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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723907/auditory-and-visual-distractors-disrupt-multisensory-temporal-acuity-in-the-crossmodal-temporal-order-judgment-task
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Cassandra L Dean, Brady A Eggleston, Kyla David Gibney, Enimielen Aligbe, Marissa Blackwell, Leslie Dowell Kwakye
The ability to synthesize information across multiple senses is known as multisensory integration and is essential to our understanding of the world around us. Sensory stimuli that occur close in time are likely to be integrated, and the accuracy of this integration is dependent on our ability to precisely discriminate the relative timing of unisensory stimuli (crossmodal temporal acuity). Previous research has shown that multisensory integration is modulated by both bottom-up stimulus features, such as the temporal structure of unisensory stimuli, and top-down processes such as attention...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721516/motor-cognitive-dual-tasking-under-hypoxia
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Dennis Hamacher, Marie Brennicke, Tom Behrendt, Prisca Alt, Alexander Törpel, Lutz Schega
Hypoxic conditions diminish motor performance and cognitive functions, especially when the motor task and the cognitive task are conducted simultaneously. Hypoxia does further increase prefrontal cortex activity which provokes a reduced capability of efficient resource utilisation. This, again, might evoke that the capacity of the limited mental resources of a dual task will be reached at an earlier stage of task complexity. The purpose of our study was to examine whether a cognitive task would increase gait variability to a higher extent under hypoxic as compared to normoxic conditions...
July 18, 2017: Experimental Brain Research. Experimentelle Hirnforschung. Expérimentation Cérébrale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720090/-we-and-the-nurses-are-now-working-with-one-voice-how-community-leaders-and-health-committee-members-describe-their-role-in-sierra-leone-s-ebola-response
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Shannon A McMahon, Lara S Ho, Kerry Scott, Hannah Brown, Laura Miller, Ruwan Ratnayake, Rashid Ansumana
BACKGROUND: Across low-income settings, community volunteers and health committee members support the formal health system - both routinely and amid emergencies - by engaging in health services such as referrals and health education. During the 2014-2015 Ebola epidemic, emerging reports suggest that community engagement was instrumental in interrupting transmission. Nevertheless, literature regarding community volunteers' roles during emergencies generally, and Ebola specifically, is scarce...
July 18, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718840/bilinguals-working-memory-wm-advantage-and-their-dual-language-practices
#4
Eunju Yang
The present study investigates a possible working memory (WM) difference between monolingual and bilingual groups and explores the relationship between their WM advantage and language practices. A mixed methods design was employed for the study. To measure participants' WM, auditory and visual digit span tasks were conducted on the different language groups: 20 Korean near-monolinguals, and 40 Korean-English bilinguals with two different levels of second language (L2) proficiency. Bilinguals' daily language practices were explored through semi-structured interviews with eight bilinguals...
July 18, 2017: Brain Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713264/white-matter-changes-related-gait-and-executive-function-deficits-associations-with-age-and-parkinson-s-disease
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Jennifer Sartor, Kristina Bettecken, Felix P Bernhard, Marc Hofmann, Till Gladow, Tobias Lindig, Meltem Ciliz, Mara Ten Kate, Johanna Geritz, Sebastian Heinzel, Marije Benedictus, Philip Scheltens, Markus A Hobert, Walter Maetzler
Background: White matter changes (WMC) are a common finding among older adults and patients with Parkinson's disease (PD), and have been associated with, e.g., gait deficits and executive dysfunction. How the factors age and PD influence WMC-related deficits is, to our best knowledge, not investigated to date. We hypothesized that advanced age and presence of PD leads to WMC-related symptoms while practicing tasks with a low complexity level, and low age and absence of PD leads to WMC-related symptoms while practicing tasks with a high complexity level...
2017: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713252/effect-of-postural-control-demands-on-early-visual-evoked-potentials-during-a-subjective-visual-vertical-perception-task-in-adolescents-with-idiopathic-scoliosis
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Yi-Tzu Chang, Ling-Fu Meng, Chun-Ju Chang, Po-Liang Lai, Chi-Wen Lung, Jen-Suh Chern
Subjective visual vertical (SVV) judgment and standing stability were separately investigated among patients with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS). Although, one study has investigated the central mechanism of stability control in the AIS population, the relationships between SVV, decreased standing stability, and AIS have never been investigated. Through event-related potentials (ERPs), the present study examined the effect of postural control demands (PDs) on AIS central mechanisms related to SVV judgment and standing stability to elucidate the time-serial stability control process...
2017: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713237/behavioral-and-neural-correlates-of-executive-function-interplay-between-inhibition-and-updating-processes
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Na Young Kim, Ellen Wittenberg, Chang S Nam
This study investigated the interaction between two executive function processes, inhibition and updating, through analyses of behavioral, neurophysiological, and effective connectivity metrics. Although, many studies have focused on behavioral effects of executive function processes individually, few studies have examined the dynamic causal interactions between these two functions. A total of twenty participants from a local university performed a dual task combing flanker and n-back experimental paradigms, and completed the Operation Span Task designed to measure working memory capacity...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712343/overload-from-anxiety-a-non-motor-cause-for-gait-impairments-in-parkinson-s-disease
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Kaylena A Ehgoetz Martens, Carolina R A Silveira, Brittany N Intzandt, Quincy J Almeida
Threatening situations lead to observable gait deficits in individuals with Parkinson's disease (PD) who suffer from high trait anxiety levels. The specific characteristics of gait that are affected appear to be similar to behaviors observed while walking during a dual-task (DT) condition. Yet, it remains unclear whether anxiety is similar to a cognitive load. If it were, then those with PD who have high trait anxiety might be expected to be more susceptible to DT interference during walking. Thus, the overall aim of this study was to evaluate whether trait anxiety influences gait during single-task (ST) and DT walking...
July 17, 2017: Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711852/gauging-policy-driven-large-scale-vegetation-restoration-programmes-under-a-changing-environment-their-effectiveness-and-socio-economic-relationships
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Ting Li, Yihe Lü, Bojie Fu, Alexis J Comber, Paul Harris, Lianhai Wu
Large-scale ecological restoration has been widely accepted globally as an effective strategy for combating environmental crises and to facilitate sustainability. Assessing the effectiveness of ecological restoration is vital for researchers, practitioners, and policy-makers. However, few practical tools are available to perform such tasks, particularly for large-scale restoration programmes in complex socio-ecological systems. By taking a "before and after" design, this paper formulates a composite index (Ej) based on comparing the trends of vegetation cover and vegetation productivity to assess ecological restoration effectiveness...
July 13, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711652/dual-task-walking-over-a-compliant-foam-surface-a-comparison-of-people-with-transfemoral-amputation-and-controls
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Sara J Morgan, Brian J Hafner, Valerie E Kelly
People with lower limb amputation are unable to reliably sense ground characteristics due to compromised sensory inputs from the missing limb. As a result, they may rely on compensatory strategies, such as use of cognitive resources, when walking over complex surfaces. This study examined interactions between cognition and walking over a compliant surface in 14 people with transfemoral amputation (TFA) and 14 controls using a dual-task paradigm. Walking was assessed with quantitative motion analysis in both single-task (walking alone) and dual-task (walking while performing a cognitive task) conditions over a compliant foam surface...
July 10, 2017: Gait & Posture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28710003/amelioration-of-atherosclerotic-inflammation-and-plaques-via-endothelial-adrenoceptor-targeted-enos-gene-delivery-using-redox-sensitive-polymer-bearing-l-arginine
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Qurrat Ul Ain, Hyunji Chung, Jee Young Chung, Jae-Hoon Choi, Yong-Hee Kim
Endothelial dysfunction combined with inflammation leads to atherosclerosis. Endothelium-specific delivery of therapeutic agents at the cellular level-specifically in vivo-is still a difficult task for proper management of atherosclerosis. We designed a redox-sensitive poly(oligo-l-arginine) (rsPOLA) playing dual roles as an endothelium α-2 adrenoceptors(α-2ARs)-targeted gene carrier and as a substrate for endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS). Overexpression of α-2ARs on atherosclerotic endothelial cells was confirmed and the eNOS/rsPOLA nanoplexes following systemic injection demonstrated to 1) enhance eNOS gene delivery into endothelial cells via α-2ARs/l-arginine specific binding, 2) increase intracellular level of nitric oxide, 3) suppress inflammatory response in endothelium and finally 4) reduce atherosclerotic plaque in a Ldlr(-/-) atherosclerotic mouse model...
July 11, 2017: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708762/cognitive-load-selectively-influences-the-interruptive-effect-of-pain-on-attention
#12
David J Moore, Christopher Eccleston, Edmund Keogh
Pain is known to interrupt attentional performance. Such interference effects seem to occur preferentially for tasks that are complex and/or difficult. However, few studies have directly manipulated memory load in the context of pain interference to test this view. Therefore, the present study examines the effect of experimental manipulations of both memory load and pain on three tasks previously found to be sensitive to pain interference. Three experiments were conducted. A different task was examined in each experiment, each comprising of a high and low cognitive load versions of the task...
July 11, 2017: Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708697/simultaneous-physical-and-mental-effort-alters-visual-function
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Jesús Vera, Raimundo Jiménez, José Antonio García, David Cárdenas
PURPOSE: Perceptual processing is sensitive to physiological changes. Thus, the homeostatic disturbances during and after exercise may alter the visual function. Here, we investigated the effect of simultaneous physical effort and two levels of cognitive demand on skills related to the visuoperceptual and motor processing. METHODS: Eighteen male regular exercisers performed 60 minutes of simultaneous physical exercise (cycling at 60 ± 5% of reserve heart rate) and cognitive effort (mental workload)...
July 14, 2017: Optometry and Vision Science: Official Publication of the American Academy of Optometry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28707215/disentangling-perceptual-and-psycholinguistic-factors-in-syntactic-processing-tone-monitoring-via-erps
#14
David J Lobina, Josep Demestre, José E García-Albea
Franco, Gaillard, Cleeremans, and Destrebecqz (Behavior Research Methods, 47, 1393-1403, 2015), in a study on statistical learning employing the click-detection paradigm, conclude that more needs to be known about how this paradigm interacts with statistical learning and speech perception. Past results with this monitoring technique have pointed to an end-of-clause effect in parsing-a structural effect-but we here show that the issues are a bit more nuanced. Firstly, we report two Experiments (1a and 1b), which show that reaction times (RTs) are affected by two factors: (a) processing load, resulting in a tendency for RTs to decrease across a sentence, and (b) a perceptual effect which adds to this tendency and moreover helps neutralize differences between sentences with slightly different structures...
July 13, 2017: Behavior Research Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28704735/successful-voluntary-recruitment-of-cognitive-control-under-acute-stress
#15
Franziska Plessow, Susann Schade, Clemens Kirschbaum, Rico Fischer
In highly complex task situations (dual tasking) stressed individuals have been shown to adapt the most resource-efficient task processing strategy, accepting costs of performance. We argue that an interpretation of this behavior in terms of a stress-induced impairment of cognitive control might be too simplified. In the present study, we therefore tested whether stressed individuals are still capable to up-regulate cognitive control when instructed to adapt more resource-intensive strategies, enabling preservation of task performance...
July 10, 2017: Cognition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28701820/scrutinizing-the-emotional-nature-of-intuitive-coherence-judgments
#16
Thea Zander, Ana L Fernandez Cruz, Martin P Winkelmann, Kirsten G Volz
Dual-system models propose that cognitive processing can occur either intuitively or deliberately. Unlike deliberate decision strategies, intuitive ones are assumed to have an emotional component attached to the decision process. We tested if intuitive decisions are indeed accompanied by an emotional response while deliberate decisions are not. Specifically, we conducted a psychophysiological study in which participants were instructed to decide either intuitively or deliberately if three simultaneously presented words were semantically coherent or incoherent (triad task)...
July 2017: Journal of Behavioral Decision Making
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28700673/the-trickle-down-effect-of-predictability-secondary-task-performance-benefits-from-predictability-in-the-primary-task
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Magdalena Ewa Król, Michał Król
Predictions optimize processing by reducing attentional resources allocation to expected or predictable sensory data. Our study demonstrates that these saved processing resources can be then used on concurrent stimuli, and in consequence improve their processing and encoding. We illustrate this "trickle-down" effect with a dual task, where the primary task varied in terms of predictability. The primary task involved detection of a pre-specified symbol that appeared at some point of a short video of a dot moving along a random, semi-predictable or predictable trajectory...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28697651/mucosal-immune-system-of-the-gastrointestinal-tract-maintaining-balance-between-the-good-and-the-bad
#18
Bani Ahluwalia, Maria K Magnusson, Lena Öhman
The gastrointestinal tract (GI tract) is a unique organ inhabited by a range of commensal microbes, while also being exposed to an overwhelming load of antigens in the form of dietary antigens on a daily basis. The GI tract has dual roles in the body, in that it performs digestion and uptake of nutrients while also carrying out the complex and important task of maintaining immune homeostasis, i.e., keeping the balance between the good and the bad. It is equally important that we protect ourselves from reacting against the good, meaning that we stay tolerant to harmless food, commensal bacteria and self-antigens, as well as react with force against the bad, meaning induction of immune responses against harmful microorganisms...
July 12, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28697573/dual-tasking-negatively-impacts-obstacle-avoidance-abilities-in-post-stroke-individuals-with-visuospatial-neglect-task-complexity-matters
#19
Gayatri Aravind, Anouk Lamontagne
BACKGROUND: Persons with perceptual-attentional deficits due to visuospatial neglect (VSN) after a stroke are at a risk of collisions while walking in the presence of moving obstacles. The attentional burden of performing a dual-task may further compromise their obstacle avoidance performance, putting them at a greater risk of collisions. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to compare the ability of persons with (VSN+) and without VSN (VSN-) to dual task while negotiating moving obstacles...
July 6, 2017: Restorative Neurology and Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28695295/prioritized-identification-of-attractive-and-romantic-partner-faces-in-rapid-serial-visual-presentation
#20
Koyo Nakamura, Shihoko Arai, Hideaki Kawabata
People are sensitive to facial attractiveness because it is an important biological and social signal. As such, our perceptual and attentional system seems biased toward attractive faces. We tested whether attractive faces capture attention and enhance memory access in an involuntary manner using a dual-task rapid serial visual presentation (dtRSVP) paradigm, wherein multiple faces were successively presented for 120 ms. In Experiment 1, participants (N = 26) were required to identify two female faces embedded in a stream of animal faces as distractors...
July 10, 2017: Archives of Sexual Behavior
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