December 2019

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

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The December issue of Nature Climate Change featured a Focus on Climate Migration that comprised a range of Comments, News, Perspectives and primary research on the topic.

Other research published this month: 

White & Sintov find that assignment to a time-of-use rate disproportionately increases electricity bills for elderly and disabled households. Read the story behind the paper here. Read the story behind the paper here. (Nature Energy)

Pagan & Dörfler develop game-theoretical and statistical methods to infer individuals’ incentives in complex social networks. Read the story behind the paper here. (Nature Communications)

Boudet et al. show that single extreme events had limited impact on community discussion about climate change, but partisanship and an event’s attribution to climate change matter. Read the story behind the paper here. (Nature Climate Change)

Efferson et al. use models to examine the reversal of traditions such as female genital cutting. Read the story behind the paper here. (Nature Human Behaviour)

Ruck et al. show that democratization follows from an intergenerational build-up of democratic cultural values, without which democracy is liable to fail. Read the story behind the paper here. (Nature Human Behaviour)

Kristal & Whillans conduct five field experiments designed to increase sustainable commuting using standard behavioural science tools. Read the story behind the paper here. (Nature Human Behaviour)

Barreca & Schaller find that deliveries increased on hot days and those births occurred up to two weeks early (Nature Climate Change)

Steckel et al. show that rising carbon intensity has played an increasingly important role in emission growth in sub-Saharan Africa since 2005. (Nature Climate Change)

Johnson et al. quantify the benefits and costs of reducing future flood damages in the United States by avoiding development in floodplains. (Nature Sustainability)

Biardeau et al. rank 219 countries and 1,692 cities based on a widely used measure of cooling demand. (Nature Sustainability)

Rosenberg et al. find evidence of gender inequality in how energy is used in Indian households once it is accessible. (Nature Sustainability)

Varah et al. estimate the annual cost of pesticide-resistance in England for black-grass.  (Nature Sustainability)

Earle & Hodson find that discrimination perceptions differ from reported discrimination experiences. (Nature Human Behaviour)

Oh et al. demonstrate that economic status cues from clothes affect perceived competence from faces. (Nature Human Behaviour)

Van de Vliert finds that differentiation between ingroups and outgroups co-varies with latitude, but not longitude. (Nature Human Behaviour)

Kvarven, Strømland & Johannesson compare meta-analyses to multiple-laboratory replication projects and find that meta-analyses overestimate effect sizes by a factor of almost three. (Nature Human Behaviour)

Dorfman & Gershman present an arbitration theory supported by human behavioral data of the balance between Pavlovian and instrumental action selection. (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.