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This month read about folk theories of nationality, children's sharing of common resources, reducing student absences, how arousal influences cortical processing in young and older people, and more. 

Latest Research

  • Letter |

    By analysing the language of tweets around protests in Baltimore in 2015 and through behavioural laboratory experiments, Dehghani and colleagues find that moralization of protest issues leads to greater support for violence and increased incidence of violent protest.

    • Marlon Mooijman
    • , Joe Hoover
    • , Ying Lin
    • , Heng Ji
    •  & Morteza Dehghani
  • Letter |

    Aral and Dhillon specify a class of empirically motivated influence maximization models that incorporate more realistic features of real-world social networks and predict substantially greater influence propagation compared with traditional models.

    • Sinan Aral
    •  & Paramveer S. Dhillon
  • Article |

    High arousal enables young people to better detect salient stimuli. In older people, arousal leads to increased processing of all stimuli. This difference can be explained by age-related changes in how the locus coeruleus–noradrenaline system interacts with cortical attention networks.

    • Tae-Ho Lee
    • , Steven G. Greening
    • , Taiji Ueno
    • , David Clewett
    • , Allison Ponzio
    • , Michiko Sakaki
    •  & Mara Mather
  • 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

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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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