FABBS reports on items of interest to many communities – scientists, policymakers, and the public. In our news, you will see updates on science funding and policy, articles that translate research for policy, and descriptions of the research contributions of scientists at all stages of their research careers.
FABBS Video Series on Cognitive Science in the Real World
March 15, 2019
FABBS is delighted to release the first of five short videos capturing ways in which cognitive science helps keep us safe and healthy. Understanding the mental processes and brain structures involved in acquiring, storing, and using information is critical to training TSA agents; evaluating and improving patients who have suffered a stroke; improving driver safety; interpreting medical imaging; and many other everyday tasks that involve humans.
Take a moment to view thisread more
On March 11 the administration delivered a “skinny budget” recommending cuts to research programs across the government. Typically shared the first Tuesday of February, the budget request was delayed and incomplete due to the 35-day partial government shutdown.
Here is what the administration requested for key agencies supporting behavioral and brain sciences:
National Institutes of Health – $34.4 billion, a $4.94 billion (12 percent) cut from fiscal year (FY) 2019 budget of $39.3read more
FABBS Joins Scientific Community to Prevent and Address Sexual Harassment
March 15, 2019
In collaboration with sister societies in the broad scientific community, FABBS is committed to reducing sexual harassment in the workplace and professional environments.
FABBS joined 81 other inaugural members to form the Societies Consortium on Sexual Harassment in STEMM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and medicine) “to advance professional and ethical conduct, climate, and culture across their respective fields”. The Societies Consortium willread more
Quantifying the unobserved: gathering and organizing difficult data
March 1, 2019
Some people tend to be more agreeable than others. Some suffer more depression symptoms than others. Yet personality traits such as agreeableness, and psychopathological syndromes such as depression, are difficult to measure statistically because they cannot be observed directly.
As a Quantitative
psychologist, Sonya Sterba looks for better ways to measure and model such
unobserved constructs. Her research both informs and corrects the
way researchers interpret