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    Why does low-quality information go viral? A stylized model of social media predicts that under real-world conditions of high information load and limited attention, low- and high-quality information are equally likely to go viral.

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    How should Europe allocate asylum seekers? Bansak et al. show that a majority of Europeans support allocating asylum seekers proportionally to each country’s capacity, rather than the current policy of allocation based on country of first entry.

    • Kirk Bansak
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    Medaglia et al. explore how network control theory — a subdiscipline of engineering — could guide interventions that modulate mental states in order to treat cognitive deficits or enhance mental abilities.

    • John D. Medaglia
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    Assessment of moral judgements and social-cognitive profiles of Colombian paramilitary terrorists by Baez et al. reveals a moral code abnormally guided by outcomes, rather than the integration of intentions and outcomes.

    • Sandra Baez
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  • Letter |

    Bang et al. use behavioural data in culturally distinct settings (United Kingdom and Iran) and computational modelling to show that, when making decisions in pairs, people adopt a confidence-matching heuristic to combine their opinions.

    • Dan Bang
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    Motor skill memories are consolidated and enhanced during sleep. Breton and Robertson show that the neural circuits that support offline memory improvements differ depending on how the memory was acquired — through implicit or explicit learning.

    • Jocelyn Breton
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Volume 1 Issue 6

Cover image: Shelby S. Putt. Cover design: Samantha Whitham

Volume 1 Issue 6

The advent of Acheulian stone-tool technologies 1.75 million years ago is hypothesized to reflect an evolutionary change in early human cognitive and language abilities. Using functional near-infrared spectroscopy, Putt et al. find a key role for working memory but not language in modern Acheulian toolmakers, which suggests that Acheulian tool-making has evolutionary ties to a shift in cognitive skills, but not language.

See Putt et al. 1, 0102 (2017). 

See also Uomini 1, 0114 (2017).

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