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Welcome to the website of the Board on Behavioral, Cognitive, and Sensory Sciences (BBCSS). The Board monitors advances and developments in the behavioral, cognitive, and sensory sciences and serves as an intellectual resource for the National Research Council, as well as public policy makers, as to how these advances and developments are creating opportunities or potential problems for public policy.

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American Psychological Association (APA) Annual Conference 2014

DC_LThe Board on Behavioral, Cognitive, and Sensory Sciences (BBCSS) is participating in this year’s APA conference on August 7-10 in Washington, DC.

Please visit us at exhibit # 420.

American Sociological Association (ASA) Annual Conference 2014

SanFranLJoin us in San Francisco for a special open forum session on the report Proposed Revisions to the Common Rule for the Protection of Human Subjects in the Behavioral and Social Sciences

August 16, 10:30 am - 12:10 pm

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Summer2014 News from BBCSS


BBCSS Summer 2014 NewsletterFind out more about recent and upcoming activities of the Board on Behavioral, Cognitive, and Sensory Sciences in the latest edition of our newsletter.

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 BBCSS is in the Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education (DBASSE) of the National Research Council, the operating arm of The National Academies.


Upcoming Events
Planning Meeting
Assessing and Encouraging Interaction between Genetic and Social-Behavioral Models

August 13, 2013
Keck Center, Room 101
500 5th Street, NW
Washington, DC

This meeting will bring together experts to develop a follow-on activity that assesses the state of the science in the use of genetics in sociology and psychology, assess the potential contribution of the work to inform social and behavioral models as well as the potential for social and behavioral research to inform genetic models, and to consider future directions for research.

Contact: Danielle Johnson

October 16-17, 2014: BBCSS Bi-Annual Meeting
Location: Beckman Center, Irvine, CA 
Recent Reports

Proposed Revisions to the Common Rule for the Protection of Human Subjects in Research in the Behavioral and Social Sciences

Common Rule Consensus Cover LThis new report from the Board on Behavioral, Cognitive, and Sensory Sciences, is the product of a consensus study to inform the efforts of the federal government in revising regulations (the “Common Rule”) that protect human participants in research.

New Video Available based on the report!

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New Directions in Assessing Performance Potential of Individual and Groups: Workshop Summary

Assessing Individuals CoverLThis new report explores the answers to questions on making efficient and accurate assessments of large pools of job applicants, measuring individual performance potential, as well as creating group compositions to maximize collective capacity to perform. The report focuses on interdisciplinary approaches to individual and group testing in a wide range of assessment settings and conditions. It provides up-to-date information on measurement science in a number of areas as well as addressing ethical considerations.

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