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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 Publications
Proceedings of a Workshop—in Brief
Understanding Pathways to Successful Aging: Behavioral and Social Factors Related to Alzheimer's Disease

Alzheimers smallThis publication from the Board on Behavioral, Cognitive, and Sensory Sciences summarizes a June 2017 workshop that examined how personality, social engagement, and educational attainment are associated with Alzheimer’s disease. Participants discussed mechanisms that may underlie these associations and research strategies to further understanding of the pathways through which social and behavioral factors affect the prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease.

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Social and Behavioral Sciences for National Security: Proceedings of a Summit (2017)

SBS Decadal Summit Proceedings Book CoverIn order to understand how knowledge from science can be directed and applied to help the intelligence community fulfill its critical responsibilities, BBCSS has launched a 2-year survey of the social and behavioral sciences. To kick-off this project, a summit designed to highlight cutting-edge research and identify future directions for research was held in October 2016. This publication summarizes the presentations and discussions from the summit.

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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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Upcoming Events

Three Public Workshops
Decadal Survey of Social and Behavioral Sciences for Applications to National Security

Decadal Flag Landscap SnapshotOctober 11, 2017
Keck Center
500 5th Street, NW
Washington, DC

On October 11, 2017, the committee on a Decadal Survey of Social and Behavioral Sciences for Applications to National Security will hold three separate public workshops. These workshops will feature invited presentations and discussions to explore the current state of the science and cutting-edge research opportunities in three different areas:

  1. social network thinking;
  2. changing socio-cultural dynamics; and
  3. trends and methods in international security.

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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 

BBCSS is in the Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education (DBASSE) of the The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.



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