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Judging guilt, cycles in a digital currency network, biases in pain perception, the evolution of language families, non-cognitive skills and life outcomes, what next for Registered Reports, and more.

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News & Comment

  • Editorial |

    As adoption of registered reports is growing, two pieces in this issue take stock, providing recommendations and outlining next steps. We complement these pieces with practical advice on how to prepare a successful stage 1 submission.

  • News & Views |

    Sequence learning — how we learn that one event or item follows another — has been studied mostly focusing on the effects of relatively simple relationships between elements. Using network science, a new study shows that in complex probabilistic sequences, some relationships are more easily learned than others.

    • Theresa M. Desrochers
  • Comment |

    The field of behaviour change suffers from significant fragmentation and poor reporting. Here, we describe two large-scale initiatives — the Human Behaviour Change Project and Science of Behavior Change programme — that aim to introduce complementary systematic and rigorous methods to advance the science of behaviour change.

    • Jennifer A. Sumner
    • , Rachel N. Carey
    • , Susan Michie
    • , Marie Johnston
    • , Donald Edmondson
    •  & Karina W. Davidson

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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.


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