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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421859/water-sensation-during-passive-propulsion-for-expert-and-nonexpert-swimmers
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Kenta Kusanagi, Daisuke Sato, Yasuhiro Hashimoto, Norimasa Yamada
This study determined whether expert swimmers, compared with nonexperts, have superior movement perception and physical sensations of propulsion in water. Expert (national level competitors, n = 10) and nonexpert (able to swim 50 m in > 3 styles, n = 10) swimmers estimated the distance propelled in water with their eyes closed. Both groups indicated their subjective physical sensations in the water. For each of two trials, two-dimensional coordinates were obtained from video recordings using the two-dimensional direct linear transformation method for calculating changes in speed...
January 1, 2017: Perceptual and Motor Skills
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420973/no-overt-effects-of-a-6-week-exergame-training-on-sensorimotor-and-cognitive-function-in-older-adults-a-preliminary-investigation
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Madeleine Ordnung, Maike Hoff, Elisabeth Kaminski, Arno Villringer, Patrick Ragert
Several studies investigating the relationship between physical activity and cognition showed that exercise interventions might have beneficial effects on working memory, executive functions as well as motor fitness in old adults. Recently, movement based video games (exergames) have been introduced to have the capability to improve cognitive function in older adults. Healthy aging is associated with a loss of cognitive, as well as sensorimotor functions. During exergaming, participants are required to perform physical activities while being simultaneously surrounded by a cognitively challenging environment...
2017: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419715/a-survey-on-faculty-perspectives-on-the-transition-to-a-biochemistry-course-based-undergraduate-research-experience-laboratory
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Paul A Craig
It will always remain a goal of an undergraduate biochemistry laboratory course to engage students hands-on in a wide range of biochemistry laboratory experiences. In 2006, our research group initiated a project for in silico prediction of enzyme function based only on the 3D coordinates of the more than 3800 proteins "of unknown function" in the Protein Data Bank, many of which resulted from the Protein Structure Initiative. Students have used the ProMOL plugin to the PyMOL molecular graphics environment along with BLAST, Pfam, and Dali to predict protein functions...
April 16, 2017: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414047/a-novel-automated-rodent-tracker-art-demonstrated-in-a-mouse-model-of-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis
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Brett M Hewitt, Moi Hoon Yap, Emma F Hodson-Tole, Aneurin J Kennerley, Paul S Sharp, Robyn A Grant
BACKGROUND: Generating quantitative metrics of rodent locomotion and general behaviours from video footage is important in behavioural neuroscience studies. However, there is not yet a free software system that can process large amounts of video data with minimal user interventions. NEW METHOD: Here we propose a new, automated rodent tracker (ART) that uses a simple rule-based system to quickly and robustly track rodent nose and body points, with minimal user input...
April 13, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28359880/coordinated-movement-is-influenced-by-prenatal-light-experience-in-bobwhite-quail-chicks-colinus-virginianus
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Starlie C Belnap, Robert Lickliter
Sensory-motor development begins early during embryogenesis and is influenced by sensory experience. Little is known about the prenatal factors that influence the development of motor coordination. Here we investigated whether and to what extent prenatal light experience can influence the development of motor coordination in bobwhite quail hatchlings. Quail embryos were incubated under four light conditions: no light (dark), 2h of total light (2HR), 6h of total light (6HR), and diffused sunlight (controls)...
March 27, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350283/testing-fine-motor-coordination-via-telehealth-effects-of-video-characteristics-on-reliability-and-validity
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Helen M Hoenig, Kristopher Amis, Carol Edmonds, Michelle S Morgan, Lawrence Landerman, Kevin Caves
Background There is limited research about the effects of video quality on the accuracy of assessments of physical function. Methods A repeated measures study design was used to assess reliability and validity of the finger-nose test (FNT) and the finger-tapping test (FTT) carried out with 50 veterans who had impairment in gross and/or fine motor coordination. Videos were scored by expert raters under eight differing conditions, including in-person, high definition video with slow motion review and standard speed videos with varying bit rates and frame rates...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344117/learning-the-skills-needed-to-perform-shoulder-arthroscopy-by-simulation
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Pierre-Sylvain Marcheix, Guillaume Vergnenegre, François Dalmay, ChristianMabit, Jean-Louis Charissoux
INTRODUCTION: Simulation for arthroscopy helps surgical trainees develop their surgery skills in a safe environment. This teaching technique has become more widespread in recent years because of the need to provide surgeons in training with an alternative to the current methods. We hypothesized that a resident in surgery could acquire the skills needed to perform arthroscopic shoulder surgery by working on a simulator. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The study was conducted over a 4-month period from June to September 2016...
March 23, 2017: Orthopaedics & Traumatology, Surgery & Research: OTSR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315945/organization-of-the-reach-and-grasp-in-head-fixed-vs-freely-moving-mice-provides-support-for-multiple-motor-channel-theory-of-neocortical-organization
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Ian Q Whishaw, Jamshid Faraji, Jessica Kuntz, Behroo Mirza Agha, Mukt Patel, Gerlinde A S Metz, Majid H Mohajerani
Multiple motor channel (MMC) theory of neocortical organization proposes that complex movements, such as reaching for a food item to eat, are produced by the coordinated action of separate neural channels. For example, the human reach-to-grasp act is mediated by two visuo-parieto-motor cortex channels, one for the reach and one for the grasp. The present analysis asked whether there is a similar organization of reach-and-grasp movements in the mouse. The reach-to-eat movements of the same mice were examined from high-shutter speed, frame-by-frame video analysis in three tasks in which the mice obtained equivalent success scores: when freely-moving reaching for food pellets, when head-fixed reaching for food pellets, and when head-fixed reaching for pieces of pasta...
March 18, 2017: Experimental Brain Research. Experimentelle Hirnforschung. Expérimentation Cérébrale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28282530/effect-of-early-intervention-on-functional-outcome-at-school-age-follow-up-and-process-evaluation-of-a-randomised-controlled-trial-in-infants-at-risk
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Elisa G Hamer, Tjitske Hielkema, Arend F Bos, Tineke Dirks, Siebrigje J Hooijsma, Heleen A Reinders-Messelink, Rivka F Toonen, Mijna Hadders-Algra
BACKGROUND: The long-term effect of early intervention in infants at risk for developmental disorders is unclear. The VIP project (n=46, originally) evaluated by means of a randomised controlled trial the effect of the family centred early intervention programme COPCA (Coping with and Caring for infants with special needs) in comparison to that of traditional infant physiotherapy (TIP). AIMS: To evaluate the effect of early intervention on functional outcome at school age...
March 2017: Early Human Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28279851/the-sensitivity-of-shoulder-muscle-and-joint-force-predictions-to-changes-in-joint-kinematics-a-monte-carlo-analysis
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Wen Wu, Peter Vee Sin Lee, David C Ackland
Kinematics of the shoulder girdle obtained from non-invasive measurement systems such as video motion analysis, accelerometers and magnetic tracking sensors has been shown to be adversely affected by instrumentation measurement errors and skin motion artefact. The degree to which musculoskeletal model calculations of shoulder muscle and joint loading are influenced by variations in joint kinematics is currently not well understood. A three-dimensional musculoskeletal model of the upper limb was used to evaluate the sensitivity of shoulder muscle and joint force...
March 1, 2017: Gait & Posture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28275083/unilateral-cerebellothalamic-tract-ablation-in-essential-tremor-by-mri-guided-focused-ultrasound
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Sebastian R Schreglmann, Ronald Bauer, Stefan Hägele-Link, Kailash P Bhatia, Parashkev Natchev, Nikolas Wegener, Anita Lebeda, Beat Werner, Ernst Martin, Georg Kägi
OBJECTIVE: To report results of a prospective trial of unilateral transcranial MRI-guided focused ultrasound (MRIgFUS) ablation of the cerebellothalamic tract in essential tremor (ET). METHODS: This was a prospective, uncontrolled, single-center interventional study. Patients with ET fulfilling criteria for interventional therapy received unilateral ablation of the cerebellothalamic tract (CTT) by MRIgFUS. Motor symptoms, manual dexterity, cognition, and quality of life were assessed before intervention and at 48 hours and 1, 3, and 6 months after intervention...
March 8, 2017: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28275005/kinematic-control-of-extreme-jump-angles-in-the-red-leg-running-frog-kassina-maculata
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Christopher Thomas Richards, Laura Beatriz Porro, Amber Jade Collings
The kinematic flexibility of frog hindlimbs enables multiple locomotor modes within a single species. Prior work has extensively explored maximum performance capacity in frogs; however, the mechanisms by which anurans modulate performance within locomotor modes remain unclear. We explored how Kassina maculata, a species known for both running and jumping abilities, modulates takeoff angle from horizontal to nearly vertical. Specifically, how do 3D motions of leg segments coordinate to move the center of mass (COM) upwards and forwards? How do joint rotations modulate jump angle? High-speed video was used to quantify 3D joint angles and their respective rotation axis vectors...
March 8, 2017: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28250800/vocal-exchanges-during-pair-formation-and-maintenance-in-the-zebra-finch-taeniopygia-guttata
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Pietro Bruno D'Amelio, Lisa Trost, Andries Ter Maat
BACKGROUND: Pair compatibility affects the success of a pair; however, its causes and mechanisms are not fully understood. Vocal exchange may be very important for pair formation, coordinating pair activities, maintaining the pair bond and mate guarding. To investigate the role of vocal exchange in pair formation and pair maintenance, we explored whether new and established pairs of zebra finches differed in their calling relationships. We used individualised backpack microphones to examine the entire daily vocal emission of pairs, with parallel video recording of behaviour...
2017: Frontiers in Zoology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28238392/quantitative-representation-of-eustachian-tube-component-movements-during-swallowing
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Selma Cetin, Miriam S Teixeira, Cuneyt M Alper
OBJECTIVE: Describes a method of dynamic video-endoscopy of the Eustachian tube (ET) orifice at the nasopharynx to quantitatively represent ET component movements during swallowing using a graphic function and analyze their importance to its opening mechanics. METHODS: This was a pilot study of relational event capture using a polar coordinate system applied to trans-nasal video-endoscopic recordings of the ET during 3 swallows in 5 adults. After topical anesthesia of the nose, a 45° telescope was introduced unilaterally and focused on the ipsilateral ET orifice...
February 18, 2017: Auris, Nasus, Larynx
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221164/positive-and-negative-cues-for-modulating-neurite-dynamics-and-receptor-expression
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Melissa R Wrobel, Harini G Sundararaghavan
Many current peripheral nerve repair strategies focus on delivering positive, growth promoting cues (e.g. extracellular matrix, ECM) while eliminating negative, growth inhibiting cues (e.g. chondroitin sulfate proteoglycans, CSPGs) at the injury site. We hypothesized that recapitulating the positive and negative cues of the peripheral nerve injury microenvironment would improve regeneration. First, we tested the effects of a characteristic CSPG, chondroitin sulfate A (CSA) on neurite dynamics of dissociated chick embryo dorsal root ganglion (DRG) neurons using time lapse video microscopy...
March 27, 2017: Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217739/grounded-and-embodied-mathematical-cognition-promoting-mathematical-insight-and-proof-using-action-and-language
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Mitchell J Nathan, Candace Walkington
We develop a theory of grounded and embodied mathematical cognition (GEMC) that draws on action-cognition transduction for advancing understanding of how the body can support mathematical reasoning. GEMC proposes that participants' actions serve as inputs capable of driving the cognition-action system toward associated cognitive states. This occurs through a process of transduction that promotes valuable mathematical insights by eliciting dynamic depictive gestures that enact spatio-temporal properties of mathematical entities...
2017: Cognitive Research: Principles and Implications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216441/the-dynamics-of-signal-complex-formation-mediating-germling-fusion-in-neurospora-crassa
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Antonio Serrano, Hamzeh H Hammadeh, Stephanie Herzog, Julia Illgen, Marcel R Schumann, Martin Weichert, André Fleiβner
Colony initiation of filamentous fungi commonly involves fusion of germinating vegetative spores. Studies in Neurospora crassa revealed an unusual cell-cell communication mechanism mediating this process, in which the fusion partners coordinately alternate between two physiological stages, probably related to signal sending and receiving. This "cell dialog" involves the alternating, oscillatory recruitment of the SO protein and the MAK-2 MAP kinase module to the apical plasma membrane of growing fusion tips...
February 16, 2017: Fungal Genetics and Biology: FG & B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210231/effects-of-agent-environment-symmetry-on-the-coordination-dynamics-of-triadic-jumping
#18
Akifumi Kijima, Hiroyuki Shima, Motoki Okumura, Yuji Yamamoto, Michael J Richardson
We investigated whether the patterns of coordination that emerged during a three-participant (triadic) jumping task were defined by the symmetries of the (multi) agent-environment task space. Triads were instructed to jump around different geometrical arrangements of hoops. The symmetry of the hoop geometry was manipulated to create two symmetrical and two asymmetrical participant-hoop configurations. Video and motion tracking recordings were employed to determine the frequencies of coordination misses (collisions or failed jumps) and during 20 successful jump sequences, the jump direction chosen (clockwise vs...
2017: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203582/indifference-to-chaotic-motion-may-be-related-to-social-disinterest-in-children-with-autism
#19
Joshua Haworth, Anastasia Kyvelidou, Wayne Fisher, Nicholas Stergiou
Children with autism spectrum disorder tend to have little interest in the presence, actions, and motives of other persons. In addition, these children tend to present with a limited and overly redundant movement repertoire, often expressing hyperfixation and aversion to novelty. We explore whether this is related to a more fundamental lack of appreciation for various temporal dynamics, including periodic, chaotic, and aperiodic motion structures. Seven children with ASD (age, gender, and height matched with children without ASD) were asked to stand and watch the motion of a visual stimulus displayed on a large (55″) video monitor...
December 2016: Journal of Motor Learning and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187138/a-randomized-controlled-trial-of-a-group-based-gaze-training-intervention-for-children-with-developmental-coordination-disorder
#20
Greg Wood, Charlotte A L Miles, Ginny Coyles, Omid Alizadehkhaiyat, Samuel J Vine, Joan N Vickers, Mark R Wilson
The aim of this study was to integrate a gaze training intervention (i.e., quiet eye training; QET) that has been shown to improve the throwing and catching skill of children with Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD), within an approach (i.e., group therapy) that might alleviate the negative psychosocial impact of these motor skill deficits. Twenty-one children with DCD were split into either QET (8 male 3 female, mean age of 8.6 years (SD = 1.04) or technical training (TT) groups (7 male 3 female, mean age of 8...
2017: PloS One
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