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    ABSTRACT: This study tests whether policy narratives designed to increase support for obesity-reducing public policies should explicitly acknowledge individual responsibility while emphasizing so- cial, physical, and economic (social) determinants of obesity. We use a web-based, ran- domized experiment with a nationally representative sample of American adults (n = 718) to test hypotheses derived from theory and research on narrative persuasion. Respondents exposed to narratives that acknowledged individual responsibility while emphasizing obe- sity’s social determinants were less likely to engage in counterargument and felt more em- pathy for the story’s main character than those exposed to a message that did not acknowledge individual responsibility. Counterarguing and affective empathy fully mediated the relationship between message condition and support for policies to reduce rates of obe- sity. Failure to acknowledge individual responsibility in narratives emphasizing social deter- minants of obesity may undermine the persuasiveness of policy narratives. Omitting information about individual responsibility, a strongly-held American value, invites the public to engage in counterargument about the narratives and reduces feelings of empathy for a character that experiences the challenges and benefits of social determinants of obesity.
    PLoS ONE 02/2015; 10(2). DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0117565
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    ABSTRACT: The application of ferroelectric materials (i.e. solids that exhibit spontaneous electric polarisation) in solar cells has a long and controversial history. The developments include the first observations of the anomalous photovoltaic effect (APE) and the bulk photovoltaic effect (BPE). The recent success of inorganic and hybrid perovskite structured materials (e.g. BiFeO3, CsSnI3, CH3NH3PbI3) in solar cells emphasises that polar or ferroelectric semiconductors can be used in conventional photovoltaic architectures. We review developments in this field, with a particular emphasis on the materials known to display the APE/BPE (e.g. ZnS, CdTe, SbSI) and the theories developed to explain the experimental observations. Critical analysis is complemented with first-principles calculation of the underlying electronic structure. In addition to discussing the implications of a ferroelectric absorber layer, and the solid state theory of polarisation (Berry phase analysis), design principles and opportunities for high-efficiency ferroelectric photovoltaics are presented.
    Energy & Environmental Science 01/2015; 8:838–848. DOI:10.1039/C4EE03523B
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    ABSTRACT: Recent studies have indicated that non-coding RNAs transcribed from enhancer regions are important regulators of enhancer function and gene expression. In this report, we have characterised the expression of six enhancer RNAs (eRNAs) induced in human monocytic THP1 cells following activation of the innate immune response in response to lipopolysaccharide (LPS). Specifically, we have demonstrated that LPS-induced expression of individual eRNAs is mediated through divergent intracellular signalling pathways that includes NF-κB and the mitogen activated protein kinases, extracellular regulated kinase-1/2 and p38. Copyright © 2014. Published by Elsevier B.V.
    FEBS Letters 12/2014; 589(3). DOI:10.1016/j.febslet.2014.12.026


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Strategic Management Journal 02/2006; 27(2):131 - 150. DOI:10.1002/smj.507
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