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See detailFalse memory susceptibility in coma survivors with and without a near-death experience
Martial, Charlotte ULg; Charland-Verville, Vanessa ULg; Dehon, Hedwige ULg et al

in Psychological Research (2017)

It has been postulated that memories of neardeath experiences (NDEs) could be (at least in part) reconstructions based on experiencers’ (NDErs) previous knowledge and could be built as a result of the ... [more ▼]

It has been postulated that memories of neardeath experiences (NDEs) could be (at least in part) reconstructions based on experiencers’ (NDErs) previous knowledge and could be built as a result of the individual’s attempt to interpret the confusing experience. From the point of view of the experiencer, NDE memories are perceived as being unrivalled memories due to its associated rich phenomenology. However, the scientific literature devoted to the cognitive functioning of NDErs in general, and their memory performance in particular, is rather limited. This study examined NDErs’ susceptibility to false memories using the Deese–Roediger–McDermott (DRM) paradigm. We included 20 NDErs who reported having had their experience in the context of a life-threatening event (Greyson NDE scale total score ≥7/32) and 20 volunteers (matched for age, gender, education level, and time since brain insult) who reported a life-threatening event but without a NDE. Both groups were presented with DRM lists for a recall task during which they were asked to assign “Remember/Know/Guess” judgements to any recalled response. In addition, they were later asked to complete a post-recall test designed to obtain estimates of activation and monitoring of critical lures. Results demonstrated that NDErs and volunteers were equally likely to produce false memories, but that NDErs recalled them more frequently associated with compelling illusory recollection. Of particular interest, analyses of activation and monitoring estimates suggest that NDErs and volunteers groups were equally likely to think of critical lures, but source monitoring was less successful in NDErs compared to volunteers. [less ▲]

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See detailA Large and Consistent Phylogenomic Dataset Supports Sponges as the Sister Group to All Other Animals.
Simion, Paul; Philippe, Herve; Baurain, Denis ULg et al

in Current Biology (2017)

Resolving the early diversification of animal lineages has proven difficult, even using genome-scale datasets. Several phylogenomic studies have supported the classical scenario in which sponges (Porifera ... [more ▼]

Resolving the early diversification of animal lineages has proven difficult, even using genome-scale datasets. Several phylogenomic studies have supported the classical scenario in which sponges (Porifera) are the sister group to all other animals ("Porifera-sister" hypothesis), consistent with a single origin of the gut, nerve cells, and muscle cells in the stem lineage of eumetazoans (bilaterians + ctenophores + cnidarians). In contrast, several other studies have recovered an alternative topology in which ctenophores are the sister group to all other animals (including sponges). The "Ctenophora-sister" hypothesis implies that eumetazoan-specific traits, such as neurons and muscle cells, either evolved once along the metazoan stem lineage and were then lost in sponges and placozoans or evolved at least twice independently in Ctenophora and in Cnidaria + Bilateria. Here, we report on our reconstruction of deep metazoan relationships using a 1,719-gene dataset with dense taxonomic sampling of non-bilaterian animals that was assembled using a semi-automated procedure, designed to reduce known error sources. Our dataset outperforms previous metazoan gene superalignments in terms of data quality and quantity. Analyses with a best-fitting site-heterogeneous evolutionary model provide strong statistical support for placing sponges as the sister-group to all other metazoans, with ctenophores emerging as the second-earliest branching animal lineage. Only those methodological settings that exacerbated long-branch attraction artifacts yielded Ctenophora-sister. These results show that methodological issues must be carefully addressed to tackle difficult phylogenetic questions and pave the road to a better understanding of how fundamental features of animal body plans have emerged. [less ▲]

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See detailUne mobilité résidentielle durable est-elle possible ? Pratiques de déplacements, modèles urbains et choix de localisation de populations résidentes en Wallonie
Reiter, Sigrid ULg; Ghiezen, Sébastien; Pierson, Charlotte

in Negron-Poblete, Paula; Paulhiac Scherrer, Florence (Eds.) Villes à vivre. Le quotidien métropolitain entre ancrage et mobilité. (2017)

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See detailA comparative study on optimum insulation thickness of walls and energy savings in equatorial and tropical climate
Kameni Nematchoua, Modeste; Ricciardi, Paola; Reiter, Sigrid ULg et al

in International Journal of Sustainable Built Environment (2017)

The increase outdoor temperature acts directly on the indoor climate of buildings. In Cameroon, the energy consumption demand in the buildings sector has been rapidly increasing in recent years; so well ... [more ▼]

The increase outdoor temperature acts directly on the indoor climate of buildings. In Cameroon, the energy consumption demand in the buildings sector has been rapidly increasing in recent years; so well that energy supply does not always satisfy demand. Thermal insulation technology can be one of the leading methods for reducing energy consumption in these new buildings. However, choosing the thickness of the insulation material often causes high insulation costs. In the present study, the optimum insulation thickness, energy saving and payback period were calculated for buildings in Yaounde´ and Garoua cities, located in two climatic regions in Cameroon. The economic model including the cost of insulation material and the present value of energy consumption and the cost over a life time of 22 years of the building, were used to find the optimum insulation thickness, energy saving, and payback period. Materials that extruded polystyrene were chosen and used for two typical wall structures (concrete block (HCB) and compressed stabilized earth block wall (CSEB)). The early cooling transmission loads, according to wall orientations and percentage of radiation blocked were calculated using the explicit finite-difference method under steady periodic conditions. As a result, it was found that the west- and east-facing walls are the least favourite in the cooling season, whereas the south and north orientations are the most economical. Although wall orientation had a significant effect on the optimum insulation thickness, it had a more significant effect on energy savings. In equatorial region (Yaounde´), for south orientation, the optimum insulation thickness was 0.08 m for an energy savings of 51.69 $/m2. Meanwhile, in tropical region (Garoua), for north orientation, the optimum insulation thickness was 0.11 m for an energy savings of 97.82 $/m2. [less ▲]

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See detailComparison of metabolic profiles and bioactivities of the leaves of three edible Congolese Hibiscus species
Kapepula, Paulin Mutwale; Kabamba Ngombe, Nadege; Tshisekedi Tshibangu, Pascal et al

in Natural Product Research (2017), 6419(March), 1--8

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See detailLa « personnalité antisociale », antithèse de la psychopathologie
Englebert, Jérôme ULg; Adam, Christophe

in Déviance et Société (2017), 41(1), 3-28

L’article propose une réflexion critique et clinique sur la notion de « personnalité antisociale », largement usitée dans le domaine de la nosographie des troubles mentaux et des pratiques « psy- » au ... [more ▼]

L’article propose une réflexion critique et clinique sur la notion de « personnalité antisociale », largement usitée dans le domaine de la nosographie des troubles mentaux et des pratiques « psy- » au sein du système de justice pénale. Notre réflexion débutera par une généalogie du vocable dans différentes versions de la classification psychiatrique, depuis les années cinquante jusqu’aujourd’hui, et plus particulièrement celle faisant autorité du Manuel statistique et diagnostique des troubles mentaux (DSM). L’absence de raisonnement sociologique dans l’usage d’une notion impliquant pourtant la référence au « social » sera discutée ainsi que ses évolutions historiques. Ensuite, la démonstration de l’antithèse que cette notion constitue pour une perspective psychopathologique digne de ce nom – dynamique, compréhensive et phénoménologique – sera développée en six arguments majeurs et plurivoques, tantôt empiriques et cliniques, tantôt théoriques. [less ▲]

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See detailCrise de la démocratie et nouveau management public : Discours, pratiques, instruments
Fallon, Catherine ULg; Ficet, Joël ULg

Book published by Academia (2017)

Les discours de légitimation du corps de doctrines et de dispositifs généralement associés sous le terme de « nouveau management public » (NMP) s’appuient non seulement sur un idéal de performance mais ... [more ▼]

Les discours de légitimation du corps de doctrines et de dispositifs généralement associés sous le terme de « nouveau management public » (NMP) s’appuient non seulement sur un idéal de performance mais aussi sur une aspiration à remédier à une « crise de la démocratie » qui se manifesterait par l’insatisfaction des populations des pays occidentaux vis-à-vis de leurs gouvernants, et ce de deux façons : en aidant les Etats à mieux répondre aux attentes de leurs populations d’une part, en créant au bénéfice des citoyens de nouvelles voies d’accès à la décision et de nouveaux droits d’autre part (DeLeon, 2005 ; Behn, 1998). Le livre rassemble des études interrogeant à partir de perspectives théoriques diverses (analyse des politiques publiques, sociologie des organisations, sciences de gestion, théorie politique…) la capacité des instruments du NPM à apporter une plus-value démocratique à la gestion publique et, inversement, analysant ce que le NPM nous révèle sur les transformations de la notion de démocratie dans un espace politique de plus en plus complexe et technocratique (Rose, 1991 ; Salais,2010; Ogien, 2013). Le NMP ne s’est pas construit en lui-même autour d’un impératif démocratique : dans sa version la plus pure, il consiste essentiellement, soit à confier au marché la réalisation d’un certain nombre de tâches relevant classiquement de l’administration (solution « anglo-saxonne »), soit à séparer la sphère politique de l’administration en responsabilisant les fonctionnaires en fonction d’objectifs de performance (solution « continentale »). Toutefois, certains de ses outils ont été conçus (à titre principal ou secondaire) comme moyens de promotion d’une logique démocratique, à même de contrer certains effets perçus comme pervers de la gestion publique : des instruments visant à faciliter le contrôle des administrations par les instances parlementaires ou juridictionnelles (Cour des comptes…) ; des instruments visant à accroître l’implication citoyenne dans la décision publique ; des instruments visant à améliorer la relation directe entre administration et citoyens (ombudsmen, sondages, cercles de qualité, chartes…) ; des instruments visant à accroître la transparence des processus administratifs et de leurs résultats (évaluation des politiques publiques, normes comptables) ; etc. Le pluralisme de ces dispositifs reflète à la fois l’hétérogénéité du NMP et l’ambiguïté du thème de la démocratie dès lors qu’appliqué à la responsabilité des acteurs politiques, ouvrant ainsi une opportunité d’analyse critique. Ainsi, les tenants des démarches d’évaluation défendent le rôle qu’elles peuvent jouer pour un approfondissement démocratique, par une meilleure lisibilité de l'action publique, une circulation des savoirs, un renforcement de la logique de responsabilité de l'administration et de son devoir de rendre des comptes. Certains auteurs, à l’inverse, dénoncent cette « idéologie de la gestion » (de Gaulejac, 2005) comme une colonisation du raisonnement politique par les catégories de l’économie et du management (Ogien, 2013), les chiffres structurant le processus décisionnel au lieu d’en être les simples auxiliaires, mathématisation du social (Salais, 2010) qui contribue à neutraliser les questions politiques et la délibération publique (Rose, 1991). Ces contributions permettent d’alimenter les réflexions sur la crise des formes contemporaines du politique à partir des analyses concrètes de l’action publique et des instruments mobilisés pour sa mise en œuvre. Cette posture permet d’interroger les processus de construction de ces instruments et les conditions concrètes de leur émergence, en dépassant la rationalité apparente des outils et l’image de « métrologues démiurges capables de maîtriser toutes les conséquences de l’introduction des instruments qu’ils ont retenus » (Mouhanna, 2011). [less ▲]

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See detailLocal planning in Belgium: a myriad of policy styles?
Wayenberg, Ellen; Reuchamp, Min; Kravagna, Marine et al

in Brans, Marleen; Aubin, David (Eds.) Policy Analysis in Belgium (2017)

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See detailNanomedicine as a potent strategy in melanoma tumor microenvironment
Pautu, Vincent ULg; Leonetti, Daniela; Lepeltier, Elise et al

in Pharmacological Research (2017)

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See detailDeveloping Situational Judgment Tests to Assess Organizational Citizenship Behaviours.
Lothe, Benoit ULg; Hansez, Isabelle ULg

Conference (2017)

This study is a first step towards addressing the development of Situational Judgment Tests (SJTs) for the assessment of Organizational Citizenship Behaviours (OCB). Based on relevant best practices and ... [more ▼]

This study is a first step towards addressing the development of Situational Judgment Tests (SJTs) for the assessment of Organizational Citizenship Behaviours (OCB). Based on relevant best practices and recommendations from the literature, two distinct SJTs were specifically developed to comply with OCB assessment. The two SJTs differ with respect to their degree of job specificity. Data were collected through online surveys on two different samples (220 white-collar professionals and 139 university students). Concurrently, OCB were collected using self-reported measurement scales. The findings provide some empirical evidence to support the appropriateness of using SJTs as an alternative means to assessing job applicants’ propensity to exhibit OCB. [less ▲]

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See detailAntiplasmodial activity of Mezoneuron benthamianum leaves and identification of its active constituents
Jansen, Olivia ULg; Tchinda, Alembert T.; Loua, Jean et al

in Journal of Ethnopharmacology (2017), 203(March), 20--26

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See detailLa méconnaissance du permis d'urbanisme et du permis d'urbanisation et ses conséquences autres que contractuelles dans la pratique notariale
Delnoy, Michel ULg; Charlier, Sophie

in Droit de l'urbanisme - CoDT et COBAT: quelles nouveautés pour la pratique notariale (2017)

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See detailDon't judge a fish by its fins: species delineation of Congolese Labeo (Cyprinidae)
Van Steenberge, Maarten; Gajdzik, Laura ULg; Chilala, Alex et al

in Zoologica Scripta (2016)

Conspicuous characters are often useful in species identification. Yet, identification and delineation are two different processes, and such characters do not necessarily provide the best basis on which ... [more ▼]

Conspicuous characters are often useful in species identification. Yet, identification and delineation are two different processes, and such characters do not necessarily provide the best basis on which species can be delineated. This is illustrated by the case of the Labeo with papillary lips from the Congo basin. Traditionally, species delineation in this group was based on a conspicuous trait: the shape of the dorsal fin, which shows a profound degree of differentiation. Morphometric analyses were performed on 185 specimens both with and without measurements taken on this fin. The groups obtained using these two approaches were compared with those obtained through DNA barcoding. For this, 24 sequences of the standard barcoding COI gene were obtained. Species delineations based on morphological and molecular results were in agreement when the shape of the dorsal fin was ignored. This suggested that of the five nominal species known from the Congo basin, L. altivelis, L. rosae, L. lineatus, L. weeksii and L. maleboensis, only the former three remain valid. Consequently, L. weeksii was synonymised with L. altivelis and L. maleboensis with L. lineatus. The sole Congo basin endemic is L. lineatus as L. altivelis and L. rosae also occur in more southern basins. The use of the shape of the dorsal fin in morphological studies has previously led to overestimates of species diversity in this group. This is due to the fact that L. altivelis shows a remarkable amount of geographical variation for this trait. The large amount of intra- and interspecific variation in this character was caused by differential allometric growth in different parts of the dorsal fin. [less ▲]

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See detailComprehension of an organosolv process for lignin extraction on Festuca arundinacea and monitoring of the cellulose degradation
Schmetz, Quentin ULg; Maniet, Guillaume ULg; Jacquet, Nicolas ULg et al

in Industrial Crops and Products (2016), 94

It is commonly accepted that the current society needs to partially substitute fossil resources by renewable ones. Among many solutions, one approach consists in the development of biorefinery involving ... [more ▼]

It is commonly accepted that the current society needs to partially substitute fossil resources by renewable ones. Among many solutions, one approach consists in the development of biorefinery involving lignocellulosic biomass to produce bio-based materials and fuels. This study focuses on the comprehension of an organosolv treatment designed to break the complex lignocellulosic structure for high purity lignin extraction from tall fescue (Festuca arundinacea Schreb.). This grass benefits from an increasing interest in Western Europe and has been suggested as feedstock for biorefinery. However, its use as material for high purity lignin production has not been determined yet. Ethanol/water, 92/8% [v/v] with H2SO4 0.32 M was investigated at pilot scale under conventional heating (5 °C min−1 during 30 min and stabilized at 148 °C for 5 min). Precipitated lignin were analyzed as well as the composition of side-stream products (recovered cellulosic pulp and the aqueous hydrolysate). Lignin has been recovered at a purity level of 90% with a yield of 60%. The main contaminants were nitrogen containing compounds and degraded hemicelluloses. 2D-HSQC NMR (Two Dimension-Heteronuclear Single Quantum Correlation Nuclear Magnetic Resonance) revealed a co-extraction of ferulates and coumarates function as well as arabinoxylan. Cellulose was recovered at 53% purity with 60% yield. The conditions appear to be too harsh for tall fescue and led to significant amount of cellulose degradation. A process using a lower alcohol concentration will be developed to provide better yields of both cellulose and lignin. [less ▲]

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See detailContinuous Production of Itraconazole-based Solid Dispersions by Hot Melt Extrusion: Preformulation, Optimization and Design Space Determination.
Thiry, Justine ULg; Lebrun, Pierre; Vinassa, Chloé et al

in International Journal of Pharmaceutics (2016), 515(1-2), 114-124

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See detailInterpellation du genre et sujets mélancoliques. Butler lectrice d’Althusser
Borotto, Jessica ULg

in Cahiers du GRM (2016), 8

Cet article propose d’explorer la manière dont Judith Butler remobilise la thèse althussérienne de l’interpellation dans La Vie psychique du pouvoir . Nous essaierons de saisir les éléments qui nous ... [more ▼]

Cet article propose d’explorer la manière dont Judith Butler remobilise la thèse althussérienne de l’interpellation dans La Vie psychique du pouvoir . Nous essaierons de saisir les éléments qui nous paraissent enrichir la problématique althussérienne, suggérant que la compréhension de la dimension psychique du pouvoir qui ressort de sa lecture permet de complexifier la relation du sujet au pouvoir. Afin de tisser des liens précis entre l’interpellation chez Althusser et la subjectivation chez Butler, nous examinerons d’abord le rôle que Nietzsche et Foucault recouvrent dans la formulation de la théorie de la subjectivation chez Butler. Ensuite, il s’agit de comprendre en quoi la matérialité et l’ambiguïté des mécanismes de subjectivation, qui déjà caractérisent l’interpellation althussérienne, deviennent chez Butler les sources d’une relation critique aux conditions d’émergence du sujet. Enfin nous préciserons comment elle mobilise de telles sources pour élaborer cette figure de la psychanalyse qu’est la mélancolie et pour décrire sa transformation en deuil. [less ▲]

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See detailIs Competence a Holy Grail for Teaching? Reflections on Nursing Education
Dancot, Jacinthe ULg

in Nursing & Care Open Access Journal (2016), 1(4), 00021

The competence-based approach is largely widespread in the nursing schools and is viewed as a golden standard for professional teaching. But the practical use of the concept is varying among institutions ... [more ▼]

The competence-based approach is largely widespread in the nursing schools and is viewed as a golden standard for professional teaching. But the practical use of the concept is varying among institutions and even teachers. The goal of this narrative review is to clarify the conception of competence and its use in the fields of education and nursing. Regarding education, Gonczi, Tardif, Jonnaert and Beckers are the key authors referred to. A first apparent consensus over the holistic nature of the competence quickly gives place to the observation of important nuances in conceptions. Similarly, in the field of nursing, Benner is first discussed, and recent literature reviews and concept analyses are taken into account: similar nuances are detected, as well as difficulties in the practical implementation of the concept. Considering the lack of consensus and the paradigmaticalincoherences detected among the sources consulted for this review, we question the use of competence as single point of view for teaching and assessing, and we propose other avenues to be explored in order to recognize emergent professionality. [less ▲]

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