FABBS is a coalition of scientific societies that share an interest in advancing the sciences of mind, brain, and behavior. Understanding the human element of many of society’s challenges in healthcare, conservation behavior, human conflicts, economic decision making and more is a key component to improving the welfare of individuals and our society.
Advocating for our Sciences
Updates on the NSF Reauthorization
Behavioral & Brain Science Contributions
In order to highlight the contributions of our sciences, FABBS has developed a collection of policy-relevant examples to show how the sciences of mind, brain, and behavior are being used to benefit individuals and our society.
News from FABBS and the FABBS Foundation
- Science Caught in Committee Battle with NSF »
For the past year and half, the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee, under the leadership of Chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX) has been leading the push to change how NSF does business. Although in years past, Members of Congress have periodically focused on individual scientific awards, this battle has a different feel. It is being led by the Chair of the House Science Committee, a committee that has historically worked in bipartisan fashion to craft bills that are supported by the broad science community.
- Policy Insights from the Behavioral and Brain Sciences (PIBBS) Annual Launches »
The Federation of Associations in Behavioral and Brain Sciences (FABBS) and SAGE will soon publish the inaugural issue of Policy Insights from the Behavioral and Brain Sciences (PIBBS). This annual journal features research findings in the sciences of mind, brain, and behavior that are applicable to nearly every area of public policy. The first issue comprises 33 articles in social and personality psychology focused on topics including health, education, justice, the environment, and inequality. Subsequent annual issues will include policy relevant research in other areas behavioral and brain sciences represented by FABBS member societies.
- Psychologist Burt Presented with Early Career Award »
Why do some kids lie or shoplift and not others? Is it the neighborhood? The influences of friends, parents or siblings? Other environmental triggers? Associate Professor of Psychology S. Alexandra Burt, of Michigan State University and winner of the 2014 FABBS Foundation Early Career Impact Award from the Society for Research in Psychopathology, is studying how the environment may activate or deactivate genetic and biological risk factors related to behavior. It’s not nature vs. nurture, she explained. “It’s nature via nurture—how the two work together.” Learn more in "Nature Via Nurture and the Origin of Bad Behavior" »
- Social Psychologist Kross Presented with Early Career Award »
Events happen in our lives that challenge our emotions, causing us to be angry, anxious or even depressed. Our attempts to console ourselves after a bad experience can backfire. “We start spinning and ruminating, and we end up replaying those negative experiences over and over in ways that don’t get us anywhere,” said Ethan Kross, an assistant professor of social psychology at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and winner of the FABBS Foundation Early Career Impact Award from the Society of Experimental Social Psychology. Kross, who is director of Michigan’s Self-Control and Emotion Laboratory, draws on multiple disciplines of psychology to explore how people can improve emotional self-control in their daily lives. Learn more in "Language and Well Being" »
FABBS Mission Statement
FABBS promotes human potential and well-being by advancing the sciences of mind, brain, and behavior. As a coalition of scientific societies, we communicate with policy makers and the public about the importance and contributions of basic and applied research in these sciences.