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  • Reviews |

    Biocultural approaches combining local values, knowledge, and needs with global ecological factors provide a fruitful indicator framework for assessing local and global well-being and sustainability, and help bridge the divide between them.

    • Eleanor J. Sterling
    • , Christopher Filardi
    • , Anne Toomey
    • , Amanda Sigouin
    • , Erin Betley
    • , Nadav Gazit
    • , Jennifer Newell
    • , Simon Albert
    • , Diana Alvira
    • , Nadia Bergamini
    • , Mary Blair
    • , David Boseto
    • , Kate Burrows
    • , Nora Bynum
    • , Sophie Caillon
    • , Jennifer E. Caselle
    • , Joachim Claudet
    • , Georgina Cullman
    • , Rachel Dacks
    • , Pablo B. Eyzaguirre
    • , Steven Gray
    • , James Herrera
    • , Peter Kenilorea
    • , Kealohanuiopuna Kinney
    • , Natalie Kurashima
    • , Suzanne Macey
    • , Cynthia Malone
    • , Senoveva Mauli
    • , Joe McCarter
    • , Heather McMillen
    • , Pua’ala Pascua
    • , Patrick Pikacha
    • , Ana L. Porzecanski
    • , Pascale de Robert
    • , Matthieu Salpeteur
    • , Myknee Sirikolo
    • , Mark H. Stege
    • , Kristina Stege
    • , Tamara Ticktin
    • , Ron Vave
    • , Alaka Wali
    • , Paige West
    • , Kawika B. Winter
    •  & Stacy D. Jupiter
  • Reviews |

    Lack of diversity in study populations, research methodologies and the researchers themselves undermines the goal of identifying and understanding the full range of human behaviour. Medin et al. argue that this system of non-diversity represents a crisis for the science of human behaviour.

    • Douglas Medin
    • , Bethany Ojalehto
    • , Ananda Marin
    •  & Megan Bang
  • Research |

    Betsch and colleagues show that vaccination willingness is higher in cultures that focus on collective benefits. For cultures that lack this prosocial cultural inclination, communicating the concept of herd immunity improves willingness to vaccinate.

    • Cornelia Betsch
    • , Robert Böhm
    • , Lars Korn
    •  & Cindy Holtmann
  • Research |

    The authors asked human participants to listen to and imitate randomly generated drumming sequences from each other. Participants turned initially random sequences into rhythmically structured patterns that are characterized by all six statistical universals found in world music.

    • Andrea Ravignani
    • , Tania Delgado
    •  & Simon Kirby

News and Comment

  • Comments and Opinion |

    What happens when a professor of theatre finds out she has bladder cancer? She writes a one-woman play about it, of course.

    • Tammy Worth
    Nature 551, S42–S43
  • Comments and Opinion |

    Mechele Leon, an associate professor of theatre at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, was diagnosed with bladder cancer in March 2016. After treatment, Leon was left with no bladder, a urostomy bag, and a story to tell — which became a one-woman play called Bladder Interrupted.

    • Tammy Worth
    Nature 551, S43
  • Editorial |

    The sciences and arts are often described as two separate cultures, but fruitful collaborations across this divide highlight the artificiality of such distinctions.