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This month read about genetic influence on social outcomes in post-Soviet Estonia, the social science of happiness, election polling errors, encoding of emotional memories and more.

Latest Research

  • Letter |

    In the United States and India, people's folk conceptions of nationality are flexible, seeing it as more biological and fixed at birth or cultural and fluid, depending on the scenario. Belief in fluidity predicts positive attitudes to immigration.

    • Mostafa Salari Rad
    •  & Jeremy Ginges
  • Letter |

    Contest experiments among natural groups demonstrate that unequal sharing of contest spoils can override the effects of preexisting intergroup relations, prompting privileged individuals to choose considerably more offensive strategies, whereas disadvantaged group members resort to defensive strategies.

    • Gönül Doğan
    • , Luke Glowacki
    •  & Hannes Rusch
  • Letter |

    An analysis of genetic influences on educational attainment and occupation in pre- versus post-Soviet-era Estonia shows that genetics has a much greater influence on social outcomes in a meritocratic society.

    • Kaili Rimfeld
    • , Eva Krapohl
    • , Maciej Trzaskowski
    • , Jonathan R. I. Coleman
    • , Saskia Selzam
    • , Philip S. Dale
    • , Tonu Esko
    • , Andres Metspalu
    •  & Robert Plomin
  • Letter |

    A linguistic analysis of nearly 44,000 responses to the Washington University Sentence Completion Test elucidates the construct of ego development (personality development through adulthood) and identifies unique linguistic markers of each level of development.

    • Kevin Lanning
    • , Rachel E. Pauletti
    • , Laura A. King
    •  & Dan P. McAdams

News & Comment

  • World View |

    Immigrant employment is not the cause but rather the consequence of growing inequality and deterioration in workers’ pay and working conditions. In fact, immigrants have revitalized labour-organizing efforts in recent decades, argues Ruth Milkman.

    • Ruth Milkman
  • World View |

    National elections are an essential component of a democratic society. But, cautions Mareike Kleine, elections can divert attention away from ongoing international negotiations, so their timing should be carefully considered.

    • Mareike Kleine
  • Comment |

    The web is increasingly inhabited by the remains of its departed users, a phenomenon that has given rise to a burgeoning digital afterlife industry. This industry requires a framework for dealing with its ethical implications. The regulatory conventions guiding archaeological exhibitions could provide the basis for such a framework.

    • Carl Öhman
    •  & Luciano Floridi
  • Comment |

    Many have argued that populism dominated the 2016 US presidential election. Textual analysis of electoral discourse in the United States, Greece and Venezuela suggests that the overall level of populism in the US election was in fact moderate. Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump engaged in populist discourse, but Trump lacked consistency.

    • Kirk A. Hawkins
    •  & Cristóbal Rovira Kaltwasser

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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.


Clinical Trials

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Clinical Trials

As of January 25, 2018, the NIH, the biggest funder of biomedical research in the world, is implementing policy changes which will affect the majority of US laboratories working with human subjects. We think it is vital for all parties, external stakeholders and the public to engage in an informed, productive debate about these developments to identify issues and opportunities. In this special collection of commissioned opinion pieces, representatives of international funding agencies and science regulators, non-profit organizations and think tanks, and leading basic and clinical researchers in the US and Europe contribute novel, thought-provoking arguments. In an accompanying Q&A, Michael Lauer of the NIH addresses questions regarding the implementation and gives advice on future grant applications.


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