Early false-belief understanding in traditional non-Western societies

A new study in Proc. B looks at the ability of humans to detect false beliefs: The psychological capacity to recognize that others may hold and act on false beliefs has been proposed to reflect an evolved, species-typical adaptation for social reasoning in humans; however, controversy surrounds the developmental timing and universality of this trait.…

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The data detective

Tomorrows issue of Nature has an interesting interview with Uri Simonsohn, a researcher that has been investigating several cases of data fabrication in psychology by requesting the raw data and looking for statistical anomalies. In the interview, he explains that The basic idea is to see if the data are too close to the theoretical…