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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636296/-follow-up-of-the-long-term-cancer-survivor
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Francesco Sciotto, Céline Py, Petros Tsantoulis
Improvements in diagnosis and treatments explain the notable increase in patients chronically affected or recovering from cancer. This is a fragile population, who is physically, psychologically and socially affected by the consequences of the disease and the associated treatments. In addition to detecting a possible relapse, oncologists and primary care physicians have to deal with a variety of issues like psychological distress, sexual dysfunction, cardiotoxicity, cognitive impairment, fatigue and, in some cases, a second primary cancer...
May 17, 2017: Revue Médicale Suisse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633986/gray-matter-abnormalities-in-non-comorbid-medication-naive-patients-with-major-depressive-disorder-or-social-anxiety-disorder
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Youjin Zhao, Lizhou Chen, Wenjing Zhang, Yuan Xiao, Chandan Shah, Hongru Zhu, Minlan Yuan, Huaiqiang Sun, Qiang Yue, Zhiyun Jia, Wei Zhang, Weihong Kuang, Qiyong Gong, Su Lui
BACKGROUND: An overlap of clinical symptoms between major depressive disorder (MDD) and social anxiety disorder (SAD) suggests that the two disorders exhibit similar brain mechanisms. However, few studies have directly compared the brain structures of the two disorders. The aim of this study was to assess the gray matter volume (GMV) and cortical thickness alterations between non-comorbid medication-naive MDD patients and SAD patients. METHODS: High-resolution T1-weighted images were acquired from 37 non-comorbid MDD patients, 24 non-comorbid SAD patients and 41 healthy controls (HCs)...
June 15, 2017: EBioMedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628736/-it-s-definitely-not-alzheimer-s-perceived-benefits-and-drawbacks-of-a-mild-cognitive-impairment-diagnosis
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Tim Gomersall, Sarah Kate Smith, Charlotte Blewett, Arlene Astell
OBJECTIVES: To understand the perceived benefits and drawbacks of a mild cognitive impairment (MCI) diagnosis from the perspective of those living with the label. METHODS: Participants were included if they had recently (within 6 months) received a MCI diagnosis. We also recruited close family members to gain their perspectives. Each was interviewed separately with a semi-structured topic guide covering three areas: (1) experience of cognitive impairments and changes in the individual; (2) impact of cognitive impairment(s) on daily activities and social relationships; and (3) experience of the diagnosis process and living with the label...
June 19, 2017: British Journal of Health Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627387/observational-fear-learning-in-degus-is-correlated-with-temporal-vocalization-patterns
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Navdeep Lidhar, Nathan Insel, June Yue Dong, Kaori Takehara-Nishiuchi
Some animals learn to fear a situation after observing another individual come to harm, and this learning is influenced by the animals' social relationship and history. An important but sometimes overlooked factor in studies of observational fear learning is that social context not only affects observers, but may also influence the behavior and communications expressed by those being observed. Here we sought to investigate whether observational fear learning in the degu (Octodon degus) is affected by social familiarity, and the degree to which vocal expressions of alarm or distress contribute...
June 13, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626619/african-penguins-follow-the-gaze-direction-of-conspecifics
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Christian Nawroth, Egle Trincas, Livio Favaro
Gaze following is widespread among animals. However, the corresponding ultimate functions may vary substantially. Thus, it is important to study previously understudied (or less studied) species to develop a better understanding of the ecological contexts that foster certain cognitive traits. Penguins (Family Spheniscidae), despite their wide interspecies ecological variation, have previously not been considered for cross-species comparisons. Penguin behaviour and communication have been investigated over the last decades, but less is known on how groups are structured, social hierarchies are established, and coordination for hunting and predator avoidance may occur...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622282/towards-a-neurobiological-understanding-of-alexithymia
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REVIEW
Nicolás Meza-Concha, Marcelo Arancibia, Felicia Salas, Rosa Behar, Germán Salas, Hernán Silva, Rocío Escobar
Although the specialized literature on the etiology of alexithymia is controversial, neurobiological research has shown relevant advances. The aim of this review is to analyze the available evidence regarding the neurophysiological bases of alexithymia. A comprehensive review of available articles from Medline/PubMed, EBSCO and SciELO was conducted. Previously, alexithymia was linked to a reduced interhemispheric brain connection. From a childhood traumatic perspective, the right prefrontal cortex and the default mode network would experience alterations, first hypermetabolic (dopaminergic and glutamatergic dysregulation) and then hypometabolic-dissociative (serotonergic and opioid dysregulation), resulting in a distorted interoceptive and emotional awareness...
May 29, 2017: Medwave
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28618560/topology-dependent-rationality-and-quantal-response-equilibria-in-structured-populations
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Sabin Roman, Markus Brede
Given that the assumption of perfect rationality is rarely met in the real world, we explore a graded notion of rationality in socioecological systems of networked actors. We parametrize an actors' rationality via their place in a social network and quantify system rationality via the average Jensen-Shannon divergence between the games Nash and logit quantal response equilibria. Previous work has argued that scale-free topologies maximize a system's overall rationality in this setup. Here we show that while, for certain games, it is true that increasing degree heterogeneity of complex networks enhances rationality, rationality-optimal configurations are not scale-free...
May 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28616997/emotion-and-the-prefrontal-cortex-an-integrative-review
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Matthew L Dixon, Ravi Thiruchselvam, Rebecca Todd, Kalina Christoff
The prefrontal cortex (PFC) plays a critical role in the generation and regulation of emotion. However, we lack an integrative framework for understanding how different emotion-related functions are organized across the entire expanse of the PFC, as prior reviews have generally focused on specific emotional processes (e.g., decision making) or specific anatomical regions (e.g., orbitofrontal cortex). Additionally, psychological theories and neuroscientific investigations have proceeded largely independently because of the lack of a common framework...
June 15, 2017: Psychological Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28606213/is-emotional-intelligence-impaired-in-unaffected-siblings-of-patients-with-schizophrenia
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Beatrice Frajo-Apor, Georg Kemmler, Silvia Pardeller, Markus Huber, Christian Macina, Anna-Sophia Welte, Alex Hofer
OBJECTIVES: Social cognitive deficits have been discussed to be endophenotypes for schizophrenia and other serious mental illnesses. The current study aimed to assess emotional intelligence (EI) in unaffected siblings of schizophrenia patients to investigate its potential role as endophenotype for schizophrenia. METHODS: EI was measured in 56 schizophrenia patients, 57 unaffected siblings, and 127 healthy control subjects by using the Mayer-Salovey-Caruso Emotional Intelligence Test (MSCEIT)...
June 13, 2017: Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society: JINS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28606195/a-mismatch-between-supply-and-demand-of-social-support-in-dementia-care-a-qualitative-study-on-the-perspectives-of-spousal-caregivers-and-their-social-network-members
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Alieske E H Dam, Lizzy M M Boots, Martin P J van Boxtel, Frans R J Verhey, Marjolein E de Vugt
BACKGROUND: Access to social support contributes to feelings of independence and better social health. This qualitative study aims to investigate multi-informant perspectives on informal social support in dementia care networks. METHODS: Ten spousal caregivers of people with dementia (PwD) completed an ecogram, a social network card and a semi-structured interview. The ecogram aimed to trigger subjective experiences regarding social support. Subsequently, 17 network members were interviewed...
June 13, 2017: International Psychogeriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28605643/dispositional-hope-and-life-satisfaction-among-older-adults-attending-lifelong-learning-programs
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A Oliver, J M Tomás, J Montoro-Rodriguez
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study is to explore the indirect effects of dispositional hope in the life satisfaction of older adults attending a lifelong learning program at the University of Valencia, Spain. We examine the mediating impact of dispositional hope regarding its ability to impact life satisfaction while considering affective and confidant social support, perceived health and leisure activities, consciousness and spirituality as predictors. METHODS: Analysis were based on survey data (response rate 77...
May 25, 2017: Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28604058/incongruence-of-subjective-memory-impairment-ratings-and-the-experience-of-memory-problems-in-older-adults-without-dementia-a-mixed-methods-study
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Nikki Hill, Jacqueline Mogle, Lisa Kitko, Andrea Gilmore-Bykovskyi, Rachel Wion, Erin Kitt-Lewis, Ann Kolanowski
OBJECTIVES: The objective of this study was to describe the experiences of older adults living with subjective memory impairment (SMI) and examine the extent to which SMI severity was associated with impact of SMI on daily life. METHOD: A mixed methods convergent design was utilized. Participants with SMI (n = 19, mean age 80.7 years) were recruited from community settings. Semi-structured interviews were analyzed using thematic analysis; these findings were integrated with descriptive statistics from questionnaire and cognitive status data...
June 12, 2017: Aging & Mental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28602997/neural-mechanisms-underlying-valence-inferences-to-sound-the-role-of-the-right-angular-gyrus
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Fernando Bravo, Ian Cross, Sarah Hawkins, Nadia Gonzalez, Jorge Docampo, Claudio Bruno, Emmanuel Andreas Stamatakis
We frequently infer others' intentions based on non-verbal auditory cues. Although the brain underpinnings of social cognition have been extensively studied, no empirical work has yet examined the impact of musical structure manipulation on the neural processing of emotional valence during mental state inferences. We used a novel sound-based theory-of-mind paradigm in which participants categorized stimuli of different sensory dissonance level in terms of positive/negative valence. Whilst consistent with previous studies which propose facilitated encoding of consonances, our results demonstrated that distinct levels of consonance/dissonance elicited differential influences on the right angular gyrus, an area implicated in mental state attribution and attention reorienting processes...
June 8, 2017: Neuropsychologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28595670/healthy-cognitive-ageing-in-the-lothian-birth-cohort-studies-marginal-gains-not-magic-bullet
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J Corley, S R Cox, I J Deary
In the face of shifting demographics and an increase in human longevity, it is important to examine carefully what is known about cognitive ageing, and to identify and promote possibly malleable lifestyle and health-related factors that might mitigate age-associated cognitive decline. The Lothian Birth Cohorts of 1921 (LBC1921, n = 550) and 1936 (LBC1936, n = 1091) are longitudinal studies of cognitive and brain ageing based in Scotland. Childhood IQ data are available for these participants, who were recruited in later life and then followed up regularly...
June 9, 2017: Psychological Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28586513/the-association-between-the-physical-environment-and-the-well-being-of-older-people-in-residential-care-facilities-a-multilevel-analysis
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Susanna Nordin, Kevin Mckee, Helle Wijk, Marie Elf
AIMS: To investigate the associations between the quality of the physical environment and the psychological and social well-being of older people living in residential care facilities. BACKGROUND: Many older people in care facilities have cognitive and physical frailties and are at risk of experiencing low levels of well-being. High quality physical environments can support older people as frailty increases and promote their well-being. Although the importance of the physical environment for residents' well-being is recognised, more research is needed...
June 6, 2017: Journal of Advanced Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28586239/entertainment-education-videos-as-a-persuasive-tool-in-the-substance-use-prevention-intervention-keepin-it-real
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YoungJu Shin, Michelle Miller-Day, Michael L Hecht, Janice L Krieger
Based on social cognitive theory and narrative engagement theory, the current study examined hypothesized indirect effects of engagement with keepin' it REAL (kiR) curriculum entertainment-education (E-E) videos on youth alcohol use via youth drug offer refusal efficacy. Students in 7th grade (N = 1,464) at 25 public schools in two Midwestern states were randomly assigned to one of the two versions of the kiR curriculum, the kiR urban version and the kiR rural version. Each version had their own set of five culturally-grounded E-E videos depicting communicative skills to refuse drug offers...
June 6, 2017: Health Communication
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28585449/go-baby-go-caf%C3%A3-a-case-study-on-an-immersive-rehabilitation-environment-to-improve-functional-outcomes-and-quality-of-life
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Devina S Kumar, Darcy S Reisman, James C Galloway
PURPOSE: To determine the effectiveness of involving traumatic brain injury survivors in a novel "enriched rehabilitation environment" in which physical, cognitive, social and speech impairments are simultaneously addressed during training within a functioning business. METHOD: Participant was a 34-year old with a history of a severe head injury 17 years ago due to a motor vehicle accident. A novel intervention was provided within the Go Baby Go Café at the University of Delaware during her two hour shifts, three times a week for 2 months...
June 6, 2017: Disability and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28585097/coordination-of-self-and-parental-regulation-surrounding-type-i-diabetes-management-in-late-adolescence
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Jonathan E Butner, Cynthia A Berg, A K Munion, Sara L Turner, Amy Hughes-Lansing, Joel B Winnick, Deborah J Wiebe
BACKGROUND: Type 1 diabetes management involves self- and social-regulation, with past research examining components through individual differences unable to capture daily processes. PURPOSE: Dynamical systems modeling was used to examine the coordinative structure of self- and social-regulation (operationalized as parental-regulation) related to daily diabetes management during late adolescence. METHODS: Two hundred and thirty-six late adolescents with type 1 diabetes (M age = 17...
June 5, 2017: Annals of Behavioral Medicine: a Publication of the Society of Behavioral Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28584287/rescue-of-impaired-sociability-and-anxiety-like-behavior-in-adult-cacna1c-deficient-mice-by-pharmacologically-targeting-eif2%C3%AE
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Z D Kabir, A Che, D K Fischer, R C Rice, B K Rizzo, M Byrne, M J Glass, N V De Marco Garcia, A M Rajadhyaksha
CACNA1C, encoding the Cav1.2 subunit of L-type Ca(2+) channels, has emerged as one of the most prominent and highly replicable susceptibility genes for several neuropsychiatric disorders. Cav1.2 channels play a crucial role in calcium-mediated processes involved in brain development and neuronal function. Within the CACNA1C gene, disease-associated single-nucleotide polymorphisms have been associated with impaired social and cognitive processing and altered prefrontal cortical (PFC) structure and activity. These findings suggest that aberrant Cav1...
June 6, 2017: Molecular Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28581191/relative-power-in-sibling-relationships-across-adolescence
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REVIEW
Anna K Lindell, Nicole Campione-Barr
During childhood, older siblings typically hold a more powerful position in their relationship with their younger siblings, but these relationships are thought to become more egalitarian during adolescence as siblings begin to prepare for their relationships as adults and as younger siblings become more socially and cognitively competent. Little is known about relationship factors that may explain this shift in power dynamics, however. The present study therefore examined longitudinal changes in adolescents' and their siblings' perceptions of sibling relative power from age 12 to 18 (n = 145 dyads), and examined whether different levels of sibling relationship positivity and negativity, as well as sibling structural variables, indicated different over-time changes in relative power...
June 2017: New Directions for Child and Adolescent Development
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