News Archive

News from FABBS and the FABBS Foundation

  • Cuts to Behavioral and Social Science Funding Threatened »
    The behavioral and social sciences, a favorite target of Congress for years, may once again be in the sights. The House Science Committee, under the leadership of Chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX), will introduce a bill in the coming weeks to reauthorize programs at the National Science Foundation. The Frontiers in Research, Science, and Technology (FIRST) bill may include reductions in authorized funding levels for NSF’s SBE Directorate.
  • FABBS Announces a New Policy Annual: Policy Insights from the Behavioral and Brain Sciences (PIBBS) »
    The Federation of Associations in Behavioral & Brain Sciences (FABBS) announces a new annual journal addressing the interface between policy and behavioral and brain sciences: Policy Insights from the Behavioral and Brain Science (PIBBS); edited by FABBS President Susan Fiske and published by SAGE.

    Research findings in the sciences of mind, brain, and behavior are applicable to nearly every area of public policy. Some links are readily apparent, like the benefits to an aging population of neuroscience research on Alzheimer’s disease, or the importance of cognitive science to improving education. Perhaps not as obvious, but equally valuable, are the contributions of mind, brain, and behavioral science research to policy areas such as innovation, the economy, national security, counter-terrorism, diplomacy, immigration, diversity, and conflict-resolution, among others.

  • FABBS Foundation Honors Arnold J. Sameroff »
    Professor Sameroff is one of the founders of the field of developmental psychopathology. His theoretical model brings together biological and environmental risk factors and demonstrates how they work together as causes of developmental impairments in childhood. The Transactional Theory of Development provides a significant advance over earlier models positing single risks as primary causes of impairments.
  • Spending Plan Complete: Mixed News for Science »
    The December budget deal (otherwise known as the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013 or the “Ryan-Murray Agreement”) set overall spending caps for FY 2014 and 2015. Once set, appropriators worked feverishly over the holidays to put the finishing touches on twelve spending bills, rolling them into an omnibus package that was passed by both houses and signed by the President last week. In the course of their work, the House and Senate also passed a Continuing Resolution (CR) to keep the government open for three days while they finished their work on the omnibus. What does the omnibus offer for science?
  • NRC to hold Public Briefing on Proposed Revisions to the Common Rule for the Protection of Human Subjects in the Behavioral and Social Sciences »
    The Division of Behavioral and Social Science and Education (DBASSE) of the National Research Council will hold a public briefing on the recently released the Proposed Revisions to the Common Rule for the Protection of Human Subjects in the Behavioral and Social Sciences on January 30, 2014. This report is the product of a consensus study that was conducted to inform the efforts of the federal government in revising the regulations that govern the protection of human participants in research from the perspective of social and behavioral sciences.
  • National Academy of Science Awards Inaugural Prizes in Psychological and Cognitive Sciences »
    Former president of FABBS, James L. McClelland, is one of two inaugural recipients of the National Academy of Sciences Prize in Psychological and Cognitive Sciences. McClelland is the Lucie Stern Professor in the Social Sciences and Director, Center for Mind, Brain, and Computation at Stanford University. He is being honored for his “role in formulating computational models to demonstrate the spread of activation through brain networks.” McClelland’s work has significantly influenced progress in the field of enhanced machine methods for perceiving patterns in language and visual scenes.
  • Cognitive Psychologist Jones Presented with Early Career Award »
    Computers are making our lives more efficient and productive than ever, but we still want them to be faster, smarter, more powerful. The key, says cognitive psychologist and Early Career Investigator Award winner Michael Jones, is right under our noses, or actually above them: teach computers to think more like the human brain.
  • FABBS Foundation Announces 2014 Early Career Impact Award Winners »
    The FABBS Foundation recently announced the winners of the 2014 Early Career Impact Award, which recognizes early career scientists of FABBS scientific societies who have made major contributions to the sciences of mind, brain, and behavior.
  • FABBS Foundation Honors Jacquelynne S. Eccles »
    Jacquelynne S. Eccles is the Distinguished Professor of Education at the University of California, Irvine and formerly the McKeachie/Pintrich Distinguished University Professor of Psychology and Education at the University of Michigan, as well as Senior Research Scientist and Director of the Gender and Achievement Research Program at the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan.
  • Our Scientists at Work: No Limit to Benefits of Cognitive Science »
    Cognitive science is useful not just for technologies involving teaching and learning but also for the development of all new technologies. Unlike the individual disciplines--psychology, linguistics, computer science and the like—cognitive science teaches practitioners to view problems from multiple perspectives and look for new and innovative ways to solve them. From helping people recognize the bias in their decision making to assessing the depth of knowledge in a particular discipline, “any field would benefit from cognitive science,” Landauer said. “It touches upon everything we do, and gets to the root of how we think and learn.”
  • Science Champion Rep. Fattah Kicks off FABBS' Annual Meeting »
    Congressman Chaka Fattah (D-PA) kicked off the annual meeting of the Federation of Associations in Behavioral & Brain Sciences (FABBS), proclaiming that “the spirit of our economy is in science and innovation.” Fattah highlighted points from his Fattah Neuroscience Initiative, which envisions the creation of a scientific “superhighway” encompassing the full range of research on the brain.
  • NSF Moves to Increase Accountability and Transparency »
    Shrinking federal budgets, combined with a "small government" emphasis, have led to calls by the House majority for the government to "prioritize" and for science agencies to be more "transparent" and "accountable."