Research Digest | September 2019

A summary of research published online across our journals this month.
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This month we published two papers related to the German energy transition.

Schmidt et al. show that rising interest rates could reverse the trend of decreasing renewable energy costs in Germany. (Nature Sustainability).

Rinscheid & Wüstenhagen find that Germany’s decision to phase out coal by 2038 lags behind citizens’ timing preferences. (Nature Energy).

Nature Human Behaviour published two papers on cross-cultural differences.

Smaldino et al. develop a formal model to explain cross-cultural differences in personality structure. Read the story behind the paper here

House et al. provide evidence that links societal variation in prosociality to the development of a universal psychology for responding to social norms. Read the story behind the paper here

Other research published this month:

Dannenberg & Zitzelsberger show that climate experts' views on engineering depend on their beliefs about climate change damages. Read the story behind the paper here. (Nature Climate Change)

Bain et al. identify public understandings of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through mental maps of how people relate the SDGs to environmental, social and economic sustainability. (Nature Sustainability)

Kunst et al. demonstrate that a visceral feeling of oneness with a political leader can fuel partisans’ willingness to actively participate in political violence. (Nature Human Behaviour)

Molleman et al. show that in cooperative interactions, people prefer to sanction their free-riding peers jointly with others rather than individually. (Nature Human Behaviour)

Balart & Oosterveen provide evidence that females are better able to sustain their performance during math, science, and reading tests. Read the story behind the paper here. (Nature Communications)

Sisco & Weber examine real-world prosocial behavior using charitable donations made online. (Nature Communications)

Stewart et al. uncover a phenomenon that they call "information gerrymandering" in a voter game. (Nature)

Lindh et al. show that conscious access differs between semantic categories and is driven by category-related visual features commonly associated with processing in higher level visual areas. (Nature Communications)

Zhu et al. present firm-level evidence of policy effects from emissions trading and differential policy designs in China. (Nature Communications)

Fischer et al. show that German citizens are less confident in their climate change knowledge than they should be based on their actual knowledge (Nature Climate Change).

Farashahi et al. compare how humans and rhesus macaques choose between options in a gambling task. (Nature Human Behaviour)

Marghetis et al. test two simple, potentially scalable interventions to correct misperceptions of home energy use. (Nature Energy)

Bécu et al. find a preference for geometry-based navigation in older adults, and for landmark-based navigation in younger people. (Nature Human Behaviour)

Mills et al. show that the addition of restorative-justice-informed practices to a typical treatment for domestic violence crimes leads to substantial reductions in new arrests and crime severity scores. (Nature Human Behaviour)

Zhao et al. evaluate the premature deaths resulting from household consumption across 30 Chinese provinces (Nature Communications)

Hardwick et al. show that practice affects habitual behaviour by promoting habit formation and by modulating the likelihood of habit expression. (Nature Human Behaviour)

Takakura et al. demonstrate that projected economic impacts are primarily attributed to variation in socioeconomic development and future emissions trajectories, rather than uncertainties in the climate response. (Nature Climate Change)

Waytz et al. illustrate universalist versus parochial differences in compassion between liberals and conservatives. (Nature Communications)

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