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Exploring vast decision spaces, choice overload, genomic evidence for assortative mating, using causal designs from economics in neuroscience, and more

Latest Research

  • Letter |

    Analysing the results from four major sports leagues and a multiplayer online game reveals that prior shared success as a team significantly improves the odds of winning beyond what is explained by the skill of individual players.

    • Satyam Mukherjee
    • , Yun Huang
    • , Julia Neidhardt
    • , Brian Uzzi
    •  & Noshir Contractor
  • Perspective |

    How to establish causal links is a central question across scientific disciplines. Marinescu and colleagues describe methods from empirical economics and how they could be adapted across fields, for example, to psychology and neuroscience, to test causality.

    • Ioana E. Marinescu
    • , Patrick N. Lawlor
    •  & Konrad P. Kording
  • Letter |

    A century after being predicted by theory, the authors detect and quantify the genomic signature of assortative mating in ~400,000 contemporary human genomes, and report new genetic evidence for assortative mating on height and educational attainment.

    • Loic Yengo
    • , Matthew R. Robinson
    • , Matthew C. Keller
    • , Kathryn E. Kemper
    • , Yuanhao Yang
    • , Maciej Trzaskowski
    • , Jacob Gratten
    • , Patrick Turley
    • , David Cesarini
    • , Daniel J. Benjamin
    • , Naomi R. Wray
    • , Michael E. Goddard
    • , Jian Yang
    •  & Peter M. Visscher
  • Letter |

    When searching for rewards in complex, unfamiliar environments, it is often impossible to explore all options. Wu et al. show how a combination of generalization and optimistic sampling guides efficient human exploration in complex environments.

    • Charley M. Wu
    • , Eric Schulz
    • , Maarten Speekenbrink
    • , Jonathan D. Nelson
    •  & Björn Meder
  • Article |

    Smithers et al. find that, although there is some evidence that non-cognitive skills are associated with improved academic, psychosocial and health outcomes, the evidence is weak and heterogeneous. More rigorous research is required in this field.

    • Lisa G. Smithers
    • , Alyssa C. P. Sawyer
    • , Catherine R. Chittleborough
    • , Neil M. Davies
    • , George Davey Smith
    •  & John W. Lynch

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  • Witchcraft beliefs are and have been widespread in human societies, but what impact do they have on social interactions and what cultural evolutionary function might they serve? Field experiments and network data show that the witchcraft label ‘Zhu’ influences labour-sharing and reproductive choices in a large network of southwest Chinese villages. Zhu is not an indicator of prosociality, but may function to spite or damage rivals.


Focus on Cooperation


Focus on Cooperation

Cooperation lies at the heart of human lives and society. Understanding how and when it succeeds and fails is key to solving global challenges. In this Focus issue, we pull together papers from across the journal's broad disciplinary scope to understand the state of knowledge on cooperation and highlight future research directions.

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