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Volume 2 Issue 6, June 2023
Whether music-related psychological responses evolved as specialized cognitive adaptations is unknown. In this Review, Singh and Mehr find evidence for universality and early expression of emotional and behavioural responses but not domain-specificity, suggesting that music-related responses draw on more general psychological mechanisms.
Despite decades of research, suicide rates remain largely unchanged. In this Review, Kleiman et al. consider the promise and limitations of technology, such as smartphones, and statistical methods, such as machine learning, to predict and prevent suicide and thereby provide a realistic view of what might be possible.
Debate exists regarding whether using multiple languages confers cognitive advantages beyond the language domain. In this Review, Lehtonen and colleagues contrast domain-generality and skill-learning accounts of bilingualism, considering how bilingual language use interacts with executive functions across levels of language proficiency.
People can reason about the relationships between people and about other people’s emotions. In this Perspective, Smith-Flores and Powell review research in both domains and propose a framework of how people jointly reason about social affiliation and emotion.