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BRAIN Initiative Team E Invites FABBS to Present on Cognitive and Behavioral Opportunities
March 1, 2019
On February 19, Nora S. Newcombe, Temple University, FABBS board president, and Jeffrey M. Zacks, Washington University, FABBS board member, presented to the BRAIN (Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies) Team for Integrative and Quantitative Approaches: Opportunities for the BRAIN Initiative 2.0.
Established in 2013, the BRAIN Initiative focused on technology development to measure neural and circuit activity for the first phase. With this phaseread more
Deal Reached to Keep Government Open; Administration FY 2020 Budget Request Delayed
February 15, 2019
At press time, a budget deal to avoid another partial shutdown awaited the President’s signature. The conference report provides budgets for the remainder of fiscal year (FY) 2019 to nine departments and dozens of agencies, including the National Science Foundation (NSF). The bill would give $8.075 billion to NSF, a $308 million increase from FY 2018, reflecting $6.52 billion for research and related activities and $910 million for the Education and Humanread more
Federal Agencies Update
February 14, 2019
The Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR) at the National Institutes of Health has issued a request for information to gather broad public input on a revised definition of behavioral and social science research. The definition is used to assess and monitor NIH support of the behavioral and social sciences across all NIH Institutes and Centers. Comments must be submitted through IdeaScale by February 22, 2019.
NSF Announcesread more
New Frontiers with Smart, Adaptive Interfaces: Building Machines That Know About People
February 14, 2019
What if your car knew when you were too tired to drive?
Dr. Leslie Blaha’s research tackles questions like this. Her
innovations center the idea that applying knowledge of how the mind works can
transform people’s relationships with technology.
Thus, the places people interact with machines – interfaces – are a key target of Blaha’s
work. Effective technology takes into account psychological principles, such as
what people will notice and remember. Could