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.

Is it All in Your Genes?

April 12, 2019

Sara Hart attended an all-girls school where everyone had similar backgrounds.  Still, not everyone earned high marks.    

“It got me thinking–why do some people perform better than others,” says Hart, now director of the Individual Differences in Cognitive Development Lab at Florida State University.

Much of her work has involved data from a Florida-based study launched in 2010 and including 2600 twin pairs from kindergarten through 12th grade.

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Q&A with Dr. Susan Fiske

Founding Editor of Policy Insights from the Behavioral
and Brain Sciences

The PIBBS journal publishes invited articles, from FABBS member societies, that present brief reviews of behavioral and brain scientific findings relevant to public policy. The goal of this journal is to provide a vehicle for scientists to share research findings to help build sound policies and be a resource for policy and decision makers looking for digestible research to inform policies and

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March 29, 2019

Nora Newcombe wins
Howard Crosby Warren Medal

FABBS President, Nora Newcombe, Temple University, has been
awarded the Howard Crosby
Warren Medal. The Society of Experiment Psychology (SEP) issues the award
in recognition of outstanding achievement in Experimental Psychology in the
United States and Canada. Dr. Newcombe was recognized “for her
distinguished research contributions on fundamental aspects of cognition and
development, with emphasis on spatial cognition and the

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Making sense from dots of light

March 29, 2019

For Julie Golomb, it all
started with a college course in visual perception.  “I realized that all of these things I take
for granted about how I perceive the world are actually really hard challenges
for the brain to solve.”

How do we recognize our
coffee mug?  How do we pick out a
friend’s face in the crowd?  Or know that
the round, white and black thing flying at us is, in fact, a soccer ball?

This constant bombardment of
rich and usually moving

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