Human behaviour

Human behaviour refers to the way humans act and interact. It is based on and influenced by several factors, such as genetic make-up, culture and individual values and attitudes.

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  • News and Views |

    Probabilistic mixture models have contributed significantly to advancements in visual working memory research in recent decades. In a new paper, Schurgin and colleagues revisit the basic assumptions of mixture models and suggest that we cannot understand memory without first considering perception.

    • Blaire Dube
    •  & Julie D. Golomb
  • Comments and Opinion |

    Valuing diversity leads to scientific excellence, the progress of science and, most importantly, it is simply the right thing to do. We must value diversity not only in words, but also in actions.

    • César A. Urbina-Blanco
    • , Safia Z. Jilani
    • , Isaiah R. Speight
    • , Michael J. Bojdys
    • , Tomislav Friščić
    • , J. Fraser Stoddart
    • , Toby L. Nelson
    • , James Mack
    • , Renã A. S. Robinson
    • , Emanuel A. Waddell
    • , Jodie L. Lutkenhaus
    • , Murrell Godfrey
    • , Martine I. Abboud
    • , Stephen O. Aderinto
    • , Damilola Aderohunmu
    • , Lučka Bibič
    • , João Borges
    • , Vy M. Dong
    • , Lori Ferrins
    • , Fun Man Fung
    • , Torsten John
    • , Felicia P. L. Lim
    • , Sarah L. Masters
    • , Dickson Mambwe
    • , Pall Thordarson
    • , Maria-Magdalena Titirici
    • , Gabriela D. Tormet-González
    • , Miriam M. Unterlass
    • , Austin Wadle
    • , Vivian W.-W. Yam
    •  & Ying-Wei Yang
    Nature Chemistry 12, 773-776
  • Correspondence |

    The world is waiting for a vaccine against SARS-CoV-2. In anticipation of successful trial results, preparations are being made for an unprecedented effort to achieve universal coverage and protection. But the interim measures to mitigate COVID-19 have brought their own severe and negative aftershocks. Global lockdowns and closures of schools and protective services have shone light on the vulnerability of children. Challenges of parenting under the strain of the epidemic are near-universal, and most harsh parenting is not malicious, but triggered by stress, poverty and mental health distress. In the extreme, the situation of fragile families affected by violence and neglect has worsened1, abusers have had increased impunity and victims have been cut off from supportive teachers, social workers and friends. The looming economic fallout and uncertainty is adding yet more pressure onto such family settings, with lifetime and intergenerational consequences for the children affected. But there is a cost-effective and scalable response.

    • Benjamin Perks
    •  & Lucie D. Cluver