October 2018

A summary of research published online across our journals this month.

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This month Nature Energy published two papers on the cost of solar development.

Matteo Chiesa and colleagues from Khalifa University of Science and Technology evaluate the key factors contributing to the low cost of new solar projects in the Middle East. Read the story behind the paper here.

Duncan Callaway and Jonathan Lee from University of California, Berkeley, identify a systematic scaling between reliability and cost in decentralized solar electricity systems in sub-Saharan Africa. Read the story behind the paper here.

In more solar news...

Gordon Kraft-Todd from Yale University and collaborators find that community organizers who themselves installed solar panels via a residential solar program recruited more residents to the program than community organizers who did not. (Nature)

Other research published this month:

Iyad Rahwan from MIT and coauthors shed light on global attitudes towards moral dilemmas that might be faced by autonomous vehicles. Read Edmond Awad and Sohan Dsouza's story behind the paper here. (Nature)

Alvaro San Martin from IESE Business School and colleagues go beyond the prevailing East vs. West paradigm in cultural psychology to suggest a unique form of self-assertive interdependence typifies Arab culture. (Nature Human Behaviour)

Niteesh Choudhry from Harvard Medical School and coauthors find that a single mailed letter is an effective intervention for increasing influenza vaccination rates in the elderly. (Nature Human Behaviour)

George Iosifidis from Trinity College Dublin and collaborators use network analysis to  study a fast-growing community currency in Sardinia.(Nature Human Behaviour)

Michael McCullough and colleagues from University of Miami show that cooperative habits can be overturned following one-shot anonymous interactions where cooperation cannot promote self-interest. Read William McAuliffe's story behind the paper here. (Nature Human Behaviour)

Pate Skene from Duke University and coauthors combine an experimental decision task with statistical modeling to test how potential jurors and lawyers weigh different types of evidence in criminal cases. Read the story behind the paper here. (Nature Human Behaviour)

Marieke Jepna and colleagues from University of Amsterdam and University of Colorado Boulder find that prior beliefs about pain influence perceived pain intensity. (Nature Human Behaviour)

Catherine Cherry from Cardiff University and coauthors combine consumption-based emissions modelling and deliberative public workshops to determine what climate change mitigation strategies will be most effective. Read Kate Scott's story behind the paper here. (Nature Climate Change)

Joyce Chen from the Ohio State University and Valerie Mueller from Arizona State University identify patterns in how households adapt to increased flooding and soil salinity in Bangladesh. Read the story behind the paper here. (Nature Climate Change)

Miklós Antal from Loránd Eötvös University and Kamilla Karhunmaa from University of Helsinki analyze media coverage of the German energy transition in the UK, Finland, and Hungary. Read the story behind the paper here

Loukas Balafoutas and colleagues from University of Innsbruck find that encouraging people to imagine themselves in a situation of power can close the gender gap in competitiveness. Read the story behind the paper here. (Nature Communications)

Chelsie Romulo from University of Northern Colorado and coauthors evaluate the relative importance of social and ecological factors in predicting investments in watershed services. (Nature Communications)

Mehrdad Jazayeri and coauthors from MIT show that people perform ‘late inference’ downstream of sensory processing to mitigate effects of noisy internal mental computations. (Nature Communications).

Jenn Richler

Chief Editor, Nature Reviews Psychology

Jenn completed her PhD at Vanderbilt University where her research focused on face and object perception and recognition, learning, attention, and memory. She continued at Vanderbilt as a post-doctoral research associate, during which time she also served as an Associate Editor for Journal of Experimental: Psychology: General and a writer for the American Psychological Association. Jenn joined Nature Climate Change and Nature Energy in 2016 as a Senior Editor handling manuscripts that spanned the behavioral and social sciences. Jenn returned to her psychology roots as the launch Chief Editor of Nature Reviews Psychology in 2021.


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