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.

Budget Update

On March 11 the administration delivered a “skinny budget” recommending cuts to research programs across the government. Typically shared the first Tuesday of February, the budget request was delayed and incomplete due to the 35-day partial government shutdown.

Here is what the administration requested for key agencies supporting behavioral and brain sciences:

National Institutes of Health – $34.4 billion, a $4.94 billion (12 percent) cut from fiscal year (FY) 2019 budget of $39.3

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FABBS Video Series on Cognitive Science in the Real World

March 15, 2019

FABBS is delighted to release the first of five short videos capturing ways in which cognitive science helps keep us safe and healthy. Understanding the mental processes and brain structures involved in acquiring, storing, and using information is critical to training TSA agents; evaluating and improving patients who have suffered a stroke; improving driver safety; interpreting medical imaging; and many other everyday tasks that involve humans.

Take a moment to view this

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FABBS Joins Scientific Community to Prevent and Address Sexual Harassment

March 15, 2019

In collaboration with sister societies in the broad scientific community, FABBS is committed to reducing sexual harassment in the workplace and professional environments.

FABBS joined 81 other inaugural members to form the Societies Consortium on Sexual Harassment in STEMM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and medicine)  “to advance professional and ethical conduct, climate, and culture across their respective fields”. The Societies Consortium will

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Quantifying the Unobserved: Gathering and Organizing Difficult Data

March 1, 2019

Some people tend to be more agreeable than others. Some suffer more depression symptoms than others. Yet personality traits such as agreeableness, and psychopathological syndromes such as depression, are difficult to measure statistically because they cannot be observed directly.

As a Quantitative
psychologist, Sonya Sterba looks for better ways to measure and model such
unobserved constructs.  Her research both informs and corrects the
way researchers

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