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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.

Big Picture on Fiscal Year 2018 Funding Still Unclear

September 21st, 2017

The U.S. federal government will be operating on a Continuing Resolution (CR) from October 1 through December 8, 2017. Essentially, this provides level funding for federal agencies, while Congress and the White House negotiate an overall spending number for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018. The CR was part of a larger deal that received much visibility earlier this month because it involved an agreement between President Trump and Congressional Democrats. In reaching the deal, the

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Should you give your child a time-out? It depends

July 27, 2017

One of the hardest parts of being a parent or teacher is dealing with behavior problems. Tantrums, aggression, and oppositional behaviors are painful for everyone involved, and when they are persistent, they increase a child’s risk of long-term consequences like mental health disorders, special education placements, and problems with peer relationships.

Part of the problem is that “unfortunately, parents and teachers are often woefully unprepared for effectively

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FABBS Honors Chuck Perfetti

July 27, 2017

Dr. Charles (Chuck) Perfetti dedicated his career to studying the nature of human language, focusing on reading in its many aspects–from its connection to language, its universal properties, its neural bases, its variation with writing systems, and its dependence on lexical knowledge, to text comprehension and individual differences. Using behavioral and cognitive neuroscience methods, his research has addressed reading comprehension, word identification, word knowledge, and

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How Do You Know? Rethinking the Way Psychologists Analyze Data

July 27, 2017

When Richard Morey was a doctoral student in cognitive psychology, he had something of a crisis of faith in his chosen profession. He had tried to replicate a famous experiment, but was frustrated that he couldn’t get the same findings, and then shocked to discover that other researchers had been having the same problem for years. He quickly learned that this replication problem was plaguing psychology. Too often, findings from a single study become the definitive conclusion

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