The article identifies one of the two stops on Afanasij Nikitin's return journey through India, Suri. Based upon the newly found place, a new reconstruction of this part of his journey is proposed by the author.
One of the many questions surrounding Leonardo’s Mona Lisa concerns the landscape visible in the portrait’s background: Does it depict an imagination of Leonardo’s mind, a real world landscape or the motif of a plane canvas that hung in Leonardo’s studio, behind the sitter? By analyzing divergences between the Mona Lisa and her Prado double that was painted in parallel but from another perspective we found mathematical evidence for the motif-canvas hypothesis: The landscape in the Prado version is 10% increased but otherwise nearly identical with the Louvre one, which indicates both painters used the same plane motif-canvas as reference.
This paper provides new insights into the association between economic standing and subjective well-being (SWB) among aging individuals in three industrialized countries: Germany, Israel, and Sweden. Specifically, we compare the effects of wealth, in line with the growing consensus that wealth is an important determinant of economic standing alongside income, on SWB across three welfare-state regimes: conservative (Germany), liberal (Israel), and social-democratic (Sweden). Drawing on needs theory, we hypothesize that individuals of poor wealth would report lower levels of SWB in all countries. We expect, however, the association between poor wealth and SWB to be stronger in the liberal system (Israel) and weaker in the conservative system (Germany) with the weakest effect found in the social-democratic system (Sweden) due to differences in the extent of social benefits each welfare-state regime provides its residents. To test our hypotheses, we utilize data from the Survey of Health, Aging and Retirement in Europe(SHARE1). Results indicate that income and wealth explain a greater part of the variance in SWB when taken together. We find a ‘poor penalty’ on SWB in Germany and Israel while in Sweden wealth has no impact on SWB. Finally, when controlling for subjective economic hardship (needs), the negative effect of poor wealth on SWB disappears in Germany, but maintains significance in Israel, suggesting that needs theory alone cannot explain the poor penalty in Israel. In conclusion, our findings suggest that the welfare-state has an impact on the wealth–SWB relation and that the mechanisms that underlie this relation operate differently in Germany and Israel.
Facial recognition relies on distinct and parallel types of processing: featural processing focuses on
the individual components of a face (e.g., the shape or the size of the eyes), whereas configural (or
“relational”) processing considers the spatial interrelationships among the single facial components
(e.g., distance of the mouth from the nose). Previous neuroimaging evidence has suggested that
featural and configural processes may rely on different brain circuits. By using rTMS, here we show
for the first time a double dissociation in dorsolateral prefrontal cortex for different aspects of face
processing: in particular, TMS over the left middle frontal gyrus (BA8) selectively disrupted
featural processing, whereas TMS over the right inferior frontal gyrus (BA44) selectively interfered
with configural processing of faces. By establishing a causal link between activation in left and
right prefrontal areas and different modes of face processing, our data extend previous
neuroimaging evidence and may have important implications in the study of face-processing
deficits, such as those manifested in prosopagnosia and autistic spectrum disorders.
Empirical studies on the development of face processing skills with age show inconsistent patterns concerning qualitative vs. quantitative changes over time or the age range for peak cognitive performance.
Der Artikel beschäftigt sich mit der Erklärung des altrussischen Lautwandels, insbesondere im Vokalsystem, und versucht eine Erklärung als "Phänomen der dritten Art" (nach Rudi Keller) für den Jat'-Wandel zu skizzieren. Erstmals werden dabei die Änderungen in der morphologischen Paradigmatik mit in den Blickpunkt genommen.
In Europa hat der Bau von Moscheen in jüngster Zeit heftige Debatten entfacht. Innerhalb dieses Diskurses ist Architektur zunächst als Träger politischer Botschaften verstanden worden. Im weiteren Kontext der Architekturgeschichte wurde die Gestalt von Moscheen von mehreren Faktoren beeinflusst. So konnte sich eine Architektur-Ikonographie der Moschee herausbilden, aus der wiederum moderne und heutige Moscheebauten Anregungen bezogen haben. Die Entwicklung der Kirchenarchitektur im 20. Jahrhunderts kann als Vergleichsbeispiel dienen, um das Potential einer Debatte über angemessene Architekturformen für einen Islam im heutigen Westen aufzuzeigen.