Research Digest | April 2019

A summary of research published online across our journals this month.
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This month Nature Human Behaviour published three papers on behavioural interventions.

Helene Joffe from University College London and collaborators evaluate a face-to-face hazard-preparedness intervention in the United States and Turkey. Read the story behind the paper here

David Latin and colleagues from Stanford University show that an information nudge increased the rate of American citizenship applications among low-income immigrants. Read Michael Hotard's story behind the paper here

Christopher Bryan from University of Chicago and coauthors demonstrated that a values-alignment intervention shifted adolescents' dietary preferences toward healthy choices.


And speaking of behavioural interventions, over at Nature Sustainability...

Alexander Maki from Vanderbilt University and collaborators examine the evidence for behavioural spillover in a meta-analysis of studies on pro-environmental behavior interventions. 

Also in Nature Sustainability, two papers examine UN development goals.

Scott Thacker from University of Oxford and coauthors find that infrastructure directly or indirectly influences the attainment of all of the Sustainable Development Goals, and 72% of the targets. 

Taikan Oki from University of Tokyo and colleagues examine the political and academic factors that led to the Millennium Development Goals related to safe drinking water.

Other research published this month:

Shaun Larcom from University of Cambridge and coauthors find that exposure to extreme temperatures during the 2018 UK heatwave influenced concern about energy security. (Nature Climate Change)

Maxine Derex from University of Exeter and colleagues show that a physical artefact becomes progressively optimized across generations of social learners in the absence of explicit causal understanding. (Nature Human Behaviour)

Daniel Belsky from Columbia University and collaborators link neigbourhood data, with genetic, health, and social outcome data to test how selection of families with different characteristics into different neighbourhoods affects neighbourhood-linked problems. (Nature Human Behaviour)

Joseph Dexter from Harvard Medical School and colleagues analyse the style of all surviving Old English poetry to shed light on longstanding questions in Old English philology. (Nature Human Behaviour)

Kenji Kobayashi and colleagues from Columbia University show that curiosity about probabilistic events depends on multiple aspects of their distribution. (Nature Human Behaviour)

Peter Mohr from Freie Universität Berlin and collaborators demonstrate that gaze biases are variable and their strength reliably predicts differences in individuals’ choices. (Nature Human Behaviour)

Egon Dejonckheere and coauthors from KU Leuven show that dynamic measures to capture emotional change do not beat the mean in predicting psychological well-being. Read the story behind the paper here. (Nature Human Behaviour)

Luis Amaral and colleagues from Northwestern University conduct a data-driven analysis of 156,558 papers to uncover the connection between contextual information and the success of citing and cited papers. (Nature Human Behaviour)

Jiabin Wu from University of Oregon and Dai Zusai from Temple University provide a modelling framework to study the evolution of behaviour in connected populations. (Nature Human Behaviour)

Christopher Anderson from University of Washington and coauthors compare the performance of the world’s major tuna fisheries and find differences in post-harvest sector benefits. (Nature Communications)

Ida Momennejad and colleagues from Princeton University investigate how the temporal dynamics of conversations shape the formation of collective memories. (Nature Communications)

Stefan Turner and coauthors from Complexity Science Hub Vienna develop a non-equilibrium theory for the susceptibility of industrial sectors to economic shocks. (Nature Communications)

Alberto Muñuzuri from Universidade de Santiago de Compostela and collaborators show that linguistic shift is faster in rural compared to urban regions of Galicia. Read the story behind the paper here. (Nature Communications)

Luis-Antonio López from University of Castilla-La Mancha and colleagues measure the carbon footprint of US multinational enterprise affiliates operating beyond US borders. (Nature Communications)

John Pearson from Duke University and coauthors model dynamic, real-world strategic interactions using Bayesian and reinforcement learning principles. (Nature Communications)

Arielle Baskin-Sommers and colleagues from Yale University investigated how exposure to violence affects the ability to learn about the harmfulness of others in a sample of incarcerated males. (Nature Communications).

Chris Sandbrook from University of Cambridge and coauthors characterize the views of 9,264 conservationists from 149 countries. (Nature Sustainability)

Vanessa Adams and coauthors from University of Queensland use a non-spatial dynamic landscape model to compare the relative importance of expansion of protected areas versus improved protected area management.(Nature Sustainability)

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