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Galit Shmueli* Behavioral big data (BBD) captures human and social actions and interactions at a new level of detail. BBD studies and applications are quickly growing in popularity in industry as well as in academic research. “Behavioral” in BBD highlights its focus on human and social behavior, and “big” – the novelty of its scale. … Continue reading Behavioral Big Data and its Challenges for Behavioral Researchers
Nora Newcombe Scientists often feel that, like Rodney Dangerfield, they get no respect. Policy makers ignore their evidence. The public stereotypes them as nerdy guys in white coats with glasses. Legislators cut their funding sources and single them out for Golden Fleece awards. FABBS exists to try to address these issues: to get the word … Continue reading Needed: More Science on Communicating Science
Philip Rubin* The past years has been a time of concern and confusion for the behavioral sciences community on matters of federal policy and regulations related to human subjects. In particular, the recent announcement of delays in what appeared to be a pending update to the Common Rule has created a high degree of uncertainty … Continue reading Changes to the human subjects system: a view from someone formerly on the inside
Paula Skedsvold and Jeremy Wolfe* In the summer of 2017, researchers in the mind, brain, and behavioral science communities became engaged in a dialogue of sorts with the National Institutes of Health about their plan to reclassify a great deal of basic science research as “clinical trials” and, as a result, subject that research to a … Continue reading Limping Toward the Goal Posts: Basic Science and Clinical Trials at NIH