News & Comment

  • Comment |

    Early adolescence (age 10–14) is an important window of opportunity to address gender socialization as the basis for health and social justice. This Comment explains why this is the case and provides illustrative examples of existing evidence on strategies to promote gender equitable attitudes in young adolescents.

    • Venkatraman Chandra-Mouli
    • , Marina Plesons
    •  & Avni Amin
  • World View |

    Obesity prevention has emphasized the individual person and created a narrative of blame. But by treating obesity as a socially transmitted disease, we can start to turn the tide of the obesity epidemic, says Tim Lobstein.

    • Tim Lobstein
  • Comment |

    Why isn’t there a strong relation between income and happiness? Why do people avoid or seek self-confirmatory or even false information? Why do they play the lottery and buy insurance? Taking account of belief-based utility can enable economics to make sense of these and a multitude of other puzzling phenomena.

    • George Loewenstein
    •  & Andras Molnar
  • News & Views |

    With just a handful of modifications to their social networks, individuals and groups can reduce the likelihood that they will be detected by others using standard social network analysis algorithms.

    • Sean F. Everton
  • Editorial |

    Recent updates to the NIH clinical trials policies have caused a heated debate led by affected scientists. By broadening the debate to include diverse stakeholders within and outside the United States, we learn that the steps the NIH takes are in the right direction, but further adjustments are needed to ensure that the policy’s goals are met.

  • Q&A |

    In his capacity as immediate past president of the Federation of Associations of Behavioral and Brain Sciences, Jeremy Wolfe interviews Mike Lauer about the new NIH clinical trials policy. Mike Lauer is NIH’s deputy director for extramural research, serving as the principal scientific leader and advisor to the NIH director on the extramural research programme.

    • Jeremy M. Wolfe
  • News & Views |

    How social norms evolve over time and what affects their evolution are central questions in the literature about norms. A study suggests that over time, hygiene and violence norms have become stricter, because those who prefer strict norms sanction those who prefer loose norms more than sanctioning in the other direction.

    • Ofer H. Azar
  • 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
  • News & Views |

    Multiple guesses from one individual, like guesses from a crowd, yield a better estimate when averaged. How far can such solipsistic polling take us in real, high-stakes settings? Now 1.2 million incentivized, real-world guesses show just how much people can improve their judgements by reconsidering their own estimates.

    • Edward Vul