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Evaluating Personalization: The AB Testing Pitfalls Companies Might Not Be Aware of-A Spotlight on the Automotive Sector Websites.

Front Artif Intell 2020 9;3:20. Epub 2020 Apr 9.

SEAT, S.A., Barcelona, Spain.

The importance of companies' website as instrument for relationship marketing activities is well-known both in the academia and in the industry. In the last decades, there has been great interest in studying how technology can be used to influence people's attitudes and motivate behavior change. With this, web personalization has had increasing research and practitioner interest. Read More

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Maps, trends, and temperature sensitivities-phenological information from and for decreasing numbers of volunteer observers.

Int J Biometeorol 2021 Mar 10. Epub 2021 Mar 10.

Ecoclimatology, Department of Life Science Systems, TUM School of Life Sciences, Technical University of Munich, Freising, Germany.

Phenology serves as a major indicator of ongoing climate change. Long-term phenological observations are critically important for tracking and communicating these changes. The phenological observation network across Germany is operated by the National Meteorological Service with a major contribution from volunteering activities. Read More

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Contrastive Similarity Matching for Supervised Learning.

Neural Comput 2021 Feb 22:1-29. Epub 2021 Feb 22.

John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA 02138, U.S.A.

We propose a novel biologically plausible solution to the credit assignment problem motivated by observations in the ventral visual pathway and trained deep neural networks. In both, representations of objects in the same category become progressively more similar, while objects belonging to different categories become less similar. We use this observation to motivate a layer-specific learning goal in a deep network: each layer aims to learn a representational similarity matrix that interpolates between previous and later layers. Read More

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February 2021

Spontaneous movements in the newborns: a tool of quantitative video analysis of preterm babies.

Comput Methods Programs Biomed 2021 Feb 21;199:105838. Epub 2020 Nov 21.

DIBRIS dept., University of Genoa, Genoa, Italy; RBCS dept., Italian Institute of Technology, Genoa, Italy. Electronic address:

Background And Objectives: The number of preterm babies is steadily growing world-wide and these neonates are at risk of neuro-motor-cognitive deficits. The observation of spontaneous movements in the first three months of age is known to predict such risk. However, the analysis by specifically trained physiotherapists is not suited for the clinical routine, motivating the development of simple computerized video analysis systems, integrated with a well-structured Biobank to make available for preterm babies a growing service with diagnostic, prognostic and epidemiological purposes. Read More

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February 2021

Class Incremental Learning With Few-Shots Based on Linear Programming for Hyperspectral Image Classification.

IEEE Trans Cybern 2020 Nov 24;PP. Epub 2020 Nov 24.

Hyperspectral imaging (HSI) classification has drawn tremendous attention in the field of Earth observation. In the big data era, explosive growth has occurred in the amount of data obtained by advanced remote sensors. Inevitably, new data classes and refined categories appear continuously, and such data are limited in terms of the timeliness of application. Read More

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November 2020

Observed metallization of hydrogen interpreted as a band structure effect.

J Phys Condens Matter 2020 Oct 20;33(3):03LT01. Epub 2020 Oct 20.

Department of Physics, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720, United States of America. Materials Sciences Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, CA 94720, United States of America.

A recent experimental study of the metallization of hydrogen tracked the direct band gap and vibron frequency via infrared measurements up to ∼425 GPa (Loubeyre et al (2020 Nature 577 631). Above this pressure, the direct gap has a discontinuous drop to below the minimum experimentally accessible energy (∼0.1 eV). Read More

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October 2020

Serious Game on a Smartphone for Adolescents Undergoing Hemodialysis: Development and Evaluation.

JMIR Serious Games 2020 Sep 14;8(3):e17979. Epub 2020 Sep 14.

Faculty of Medicine, Postgraduate Program Teaching in Health, Goias Federal University, Goiânia, Brazil.

Background: Adolescents with chronic kidney disease have a hard time adhering to hemodialysis as a therapy, indicating a need to establish new alternatives for motivation and adherence to treatment.

Objective: The objective of this study was to develop and evaluate a serious game to stimulate and motivate adolescents undergoing hemodialysis.

Methods: We describe the technological production followed by a qualitative analysis. Read More

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September 2020

Strong spatial embedding of social networks generates nonstandard epidemic dynamics independent of degree distribution and clustering.

Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 2020 09 8;117(38):23636-23642. Epub 2020 Sep 8.

Medical Research Council Centre for Global Infectious Disease Analysis, Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology, School of Public Health, Imperial College London, London W2 1PG, United Kingdom;

Some directly transmitted human pathogens, such as influenza and measles, generate sustained exponential growth in incidence and have a high peak incidence consistent with the rapid depletion of susceptible individuals. Many do not. While a prolonged exponential phase typically arises in traditional disease-dynamic models, current quantitative descriptions of nonstandard epidemic profiles are either abstract, phenomenological, or rely on highly skewed offspring distributions in network models. Read More

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September 2020

Neural Network-Based Algorithm for Adjusting Activity Targets to Sustain Exercise Engagement Among People Using Activity Trackers: Retrospective Observation and Algorithm Development Study.

JMIR Mhealth Uhealth 2020 09 8;8(9):e18142. Epub 2020 Sep 8.

Northeastern University, Boston, MA, United States.

Background: It is well established that lack of physical activity is detrimental to the overall health of an individual. Modern-day activity trackers enable individuals to monitor their daily activities to meet and maintain targets. This is expected to promote activity encouraging behavior, but the benefits of activity trackers attenuate over time due to waning adherence. Read More

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September 2020

The Paradox of Help-Seeking Behaviour in Psychosis.

Psychiatr Q 2020 Aug 21. Epub 2020 Aug 21.

Early Psychosis Intervention Centre, Psychiatry Region Zealand, Smedegade 16, Roskilde, Denmark.

Little is known about which factors actually motivate individuals with psychosis to seek help or how psychosis may complicate the help-seeking process. The aim of this article is to examine the steps of this process and how psychopathological experiences might affect and interfere with it. In this qualitative study we interviewed nine patients with a first episode of psychosis. Read More

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Savanna tree evolutionary ages inform the reconstruction of the paleoenvironment of our hominin ancestors.

Sci Rep 2020 07 24;10(1):12430. Epub 2020 Jul 24.

Department of Biological Sciences, University of Cape Town, Rondebosch, 7701, South Africa.

Ideas on hominin evolution have long invoked the emergence from forests into open habitats as generating selection for traits such as bipedalism and dietary shifts. Though controversial, the savanna hypothesis continues to motivate research into the palaeo-environments of Africa. Reconstruction of these ancient environments has depended heavily on carbon isotopic analysis of fossil bones and palaeosols. Read More

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Highly nonlinear magnetoelectric effect in buckled-honeycomb antiferromagnetic CoTaO.

Sci Rep 2020 Jul 23;10(1):12362. Epub 2020 Jul 23.

Department of Physics, Yonsei University, Seoul, 03722, Korea.

Strongly correlated materials with multiple order parameters provide unique insights into the fundamental interactions in condensed matter systems and present opportunities for innovative technological applications. A class of antiferromagnetic honeycomb lattices compounds, ABO (A = Co, Fe, Mn; B = Nb, Ta), have been explored owing to the occurrence of linear magnetoelectricity. From our investigation of magnetoelectricity on single crystalline CoTaO, we discovered strongly nonlinear and antisymmetric magnetoelectric behavior above the spin-flop transition for magnetic fields applied along two orthogonal in-plane directions. Read More

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Why Teachers and Learners of Medicine Need Portraiture.

AMA J Ethics 2020 06 1;22(6):E499-504. Epub 2020 Jun 1.

Vice president of medical affairs and chief medical officer of Methodist Hospital in Omaha, Nebraska.

Medical and especially surgical teaching stresses the importance of careful observation, developing tolerance for ambiguity, and cultivating empathy for patients' and colleagues' experiences of receiving and giving health care. Portraiture is defined by portraitist Mark Gilbert as a collaborative process between subject and artist; sitting is as critical to this process as painting or drawing. This article draws upon the second author's work with Gilbert to examine how portraiture can motivate key teaching and learning goals in health professions education by facilitating learners' explorations of their own and others' biases, limitations, and approaches to gathering information from and about a source (eg, a subject or a patient). Read More

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Identification of the Dynamic Behavior of Oxygen Vacancy-Rich CoO for Oxygen Evolution Reaction.

J Am Chem Soc 2020 Jul 29;142(28):12087-12095. Epub 2020 Jun 29.

State Key Laboratory of Chem/Bio-Sensing and Chemometrics, College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Hunan University, Changsha, Hunan 410082, P. R. China.

The exact role of a defect structure on transition metal compounds for electrocatalytic oxygen evolution reaction (OER), which is a very dynamic process, remains unclear. Studying the structure-activity relationship of defective electrocatalysts under conditions is crucial for understanding their intrinsic reaction mechanism and dynamic behavior of defect sites. CoO with rich oxygen vacancy (V) has been reported to efficiently catalyze OER. Read More

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Effects of Single Mutations on Protein Stability Are Gaussian Distributed.

Biophys J 2020 06 1;118(12):2872-2878. Epub 2020 May 1.

Department of Chemistry & Chemical Biology, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts. Electronic address:

The distribution of protein stability effects is known to be well approximated by a Gaussian distribution from previous empirical fits. Starting from first-principles statistical mechanics, we more rigorously motivate this empirical observation by deriving per-residue-position protein stability effects to be Gaussian. Our derivation requires the number of amino acids to be large, which is satisfied by the standard set of 20 amino acids found in nature. Read More

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Development and Evaluation of Intelligent Serious Games for Children With Learning Difficulties: Observational Study.

JMIR Serious Games 2020 Apr 16;8(2):e13190. Epub 2020 Apr 16.

Faculty of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, University of Maribor, Maribor, Slovenia.

Background: Positive results can be obtained through game-based learning, but children with physical disabilities have fewer opportunities to participate in enjoyable physical activity. Because intelligent serious games can provide personalized learning opportunities, motivate the learner, teach 21st-century skills, and provide an environment for authentic and relevant assessment, they may be used to help children and adolescents with different kinds of learning disabilities to develop social and cognitive competences.

Objective: The aim of the study was to produce and evaluate a suite of intelligent serious games based on accessible learning objectives for improving key skills, personal development, and work sustainability among children with learning difficulties. Read More

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Predictors for the Early Termination of a Psychological Intervention During Treatment with Assisted Reproductive Technologies.

Geburtshilfe Frauenheilkd 2020 Feb 21;80(2):190-199. Epub 2020 Feb 21.

Institute of Medical Psychology, Centre for Psychosocial Medicine, University Hospital, Heidelberg, Germany.

Assisted reproductive technologies are typically perceived by couples as being an emotional burden. The objective of the study "Positive Ausrichtung bei unerfülltem Kinderwunsch" [Positive adjustment in infertility] (PACI) is to examine the efficacy and acceptance of a smartphone-supported psychosocial intervention during infertility treatment. In this investigation, the early drop-out of study subjects from the study is of primary interest. Read More

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February 2020

Data, epistemic values, and multiple methods in case study research.

Julie Zahle

Stud Hist Philos Sci 2019 12 28;78:32-39. Epub 2018 Nov 28.

Department of Philosophy, University of Bergen, Postboks 7805, 5020, Bergen, Norway. Electronic address:

Case Study research is characterized by the employment of multiple data gathering methods. In this paper, I examine the concurrent use of participant observation and qualitative interviews. The question I examine is: what is the rationale behind their combination in case study research? In the literature on case study research, the two most common reasons for using multiple methods appeal to comprehensiveness and convergent confirmation respectively. Read More

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December 2019

Symbiotic bacteria motivate the foraging decision and promote fecundity and survival of Bactrocera dorsalis (Diptera: Tephritidae).

BMC Microbiol 2019 10 22;19(1):229. Epub 2019 Oct 22.

Department of Plant Protection, College of Plant Science & Technology, Huazhong Agricultural University, Wuhan, 430070, China.

Background: The gut bacteria of tephritid fruit flies play prominent roles in nutrition, reproduction, maintenance and ecological adaptations of the host. Here, we adopted an approach based on direct observation of symbiotic or axenic flies feeding on dishes seeded with drops of full diet (containing all amino acids) or full diet supplemented with bacteria at similar concentrations to explore the effects of intestinal bacteria on foraging decision and fitness of Bactrocera dorsalis.

Results: The results show that intestinal probiotics elicit beneficial foraging decision and enhance the female reproduction fitness and survival of B. Read More

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October 2019

Meat eating in wild hamadryas baboons: Opportunistic trade-offs between insects and vertebrates.

Am J Primatol 2019 07 11;81(7):e23029. Epub 2019 Jul 11.

Department of Anthropology, The Graduate Center, City University of New York, New York, New York.

The consumption of meat may provide herbivorous animals with important nutrients that are scarce in their plant-based diet. Seasonal variation in plant food availability has been suggested to motivate dietary flexibility in a range of species and thus primates may seek more prey when key plant resources are unavailable. Alternatively, prey encounter rate may drive meat eating. Read More

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Health-Care-Associated Infections Management, sow the seed of good habits: a grounded theory study.

Acta Biomed 2019 07 8;90(6-S):26-33. Epub 2019 Jul 8.

University Teaching Hospital, Parma. Italy.

Background And Aim Of The Work: The reasons that condition and motivate adherence to good practices have a multifactorial nature. From the literature review, emerged different elements that interact within the operating context and represent a part of the variables that condition the "Best Practice". The aim of this research was to investigate the variables that influence adherence to operators' good practices. Read More

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Use of a public park for physical activity in the Caribbean: evidence from a mixed methods study in Jamaica.

BMC Public Health 2019 Jul 8;19(1):894. Epub 2019 Jul 8.

Tropical Metabolism Research Unit, Caribbean Institute for Health Research, University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica.

Background: Small island Caribbean countries such as Jamaica are now facing an epidemic of obesity and decreased physical activity (PA) levels. Public parks have been shown to be important resources for PA that also provide psychological and social benefits associated with increased PA. There are no studies that document PA in parks in the Caribbean. Read More

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Increased facial asymmetry in autism spectrum conditions is associated with symptom presentation.

Autism Res 2019 12 21;12(12):1774-1783. Epub 2019 Jun 21.

Telethon Kids Institute, University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia.

A key research priority in the study of autism spectrum conditions (ASC) is the discovery of biological markers that may help to identify and elucidate etiologically distinct subgroups. One physical marker that has received increasing research attention is facial structure. Although there remains little consensus in the field, findings relating to greater facial asymmetry (FA) in ASC exhibit some consistency. Read More

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December 2019

Cross-Generational Transmission of Early Life Stress Effects on HPA Regulators and Bdnf Are Mediated by Sex, Lineage, and Upbringing.

Front Behav Neurosci 2019 9;13:101. Epub 2019 May 9.

Developmental Neuropsychobiology Laboratory, Department of Psychology, Northeastern University, Boston, MA, United States.

Early life stress (ELS) is a potent developmental disruptor and increases the risk for psychopathology. Various forms of ELS have been studied in both humans and rodents, and have been implicated in altered DNA methylation, gene transcription, stress hormone levels, and behavior. Although recent studies have focused on stress-induced epigenetic changes, the extent to which ELS alters HPA axis function and stress responsivity across generations, whether these effects are sex-specific, and how lineage interacts with upbringing to impact these effects, remain unclear. Read More

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Neural networks with circular filters enable data efficient inference of sequence motifs.

Bioinformatics 2019 10;35(20):3937-3943

Institute for Mathematical Modeling of Biological Systems, Heinrich-Heine University of Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf, Germany.

Motivation: Nucleic acids and proteins often have localized sequence motifs that enable highly specific interactions. Due to the biological relevance of sequence motifs, numerous inference methods have been developed. Recently, convolutional neural networks (CNNs) have achieved state of the art performance. Read More

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October 2019

Transient Second Harmonic Generation Induced by Single Cycle THz pulses in BaSrTiO/MgO.

Sci Rep 2019 Jan 24;9(1):697. Epub 2019 Jan 24.

MIREA - Russian Technological University, Vernadsky Ave. 78, 119454, Moscow, Russia.

The ability to switch ferroics (magnets, ferroelectrics, multiferroics) between two stable bit states is the main principle of modern data storage technology. Due to many new ideas, originating from fundamental research during the last 50 years, this technology has developed in a breath-taking fashion. Ever increasing demands for faster and more energy efficient data storage strongly motivate fundamental studies of dynamics in ferroics triggered by ultrashort stimuli. Read More

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January 2019

Experimental observation of the polarization coherence theorem.

Opt Lett 2019 Jan;44(1):159-162

For light fields, the manifestation of correlations between fluctuating electric field components at different space-time points is referred to as coherence, whereas these correlations appearing between orthogonal electric field components at a single space-time point are referred to as polarization. In this context, a natural question is as follows: how are coherence and polarization interconnected? Very recently, a tight equality P=V+D, namely, the "polarization coherence theorem" (PCT) connecting polarization P with interference visibility V (measure of coherence) and distinguishability D (measure of which-path information) has been proposed [Optica4, 1113 (2017)OPTIC82334-253610.1364/OPTICA. Read More

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January 2019

Cultural, economic, and ecological factors influencing management of wild plants and mushrooms interchanged in Purépecha markets of Mexico.

J Ethnobiol Ethnomed 2018 Nov 20;14(1):68. Epub 2018 Nov 20.

Instituto de Investigaciones en Ecosistemas y Sustentabilidad, UNAM, Antigua Carretera a Pátzcuaro 8701, 58190, Morelia, Michoacán, Mexico.

Background: Traditional markets outstandingly contribute to conservation of biocultural diversity, social relations, and cultural values. These markets reflect life strategies and forms people of a region interact with their biodiversity and territories, as well as traditional ecological knowledge and management practices. To understand the factors motivating plant and mushroom management, we analyzed the resources cultural and economic values, their role in people's subsistence, and the relation of these values with the resources spatial and temporal availability. Read More

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November 2018

Long-Term Cryopreservation and Revival of Tissue-Engineered Skeletal Muscle.

Tissue Eng Part A 2019 07 9;25(13-14):1023-1036. Epub 2019 Jan 9.

1Department of Bioengineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, Illinois.

Impact Statement: The ability to freeze, revive, and prolong the lifetime of tissue-engineered skeletal muscle without incurring any loss of function represents a significant advancement in the field of tissue engineering. Cryopreservation enables the efficient fabrication, storage, and shipment of these tissues. This in turn facilitates multidisciplinary collaboration between research groups, enabling advances in skeletal muscle regenerative medicine, organ-on-a-chip models of disease, drug testing, and soft robotics. Read More

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Holistic Perspective to Individual Study Plan: Personal Development Project Plan.

Stud Health Technol Inform 2018 ;256:514-526

Aalto University, Finland.

How could we reinvent the Individual Study Plan (ISP) in order to promote students' study planning? What kind of ISP model could truly motivate students? Based on graduate feedback we know that students feel they should have learned more about project management. That observation led to integrating project planning and management elements with individual study planning into the Personal Development Project Plan (PDPP) in a course setting. PDPP was co-designed with students. Read More

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