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Behavioral Big Data and its Challenges for Behavioral Researchers

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

Changes to the human subjects system: a view from someone formerly on the inside

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

Limping Toward the Goal Posts: Basic Science and Clinical Trials at NIH

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

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