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Volume 3 Issue 10, October 2019

Volume 3 Issue 10

Publish or perish for PhD students?

Regardless of country or discipline, publications are an expectation—if not a requirement—to obtain a PhD. In this issue, PhD students, academics and external stakeholders describe how this imposes detrimental consequences but also provides benefits for individuals and the scientific community, including clear calls for future improvements. The discussion is amplified with more contributions on our community forum.

See Focus on PhDs under publication pressure See also Behavioural & Social Sciences at Nature Research

Cover image: Ikon Images / Alamy Stock Photo. Cover design: Bethany Vukomanovic.

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    Classic avoidance learning leads to a dilemma: if an animal always avoids a cue that lead to a negative outcome, it will never learn anything new about the cue and outcome. A new study suggests that a protected childhood period helps resolve that dilemma: children actually prefer to explore aversive cues but only do so if a parent is present.

    • Alison Gopnik
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    Many theories have been put forward to explain how different sound systems evolved. Whether differences in vocal tract shape play a role has so far remained unclear. Dediu et al. document subtle differences among four broad ethnolinguistic groups. Using computer simulations, they demonstrate how differences can be amplified over time, leading to diverse vowel systems.

    • Susanne Fuchs

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