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  • Ruggeri et al. tested perceptions of opposing political party members in 10,207 participants from 26 countries. Results show that beliefs about others are overly negative but could be more realistic with transparency about actual group beliefs.

    • Kai Ruggeri
    • Bojana Većkalov
    • Tomas Folke
  • Overt and covert attention are often considered to be linked. By studying presaccadic attention’s effects on visual performance, Li et al. show that the computations underlying overt presaccadic attention are different from those of covert attention.

    • Hsin-Hung Li
    • Jasmine Pan
    • Marisa Carrasco
  • Archaeological and biomolecular investigations of ancient sheep remains from the site of Obishir V in southern Kyrgyzstan reveal that domestic livestock and Neolithic lifeways reached the heart of Central Asia by ca. 6,000 BCE, thousands of years earlier than previously recognized.

    • William T. T. Taylor
    • Mélanie Pruvost
    • Svetlana Shnaider
  • Rocklage et al. find a positivity problem: 80% or more of online ratings are positive and are unreliable predictors of success. As an alternative, mass-scale emotion predicts behaviour towards and success of movies, books, commercials and restaurants.

    • Matthew D. Rocklage
    • Derek D. Rucker
    • Loran F. Nordgren
  • Havlin and colleagues quantify the freshness of a scientific team as the absence of prior collaboration among members. Papers of fresher teams are associated with higher originality and more multidisciplinary impact, with a stronger relationship among larger teams.

    • An Zeng
    • Ying Fan
    • Shlomo Havlin
  • Recent phone survey data from Ethiopia, Malawi, Nigeria and Uganda reveals the breadth of the socioeconomic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on individuals and households.

    • Anna Josephson
    • Talip Kilic
    • Jeffrey D. Michler
  • Patterns of gene expression vary across the human cerebral cortex. Here, Misic et al. reveal a ventromedial–dorsolateral gradient of gene assemblies and show that this corresponds to a functional gradient between affective and perceptual domains.

    • Justine Y. Hansen
    • Ross D. Markello
    • Bratislav Misic
  • Anderson shows how legal systems and equitable marital property rights affect women’s vulnerability to intimate partner violence and their own condemnation of the violence in Sub-Saharan Africa.

    • Siwan Anderson
  • Are vocal emotions perceived as categories (for example, anger) or as dimensions (for example, an intense negative emotion)? Here, using functional magnetic resonance imaging and magneto-encephalography, Giordano et al. find that categories prevail in early (less than 200 ms) neural representations, whereas dimensions emerge later (240 ms and more than 500 ms).

    • Bruno L. Giordano
    • Caroline Whiting
    • Pascal Belin
  • Enos and Brown find that voters in US are highly spatially segregated by party. Republicans and Democrats tend to segregate even when living in the same neighbourhoods, and this segregation persists in both urban and rural areas.

    • Jacob R. Brown
    • Ryan D. Enos
  • Humans display biases in evaluations of social groups, such as the negativity bias. Shin and Niv present a model that suggests that this bias may arise from inferring the hidden causes of group members’ behaviours.

    • Yeon Soon Shin
    • Yael Niv