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An ounce of prevention for depression and anxiety

April 20th, 2017

A shocking third of Americans have been affected by clinical depression or anxiety in their lifetimes. That high number suggests that mood disorders, which were once thought of as personal problems, may be more accurately thought of as societal problems. Indeed, social and economic trends like the recession of 2008 are correlated with the prevalence of depression. And the implications are societal as well; depression cost the American economy over $200 billion in a

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FABBS Supports the March for Science

April 3rd, 2017
The Federation of Associations in Behavioral and Brain Sciences (FABBS) is pleased to support the March for Science. The March and related activities provide an opportunity to celebrate science and the important role it plays in our society.

Science undergirds almost every aspect of our lives. The sciences of mind, brain, and behavior improve our understanding of Alzheimer’s disease; shed light on dyslexia; enhance treatment for patients with traumatic brain injury and

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Should Non-Standard English Be Taught in Schools?

March 15th, 2017

The 2016 presidential election brought into sharp focus the divisions among Americans about how to handle diversity. While race and country of origin came to the forefront of public and private debates, language is another issue that sparks passionate arguments. Oral language – the words we say and the way we speak them – is a strong marker of cultural background, not just across countries, but within them.

Americans have long debated educational policies for

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Getting kids to eat more vegetables, easy-peasy

February 16th, 2017

“Eat your vegetables” is a frequent refrain at many a family dinner table. Children are not known for their love of vegetables, and parents often find themselves prompting, cajoling, or bribing their kids to get their vitamins and minerals. But parents aren’t present at every mealtime. Even many young children eat one or more meals a day at school. How can schools get students to consume more fruits and vegetables so that their brains and bodies will get the

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