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                    September 2015 - Issue 12            
In this Issue
Fall Biannual Meeting
Recent Reports
Recent Events
Behavioral Science in the News
Upcoming Events

Susan T. Fiske, Chair
Laura L. Carstensen
Jennifer S. Cole
Judy R. Dubno
Robert L. Goldstone
Daniel R. Ilgen
Nina G. Jablonski
James S. Jackson
Nancy G. Kanwisher
Janice K. Kiecolt-Glaser
Bill Maurer
John Monahan
Steven E. Petersen
Dana M. Small
Timothy J. Strauman
Allan R. Wagner
Jeremy M. Wolfe

Member bios
Barbara Wanchisen
Tenee Davenport
  Program Coordinator
Vanessa Lazar
  Research Associate

Staff bios
Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
American Educational Research
American Psychological Association
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
National Aeronautics and
  Space Administration
National Institutes of Health:
   National Institute on Aging &
   National Cancer Institute
National Science Foundation
The Teagle Foundation
U.S. Army Research Institute for the
  Behavioral and Social Sciences
U.S, Department of Education,
  Institute of Education Sciences
U.S. Department of Health and
    Human Services:
    Office of the Assistant Secretary
       for Planning and Evaluation
     Substance Abuse and Mental
       Health Services Administration
William & Flora Hewlett Foundation


Fall Biannual Meeting

Board on Behavioral, Cognitive, and Sensory Sciences

BBCSS will hold the open session of its Fall 2015 meeting, on October 8th at the Academies’ Keck Center in Washington, DC. The meeting will feature a presentation by board member Laura Carstensen on life-span development, a discussion of medical image perception by Todd Horowitz, of the National Cancer Institute, and presentations from Fay Cook and Betty Tuller of the National Science Foundation’s Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences Directorate. Guests unable to attend in person may call in and listen to the discussion.

October 8, 2015 (12:45 - 5:30 pm)
Keck Center Room 101
500 5th Street, NW, Washington, DC

Information for call in: 1-888-537-7715 and use participant code: 43035959#

Agenda | Register for  this event

Recent Reports

Understanding Pathways to Successful Aging: How Social and Behavioral Factors Affect Health at Older Ages—Workshop-in-Brief

Research has identified many behavioral, social, and biological factors that are associated with healthy aging, but the possible causal relationships between such factors and aging outcomes and the mechanisms through which these factors influence the aging process are less understood. Improved understanding of these relationships and mechanisms is needed to support the design of interventions to promote healthy outcomes at midlife and older ages.

To foster the development of research trajectories that might inform the development of such interventions, BBCSS held a workshop to explore strategies and opportunities for building on our current knowledge of influences on aging. This report provides a brief summary of the workshop discussions.

More information and download the report

Sponsor: National Institute on Aging

Recent Events

Symposium on Enhancing the Effectiveness of Team Science

Members of the committee held a well-attended symposium on September 18th to discuss the recently published report, Enhancing the Effectiveness of Team Science. A webcast of the event will be made available on the BBCSS website in the near future. Readers interested in learning more about the Team Science study can visit the project site and download the full report.  

Symposium Agenda  |  About the symposium

More information about the report

Sponsors: National Science Foundation and Elsevier



Attendees walk towards the
microphone to ask questions
of  presenters and committee 

James Jackson, Team Science
Committee member and BBCSS
member, discusses the Team
Science study while Margaret
Hilton, Study Director monitors
webcast questions.

How People Learn 2: The Science and Practice of Learning

The study committee held two recent meetings. The June meeting included presentations on thought and language in bilingual infants, the influence of culture on learning, and insights on reading and reading disability from brain imaging studies. A spirited panel discussion reflected on the impact of the original How People Learn report and helped inform the committee in regards to the study process and the community’s desires for the newest installment.

The August committee meeting was equally exciting, and presentations focused on how developments in psychology and technology challenge assessment and learning and the influences on learning in informal settings. Webcasts of the meetings are available for viewing on the project website. The next How People Learn 2 committee meeting will be held on October 29-30, 2015 (see below).

More information about the project

Sponsors: Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, American Educational Research Association, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Institute of Education Sciences/U.S. Department of Education, Teagle Foundation, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation


Behavioral Science in the News

BBCSS Report Helps Shape Change to the Common Rule

The 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 behavioral and social science and perspectives and acknowledges benefiting from the guidance provided by this report (NPRM, pg. 34).

The Proposed Revisions to the Common Rule report, chaired by BBCSS chair Susan Fiske, is the product of a consensus study to inform the efforts of the federal government in revising regulations 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. Contact Jeanne Rivard who served as study director of this influential report.

More information about the report

Executive Order—Using Behavioral Science Insights to Better Serve the American People

On September 15th, President Obama issued an executive order calling for the federal government to draw on behavioral science research to inform its policymaking and better serve the American public. For some insight into the executive order, see this recent op-ed in the Harvard Business Review.

Upcoming Events

BBCSS Open Session: October 8, 2015
Agenda  |  Register for this event.

How People Learn 2: October 29-30, 2015 - This meeting will include public session on October 29 (1:15 - 3:30 pm) and October 30 (9:00 - 11:30 am).  The public session will be webcast.  Register for this event.

Save the Date for BBCSS 2016 Meetings: May 19-20 and November 10-11.
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