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Behaviour change for better health and energy conservation, how we form beliefs about the good and the bad, network neuroscience, gender diversity in scientific discovery, and more.

Latest Research

  • Letter |

    Despite being a major cultural group, Arabs are relatively neglected in cultural psychology. Going beyond the prevailing East versus West paradigm, this paper suggests that a unique form of interdependence that is self-assertive typifies Arab culture.

    • Alvaro San Martin
    • , Marwan Sinaceur
    • , Amer Madi
    • , Steve Tompson
    • , William W. Maddux
    •  & Shinobu Kitayama
  • Perspective |

    Increasing gender diversity can bring about substantial benefits for research and society. Nielsen et al. propose a framework for increased diversity not only in the composition of teams, but also in research methods and in the questions targeted by research.

    • Mathias Wullum Nielsen
    • , Carter Walter Bloch
    •  & Londa Schiebinger
  • Article |

    A seven-week school-based field experiment shows that social-rewards schemes increase physical activity in preadolescents, with girls being more receptive to reciprocal and boys to team rewarding schemes.

    • Antonios Proestakis
    • , Eugenia Polizzi di Sorrentino
    • , Helen Elizabeth Brown
    • , Esther van Sluijs
    • , Ankur Mani
    • , Sandra Caldeira
    •  & Benedikt Herrmann

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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.

John Carson

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