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  • Looking Beyond Treatment to Understand Relapse »
    Treatment for problematic behaviors like drug and alcohol addiction, self-injury, and childhood aggression costs individuals and society millions of dollars a year. Well-designed treatments often work in the short term, but relapse is common. Understanding the reasons why is critical, because when people take up their old bad habits, it causes distress for patients, families, and community members.
  • FABBS Honors Susan T. Fiske »
    Susan T. Fiske (Harvard University PhD; honorary doctorates: Université catholique de Louvain-la-neuve, Universiteit Leiden, Universität Basel) investigates social cognition, especially cognitive stereotypes and emotional prejudices, at cultural, interpersonal, and neuro-scientific levels. Author of over 300 publications and winner of numerous scientific awards, she has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences.
  • No Single Solution for Bullying »
    Media reports of bullying and its consequences have become distressingly common, especially for parents of children and teens. A spate of high profile cases that ended in suicide or violence helped fuel a national movement for legislation to define and deal with bullying. All 50 states now have laws designed to prevent and address bullying in schools, but those laws vary widely and their impact isn’t clear. What is clear is that laws alone can’t stop bullying, because it’s a complex problem that requires multifaceted solutions, writes Amy Bellmore in a recent review of bullying research for Policy Insights from the Behavioral and Brain Sciences. Preventing bullying will require the active involvement of parents, young people, schools, and new media entities, her review of the research shows.
  • John Haaga to Head NIA’s Behavioral and Social Research Division »
    The National Institute on Aging (NIA) announced this week that John Haaga, Ph.D., will become the Director of the agency’s Division of Behavioral and Social Research. Haaga joined NIA in 2004, and has served as deputy director of the division and as Acting Director since April 2015.
  • Come One, Come All: NIH Organizes Behavioral and Social Sciences Day »
    The National Institutes of Health’s Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR) is honoring one of its own in organizing Real Life, Labs, Research: The 9th Matilda White Riley Behavioral and Social Sciences Day. The one-day event celebrates the life of Dr. Matilda White Riley (1911-2004), a member of the National Academies of Science, an advocate for social and behavioral science approaches to health issues, and a former Associate Director for Behavioral and Social Research at the National Institute on Aging.
  • Senate Committee Boosts NIH Funding by $2B »
    For the second year in a row, NIH could see a $2 billion increase. Today, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education appropriations bill for FY 2017, providing a boost for NIH to $34.1 billion.

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