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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.

NIH Leadership Creates Working Group on Behavioral and Social Science Research and NIMH Releases Updated Strategic Plan

May 21, 2020

The NIH Council of Councils met – with members attending virtually – on May 15th. On the agenda was a proposal to create a working group on Behavioral and Social Science Research. Dr. William Riley, Director of the Office of Behavioral and Social Science Research, presented the goal of the group, to identify emerging and promising basic research with a plausible pathway to application, including new interventions to improve health.

Dr. Riley explained

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COVID-19 and Increased Racial Discrimination

April 30, 2020

The repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic are affecting almost every aspect of our daily lives. Beyond the catastrophic physical health and economic implications, the pandemic is introducing new challenges in the scientific research enterprise, including the stigmatization of Asians. A report by the Asian Pacific Policy Planning Council indicates that racial discrimination incidents have increased since the beginning of the pandemic. 

On March 5, Rep. Grace

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Tracing the Effects of Childhood Trauma

April 30, 2020

What happens when the maternal-child relationship goes awry?  Bridget Callaghan thought about this question even as a child and is devoting her professional career to finding answers.

“We’re trying to understand how experiences, especially of adversity, influence the development of the brain and body, and how they interact to produce physical and mental health and disease outcomes,” said Callaghan, assistant professor of psychology and director of the Brain and

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Q&A with Ron Mangun, CNS President

April 30, 2020

The Cognitive Neuroscience Society (CNS), FABBS’ newest society, brings together scientists committed to understanding the nature of thought by investigating the psychological, computational, and neuroscientific basis of cognition. CNS had been scheduled to host their annual meeting in Boston on March 14 -17, 2020. Forced to cancel the in-person meeting due to the pandemic, CNS will be holding a virtual meeting on May 2-5, 2020, providing participants an opportunity to share

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