Contributors
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Meet some of the people featured in the October 2020 issue of The Scientist.
Contributors
Contributors

Meet some of the people featured in the October 2020 issue of The Scientist.

Meet some of the people featured in the October 2020 issue of The Scientist.

human behavior
Infographic: Measurements that Predict People’s Behavior
Infographic: Measurements that Predict People’s Behavior
Paul J. Zak | Oct 1, 2020
Changes in blood levels of oxytocin and adrenocorticotropic hormone and patterns of neural activity predict how much money people will donate to a cause with high accuracy.
Opinion: What Animals Can Teach Us About Fear
Opinion: What Animals Can Teach Us About Fear
Daniel T. Blumstein | Oct 1, 2020
Fear binds us to our human and nonhuman ancestors. Understanding the emotion can help us grapple with challenges we face today.
Curiosity and Hunger Are Driven by the Same Brain Regions
Curiosity and Hunger Are Driven by the Same Brain Regions
Shawna Williams | Oct 1, 2020
Researchers tease out the effects of the two cravings by having participants gamble for the chance to satisfy them.
Neurological Correlates Allow Us to Predict Human Behavior
Neurological Correlates Allow Us to Predict Human Behavior
Paul J. Zak | Oct 1, 2020
A combination of factors, from oxytocin release as an indicator of emotional investment to cortisol and other hormones that correlate with attention, can forecast what people will do after an experience.
Secrets in the Brains of People Who Have Committed Murder
Secrets in the Brains of People Who Have Committed Murder
Nicoletta Lanese | Nov 1, 2019
MRI scans from more than 800 incarcerated men pinpoint distinct structural features of people who have committed homicide, compared with those who carried out other crimes.
Softer Diets Allowed Early Humans to Pronounce “F,” “V” Sounds
Softer Diets Allowed Early Humans to Pronounce “F,” “V” Sounds
Katarina Zimmer | Mar 14, 2019
Drastic dietary changes during the agricultural revolution altered the configuration of the human bite, paving the way for new sounds in spoken language, a new study finds.
Humans are Making Mammals Return to the Night Life
Humans are Making Mammals Return to the Night Life
Ashley Yeager | Jun 14, 2018
While shifts in behavior could help wildlife and people coexist, they might also affect the animals’ survival.
NIH’s New Rules Governing Human Research Go Into Effect
NIH’s New Rules Governing Human Research Go Into Effect
Jim Daley | Jan 25, 2018
More than 3,500 scientists had signed an open letter to NIH Director Francis Collins opposing the rules change.
Mothers Are Hard-Wired to Respond Similarly to Infant Cries Across Cultures
Mothers Are Hard-Wired to Respond Similarly to Infant Cries Across Cultures
Shawna Williams | Dec 31, 2017
Researchers find consistent behaviors and brain activity in an international study.