News from FABBS

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.

COGDOP 2020 Annual Meeting

February 26, 2020

The Council of Graduate Departments of Psychology (COGDOP) met for their annual meeting February 20 -23 in St. Petersburg, Florida, bringing together about 100 chairs of psychology departments from around the country. The theme of the meeting was “Leadership in an Inclusive Academy”.

The three days of interesting and informative sessions included evidence-based presentations on a range of topics facing department chairs in their leadership roles. The

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Teaching Kids that Pop Music is Make Believe

February 26, 2020

your kids are listening to popular music—and they probably are—they most likely
are learning about things they shouldn’t.    

According to new research in Policy Insights from the Behavioral and Brain Sciences, more than half of all popular music contains sexual references: sexual identity, the objectification of women, permissive and risky sexual behaviors and sexual and gender violence.

Current education standards do not include

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Q&A with Bill Riley, NIH OBSSR

February 26, 2020

William T. Riley, Ph.D., Director of the Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH)

What is the role of OBSSR at NIH?

Congress established the NIH Office of Behavioral and Social
Sciences Research (OBSSR) to coordinate behavioral and social sciences
research (BSSR) conducted
and supported by the NIH institute and centers (ICs), and to identify and
develop research initiatives in collaboration with the NIH

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FABBS Honors Warren H Meck

February 13, 2020

WARREN H. MECKSCHOLAR, MENTOR, FRIEND17 November 1956 – 21 January 2020

Throughout his long career, Professor Warren H. Meck systematically uncovered and explained the mechanisms that allow humans (and other animals) to mark the passage of time in the seconds to minutes range – a process now known as “interval timing”. He crossed traditional disciplinary boundaries and had profound impact upon psychology, cognitive science, behavioral neuroscience, and even

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