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Volume 2 Issue 8, August 2023

In this Review, Tamè and Longo discuss updates to the classical principles of somatosensation that reflect emerging patterns and complexities in how touch is represented.

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  • Large language models show remarkable capacities, but it is unclear what abstractions support their behaviour. Methods from developmental psychology can help researchers to understand the representations used by these models, complementing standard computational approaches — and perhaps leading to insights about the nature of mind.

    • Michael C. Frank
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  • Much of the study of cognition has focused on identifying universal principles and has thereby marginalized approaches that consider culture and context. However, embracing context can lead to better methods for identifying universality.

    • Ayanna K. Thomas
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  • The somatosensory system processes tactile sensations to represent the human body. In this Review, Tamè and Longo discuss updates to the classical principles of somatosensation that reflect emerging patterns and complexities in how touch is represented.

    • Luigi Tamè
    • Matthew R. Longo
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  • People hold subjective beliefs that, independent of the actual distribution of resources, one party’s gains are inevitably accrued at other parties’ expense. In this Review, Davidai and Tepper synthesize research on when and why such zero-sum beliefs emerge and their consequences for individuals, groups and society.

    • Shai Davidai
    • Stephanie J. Tepper
    Review Article
  • The Hierarchical Taxonomy of Psychopathology (HiTOP) is an empirically based, hierarchical model of the structure of psychopathology. In this Review, Rodriguez-Seijas et al. consider the applicability of the HiTOP model to diverse, underrepresented and epistemically excluded populations.

    • Craig Rodriguez-Seijas
    • James J. Li
    • Nicholas R. Eaton
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  • Sexual objectification refers to a cultural prioritization of sexual appearance and appeal over other attributes. In this Review, Ward et al. synthesize empirical evidence about the sources and consequences of seeing women as sexual objects, and of women’s objectification of themselves (self-objectification).

    • L. Monique Ward
    • Elizabeth A. Daniels
    • Danielle Rosenscruggs
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