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.
NIH Study Documents Gender Variations in Brain Activity
Researchers at the National Institutes of Health have uncovered firm evidence for what many mothers have long suspected: women’s brains appear to be hard-wired to respond to the cries of a hungry infant.
Researchers asked men and women to let their minds wander, then played a recording of white noise interspersed with the sounds of an infant crying. Brain scans showed that, in the women, patterns of brain activity abruptly switched to an attentive mode when they heard the infant cries, whereas the men’s brains remained in the resting state.
News from FABBS and the FABBS Foundation
- President Proposes Increases for Science Agencies, but Sequester Continues »
On April 10th, the President presented his budget proposal for FY 2014 to Congress, two months later than usual and following the passage of 2014 budget resolutions by both the House and Senate. The late arrival was triggered by the fact that a full-year 2013 spending bill was not enacted at the time the budget was prepared. Congress did not pass the FY 2013 spending bills until mid-March of this year.
- National Science Board Seeks to Reduce Investigator’s Administrative Workload »
In order to develop recommendations on appropriate administrative workload, the Task Force on Administrative Burdens is seeking recommendations from federally supported investigators at U.S. colleges, universities and non-profit institutions.
- OSTP Provides Update on Neuroscience Efforts across Federal Government »
In a lecture at AAAS on April 11, Dr. Carlos Peña, Senior Policy Analyst in the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) in the Executive Office of the President, stated that there is an increasing recognition of the broad range of applications of neuroscience including health, education, law enforcement, defense, the workforce, and our economy.
- NSF Report Highlights SBE Contributions »
This month the National Science Foundation released a report “Bringing People Into Focus: How Social, Behavioral and Economic Research Addresses National Challenges.” NSF’s SBE Directorate funds more than half of the university-based SBE research in the nation, research that helps the nation address the human element of many of the challenges we face.
- Next Generation Science Standards Released »
After two years of work, the Next Generation Science Standards report is complete. The science standards identify science and engineering content and practices “that all K-12 students should master in order to be fully prepared for college, careers, and citizenship.”
- Our Scientists at Work: A Better Way to Plan for Retirement »
When it comes to planning for your retirement, you should have a laser-like focus on saving money, right? Wrong, says organizational psychologist Mo Wang. According to Wang, most Americans aren't focusing on the real keys to health and happiness in retirement.
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.