History of the Board
The Board on Behavioral, Cognitive, and Sensory Sciences was established in 1997.
Whereas previous Boards and Committees were dedicated to a single sense or discipline, the Board on Behavioral, Cognitive, and Sensory Sciences was established to meet the emerging need for a broader, cross disciplinary intellectual resource to help the National Research Council and policy making communities better use the science of these domains to inform and enhance policy decisions and practices.
Since its inception, the Board and the ad hoc study committees operating under its oversight have issued dozens of reports on such topics as how people learn, the aging mind, educating children with autism, visual impairment, hearing loss, the polygraph and lie detection, military recruitment, staffing standards for aviation safety inspectors, human behavior in military contexts, behavioral modeling and simulation, field evaluation, intelligence and counterintelligence, and threatening communications and behavior.
Currently the Board holds two meetings per year, during which members, sponsoring agency staff, and guests discuss current issues and hear presentations by invited researchers and policy makers. For more information on the Board's current activities see the BBCSS Overview in the section Our Work.