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  • By analysing the supermarket purchases of more than 280,000 people over several years, Riefer et al. show that people’s preferences follow their choices, rather than the other way around.

    • Peter S. Riefer
    • Rosie Prior
    • Bradley C. Love
  • Using whole-genome data for single-nucleotide polymorphism and results from genome-wide association studies, the authors show that people’s preference for pairing with those with similar phenotypic traits has genetic causes and consequences.

    • Matthew R. Robinson
    • Aaron Kleinman
    • Peter M. Visscher
  • Gomez-Lievano and colleagues develop a new theory of scaling in cities — how the prevalence of phenomena such as education and crime changes with population size — by unifying models of economic complexity and cultural evolution.

    • Andres Gomez-Lievano
    • Oscar Patterson-Lomba
    • Ricardo Hausmann
  • He and colleagues show that attention plays a key role in anchoring visual orientation in 3D space. The effect of attention was contingent on the ground being visible, suggesting our terrestrial visual system is best served by its ecological niche.

    • Liu Zhou
    • Chenglong Deng
    • Zijiang J. He
  • 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
  • Every time we make a choice, we maintain an explicit representation of our confidence in that choice. Using eye-tracking and behavioural measures, the authors show that tracking decision uncertainty is helpful in guiding future behaviour.

    • Tomas Folke
    • Catrine Jacobsen
    • Benedetto De Martino
  • Faces are positioned in a statistical distribution of faces extracted from the environment. Social inferences from faces (for example, trustworthiness) arise from the statistical position of faces in this learned distribution.

    • Ron Dotsch
    • Ran R. Hassin
    • Alexander Todorov