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
FABBS Statement on America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2015
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
- Bill Cutting NSF SBE Directorate by 45% Advances to House Floor »
Despite widespread opposition from the science and higher education communities, the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee voted along party lines to favorably report out of Committee the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2015. The bill is designed to reauthorize programs at several of the nation’s science agencies, including the National Science Foundation.
- U.S. House Bill Decreases NSF SBE Funding By 45% -- Act Now to Support SBE! »
The Chairman of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee introduced a bill to reauthorize programs at the National Science Foundation, among other science agencies. The new bill, America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2015, will cut authorized funding for NSF’s Social, Behavioral and Economic (SBE) Sciences Directorate by 45%. The cut is similar to a bill that passed the House Science Committee last year, which cut the SBE Directorate by 42%. Because of widespread opposition to the bill last year, it did not pass the U.S. House. We need YOUR help again this year to prevent significant cuts. Act NOW to support SBE funding!
- FABBS Foundation Honors Ed Diener »
Ed Diener, Ph.D., is Alumni Distinguished Professor of Psychology (Emeritus) at the University of Illinois, where he has been a faculty member since 1974. He is currently a professor of psychology at the University of Utah and the University of Virginia.
- Psychologist Immordino-Yang Presented with Early Career Impact Award »
With her strong background in science and languages, Mary Helen Immordino-Yang, 2015 FABBS Foundation Early Career Impact Award winner from the American Educational Research Association, took a job as a science teacher at a junior/senior high school south of Boston, one of the nation’s most culturally diverse schools with 81 languages spoken. “I was fascinated by the way the students used their home cultures, languages and understandings of family relationships to leverage themselves to understanding scientific concepts,” she said. Immordino-Yang is now working to understand the neural, psychophysiological and psychological bases of social emotion, self-awareness and culture and their implications for young people’s development and successful learning in and out of school. She uses her research to assist educators and parents in supporting children’s healthy development and meaningful learning.
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.