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  1. Samuel W. K. Chan, Dynamic Context Generation for Natural Language Understanding: A Multifaceted Knowledge Approach.
    ��We describe a comprehensive framework for text un- derstanding, based on the representation of context. It is designed to serve as a representation of semantics for the full range of in- terpretive and inferential needs of general natural language pro- cessing. Its most distinctive feature is its uniform representation of the various simple and independent linguistic sources that play a role in determining meaning: lexical associations, syntactic re- strictions, case-role expectations, and most importantly, contextual effects. Compositional syntactic structure from a (...)
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  2. Brian Barry, Stephen Chan & Johannes Fedderke (forthcoming). Contributors to Theoria 89. Theoria.
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  3. Adrian Chan, Monique Frize, Colleen Ennett, Daphne Ong & Amanada Cherpak (forthcoming). A Reflection on Biomedical Engineering Ethics Education From Multiple Perspectives. Ethics in Biology, Engineering and Medicine.
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  4. Roy Chan (forthcoming). For and Against Utilitarianism and Deontology. Ethics.
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  5. Sarah Chan, John Harris & John Sulston (forthcoming). 1.4 Science and the Social Contract: On the Purposes, Uses and Abuses of Science. Common Knowledge: The Challenge of Transdisciplinarity.
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  6. Tracey E. Chan, Nicola S. Peart & Jacqueline Chin (forthcoming). Evolving Legal Responses to Dependence on Families in New Zealand and Singapore Healthcare. Journal of Medical Ethics:2012-101225.
    Healthcare decision-making has traditionally focused on individual autonomy, but there is now a change occurring in which the involvement of families is gaining prominence. This appears to stem from an increasing emphasis on relational aspects of autonomy which recognises the individual's connectedness to their family, and also state reliance upon families to share the burdens and costs of caring for elderly and disabled dependents. Such a reorientation calls for similar legal emphasis on patient autonomy as understood in relational terms, and (...)
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  7. Wing-Tsit Chan (forthcoming). Chinese Theory and Practice. Philosophy and Culture: East and West: East-West Philosophy in Practical Perspective.
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  8. Thomas M. Lampinen, K. Chan, M. L. Miller, A. J. Schilder, K. J. P. Craib, B. Devlin, C. Lips, M. T. Schechter, M. V. O'Shaughnessy & R. S. Hogg (forthcoming). Substance Use Trends Among Young Men Who Have Sex with Men (MSM) in Vancouver and Relation to High-Risk Anal Intercourse, 1997-2002. Substance.
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  9. Wanbil W. Lee & Allan Kk Chan (forthcoming). Computer Ethics: An Argument for Rethinking Business Ethics. 2nd World Business Ethics Forum: Rethinking the Value of Business Ethics, Hong Kong Baptist University, 1-12 December 2008.
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  10. P. C. Leung & W. T. Chan (forthcoming). Occupational Hand Injuries: A Medico. Social Research.
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  11. Ming Shan, Albert P. C. Chan, Yun Le & Yi Hu (forthcoming). Investigating the Effectiveness of Response Strategies for Vulnerabilities to Corruption in the Chinese Public Construction Sector. Science and Engineering Ethics:1-23.
    Response strategy is a key for preventing widespread corruption vulnerabilities in the public construction sector. Although several studies have been devoted to this area, the effectiveness of response strategies has seldom been evaluated in China. This study aims to fill this gap by investigating the effectiveness of response strategies for corruption vulnerabilities through a survey in the Chinese public construction sector. Survey data obtained from selected experts involved in the Chinese public construction sector were analyzed by factor analysis and partial (...)
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  12. C. Wellbery & M. Chan (forthcoming). White Coat, Patient Gown. Medical Humanities.
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  13. Christopher Chan & Brenda Scott-Ladd (2014). The Judas Within: A Look at the Sexual Abuse Crisis in the Catholic Church. Ethics and Behavior 24 (4):326-339.
  14. David K. Chan (2014). The Concept of Human Dignity in the Ethics of Genetic Research. Bioethics 28 (8).
    Despite criticism that dignity is a vague and slippery concept, a number of international guidelines on bioethics have cautioned against research that is contrary to human dignity, with reference specifically to genetic technology. What is the connection between genetic research and human dignity? In this article, I investigate the concept of human dignity in its various historical forms, and examine its status as a moral concept. Unlike Kant's ideal concept of human dignity, the empirical or relational concept takes human dignity (...)
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  15. Joel Chan & Christian Schunn (2014). The Impact of Analogies on Creative Concept Generation: Lessons From an In Vivo Study in Engineering Design. Cognitive Science 38 (7).
    Research on innovation often highlights analogies from sources outside the current problem domain as a major source of novel concepts; however, the mechanisms underlying this relationship are not well understood. We analyzed the temporal interplay between far analogy use and creative concept generation in a professional design team's brainstorming conversations, investigating the hypothesis that far analogies lead directly to very novel concepts via large steps in conceptual spaces (jumps). Surprisingly, we found that concepts were more similar to their preceding concepts (...)
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  16. Sarah Chan (2014). Hidden Anthropocentrism and the “Benefit of the Doubt”: Problems With the “Origins” Approach to Moral Status. American Journal of Bioethics 14 (2):18-20.
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  17. T. K. Chan, E. Hui & B. Chung (2014). A Child Born with Edward's Syndrome: The Legal and Moral Duty to Accede to the Request for Parentage Determination. Journal of Medical Ethics 40 (6):383-386.
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  18. T. K. Chan & G. L. Tipoe (2014). Should We Continue Treatment for M? The Benefits of Living. Journal of Medical Ethics 40 (2):131-133.
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  19. T. K. Chan & G. L. Tipoe (2014). The Best Interests of Persistently Vegetative Patients: To Die Rather That to Live? Journal of Medical Ethics 40 (3):202-204.
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  20. Vincent K. Lee, Amy C. Nau, Charles Laymon, Kevin C. Chan, Bedda L. Rosario & Chris Fisher (2014). Successful Tactile Based Visual Sensory Substitution Use Functions Independently of Visual Pathway Integrity. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience 8.
  21. Annie Wai Yiu Chan (2013). Functional Organization and Visual Representations of Human Ventral Lateral Prefrontal Cortex. Frontiers in Psychology 4.
    Recent neuroimaging studies in both human and non-human primates have identified face selective activation in the ventral lateral prefrontal cortex even in the absence of working memory demands. Further, research has suggested that this face-selective response is largely driven by the presence of the eyes. However, the nature and origin of visual category responses in the ventral lateral prefrontal cortex remain unclear. Further, in a broader sense, how do these findings relate to our current understandings of lateral prefrontal cortex? What (...)
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  22. David K. Chan (2013). Just War, Noncombatant Immunity, and the Concept of Supreme Emergency. Journal of Military Ethics 11 (4):273 - 286.
    (2012). JUST WAR, NONCOMBATANT IMMUNITY, AND THE CONCEPT OF SUPREME EMERGENCY. Journal of Military Ethics: Vol. 11, No. 4, pp. 273-286. doi: 10.1080/15027570.2012.758399.
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  23. David Chan, Mary A. Peterson, Morgan D. Barense & Jay Pratt (2013). How Action Influences Object Perception. Frontiers in Psychology 4.
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  24. Edgar Chan, Oliver Baumann, Mark A. Bellgrove & Jason B. Mattingley (2013). Reference Frames in Allocentric Representations Are Invariant Across Static and Active Encoding. Frontiers in Psychology 4 (565):1-7.
    An influential model of spatial memory – the so-called reference systems account – proposes that relationships between objects are biased by salient axes (“frames of reference”) provided by environmental cues, such as the geometry of a room. In this study, we sought to examine the extent to which a salient environmental feature influences the formation of spatial memories when learning occurs via a single, static viewpoint and via active navigation, where information has to be integrated across multiple viewpoints. In our (...)
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  25. Kam C. Chan, Hung-Gay Fung & Jot Yau (2013). Predominant Sources and Contributors of Influential Business Ethics Research: Evidence and Implications From a Threshold Citation Analysis. Business Ethics 22 (3):263-276.
    Influential or frequently cited business ethics research does not appear in a vacuum; our study reveals its predominant sources and contributors by discipline. By examining citations from articles published in three top business ethics journals (Journal of Business Ethics, Business Ethics Quarterly and Business Ethics: A European Review) over the period 2004–2008, we document that the preponderance of influential business ethics research comes primarily from the management faculty. In addition, management journals and management books are the predominant sources for influential (...)
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  26. MuiChing Carina Chan, John Watson & David Woodliff (2013). Corporate Governance Quality and CSR Disclosures. Journal of Business Ethics:1-15.
    Given the increasing importance attached to both corporate social responsibility (CSR) and corporate governance, this study investigates the association between these two complimentary mechanisms used by companies to enhance relations with stakeholders. Consistent with both legitimacy and stakeholder theory and controlling for industry profile, firm size, stockholder power/dispersion, creditor power/leverage, and economic performance, our analysis of the annual reports for a sample of 222 listed companies suggests that firms providing more CSR information: have better corporate governance ratings; are larger; belong (...)
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  27. Noreen Chan (2013). A Good Death? Law and Ethics in Practice Ed. By Lynn Hagger, Simon Woods. Asian Bioethics Review 5 (4):383-384.
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  28. Sarah Chan & John Coggon (2013). Beyond the Is/Ought Divide: Studying the Nature of the Bioethical Enterprise. [REVIEW] Health Care Analysis 21 (1):1-5.
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  29. Shirley Chan (2013). Introduction: Discovering and Rediscovering the Four Books. Journal of Chinese Philosophy 40 (2):224-233.
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  30. Tak K. Chan & George L. Tipoe (2013). The Policy Statement of the American Academy of Pediatrics – Children as Hematopoietic Stem Cell Donors – a Proposal of Modifications for Application in the UK. BMC Medical Ethics 14 (1):43.
    With a view to addressing the moral concerns about the use of donor siblings, the Policy Statement of the American Academy of Pediatrics - Children as Hematopoietic Stem Cell Donors (the Policy) has laid out the criteria upon which tissue harvest from a minor would be permissible.
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  31. Timothy Chan (2013). Introduction: Aiming at Truth. In , The Aim of Belief. Oxford University Press. 1-16.
    In this introductory chapter to the volume The Aim of Belief, the editor surveys the fundamental questions in current debates surrounding the aim of belief, and identifies the major theoretical approaches. The main arguments of the ten contributions to the volume are outlined and located in the context of the existing literature.
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  32. Timothy Chan (ed.) (2013). The Aim of Belief. Oxford University Press.
    What is belief? "Beliefs aim at truth" is the commonly accepted starting point for philosophers who want to give an adequate account of this fundamental state of mind, but it raises as many questions as it answers. For example, in what sense can beliefs be said to have an aim of their own? If belief aims at truth, does it mean that reasons to believe must also be based on truth? Must beliefs be formed on the basis of evidence alone? (...)
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  33. Wing-Cheuk Chan (2013). Thinking Through Confucian Modernity: A Study of Mou Zongsan's Moral Metaphysics by Sebastien Billioud (Review). Philosophy East and West 63 (4):683-686.
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  34. Wing-Cheuk Chan (2013). Thinking Through Confucian Modernity: A Study of Mou Zongsan's Moral Metaphysics by Sebastien Billioud. [REVIEW] Philosophy East and West 63 (4):683-686.
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  35. Wing‐Cheuk Chan (2013). The Thought of Mou Zongsan. By N. Serina Chan. (Leiden: Brill, 2011. 342 Pp. Hardback, ISBN 978‐900‐04‐21211‐4.). Journal of Chinese Philosophy 40 (1):208-211.
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  36. Ji-Fang Cui, Ying-he Chen, Ya Wang, David H. K. Shum & Raymond C. K. Chan (2013). Neural Correlates of Uncertain Decision Making: ERP Evidence From the Iowa Gambling Task. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience 7.
    In our daily life, it is very common to make decisions in uncertain situations. The Iowa Gambling Task (IGT) has been widely used in laboratory studies because of its good simulation of uncertainty in real life activities. The present study aimed to examine the neural correlates of uncertain decision making with the IGT. Twenty-six university students completed this study. An adapted IGT was administered to them, and the EEG data were recorded. The adapted IGT we used allowed us to analyze (...)
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  37. Amedeo D'Angiulli, Matthew Runge, Andrew Faulkner, Jila Zakizadeh, Aldrich Chan & Selvana Morcos (2013). Vividness of Visual Imagery and Incidental Recall of Verbal Cues, When Phenomenological Availability Reflects Long-Term Memory Accessibility. Frontiers in Psychology 4.
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  38. Christopher M. Raymond, Gerald G. Singh, Karina Benessaiah, Joanna R. Bernhardt, Jordan Levine, Harry Nelson, Nancy J. Turner, Bryan Norton, Jordan Tam & Kai Ma Chan (2013). Ecosystem Services and Beyond. BioScience 63 (7):536-546.
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  39. Anya Skatova, Patricia Angie Chan & Nathaniel D. Daw (2013). Extraversion Differentiates Between Model-Based and Model-Free Strategies in a Reinforcement Learning Task. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience 7.
    Prominent computational models describe a neural mechanism for learning from reward prediction errors, and it has been suggested that variations in this mechanism are reflected in personality factors such as trait extraversion. However, although trait extraversion has been linked to improved reward learning, it is not yet known whether this relationship is selective for the particular computational strategy associated with error-driven learning, known as model-free reinforcement learning, versus another strategy, model-based learning, which the brain is also known to employ. In (...)
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  40. Antonio Terracciano & Wayne Chan (2013). Personality Traits, National Character Stereotypes, and Climate–Economic Conditions. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 36 (5):501-502.
    Cross-cultural personality research suggests that individuals from wealthier countries tend to be more open-minded. This openness to values may support more democratic governments and the expansion of fundamental freedoms. The link between wealth and freedom is evident in cold-to-temperate climates, but not across wealthy nations in hot climates. Furthermore, temperature and economic conditions shape perceptions of national character stereotypes.
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  41. Albert J. Chan (2012). Navigating Shark-Infested Waters. Journal of Business Ethics Education 8 (1):291-304.
  42. Alex W. H. Chan & Hoi Yan Cheung (2012). Cultural Dimensions, Ethical Sensitivity, and Corporate Governance. Journal of Business Ethics 110 (1):45-59.
    The economic globalization process has integrated different competitive markets and pushes firms in different countries to improve their managerial and operational efficiencies. Given the recent empirical evidence for the benefits to firms and stakeholders of good corporate governance (CG) practice, it is expected that good CG practice would be a common strategy for firms in different countries to meet the increasingly intense competition; however, this is not the case. This study examines the differences in CG practices in firms across different (...)
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  43. Ben Chan, Flavia M. Facio, Haley Eidem, Sara Chandros Hull, Leslie G. Biesecker & Benjamin E. Berkman (2012). Genomic Inheritances: Disclosing Individual Research Results From Whole-Exome Sequencing to Deceased Participants' Relatives. American Journal of Bioethics 12 (10):1-8.
    Whole-genome analysis and whole-exome analysis generate many more clinically actionable findings than traditional targeted genetic analysis. These findings may be relevant to research participants themselves as well as for members of their families. Though researchers performing genomic analyses are likely to find medically significant genetic variations for nearly every research participant, what they will find for any given participant is unpredictable. The ubiquity and diversity of these findings complicate questions about disclosing individual genetic test results. We outline an approach for (...)
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  44. David K. Chan (2012). Beyond Just War: A Virtue Ethics Approach. Palgrave Macmillan.
    Unlike most books on the ethics of war, this book rejects the 'just war' tradition, proposing a virtue ethics of war to take its place.
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  45. David K. Chan (2012). Editor's Introduction. Philosophy in the Contemporary World 19 (2):1-3.
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  46. David K. Chan (2012). Moral Reasoning and Decisions on the Ground. Philosophy in the Contemporary World 19 (2):15-25.
    In this paper, I examine the difference between decision-making by soldiers and commanders, compared with leaders of the nation. Decision-makingin the armed forces is prudential reasoning concerned with the best means to achieve given military objectives. I argue that those in the military cannot rationally make the moral choice to risk the lives of their own soldiers or jeopardize their mission in order to protect the lives of enemy civilians. This does not vindicate the realists who deny that morality applies (...)
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  47. David K. Chan (2012). The Ethics of War and Law Enforcement in Defending Against Terrorism. Social Philosophy Today 28:101-114.
    There are two contrasting paradigms for dealing with terrorists: war and law enforcement. In this paper, I first discuss how the just war theory assesses the military response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the United States. I argue that the ethical problems with the U.S. attack on Afghanistan in response to 9/11 concern principles of jus ad bellum besides just cause. I show that the principles of right intention, last resort, proportionality and likelihood of success were violated. Furthermore, both (...)
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  48. Edgar Chan, Oliver Baumann, Mark Bellgrove & Jason Mattingley (2012). From Objects to Landmarks: The Function of Visual Location Information in Spatial Navigation. Frontiers in Psychology 3:304-1.
    Landmarks play an important role in guiding navigational behavior. A host of studies in the last 15 years has demonstrated that environmental objects can act as landmarks for navigation in different ways. In this review, we propose a parsimonious four-part taxonomy for conceptualizing object location information during navigation. We begin by outlining object properties that appear to be important for a landmark to attain salience. We then systematically examine the different functions of objects as navigational landmarks based on previous behavioral (...)
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  49. Joseph Chan (2012). Political Authority and Perfectionism: A Response to Quong. Philosophy and Public Issues - Filosofia E Questioni Pubbliche.
  50. Kai Ma Chan, Anne D. Guerry, Patricia Balvanera, Sarah Klain, Terre Satterfield, Xavier Basurto, Ann Bostrom, Ratana Chuenpagdee, Rachelle Gould & Benjamin S. Halpern (2012). Where Are Cultural and Social in Ecosystem Services? A Framework for Constructive Engagement. BioScience 62 (8):744-756.
    A focus on ecosystem services (ES) is seen as a means for improving decisionmaking. In the research to date, the valuation of the material contri- butions of ecosystems to human well-being has been emphasized, with less attention to important cultural ES and nonmaterial values. This gap persists because there is no commonly accepted framework for eliciting less tangible values, characterizing their changes, and including them along- side other services in decisionmaking. Here, we develop such a framework for ES research and (...)
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