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Climate is not a good candidate to account for variations in aggression and violence across space and time

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  11 May 2017

Hugo Mell
Affiliation:
Evolution and Social Cognition Group, Laboratoire de Neurosciences Cognitives (LNC), Département d'Etudes Cognitives, INSERM U960, Ecole Normale Supérieure, PSL Research University, F-75005 Paris, Francemell@magbio.ens.frlou.safra@gmail.compierre.jacquet@inserm.fr
Lou Safra
Affiliation:
Evolution and Social Cognition Group, Laboratoire de Neurosciences Cognitives (LNC), Département d'Etudes Cognitives, INSERM U960, Ecole Normale Supérieure, PSL Research University, F-75005 Paris, Francemell@magbio.ens.frlou.safra@gmail.compierre.jacquet@inserm.fr
Nicolas Baumard
Affiliation:
Evolution and Social Cognition Group, Institut Jean Nicod, Département d'Etudes Cognitives, CNRS UMR8129, Ecole Normale Supérieure, PSL Research University, F-75005 Paris, Francenbaumard@gmail.comhttp://iec-esc.ens.fr/
Pierre O. Jacquet
Affiliation:
Evolution and Social Cognition Group, Laboratoire de Neurosciences Cognitives (LNC), Département d'Etudes Cognitives, INSERM U960, Ecole Normale Supérieure, PSL Research University, F-75005 Paris, Francemell@magbio.ens.frlou.safra@gmail.compierre.jacquet@inserm.fr Evolution and Social Cognition Group, Institut Jean Nicod, Département d'Etudes Cognitives, CNRS UMR8129, Ecole Normale Supérieure, PSL Research University, F-75005 Paris, Francenbaumard@gmail.comhttp://iec-esc.ens.fr/

Abstract

We agree with Van Lange et al. that climate is likely to affect individuals' social behavior in many ways. However, we suspect that its impact on physiology and psychology is so remote that its predictive power disintegrates almost completely through the causal chain underlying aggression and violence.

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Open Peer Commentary
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Copyright © Cambridge University Press 2017 

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