Time to Cooperate: Studying The Effects Of Environmental Stress On How People Behave

Until now, analysis of the environment has been the domain of social scientists, who have elaborated the correlations between environment and health or behaviour — for example, that a deprived upbringing increases the risk of deviant behaviours in adulthood. Now, biologists are starting to render visible how one aspect of the environment — stress — leaves marks on the body (see here). This rendering visible is starting to catch the attention of those who can influence social policy.  Nature Editorial has the story

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