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Latest Research

  • Letter |

    Obradovich and Fowler use data on participation in physical activity from 1.9 million US residents from 2002–2012, coupled with daily temperature data, to show that unmitigated climate change is likely to alter future patterns of physical activity.

    • Nick Obradovich
    •  & James H. Fowler
  • Article |

    Kleckner et al. use monkey and human data to identify an intrinsic brain system that supports interoception (that is, sensations from within the body) and allostasis (that is, the process by which the brain maintains energy regulation in the body).

    • Ian R. Kleckner
    • , Jiahe Zhang
    • , Alexandra Touroutoglou
    • , Lorena Chanes
    • , Chenjie Xia
    • , W. Kyle Simmons
    • , Karen S. Quigley
    • , Bradford C. Dickerson
    •  & Lisa Feldman Barrett
  • Article |

    Speer and Delgado demonstrate that recalling positive memories dampens stress responses and correlates with activation of reward-processing corticostriatal circuits. Positive reminiscence may promote resilience to stress.

    • Megan E. Speer
    •  & Mauricio R. Delgado
  • Letter |

    In an analysis of 15,000 Facebook networks, Hobbs and Burke find that online social networks are resilient to the death of an individual, showing an increase in interactions between friends following a loss, which remains stable for years after.

    • William R. Hobbs
    •  & Moira K. Burke
  • Perspective |

    Lack of diversity in study populations, research methodologies and the researchers themselves undermines the goal of identifying and understanding the full range of human behaviour. Medin et al. argue that this system of non-diversity represents a crisis for the science of human behaviour.

    • Douglas Medin
    • , Bethany Ojalehto
    • , Ananda Marin
    •  & Megan Bang
  • Letter |

    Parkinson et al. combine social network analysis and multi-voxel pattern analysis of functional magnetic resonance imaging data to show that the brain spontaneously encodes social distance, the centrality of the individuals encountered, and the extent to which they serve to broker connections between members.

    • Carolyn Parkinson
    • , Adam M. Kleinbaum
    •  & Thalia Wheatley

News & Comment

  • News and Views |

    Research now shows that human social networks surrounding a person who unexpectedly dies recover from the loss through strengthening of the relationships between friends and acquaintances of the deceased individual. The study demonstrates how individuals change their interaction patterns to support one another during a time of grief.

    • Robert Bond
  • News and Views |

    Functional magnetic resonance imaging and social network analysis show that on viewing familiar individuals in a small social network, the brain activates regions critical for inferring mental states and intentions, as well as regions associated with spatial navigation and psychological distance.

    • James P. Curley
    •  & Kevin N. Ochsner
  • Comment |

    New regulations for research that involves human subjects deregulate much ordinary social and behavioural science research. The new rules support greater flexibility for researchers and institutional review boards, while affording the greatest protection for research participants.

    • Susan T. Fiske
    •  & Jeanne Rivard

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Volume 1 Issue 4

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Volume 1 Issue 4

An analysis of millions of book co-purchases shows that liberals and conservatives are also divided in the types of science they consume. 

See Shi et al. 1, 0079 (2017).


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