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    Herle et al. provide evidence that common genetic variants associated with BMI are also associated with eating behaviour trajectories in childhood, supporting the behavioural susceptibility theory of obesity.

    • Moritz Herle
    • , Mohamed Abdulkadir
    • , Christopher Hübel
    • , Diana Santos Ferreira
    • , Rachel Bryant-Waugh
    • , Ruth Loos
    • , Cynthia M. Bulik
    • , Bianca De Stavola
    •  & Nadia Micali
  • Registered Report |

    Jones et al. examine the generalizability of the valence–dominance model of social judgements of faces in 41 countries across 11 world regions. They find evidence of both generalizability and variation, depending on the analytical method.

    • Benedict C. Jones
    • , Lisa M. DeBruine
    • , Jessica K. Flake
    • , Marco Tullio Liuzza
    • , Jan Antfolk
    • , Nwadiogo C. Arinze
    • , Izuchukwu L. G. Ndukaihe
    • , Nicholas G. Bloxsom
    • , Savannah C. Lewis
    • , Francesco Foroni
    • , Megan L. Willis
    • , Carmelo P. Cubillas
    • , Miguel A. Vadillo
    • , Enrique Turiegano
    • , Michael Gilead
    • , Almog Simchon
    • , S. Adil Saribay
    • , Nicholas C. Owsley
    • , Chaning Jang
    • , Georgina Mburu
    • , Dustin P. Calvillo
    • , Anna Wlodarczyk
    • , Yue Qi
    • , Kris Ariyabuddhiphongs
    • , Somboon Jarukasemthawee
    • , Harry Manley
    • , Panita Suavansri
    • , Nattasuda Taephant
    • , Ryan M. Stolier
    • , Thomas R. Evans
    • , Judson Bonick
    • , Jan W. Lindemans
    • , Logan F. Ashworth
    • , Amanda C. Hahn
    • , Coralie Chevallier
    • , Aycan Kapucu
    • , Aslan Karaaslan
    • , Juan David Leongómez
    • , Oscar R. Sánchez
    • , Eugenio Valderrama
    • , Milena Vásquez-Amézquita
    • , Nandor Hajdu
    • , Balazs Aczel
    • , Peter Szecsi
    • , Michael Andreychik
    • , Erica D. Musser
    • , Carlota Batres
    • , Chuan-Peng Hu
    • , Qing-Lan Liu
    • , Nicole Legate
    • , Leigh Ann Vaughn
    • , Krystian Barzykowski
    • , Karolina Golik
    • , Irina Schmid
    • , Stefan Stieger
    • , Richard Artner
    • , Chiel Mues
    • , Wolf Vanpaemel
    • , Zhongqing Jiang
    • , Qi Wu
    • , Gabriela M. Marcu
    • , Ian D. Stephen
    • , Jackson G. Lu
    • , Michael C. Philipp
    • , Jack D. Arnal
    • , Eric Hehman
    • , Sally Y. Xie
    • , William J. Chopik
    • , Martin Seehuus
    • , Soufian Azouaghe
    • , Abdelkarim Belhaj
    • , Jamal Elouafa
    • , John P. Wilson
    • , Elliott Kruse
    • , Marietta Papadatou-Pastou
    • , Anabel De La Rosa-Gómez
    • , Alan E. Barba-Sánchez
    • , Isaac González-Santoyo
    • , Tsuyueh Hsu
    • , Chun-Chia Kung
    • , Hsiao-Hsin Wang
    • , Jonathan B. Freeman
    • , Dong Won Oh
    • , Vidar Schei
    • , Therese E. Sverdrup
    • , Carmel A. Levitan
    • , Corey L. Cook
    • , Priyanka Chandel
    • , Pratibha Kujur
    • , Arti Parganiha
    • , Noorshama Parveen
    • , Atanu Kumar Pati
    • , Sraddha Pradhan
    • , Margaret M. Singh
    • , Babita Pande
    • , Jozef Bavolar
    • , Pavol Kačmár
    • , Ilya Zakharov
    • , Sara Álvarez-Solas
    • , Ernest Baskin
    • , Martin Thirkettle
    • , Kathleen Schmidt
    • , Cody D. Christopherson
    • , Trinity Leonis
    • , Jordan W. Suchow
    • , Jonas K. Olofsson
    • , Teodor Jernsäther
    • , Ai-Suan Lee
    • , Jennifer L. Beaudry
    • , Taylor D. Gogan
    • , Julian A. Oldmeadow
    • , Benjamin Balas
    • , Laura M. Stevens
    • , Melissa F. Colloff
    • , Heather D. Flowe
    • , Sami Gülgöz
    • , Mark J. Brandt
    • , Karlijn Hoyer
    • , Bastian Jaeger
    • , Dongning Ren
    • , Willem W. A. Sleegers
    • , Joeri Wissink
    • , Gwenaël Kaminski
    • , Victoria A. Floerke
    • , Heather L. Urry
    • , Sau-Chin Chen
    • , Gerit Pfuhl
    • , Zahir Vally
    • , Dana M. Basnight-Brown
    • , Hans I. Jzerman
    • , Elisa Sarda
    • , Lison Neyroud
    • , Touhami Badidi
    • , Nicolas Van der Linden
    • , Chrystalle B. Y. Tan
    • , Vanja Kovic
    • , Waldir Sampaio
    • , Paulo Ferreira
    • , Diana Santos
    • , Debora I. Burin
    • , Gwendolyn Gardiner
    • , John Protzko
    • , Christoph Schild
    • , Karolina A. Ścigała
    • , Ingo Zettler
    • , Erin M. O’Mara Kunz
    • , Daniel Storage
    • , Fieke M. A. Wagemans
    • , Blair Saunders
    • , Miroslav Sirota
    • , Guyan V. Sloane
    • , Tiago J. S. Lima
    • , Kim Uittenhove
    • , Evie Vergauwe
    • , Katarzyna Jaworska
    • , Julia Stern
    • , Karl Ask
    • , Casper J. J. van Zyl
    • , Anita Körner
    • , Sophia C. Weissgerber
    • , Jordane Boudesseul
    • , Fernando Ruiz-Dodobara
    • , Kay L. Ritchie
    • , Nicholas M. Michalak
    • , Khandis R. Blake
    • , David White
    • , Alasdair R. Gordon-Finlayson
    • , Michele Anne
    • , Steve M. J. Janssen
    • , Kean Mun Lee
    • , Tonje K. Nielsen
    • , Christian K. Tamnes
    • , Janis H. Zickfeld
    • , Anna Dalla Rosa
    • , Michelangelo Vianello
    • , Ferenc Kocsor
    • , Luca Kozma
    • , Ádám Putz
    • , Patrizio Tressoldi
    • , Natalia Irrazabal
    • , Armand Chatard
    • , Samuel Lins
    • , Isabel R. Pinto
    • , Johannes Lutz
    • , Matus Adamkovic
    • , Peter Babincak
    • , Gabriel Baník
    • , Ivan Ropovik
    • , Vinet Coetzee
    • , Barnaby J. W. Dixson
    • , Gianni Ribeiro
    • , Kim Peters
    • , Niklas K. Steffens
    • , Kok Wei Tan
    • , Christopher A. Thorstenson
    • , Ana Maria Fernandez
    • , Rafael M. C. S. Hsu
    • , Jaroslava V. Valentova
    • , Marco A. C. Varella
    • , Nadia S. Corral-Frías
    • , Martha Frías-Armenta
    • , Javad Hatami
    • , Arash Monajem
    • , MohammadHasan Sharifian
    • , Brooke Frohlich
    • , Hause Lin
    • , Michael Inzlicht
    • , Ravin Alaei
    • , Nicholas O. Rule
    • , Claus Lamm
    • , Ekaterina Pronizius
    • , Martin Voracek
    • , Jerome Olsen
    • , Erik Mac Giolla
    • , Aysegul Akgoz
    • , Asil A. Özdoğru
    • , Matthew T. Crawford
    • , Brooke Bennett-Day
    • , Monica A. Koehn
    • , Ceylan Okan
    • , Tripat Gill
    • , Jeremy K. Miller
    • , Yarrow Dunham
    • , Xin Yang
    • , Sinan Alper
    • , Martha Lucia Borras-Guevara
    • , Sun Jun Cai
    • , Dong Tiantian
    • , Alexander F. Danvers
    • , David R. Feinberg
    • , Marie M. Armstrong
    • , Eva Gilboa-Schechtman
    • , Randy J. McCarthy
    • , Jose Antonio Muñoz-Reyes
    • , Pablo Polo
    • , Victor K. M. Shiramazu
    • , Wen-Jing Yan
    • , Lilian Carvalho
    • , Patrick S. Forscher
    • , Christopher R. Chartier
    •  & Nicholas A. Coles
  • Registered Report |

    In this Registered Report, Isler et al. test whether religious cooperation is intuitively parochial. They find evidence of religious parochialism but not intuitive cooperation. Exploratory analyses suggest that deliberation tends to promote cooperation in general.

    • Ozan Isler
    • , Onurcan Yilmaz
    •  & A. John Maule

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Videos

  • 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 [1]. 1. Mace, R., Thomas, M.G., Wu, J., He, Q., Ji, T. & Tao, Yi. Nat. Hum. Behav. https://www.nature.com/articles/s41562-017-0271-6 (2018)

  • An illustration of neurofeedback training guided by an animated scenario [1]. Real-time modulations in the amygdala electrical fingerprint signal are reflected by audiovisual changes in the unrest level of a virtual 3D scenario (a typical hospital waiting room), manifested as the ratio between characters sitting down and those loudly protesting at the counter. The video shows an example both for down- and up-regulation training; in the current study [1], only down-regulation training was conducted. The participant consented to appear in the video. 1. Keynan, J. N. et al. Nat Hum. Behav. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41562-018-0484-3 (2018)

  • Cultural products have a life of their own: academic papers get cited and songs get downloaded. While scholars have studied these patterns, we know little about how to model the decay of attention. In this study Candia and colleagues model the attention received by cultural products, including scientific papers, patents, songs, movies, and biographies, and show that all these decay following a universal bi-exponential function, which may be due to the differing functions of communicative and cultural collective memory [1]. [1]Candia, C., Jara-Figueroa, C., Rodriguez-Sickert, C., Barabási, A.-L. & Hidalgo, C. A. Nat. Hum. Behav. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41562-018-04... (2018).

Focus

COVID-19 and human behaviour

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COVID-19 and human behaviour

Human behaviour has been critical in shaping the COVID-19 pandemic, and the actions of individuals, groups, nation states and international bodies all have a role to play in curbing its spread. This means that insights from behavioural, social and health sciences are and will continue to be invaluable throughout the course of the pandemic. In this Focus, we bring together original research and expert viewpoints from a broad spectrum of disciplines that provide insight into the causes, impacts, and mitigation of the pandemic, highlighting how research on individual and collective behaviour can contribute to an effective response.

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