Overview of Board on Behavioral, Cognitive, and Sensory Sciences Activities
The Board on Behavioral, Cognitive, and Sensory Sciences (BBCSS) works toward five principal goals:
- To engage academic and other research scientists working in the behavioral, cognitive, and sensory sciences in the consideration of major national policy issues;
- To promote and advance cross-disciplinary inquiry into complex scientific and policy questions;
- To provide a forum for objective, independent, and rigorous deliberation among researchers, the public, the media, Congress, professional associations, the NSF, and other federal agencies;
- To draw attention to the significance of the behavioral, cognitive, and sensory sciences to national policy;
- To link these sciences to the wider range of scientific and technological questions addressed by the National Academies.
The Board's highest profile activities aimed at meeting these goals are its biannual meetings. Open sessions at these meetings provide board members, sponsoring agency staff, and guests in attendance with opportunities to discuss current issues, hear presentations by invited researchers and policy makers, and engage in formal and regular interagency dialogue with a knowledge body of experts providing an objective and neutral sounding broad.
In addition, throughout the year the Board and Board Members often engage in such activities as:
- Leading or participating in sessions at professional meetings;
- Producing research and policy papers;
- Convening additional public conferences and workshops with presentations by noted experts to raise awareness and identify critical technical and policy issues;
- Overseeing work of various ad hoc studies pursuing critical and timely topics related to behavioral, cognitive, and sensory sciences.
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