Catarina Mendonça

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The development of metal-containing pharmaceuticals as insulin-mimetics has been the object of recent worldwide research. We have examined a series of zinc(II) and molybdenum(VI) complexes with model O,S-donor ligands (thiomaltol and 1,2-dimethyl-3-hydroxypyridine-4-thione (DMHTP)) and the corresponding O,O-analogues (maltol and DMHP) for their(More)
Multisensory experience can lead to auditory space recalibration. After exposure to discrepant audiovisual stimulation, sound percepts are displaced in space, in the direction of the previous visual stimulation. This study focuses on identifying the factors in recent sensory experience leading to such auditory space shifts. Sequences of five audiovisual(More)
Walking to a pacing stimulus has proven useful in motor rehabilitation, and it has been suggested that spontaneous synchronization could be preferable to intentional synchronization. But it is still unclear if the paced walking effect can occur spontaneously, or if intentionality plays a role. The aim of this work is to analyze the effect of sound pacing on(More)
In this article we present a review of current literature on adaptations to altered head-related auditory localization cues. Localization cues can be altered through ear blocks, ear molds, electronic hearing devices, and altered head-related transfer functions (HRTFs). Three main methods have been used to induce auditory space adaptation: sound exposure,(More)
Assessing intentions, direction, and velocity of others is necessary for most daily tasks, and such information is often made available by both visual and auditory motion cues. Therefore, it is not surprising our great ability to perceive human motion. Here, we explore the multisensory integration of cues of biological motion walking speed. After testing(More)
BACKGROUND Previous findings have shown that humans can learn to localize with altered auditory space cues. Here we analyze such learning processes and their effects up to one month on both localization accuracy and sound externalization. Subjects were trained and retested, focusing on the effects of stimulus type in learning, stimulus type in localization,(More)
Tinnitus is associated with changes in neural activity. How such alterations impact the localization ability of subjects with tinnitus remains largely unexplored. In this study, subjects with self-reported unilateral tinnitus were compared to subjects with matching hearing loss at high frequencies and to normal-hearing subjects in horizontal and vertical(More)
There is reason to believe that sound interacts with visual attention mechanisms. Practical implications of that interaction have never been analyzed in the context of spatial sound design for audiovisual reproduction. The study reported here aimed to test if sound spatialization could affect eye movements and the processing of visual events in audiovisual(More)
BACKGROUND Due to their different propagation times, visual and auditory signals from external events arrive at the human sensory receptors with a disparate delay. This delay consistently varies with distance, but, despite such variability, most events are perceived as synchronic. There is, however, contradictory data and claims regarding the existence of(More)
Churg-Strauss syndrome (CSS) is a rare systemic vasculitis, that essentially affects medium-sized vessels, involves multiple organs and in the majority of cases is related to asthma and eosinophilia. The authors make a review of this disease and discuss its differential diagnosis presenting the case of a woman with asthma that at the age of 65 is diagnosed(More)