News from FABBS and the FABBS Foundation
- Road Ahead Still Uncertain »
Coming into the new year, the White House and Congress averted one major issue in the ongoing fiscal cliff debates, what to do about expiring tax cuts. With this aside, several other significant fiscal issues remain: sequestration, federal debt limit, and funding for the federal government operations.
- DBASSE to Hold NSF-Funded Workshop on Human Subjects Regulations »
The National Research Council’s Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education launched a fast-track project to examine proposed revisions to the “Common Rule”– the most extensive changes offered since 1991– in relation to research in the behavioral and social sciences.
- Science and Human Rights Coalition to Meet in Jan. 2013 »
The AAAS Science and Human Rights Coalition is hosting an open meeting on Jan. 31 – Feb. 1, 2013, focused on the intersections between children’s rights, science, and technology.
- FABBS Foundation Honors Thomas S. Wallsten »
Thomas S. (Tom) Wallsten is a professor of psychology at the University of Maryland-College Park and affiliated with both the campus’s Center for Advanced Study of Language and the Program in Neuroscience and Cognitive Science. His research focuses primarily on topics in behavioral decision theory, including judgment, analysis, choice, probabilistic inference, risk assessment and risk communication.
- Science Café to Feature Dan Ariely »
The FABBS Foundation, with support from Worth Publishers, is pleased to announce a new science café scheduled for Feb. 6, 2013, in New York City. The café will feature behavioral scientist and New York Times bestselling author, Dan Ariely. The FABBS Foundation science cafes are focused on bringing interesting science topics to the general public in a casual environment.
- Edging Closer to the Cliff »
With ten days to go (including the holidays) before the country heads over the fiscal cliff, the President and Congress still have a small window to agree on a bipartisan solution to avert it. Although the President and Speaker had been inching closer – only $200 billion apart in revenue and $70 billion in spending cuts – there is still no deal on the table. To some in both parties, going over the fiscal cliff may be a better solution than giving away too much in the negotiations.
- Our Scientists at Work: Listen Up: That Birdsong You’re Enjoying Is Courtesy of Estrogens »
Estrogens are often thought of as a female hormone, but that concept is incomplete. It’s true that estrogens are produced in the ovaries, but they’re also produced in the adrenal glands, liver, and the brain, in both males and females. Estrogens produced in songbirds’ brains may help them learn to sing and respond to song. Luke Remage-Healey, a behavioral physiologist, strongly suspects that estrogens can enhance learning-related cognitive functions, including singing.
- URGENT: Act Now to Protect Investments in Science! »
Scientists are urging a bipartisan, balanced approach to deficit reduction that protects needed investments in science. If you have not contacted your elected officials in Washington, DC, on this issue in the past month, join your colleagues now.
- Our Scientists at Work: When Cognitive Decline Comes Up In Conversation »
Meaningful conversation hinges not just on the words or ideas we string together to explain ourselves and the world, it also hinges on our awareness of whom we’re speaking with. But as we enter old age, our conversational capability declines. Cognitive psychologist William Horton, PhD, discusses how the drive to communicate fares in the face of cognitive decline.
- Our Scientists at Work: Researchers Searching for Ways to Prevent Mysterious Form of Dementia »
Chronic traumatic encephalopathy or CTE, is a neurodegenerative disease set in motion by a history of repetitive brain trauma, such as concussions and subconcussive blows that occur early in life. To date, scientists know relatively little about the disease. But what is known is that CTE is a progressive brain disorder similar to Alzheimer’s and other related neurodegenerative diseases. Neuropsychologist Robert Stern studies CTE and reveals what he and his collaborators are learning from their research.
- Our Scientists at Work: Researchers Seek Early Markers of Schizophrenia, With Remediation in Mind »
Although researchers know that genetics plays a role in the development of schizophrenia, brain scientists are exploring what they think are early markers of schizophrenia; that is, impairments in cognition and in brain function. Psychologist Deanna Barch explains how these markers could help identify people who are most at risk for developing the disease and how exercising the brain may help those already diagnosed with schizophrenia, or even those in high-risk populations, head off the disease.
- FABBS Foundation Honors Harry C. Triandis »
Harry C. Triandis is professor emeritus of psychology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. A pioneer in the study of cross-cultural psychology, Triandis’ research has focused on the cognitive aspects of attitudes, norms, roles, and values across cultures.