News from FABBS

Researcher Studies Black Fatherhood and Mental Health to Improve Youth Developmental Outcomes

June 9, 2022 

Key Findings 

Accessibility of mental health services must be improved for Black families and children.
Black fathers often feel excluded from many early child services.
Emphasizing engagement with Black fathers in child services has positive impacts on the father and child.


I saw the sheer brilliance and potential in these children, but also the significant hurdles they would have to overcome. I thought, if I’m seeing it, why should I not do

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A Look Inside the Visual System: Advancements in How the Brain Processes Perception 

May 12, 2022

Though the visual world is a constant stream of information, we perceive the world not as an overwhelming flood of light, but as discrete events, with clear settings and distinct objects. For example, the scene in front of you: a room, a monitor or mobile phone, and this text. How does the brain assimilate this visual input? How can we use this information in the next frontier of research? 

Dr. Radoslaw Cichy is a Research Group Leader at the Free University of Berlin and

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Researcher Explores the Interaction of Emotions and Memories in the Human Brain Network 

April 14, 2022 

Key Findings 

The hippocampus is crucial in reactivating the brain patterns associated with episodic memories.
The “PMAT” framework, a highly influential model of human memory, involves two memory systems – the posterior medial (PM) and anterior temporal (AT) systems – that interact to drive and organize episodic memories.


Think of a fond memory. How do you feel? Relaxed, excited, or maybe happy? The ability to relive the emotions

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Q&A with Dr. Barbara A. Wanchisen, Past FABBS Executive Director

January 27, 2022 

As we commemorate 41 years of the Federation of Associations in Behavioral & Brain Sciences (FABBS), we have invited former FABBS Executive Directors to reflect on their time in the role. In this Q&A, we spoke with Barbara A. Wanchisen, PhD, who served as Executive Director from 2001 to 2008, with insights on the growth of behavioral and social science at federal agencies over time. 

Barbara A. Wanchisen, PhD

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