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This paper describes MAgentA (Musical Agent Architecture), which is an Agent that automatically composes background music in real time using the emotional state of the environment within which it is embedded. Its goal is to generate a “film-like music ” output for a virtual environment emphasizing the dramatic aspects of such environment. The approach(More)
Gene amplification using 16S rDNA primers has been proposed as a strategy for the diagnosis of bacterial meningitis. The aim of this study was to evaluate the performance of the MicroSeq 500 16S ribosomal DNA test (Applied Biosystems) from patients with suspected bacterial meningitis and CSF negative-culture in comparison to traditional methods. Twelve(More)
BACKGROUND Headache is one of the most common symptoms after cocaine use. METHODS We investigated headache frequency and characteristics and the correlation between headache and acute cocaine intake in a cross-sectional study in a consecutive series of chronic cocaine users. RESULTS Participation rate was 94.1%. Of the 80 subjects enrolled, 72 (90%)(More)
Cocaine abuse may cause severe ischemic and necrotic tissue damage in several organs, including the eye. However, the cornea is an avascular tissue relying on sensitive nerves for its trophic support, and the pathogenesis of cocaine-induced corneal lesions is unclear. In this study, we aimed to investigate if corneal sensitivity, ocular surface, and tear(More)
An efficient use of background music is a very powerful tool to achieve high levels of immersion and to induce moods within interactive settings. Although this property is clear, the way in which action and music should be connected, so as to have such an efficient emotion delivery tool, is still to be fully understood. An action-music mediation framework(More)
As many as 14-21 million people worldwide (0.3-0.5% of the population, aged 15-65 years) use cocaine [1]. In Europe, cocaine consumption has shown a 2to 3-fold increase during the last 2 decades [2,3]; in Italy, lifetime cocaine experience among adults corresponds to 6.6% [4]. Cocaine use and headache share some common characteristics: present heavy global(More)
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