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Board On Behavioral Cognitive and Sensory Sciences
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New Project

Decadal Survey of Social and Behavioral Sciences and Applications to National Security

BBCSS has launched a major initiative investigating how the social and behavioral sciences might help inform issues involved in national security. The focus is on identifying cutting-edge areas of science that could blossom in meaningful ways in the coming decade. Creative, thoughtful, and unique ideas will be discussed and explored. This project is entirely unclassified.

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Recent Publications

Ending Discrimination against People with Mental and Substance Use Disorders: The Evidence for Stigma Change

Stigma Change coverThis report explores discrimination, negative attitudes, and stereotyping faced by individuals with mental or substance use disorders and recommends effective strategies for reducing stigma and encouraging people to seek treatment and other supportive services for themselves and others.

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Understanding Pathways to Successful Aging: How Social and Behavioral Factors Affect Health at Older Ages

Successful_Aging_LResearch has identified many behavioral, social, and biological factors that are associated with healthy aging.  On June 11-12, 2015, BBCSS held a workshop to explore research strategies and ways to build on existing knowledge about influences on aging.  This report provides a brief summary of the workshop discussions.

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Enhancing the Effectiveness of Team Science

Team Science coverLThis report synthesizes and integrates the available research to provide guidance on assembling a science team; leadership, education, and professional development for science teams and groups.  The report offers public policy recommendations for science research agencies and policymakers.

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Upcoming Events

20th Anniversary of BBCSS

20th Anniversary GraphicBBCSS will celebrate its 20th anniversary in 2017.  The symposium will take place on October 19, 2017 in Washington, DC and will feature David Brooks, New York Times and Daniel Gilbert, Harvard University.

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David Brooks
David Brooks, New York Times
Daniel Gilbert
Daniel Gilbert, Harvard University 

Spring 2017 BBCSS Board Meeting

Keck CenterJune 1-2, 2017

Keck Center
500 5th Street, NW
Washington, DC

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Recent Events
Decadal Survey of Social and Behavioral Sciences and Applications to National Security
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The first meeting for the Committee on a Decadal Survey of Social and Behavioral Sciences and Applications to National Security was held on March 23-24, 2017 in Washington, DC.  This new study will identify potential contributions of the social and behavioral sciences (SBS) in areas relevant to national security. To learn more about this meeting, please click here.

To learn more about this study, please visit our Decadal Survey webpage

Summit on Social and Behavioral Sciences for National Security
The Decadal Survey of Social and Behavioral sciences and Applications to National Security held a Summit on October 4-5, 2016. Speakers included Marcia McNutt, President of the National Academy of Sciences and David Honey, Director of Science and Technology at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, as well as experts in brain and neuroscience, social interaction, and behavioral genetics.

To learn more about this event or view the event webcast, please click here

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February 2017 News from BBCSS


February 2017 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.



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