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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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Upcoming Events

Changes in the Work Environment: Societal Trends and Workforce Management

July 30, 2019
9:00 am - 2:30 pm EDT

National Academies' Keck Center
Room 201
500 Fifth Street, NW
Washington, DC

Generational IssuesThe nature of work, its structure and processes for doing business, has changed in recent decades. What trends are driving these changes? How are these trends affecting skill demands and human resource practices? In this public session, researchers from sociology, economics, and business management will examine the evidence for changes in the workplace and the resulting challenges and opportunities for workforce management.

This event is hosted by the Committee on the Consideration of Generational Issues in Workforce Management and Employment Practices, intended to gather information for the committee’s work.

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ADRD Experience and Caregiving, Epidemiology, and Models of Care

August 14, 2019
9:00 am - 5:30 pm EDT
NAS Building, Lecture Room
2101 Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington, DC

Alzheimers smallLThe workshop will include introductory remarks and perspectives from the project's sponsors and three panel discussions, including epidemiological perspectives, models of care initiatives, and perspectives on the impact of Alzheimer's Disease from individuals with lived experience with Alzheimer's Disease and experience caring for individuals with Alzheimer's Disease.

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Biannual Meetings
Board on Behavioral, Cognitive, and Sensory Sciences

Keck Center
Fall Meeting: November 20-21, 2019, Washington, DC


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




Recent Publications

Reproducibility and Replicability in Science

RR small coverReleased in May 2019, this Consensus Study Report offers definitions of reproducibility and replicability and examines the factors that may lead to non-reproducibility and non-replicability in research. While reproducibility is straightforward and should generally be expected, replicability is more nuanced, and in some cases a lack of replicability can aid the process of scientific discovery. The report provides recommendations to researchers, academic institutions, journals, and funders on steps they can take to improve reproducibility and replicability in science.

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A Decadal Survey of the Social and Behavioral Sciences: A Research Agenda for Advancing Intelligence Analysis

SBS Decadal coverLReleased in March 2019, this Consensus Study Report from the Board on Behavioral, Cognitive, and Sensory Sciences recommends that the intelligence community (IC) make sustained collaboration with researchers in the social and behavioral sciences (SBS) a key priority as it develops research objectives for the coming decade.

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How People Learn II: Learners, Contexts, and Cultures

HPL2 coverThis consensus study report from the Board on Behavioral, Cognitive, and Sensory Sciences and the Board on Science Education summarizes identifies new findings related to neurological processes involved in learning, individual and cultural variability related to learning, and educational technologies. In addition to expanding scientific understanding of the mechanisms of learning and how the brain adapts throughout the lifespan, there have been important discoveries about influences on learning, particularly sociocultural factors and the structure of learning environments.

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Proceedings of a Workshop—in Brief
Behavioral Economics and the Promotion of Health Among Aging Populations

Behavioral EconomicsThis publication from the Board on Behavioral, Cognitive, and Sensory Sciences summarizes a workshop held June 2018 to discuss behavioral economics research and how to expand such research to be of benefit to older and middle-aged adults. The workshop looked at successful applications of the research; how to make them more effective; and focused on identifying approaches that could generate long-term benefits in areas of interest to the National Institute on Aging, such as decreasing sedentary behavior, promoting volunteering and social engagement, improving medical regimen adherence, and reducing inappropriate use of opioids and using opioids when medically necessary.

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