congruent (spatial-right, verbal-left), task-incongruent (spatial-left, verbal-right) and sham tDCS in regards to the efficacy of WM training...
April 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432039/simulation-training-evaluating-the-instructor-s-contribution-to-a-wizard-of-oz-simulator-in-obstetrics-and-gynecology-ultrasound-training
#7
Aric Katz, Ronnie Tepper, Avraham Shtub
BACKGROUND: Workplaces today demand graduates who are prepared with field-specific knowledge, advanced social skills, problem-solving skills, and integration capabilities. Meeting these goals with didactic learning (DL) is becoming increasingly difficult. Enhanced training methods that would better prepare tomorrow's graduates must be more engaging and game-like, such as feedback based e-learning or simulation-based training, while saving time. Empirical evidence regarding the effectiveness of advanced learning methods is lacking...
April 21, 2017: JMIR Medical Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422683/progressive-dictionary-learning-with-hierarchical-predictive-structure-for-scalable-video-coding
#8
Wenrui Dai, Yangmei Shen, Hongkai Xiong, Xiaoqian Jiang, Junni Zou, David Taubman
Dictionary learning has emerged as a promising alternative to the conventional hybrid coding framework. However, the rigid structure of sequential training and prediction degrades its performance in scalable video coding. This paper proposes a progressive dictionary learning framework with hierarchical predictive structure for scalable video coding, especially in low bitrate region. For pyramidal layers, sparse representation based on spatio-temporal dictionary is adopted to improve the coding efficiency of enhancement layers (ELs) with a guarantee of reconstruction performance...
April 12, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Image Processing: a Publication of the IEEE Signal Processing Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421298/dog-rivalry-impacts-following-behavior-in-a-decision-making-task-involving-food
#9
Christy L Hoffman, Malini Suchak
Dogs learn a great deal from humans and other dogs. Previous studies of socially influenced learning between dogs have typically used a highly trained demonstrator dog who is unfamiliar to the observer. Because of this, it is unknown how dynamics between familiar dogs may influence their likelihood of learning from each other. In this study, we tested dogs living together in two-dog households on whether individual dogs' rivalry scores were associated with performance on a local enhancement task. Specifically, we wanted to know whether dog rivalry impacted whether an observer dog would approach a plate from which a demonstrator dog had eaten all available food, or whether the observer dog would approach the adjacent plate that still contained food...
April 18, 2017: Animal Cognition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420599/use-of-machine-learning-classifiers-and-sensor-data-to-detect-neurological-deficit-in-stroke-patients
#10
Eunjeong Park, Hyuk-Jae Chang, Hyo Suk Nam
BACKGROUND: The pronator drift test (PDT), a neurological examination, is widely used in clinics to measure motor weakness of stroke patients. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to develop a PDT tool with machine learning classifiers to detect stroke symptoms based on quantification of proximal arm weakness using inertial sensors and signal processing. METHODS: We extracted features of drift and pronation from accelerometer signals of wearable devices on the inner wrists of 16 stroke patients and 10 healthy controls...
April 18, 2017: Journal of Medical Internet Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420341/genetic-sequence-based-prediction-of-long-range-chromatin-interactions-suggests-a-potential-role-of-short-tandem-repeat-sequences-in-genome-organization
#11
Sarvesh Nikumbh, Nico Pfeifer
BACKGROUND: Knowing the three-dimensional (3D) structure of the chromatin is important for obtaining a complete picture of the regulatory landscape. Changes in the 3D structure have been implicated in diseases. While there exist approaches that attempt to predict the long-range chromatin interactions, they focus only on interactions between specific genomic regions - the promoters and enhancers, neglecting other possibilities, for instance, the so-called structural interactions involving intervening chromatin...
April 18, 2017: BMC Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419417/changes-in-the-relation-between-competence-beliefs-and-achievement-in-math-across-elementary-school-years
#12
Anne F Weidinger, Ricarda Steinmayr, Birgit Spinath
Math competence beliefs and achievement are important outcomes of school-based learning. Previous studies yielded inconsistent results on whether skill development, self-enhancement, or reciprocal effects account for the interplay among them. A development-related change in the direction of their relation in the early school years might explain the inconsistency. To test this, 542 German elementary school students (M = 7.95 years, SD = 0.58) were repeatedly investigated over 24 months from Grade 2 to Grade 4...
April 17, 2017: Child Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414036/blunted-cortisol-response-to-acute-pre-learning-stress-prevents-misinformation-effect-in-a-forced-confabulation-paradigm
#13
Phillip R Zoladz, Chelsea E Cadle, Alison M Dailey, Miranda K Fiely, David M Peters, Hannah E Nagle, Brianne E Mosley, Amanda R Scharf, Callie M Brown, Tessa J Duffy, McKenna B Earley, Boyd R Rorabaugh, Kristie E Payment
Research examining the effects of stress on false memory formation has been equivocal, partly because of the complex nature of stress-memory interactions. A major factor influencing stress effects on learning is the timing of stress relative to encoding. Previous work has shown that brief stressors administered immediately before learning enhance long-term memory. Thus, we predicted that brief stress immediately before learning would decrease participants' susceptibility to subsequent misinformation and reduce false memory formation...
April 21, 2017: Hormones and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413945/body-machine-interface-enables-people-with-cervical-spinal-cord-injury-to-control-devices-with-available-body-movements-proof-of-concept
#14
Farnaz Abdollahi, Ali Farshchiansadegh, Camilla Pierella, Ismael Seáñez-González, Elias Thorp, Mei-Hua Lee, Rajiv Ranganathan, Jessica Pedersen, David Chen, Elliot Roth, Maura Casadio, Ferdinando Mussa-Ivaldi
This study tested the use of a customized body-machine interface (BoMI) for enhancing functional capabilities in persons with cervical spinal cord injury (cSCI). The interface allows people with cSCI to operate external devices by reorganizing their residual movements. This was a proof-of-concept phase 0 interventional nonrandomized clinical trial. Eight cSCI participants wore a custom-made garment with motion sensors placed on the shoulders. Signals derived from the sensors controlled a computer cursor. A standard algorithm extracted the combinations of sensor signals that best captured each participant's capacity for controlling a computer cursor...
May 2017: Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412502/enriched-environment-effects-on-remote-object-recognition-memory
#15
Riccardo Melani, Gabriele Chelini, Maria Cristina Cenni, Nicoletta Berardi
Since Ebbinghaus' classical work on oblivion and saving effects, we know that declarative memories may become at first spontaneously irretrievable and only subsequently completely extinguished. Recently, this time-dependent path toward memory-trace loss has been shown to correlate with different patterns of brain activation. Environmental enrichment (EE) enhances learning and memory and affects system memory consolidation. However, there is no evidence on whether and how EE could affect the time-dependent path toward oblivion...
April 12, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28410461/gradients-of-fear-how-perception-influences-fear-generalization
#16
Dieter Struyf, Jonas Zaman, Dirk Hermans, Bram Vervliet
The current experiment investigated whether overgeneralization of fear could be due to an inability to perceptually discriminate the initial fear-evoking stimulus from similar stimuli, as fear learning-induced perceptual impairments have been reported but their influence on generalization gradients remain to be elucidated. Three hundred and sixty-eight healthy volunteers participated in a differential fear conditioning paradigm with circles of different sizes as conditioned stimuli (CS), of which one was paired to an aversive IAPS picture...
June 2017: Behaviour Research and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28410112/epithelium-stroma-classification-via-convolutional-neural-networks-and-unsupervised-domain-adaptation-in-histopathological-images
#17
Yue Huang, Han Zheng, Chi Liu, Xinghao Ding, Gustavo Rohde
Epithelium-stroma classification is a necessary preprocessing step in histopathological image analysis. Current deep learning based recognition methods for histology data require collection of large volumes of labeled data in order to train a new neural network when there are changes to the image acquisition procedure. However, it is extremely expensive for pathologists to manually label sufficient volumes of data for each pathology study in a professional manner, which results in limitations in real-world applications...
April 6, 2017: IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28410108/clearing-the-skies-a-deep-network-architecture-for-single-image-rain-streaks-removal
#18
Xueyang Fu, Jiabin Huang, Xinghao Ding, Yinghao Liao, John Paisley
We introduce a deep network architecture called DerainNet for removing rain streaks from an image. Based on the deep convolutional neural network (CNN), we directly learn the mapping relationship between rainy and clean image detail layers from data. Because we do not possess the ground truth corresponding to real-world rainy images, we synthesize images with rain for training. In contrast to other common strategies that increase depth or breadth of the network, we use image processing domain knowledge to modify the objective function and improve deraining with a modestly-sized CNN...
April 6, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Image Processing: a Publication of the IEEE Signal Processing Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28408408/students-use-of-optional-online-reviews-and-its-relationship-to-summative-assessment-outcomes-in-introductory-biology
#19
Shana K Carpenter, Shuhebur Rahman, Terry J S Lund, Patrick I Armstrong, Monica H Lamm, Robert D Reason, Clark R Coffman
Retrieval practice has been shown to produce significant enhancements in student learning of course information, but the extent to which students make use of retrieval to learn information on their own is unclear. In the current study, students in a large introductory biology course were provided with optional online review questions that could be accessed as Test questions (requiring students to answer the questions before receiving feedback) or as Read questions (providing students with the question and correct answer up-front)...
2017: CBE Life Sciences Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28400163/stress-before-extinction-learning-enhances-and-generalizes-extinction-memory-in-a-predictive-learning-task
#20
Shira Meir Drexler, Tanja C Hamacher-Dang, Oliver T Wolf
In extinction learning, the individual learns that a previously acquired association (e.g. between a threat and its predictor) is no longer valid. This learning is the principle underlying many cognitive-behavioral psychotherapeutic treatments, e.g. 'exposure therapy'. However, extinction is often highly-context dependent, leading to renewal (relapse of extinguished conditioned response following context change). We have previously shown that post-extinction stress leads to a more context-dependent extinction memory in a predictive learning task...
April 8, 2017: Neurobiology of Learning and Memory
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