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See detailPersonnalité antisociale et psychopathologie
Englebert, Jérôme ULg

Conference (2015, July 14)

Notre communication a pour objectif de confronter les critères de la personnalité antisociale du DSM-IV et du DSM-5 à une réflexion psychopathologique. Nous commencerons par une analyse des différentes ... [more ▼]

Notre communication a pour objectif de confronter les critères de la personnalité antisociale du DSM-IV et du DSM-5 à une réflexion psychopathologique. Nous commencerons par une analyse des différentes contradictions propres au diagnostic qui nous mèneront à l’identification du critère « primaire » de cette entité qui est l’« incapacité à se conformer aux lois et normes sociales ». Nous confronterons ensuite à des situations cliniques l’hétérogénéité des profils pouvant répondre à ce diagnostic. Nos constats nous conduiront à mettre en doute la validité apparente du concept de personnalité antisociale, puisqu’il recouvre des modes de fonctionnement psychologique variés. La valeur discriminative faible, en matière de fonctionnement psychologique, suggère que c’est une dimension autre que psychopathologique qui organise ce diagnostic. Dénuée de toute attention pour les modes d’interactions, pour le vécu émotionnel et pour les états de subjectivité, la notion de personnalité antisociale ne porte pas d’intérêt à l’individu qu’elle catégorise, mais bien à l’acte délinquant commis par ce dernier. Nous conclurons sur le constat de l’absence de dimension psychopathologique de la personnalité antisociale, qui se révèle être un diagnostic principalement criminologique, à l’inverse des fondements de l’éthique psychopathologique. [less ▲]

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See detailDevelopment, validation and comparison of NIR and Raman methods for the identification and assay of poor-quality oral quinine drops.
Mbinze Kidenge, Jérémie; Sacre, Pierre-Yves ULg; Yemoa, Achille et al

in Journal of Pharmaceutical & Biomedical Analysis (2015), 111

Poor quality antimalarial drugs are one of the public’s major health problems in Africa. The depth of this problem may be explained in part by the lack of effective enforcement and the lack of efficient ... [more ▼]

Poor quality antimalarial drugs are one of the public’s major health problems in Africa. The depth of this problem may be explained in part by the lack of effective enforcement and the lack of efficient local drug analysis laboratories. To tackle part of this issue, two spectroscopic methods with the ability to detect and to quantify quinine dihydrochloride in children’s oral drops formulations were developed and validated. Raman and Near Infrared (NIR) spectroscopy were selected for the drug analysis due to their low cost, non-destructive and rapid characteristics. Both of the methods developed were successfully validated using the total error approach in the range of 50-150% of the target concentration (20% W/V) within the 10% acceptance limits. Samples collected on the Congolese pharmaceutical market were analyzed by both techniques to detect potentially substandard drugs. After a comparison of the analytical performance of both methods, it has been decided to implement the method based on NIR spectroscopy to perform the routine analysis of quinine oral drop samples in the Quality Control Laboratory of Drugs at the University of Kinshasa (DRC). [less ▲]

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See detailMalentendu visuel et folie : Test de Rorschach et hyper-conscience
Englebert, Jérôme ULg

Conference (2015, July 02)

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See detailAn XFEM/CZM implementation for massively parallel simulations of composites fracture
Vigueras, Guillermo; Sket, Federico; Samaniego, Cristobal et al

in Composite Structures (2015), 125

Because of their widely spread use in many industries, composites are the subject of many research campaigns. More particularly, the development of both accurate and flexible numerical models able to ... [more ▼]

Because of their widely spread use in many industries, composites are the subject of many research campaigns. More particularly, the development of both accurate and flexible numerical models able to capture their intrinsically multiscale modes of failure is still a challenge. The standard finite element method typically requires intensive remeshing to adequately capture the geometry of the cracks and high accuracy is thus often sacrificed in favor of scalability, and vice versa. In an effort to preserve both properties, we present here an extended finite element method (XFEM) for large scale composite fracture simulations. In this formulation, the standard FEM formulation is partially enriched by use of shifted Heaviside functions with special attention paid to the scalability of the scheme. This enrichment technique offers several benefits, since the interpolation property of the standard shape function still holds at the nodes. Those benefits include (i) no extra boundary condition for the enrichment degree of freedom, and (ii) no need for transition/blending regions; both of which contribute to maintain the scalability of the code. Two different cohesive zone models (CZM) are then adopted to capture the physics of the crack propagation mechanisms. At the intralaminar level, an extrinsic CZM embedded in the XFEM formulation is used. At the interlaminar level, an intrinsic CZM is adopted for predicting the failure. The overall framework is implemented in ALYA, a mechanics code specifically developed for large scale, massively parallel simulations of coupled multi-physics problems. The implementation of both intrinsic and extrinsic CZM models within the code is such that it conserves the extremely efficient scalability of ALYA while providing accurate physical simulations of computationally expensive phenomena. The strong scalability provided by the proposed implementation is demonstrated. The model is ultimately validated against a full experimental campaign of loading tests and X-ray tomography analyses for a chosen very large scale. [less ▲]

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See detailBiogeographic variations in wood mice: Testing for the role of morphological variation as a line of least resistance to evolution
Renaud, Sabrina; Quere, Jean Pierre; Michaux, Johan ULg

in Cox, Philippe; Hautier, Lionel (Eds.) Cambridge Studies in Morphology and Molecules: New Paradigms in Evolutionary Biology ‘Evolution of the Rodents: Advances in Phylogeny, Paleontology and Functional Morphology’ (2015)

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See detailCorporate Disclosures, Information Asymmetry and Stock-Market Liquidity in France
Sougné, Danielle ULg; Ajina, Aymen; Lakhal, Faten

in Journal of Applied Business Research (2015), Vol 31(4),

This paper aims at studying the effect of corporate disclosures on information asymmetry and stock-market liquidity in France. Specifically, the purpose of this paper is to highlight the importance of ... [more ▼]

This paper aims at studying the effect of corporate disclosures on information asymmetry and stock-market liquidity in France. Specifically, the purpose of this paper is to highlight the importance of information included in the annual reports on investor’s behavior. This is proxied by the information asymmetry component of the bid-ask spread and stock market liquidity. Our sample includes 196 French listed firms over a period ranging from 2004 to 2007. We opt for an explanatory study using OLS regressions to examine the nature of the relationship between information disclosed in annual reports and bid-ask spreads a proxy for information asymmetry and stock market liquidity. The results show that the extent of corporate disclosures in annual reports positively influences the liquidity of the French market and negatively affects the adverse selection component of the bid-ask spread. This effect is further confirmed by the commitment to IFRS by French-listed firms from 2005. The decomposition of the total score in the sub-indices shows that non-financial and financial information are important in trading decisions while strategic information may be attractive only for long-term positions [less ▲]

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See detailGlucosinolates and by-products in rapeseed meal related to hydrothermal processing
Quinsac, A.; Carré, P.; Fauconnier, Marie-Laure ULg et al

Poster (2015, July)

Background: For safety reasons, rapeseed meal (RSM) is usually desolventized with strong hydrothermal treatments, leading to various levels of residual glucosinolates (GSL), and protein solubility. The ... [more ▼]

Background: For safety reasons, rapeseed meal (RSM) is usually desolventized with strong hydrothermal treatments, leading to various levels of residual glucosinolates (GSL), and protein solubility. The RSM nutritional quality may be then lowered for monogastrics, due to GSL breakdown products whose reliable and “easy to use” indicators lack. [less ▲]

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See detailComparison of experimental results and numerical modelling of unreinforced loas-bearing masonry structures subjected to earthquake loading
Mordant, Christophe ULg; Denoël, Vincent ULg; Degée, Hervé

in Proceedings of the SECED 2015 Conference: Earthquake Risk and Engineering towards a Resilient World (2015, July)

This paper presents a comparison of experimental tests results on unreinforced load-bearing masonry structures subjected to earthquake loading with numerical predictions. First, simple walls are submitted ... [more ▼]

This paper presents a comparison of experimental tests results on unreinforced load-bearing masonry structures subjected to earthquake loading with numerical predictions. First, simple walls are submitted to cyclic and shaking table tests. Some of them include soundproofing devices in order to investigate their influence on the general behaviour in static and dynamic conditions. Additional walls with an opening and T-shaped walls are then tested under cyclic loading. The study is focused on the frame effect, the contribution of the perpendicular wall to the global strength and the efficiency of the connection. These aspects are also studied through shaking table tests on two masonry frames with T- or L-shaped piers. The main information is expressed in terms of force-displacement curves, mechanical properties and energy dissipation for the cyclic tests. The shaking table tests provide results in terms of dynamic and mechanical properties. Comparison of the results with numerical predictions is finally performed thanks to the software TREMURI. [less ▲]

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See detailTransnational routes for hyper-local practices. Homemade food of Moroccan migrant women in Italy.
Mescoli, Elsa ULg

Conference (2015, June 22)

Stemming from a doctoral research on the culinary practices of a group of Moroccan migrant women living in the north of Italy, this paper will focus on some narratives and habits concerning homemade food ... [more ▼]

Stemming from a doctoral research on the culinary practices of a group of Moroccan migrant women living in the north of Italy, this paper will focus on some narratives and habits concerning homemade food. This food was the result of the combination of hyper-local and transnational practices. In fact, preparing some food at home instead of buying it (bread, for example) was possible also thanks to the use of some ingredients that were bought in or coming from Morocco. The issue at stake was that of control: a control exerted at a hyper-local level (in one’s home) on procedures and at a transnational level (by personally knowing ingredients’ producers) on food elements. This combination let women prepare some representative food of their memory by using the traditional techniques learnt from their mothers and by excluding intermediations. Homemade food translated the reassuring utopia of keeping a link with a cultural belonging in spite of migration and of reducing the fear of being contaminated by the unknown products of the diversity. Some ethnographic data will be presented to show these dynamics, and they will be supported by the visual material collected through participant observation. [less ▲]

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See detailLa diversité linguistique en Asie Mineure et en Gaule à l'époque d'Irénée
Rochette, Bruno ULg

Conference (2015, June 11)

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See detailThe cultural Other’s ways of eating. On embodied subjectivities, diets and inclusion of diversity.
Mescoli, Elsa ULg

Conference (2015, June 09)

The notion of subjectivation is employed in the human and social sciences to define the dynamic and complex process of definition of the self. In this process, several factors interact, both rising from ... [more ▼]

The notion of subjectivation is employed in the human and social sciences to define the dynamic and complex process of definition of the self. In this process, several factors interact, both rising from those which appear as inner needs and from cultural and social expectations. This occurs at different levels of the individual’s everyday life’s experience, one of which is the material one. At this level we find diets, which actively perform on corporeality meant as embodied self. The materiality of food habits and culinary practices is the site where the stratified definition of individual subjectivity take place and where cultural and social belongings are represented and negotiated. In order to support this statement, I will present the life history of the key informant of my doctoral research that was devoted to the culinary practices of a group of Moroccan women living in context of migration. The ethnographic data were collected during an eighteen months fieldwork conducted in Milan hinterland (Italy). Through participant observation and semi-structured interviews, I studied the way of eating of this woman and her family. Their diet was influenced by several factors, among which the most relevant one was the illness of one of the children, a young girl suffering from diabetes mellitus. The (micro)materiality of food choices made by her mother for her nourishment, played a crucial role in the definition of the girl’s body and of its representation. In fact, this woman negotiated her culinary practices, stemming from her embodied memory, with medical prescriptions and instruments in order to restore her child’s body to health and thus shaping it as socially acceptable. We see a double-direction movement involving food and the body: the incorporation of appropriate nourishment, assured by a strict measurement of food biological components, and the excorporation of some physiological functions delegated to external medical devices. Such dynamics are aimed at making the child’s body comply with those biomedical norms that control the individuals’ access to the “healthy collectivity”. The medical work on the body through food corresponds to the normalization of the cultural Other’s ways of eating, a process that seems to be fundamental to migrants’ integration in the host society. In this paper I will discuss these issues focusing on food practices as material culture which actively participates to the embodied process of subjectivation. I will support my presentation with visual materials. [less ▲]

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See detailLa dimension adaptative du fonctionnement pervers : une question complexe
Englebert, Jérôme ULg

Conference (2015, June 04)

Après avoir rappelé la différence entre perversion et fonctionnement psychologique pervers, nous proposerons une réflexion éthologique et écologique qui s’appuiera sur une pratique clinique en hôpital ... [more ▼]

Après avoir rappelé la différence entre perversion et fonctionnement psychologique pervers, nous proposerons une réflexion éthologique et écologique qui s’appuiera sur une pratique clinique en hôpital sécuritaire avec plusieurs patients au fonctionnement psychologique pervers. Dans un raisonnement où nous distinguons la signification d’un comportement de sa fonction, il apparaît que la maîtrise du territoire et du rang social sont des « facultés » perverses observables. Nous suggérons de concevoir le pervers comme un individu hyper-adapté à un environnement social (la prison, par exemple, mais pas seulement) dont il maîtrise remarquablement l’art de la relation et de la « territorialisation ». Nous mettrons également en évidence les grandes compétences perceptives de ces patients (notamment via une réponse au test de Rorschach) et la maitrise fulgurante de l’intuition relationnelle. L’ensemble de ces caractéristiques font du pervers un être très « compétent » d’un point de vue social. Ceci explique, lorsqu’ils s’expriment sur le terrain de la délinquance, la dimension « imparable » des actes criminels de ces individus. Au-delà de cette adaptation sociale performante et remarquable, surviennent néanmoins des moments paradoxaux où la « désadaptation » est complète. Ces « moments pervers », qui sont rencontrés dans la clinique avec ces patients et qui apparaissent inexplicables d’un point de vue éthologique et adaptatif, sont des phénomènes essentiels à mettre en évidence dans un processus d’évaluation diagnostique. Dès lors, le pervers doit être considéré comme un être dont le fonctionnement adaptatif est complexe, fluctuant sur un continuum entre hyper-adaptation (la plupart du temps) et inadaptation (s’exprimant sous la forme d’un hiatus). Précisons, en outre, que ce modèle adaptatif suggère clairement que le fonctionnement psychologique pervers n’est pas l’apanage du sujet délinquant sexuel, pas plus qu’il n’est celui du délinquant en règle général. Ce mode de fonctionnement est également à identifier dans de nombreuses situations sociales où l’exercice du pouvoir sur autrui est accepté voire encouragé. Pour conclure, nous insisterons sur le fait qu’un fonctionnement psychologique pervers est complexe à mettre en évidence, notamment parce qu’il demande du temps et le développement de qualités d’observation parfois difficilement opérationnelles dans certaines situations cliniques ou d’expertise. Pour pouvoir améliorer la connaissance de ce fonctionnement, cette entité demande une reconnaissance nosographique et diagnostique propre. Notre hypothèse d’une hyper-adaptation pourrait être éprouvée par des méthodes cognitives. Nous pensons, par exemple, à un dispositif proposant des tâches de résolutions de problèmes sans issue. Cependant, l’on peut se demander s’il est raisonnable d’envisager d’avoir une connaissance nomothétique de la personnalité perverse. Le nombre restreint de sujets « disponibles » pour une évaluation, leur logique insaisissable, leur tendance au refus de collaborer à une étude s’ils n’y trouvent pas avantage, etc. Ces arguments font que le sujet pervers échappe presque par principe aux méthodes de recherche conventionnelles. Cela ne veut évidemment pas dire que l’entité nosographique n’existe pas. Tout en connaissant le lourd tribut que peut représenter le fait d’apposer ce diagnostic à propos d’un sujet, nous estimons, néanmoins, qu’il est important de pouvoir le mettre en évidence lorsqu’il est présent (comme il est, par ailleurs, essentiel de se garder de le poser lorsqu’il est absent). Pour ce faire, la répétition et l’observation sont les seuls moyens de parvenir à objectiver ce type de fonctionnement en réduisant le risque d’identifier des faux positifs. La difficulté essentielle est et restera de parvenir à parler à écrire sur le pervers. Pointer une dynamique perverse et parvenir à la faire comprendre aux autres relève presque de l’impossible car, d’une certaine manière, le pervers est toujours dans le juste. Il n’a pas toujours une bonne excuse, il a toujours une bonne raison. Le principe pervers dépasse le dicible, la dynamique perverse est difficilement verbalisable. [less ▲]

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See detailNovel nanosized water soluble fluorescent micelles with embedded perylene diimide fluorophores for potential biomedical applications: Cell permeability, localization and cytotoxicity
Bryaskova, Rayna; Georgiev, Nikolai I.; Dimov, Stefan M. et al

in Materials Science & Engineering : C (2015), 51

Novel biocompatiblewater-soluble fluorescent micelleswithembedded perylene diimides (PDI) for intracellular applications have been prepared by self assembling of amphiphilic poly(vinyl alcohol)-b-poly ... [more ▼]

Novel biocompatiblewater-soluble fluorescent micelleswithembedded perylene diimides (PDI) for intracellular applications have been prepared by self assembling of amphiphilic poly(vinyl alcohol)-b-poly(acrylonitrile) (PVA-b-PAN) copolymers in the presence of synthesized fluorophores. Amphiphilic PVA-b-PAN copolymers were obtained by selective hydrolysis of well-defined poly(vinyl acetate)-b-poly(acrylonitrile) (PVAc-b-PAN) copolymer. The preparation of the novel fluorescence micelles consisting of PVA hydrophilic shell and PAN hy- drophobic core with incorporated PDI fluorophores has been confirmed by DLS and TEManalysis. The cytotoxic- ity of the water-soluble fluorophores and their internalization into living cells depending on the micellar concentration have been tested. Itwas shown that they could successfully enter in living cellswithout destroying their morphology. The results obtained indicate that the novel water-soluble fluorescent micelles with embed- ded PDI fluorophores would be suitable for potential intracellular biomedical applications. [less ▲]

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