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Volume 2 Issue 4, April 2023

In this Perspective, Benedek et al. integrate memory research within existing creativity theorizing to provide a framework for how creative ideas arise.

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  • Formal onboarding materials help to introduce new undergraduate researchers to a specific laboratory and the broader culture of the field. Research faculty members should be supported and encouraged to create these materials.

    • Ivan A. Hernandez
    • Jessi L. Smith
    • Dustin B. Thoman


  • Universals of thought and behaviour across variable cultural experiences can reveal uniquely human cognition. However, culturally informed and theoretically motivated sampling is needed to reveal true universals.

    • Asifa Majid
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Research Highlights

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  • From infancy, humans learn the regularities of their world using statistical learning. In this Review, Forest et al. consider how statistical learning changes quantitatively and qualitatively across development, considering influences on the input to learning and the resulting memory representations.

    • Tess Allegra Forest
    • Margaret L. Schlichting
    • Amy S. Finn
    Review Article
  • Authoritarianism weakens democratic institutions and fosters societal divisions. In this Review, Osborne et al. describe the psychological processes and situational factors that give rise to authoritarianism, as well as the societal consequences of its apparent resurgence within the general population.

    • Danny Osborne
    • Thomas H. Costello
    • Chris G. Sibley
    Review Article
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  • Fear is an adaptive response to threat, but is also implicated in clinical conditions. In this Perspective, Beckers et al. argue that harnessing the potential of Pavlovian fear conditioning as a laboratory model of clinical anxiety requires moving beyond the study of fear acquisition to associated phenomena: extinction, generalization and avoidance.

    • Tom Beckers
    • Dirk Hermans
    • Bram Vervliet
  • Neurocognitive evidence indicates that episodic memory and semantic memory have a more extensive role in creative ideation. In this Perspective, Benedek et al. integrate this memory research within existing creativity theorizing to present a framework whereby creative ideas arise across four distinguishable stages.

    • Mathias Benedek
    • Roger E. Beaty
    • Yoed N. Kenett
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