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The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine
Board On Behavioral Cognitive and Sensory Sciences
Board On Behavioral Cognitive and Sensory Sciences
Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education
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Recent Reports

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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Measuring Human Capabilities: An Agenda for Basic Research on the Assessment of Individual and Group Performance for Military Accession

MHC_LThis report examines promising emerging theoretical, technological, and statistical advances that could provide scientifically valid new approaches and measurement capabilities to assess human capabilities.

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November 2015 News from BBCSS


November 2015 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


How People Learn 2: The Science and Practice of Learning

Keck CenterJanuary 19-20, 2016
Keck Center, Room 101
500 5th Street, NW
Washington, DC
This event will be webcast.  

 Registration coming soon

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Enhancing the Effectiveness of Team Science
Videos of September 18 Symposium 
Now Available

Team Science Symposium Nancy Cooke
Committee members and other experts discussed the report's findings and recommendations and their implications for future research and research funders.

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

Common Rule Consensus Cover LThe U.S. Government has issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) based in part on recommendations from this report.  The NPRM now more thoroughly addresses social science and behavioral research perspectives and acknowldges benefitting from the guidance provided by this report (NPRM, pg. 34). 

Published in December 2014, the report 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. Several of the proposals put forth by the Department of Health and Human Services in their July 2011 Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) were endorsed by the committee.  

How People Learn 2 - The Science and Practice of Learning
Videos of Public Sessions of
October 29-30 Meeting Now Available

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The meeting featured perspectives from new sponsor, the Institute for Education Sciences (IES) of the U.S. Department of Education, and  presentations by committee members, and guests. 

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