Saori Hiramatsu

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Cultural differences in emotion perception have been reported mainly for facial expressions and to a lesser extent for vocal expressions. However, the way in which the perceiver combines auditory and visual cues may itself be subject to cultural variability. Our study investigated cultural differences between Japanese and Dutch participants in the(More)
Twenty-one patients with myeloperoxidase-antineutrophil cytoplasmic autoantibody (MPO-ANCA)-associated vasculitis were treated using cytapheresis. Of these, 17 were treated for glomerulonephritis and four were treated for pulmonary hemorrhage. The overall survival rate was 85.7% with a follow-up duration of 24.0 +/- 13.8 months. In the 17 patients with(More)
Anxious individuals have been shown to interpret others' emotional states negatively. Since most studies have used facial expressions as emotional cues, we examined whether trait anxiety affects the recognition of emotion in a dynamic face and voice that were presented in synchrony. The face and voice cues conveyed either matched (e.g., happy face and(More)
To develop a specific inhibitor of abscisic acid (ABA) 8'-hydroxylase, a key enzyme in the catabolism of ABA, a plant hormone involved in stress tolerance, seed dormancy, and other various physiological events, we designed and synthesized conformationally restricted analogues of uniconazole (UNI), a well-known plant growth retardant, which inhibits a(More)
We enlarged the uniconazole (UNI) molecule to find a specific inhibitor of abscisic acid (ABA) 8'-hydroxylase, and synthesized various UNI derivatives that were substituted with hydrophilic and hydrophobic groups at the 4-chlorine of the phenyl group of UNI using click chemistry. Considering its potency in ABA 8'-hydroxylase inhibition, its small effect on(More)
Previous studies have shown that the perception of facial and vocal affective expressions interacts with each other. Facial expressions usually dominate vocal expressions when we perceive the emotions of face-voice stimuli. In most of these studies, participants were instructed to pay attention to the face or voice. Few studies compared the perceived(More)
Our recent study [1] showed that culture modulates the manner of the multisensory integration of affective information. Specifically, Japanese are more tuned to vocal processing than Dutch in the multisensory perception of emotion. The current study aimed to extend the findings by adding an experiment and conducting further analyses on the results of their(More)
The plant growth retardant S-(+)-uniconazole (UNI-OH) is a strong inhibitor of abscisic acid (ABA) 8'-hydroxylase, a key enzyme in the catabolism of ABA, a plant hormone involved in stress tolerance, stomatal closure, flowering, seed dormancy, and other physiological events. In the present study, we focused on the two polar sites of UNI-OH and synthesized(More)
The results of a June 1988 member-satisfaction survey undertaken by a staff-model health maintenance organization (HMO) are presented, and implications for HMO management are discussed. Focus groups identified key reasons for consumer satisfaction; results were incorporated into a telephone survey that was administered to 600 households randomly selected(More)