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Happy birthday to us

In our first anniversary issue: income and well-being, witchcraft beliefs. pitch perception, the neural basis of face discrimination in infants, the wisdom of the inner crowd, and more.  

Latest Research

  • Letter |

    The collective wisdom of crowds often provides better answers to problems than individual judgements. Here, a large experiment that split a crowd into many small deliberative groups produced better estimates than the average of all answers in the crowd.

    • Joaquin Navajas
    • , Tamara Niella
    • , Gerry Garbulsky
    • , Bahador Bahrami
    •  & Mariano Sigman
  • Letter |

    Field experiments and network data show that the witchcraft label ‘zhu’ influences labour-sharing and intermarriage in a large network of southwest Chinese villages. Zhu is not an indicator of pro-sociality, but may function to spite or damage rivals.

    • Ruth Mace
    • , Matthew G. Thomas
    • , Jiajia Wu
    • , QiaoQiao He
    • , Ting Ji
    •  & Yi Tao
  • Letter |

    Jebb et al. use data from the Gallup World Poll to show that happiness does not rise indefinitely with income: globally, income satiation occurs at US$95,000 for life evaluation and US$60,000 to US$75,000 for emotional well-being.

    • Andrew T. Jebb
    • , Louis Tay
    • , Ed Diener
    •  & Shigehiro Oishi
  • Article |

    The authors used graph signal processing to examine whether fMRI signals correspond to underlying anatomical networks. They found that alignment between functional signals and anatomical structure was associated with greater cognitive flexibility.

    • John D. Medaglia
    • , Weiyu Huang
    • , Elisabeth A. Karuza
    • , Apoorva Kelkar
    • , Sharon L. Thompson-Schill
    • , Alejandro Ribeiro
    •  & Danielle S. Bassett
  • Letter |

    The authors use a computational data-driven approach to study the determinants of conscious processing of human faces. They show that the speed at which a face reaches conscious awareness depends on its perceived power or dominance.

    • Yaniv Abir
    • , Asael Y. Sklar
    • , Ron Dotsch
    • , Alexander Todorov
    •  & Ran R. Hassin

News & Comment

  • Editorial |

    With 12 issues under our collective editorial belt, we look back and reflect on the journal’s first year of life.

  • News & Views |

    The social function of witchcraft accusations remains opaque. An empirical study of Chinese villagers shows that the label ‘z hu’influences who interacts across a social network, but appears not to tag defectors in service of promoting cooperation. An open question thus remains: from witchcraft to gossip, which accusations stick?

    • Jillian J. Jordan
  • Comment |

    Identity formation is an important developmental process during adolescence, with several applied and public health implications. To prevent identity development from going astray, educational efforts, prevention programmes and policy initiatives are needed that help young people develop a healthy sense of identity.

    • Seth J. Schwartz
    •  & Mariya Petrova
  • Research Highlight |

    • Sara Constantino

About the Journal

  • Nature Human Behaviour publishes research of outstanding significance into any aspect of human behaviour: its psychological, biological, and social bases, as well as its origins, development, and disorders. The journal aims to enhance the visibility of research into human behaviour, strengthening its societal reach and impact.
  • We publish a range of content types including original research articles, Reviews, Perspectives, Comments, News, and Features that elaborate on significant advances in the field and cover topical issues.
  • Nature Human Behaviour is staffed by a dedicated team of professional editors, with relevant research backgrounds. It is led by Stavroula Kousta, formerly the Editor of Trends in Cognitive Sciences and Senior Editor at PLOS Biology, and also includes John Carson, Sara Constantino, and Anne-Marike Schiffer.
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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.


Behavioural Economics

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Behavioural Economics

The 2017 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences, in honouring the work of Richard H. Thaler, highlights the growing impact of behavioural economics in science and policy. To mark the occasion, we have put together this collection of behavioural economics articles published this year in Nature Human Behaviour. From a typology of nudges for health-related behaviour change to an examination of under what conditions people will cooperate in order to sustain a public good, the research and opinion published in our pages exemplifies some of the key contributions this fast growing field is making to science and policy.

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