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August 21, 2019





We Have a Deal, Agency Budget Details in September (We Hope)



Washington, DC is enjoying the slower pace of August and – despite earlier threats that the Senate might stay in session – Congress is in summer recess. On August 1, shortly before heading home, Senators voted (67-28), to pass the Bipartisan Budget Act (BBA) of 2019 (H.R. 3877). The measure was approved by the House (284-149) the week prior. Opposition in both chambers came mainly from Republicans concerned about annual deficits. Read more  »





Importance of Behavioral Factors and Social Determinants Highlighted


Social and behavioral factors affect life-course development and are a topic of interest in Washington DC.


A report, “The Promise of Adolescence; Realizing Opportunity for All Youth,” was recently released by the National Academies Board on Children, Youth, and Families, a division of the National Academies of Science. This document on the adolescent brain outlines key changes in brain structure and the impact of social factors on young people’s development during this critical phase of the lifespan.







Getting the Gist Requires Expertise



When the trees block the view of the forest, the consequences can be dire. 


In “Communicating Meaning in the Intelligence Enterprise,” author David A, Broniatowski, an associate professor at the George Washington University, outlines the importance of communicating not just details (verbatim) but also putting those details in context (gist). The paper also demonstrates how adherence to a concept known as Fuzzy Trace Theory could make sure decisions are well advised and grounded in context. Read more  »






Linda B. Smith, PhD


Linda B. Smith is an internationally recognized leader in developmental psychology and cognitive science. She is well known for her ground-breaking theoretical and empirical work on cognitive development, including comprehensive theories based on dynamic systems, and how the infant’s natural predispositions and visual world interact to guide object name learning. Taking a complex systems view, she seeks to understand the developmental process and, in particular, the cascading interactions of perception, action, and attention as they foster word learning in infants. Read more  »








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FABBS News Highlights is a semi-monthly electronic newsletter published by the Federation of Associations in Behavioral and Brain Sciences with the goals of keeping scientists updated on federal budget and policy issues affecting the sciences of mind, brain and behavior; recognizing the research contributions of leading scientists; and sharing research findings to inform policies and programs.


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