Volume 3 Issue 11, November 2019

Volume 3 Issue 11

Memory in aging

What determines the fate of our memory in aging? A study in this issue shows that older adults with preserved integrity of the brain’s norepinephrine supply, the locus coeruleus, are equipped with more proficient episodic memory.

See Dahl et al.

See also Jacobs

Cover image: Fanatic Studio / Gary Waters / Alamy Stock Photo. Cover design: Bethany Vukomanovic.


  • Editorial |

    Journals differ in how they evaluate submissions, depending on their aims and scope. Here we share how the Nature Human Behaviour editorial team evaluates research manuscripts submitted to the journal.


Comment & Opinion

  • World View |

    Despite existing civil rights laws, legal protection for transgender people against discrimination in the USA is inconsistent. Catherine Lhamon discusses the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights’ findings on how the transgender community is subject to unlawful discrimination in schools, workplaces, healthcare and the military.

    • Catherine Lhamon
  • World View |

    Despite advances in the understanding of gender identity, healthcare delivery to transgender or non-binary individuals remains woefully lacking. Joshua Safer discusses how improvements in education of healthcare providers, advancements in electronic medical record systems and efforts to address economic barriers are all integral to the provision of optimal care for transgender individuals.

    • Joshua D. Safer
  • Comment |

    Interactive technologies are changing the ways we learn facts, develop attitudes and participate in politics, with the ensuing risk of increasing pre-existing inequalities. Addressing this challenge is the duty of researchers, technology companies, governments and news organizations.

    • Sebastián Valenzuela
    •  & Hernando Rojas

Research Highlights

News & Views

  • News & Views |

    How does the relationship between political leaders and their followers affect attitudes and behaviours? Kunst and colleagues show that the psychological closeness followers experience with Donald Trump is associated with more willingness to endorse and engage in political violence.

    • Rose McDermott
  • News & Views |

    Memory slowly falters as we age. A new study by Dahl and colleagues tests the involvement of a tiny region hidden in the brainstem, the locus coeruleus, which enables cellular processes of learning. Better initial learning in older individuals was related to greater integrity of this region, particularly for the part that is connected to other memory regions in the brain.

    • Heidi I. L. Jacobs