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  • Burton et al. probe the question of moral contagion through out-of-sample prediction, model comparisons and specification curve analyses, demonstrating the limitations of conclusions based on large-scale, observational social media datasets alone.

    • Jason W. Burton
    • Nicole Cruz
    • Ulrike Hahn
  • Bhattacharjee and Schaeffer et al. map exclusive breastfeeding (EBF) in 94 low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), finding increased EBF practice and reduced subnational variation across the majority of LMICs from 2000 to 2018. However, only six LMICs will meet WHO’s target of ≥70% EBF by 2030 nationally, and only three will achieve this in all districts.

    • Natalia V. Bhattacharjee
    • Lauren E. Schaeffer
    • Simon I. Hay
    Article Open Access
  • The implementation of COVID-19 stay-at-home policies was associated with a considerable drop in urban crime in 27 cities across 23 countries. More stringent restrictions over movement in public space were predictive of larger declines in crime.

    • Amy E. Nivette
    • Renee Zahnow
    • Manuel P. Eisner
    Article Open Access
  • Petitet et al. demonstrate that while human decision-making typically follows a speed–efficiency trade-off in sampling information, it is possible to break this trade-off, sampling both faster and more efficiently. In a computational model, they show that incorporating the cost of cognitive effort provides an improved account of this sampling behaviour.

    • Pierre Petitet
    • Bahaaeddin Attaallah
    • Masud Husain
  • Research over the past decades has demonstrated the explanatory power of emotions, feelings, motivations, moods, and other affective processes when trying to understand and predict how we think and behave. In this consensus article, we ask: has the increasingly recognized impact of affective phenomena ushered in a new era, the era of affectivism?

    • Daniel Dukes
    • Kathryn Abrams
    • David Sander
  • The current surge of COVID-19 cases and deaths are a result of ineffective policy responses, an anti-scientific attitude, and a fragile underfunded health care system, argues Vipin Bahadur Singh.

    • Vipin Bahadur Singh
    World View
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  • Science is still an enterprise in which positions of power are mainly held by white, cis-gender, male academics. We discuss how the legacy of science’s exclusionary past still persists in scientific structures and propose concrete changes to open the system to a more diverse future.

    • Luisa Maria Diele-Viegas
    • Tábata Elise Ferreira Cordeiro
    • Luciana Leite
  • Emma Lee, a trawlwulwuy woman from tebrakunna country, Tasmania, discusses the inclusion of Indigenous peoples in conservation and the value of placing cultural significance, respect, and connection at the heart of protected area management.

    • Emma Lee
    World View
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  • Witch: a tag that shapes social networks

    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. (2018)

  • Amygdala electrical fingerprint neurofeedback training

    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. (2018)

  • The universal decay of collective memory and attention

    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. (2018).

COVID-19 and human behaviour

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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