About ‘Policy Insights from the Behavioral and Brain Sciences’


Second PIBBS cover
The second edition of the journal Policy Insights from the Behavioral and Brain Sciences

The Federation of Associations in Behavioral and Brain Sciences, or FABBS, with SAGE, the parent of Social Science Space, publishes the journal Policy Insights from the Behavioral and Brain Sciences. This journal features research findings in the sciences of mind, brain, and behavior that are applicable to nearly every area of public policy. The second issue of PIBBS was published in October 2015 and focuses on policy insights from cognitive psychology.

PIBBS aims to make behavioral and brain sciences accessible to a range of audiences. Each article in the journal will be accompanied by an open article summarizing the findings and appearing here on Social Science Space. Professional journalists Jennifer Anderson and Suzanne Bouffard are writing the articles.

Susan Fiske
Susan Fiske

PIBBS is available by subscription, with free access to FABBS members the first year. PIBBS is edited by FABBS President Susan T. Fiske, with Jeremy M. Wolfe, Kenneth J. Malmberg, Nora S. Newcombe, Mandeep K. Dhami and Danielle S. McNamara as guest editors for the current edition. Fiske is Eugene Higgins Professor of Psychology and Professor of Public Affairs at Princeton University. Her research addresses how stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination are encouraged or discouraged by social relationships, such as cooperation, competition, and power.

Latest articles:

“Seeking a Better Way to Evaluate Teachers,” by Suzanne Bouffard | Drawn from “Teacher–Student Interactions: Measurement, Impacts, Improvement, and Policy,” by Robert C. Pianta

“Redefining What It Means To Be An Adult,” by Suzanne Bouffard | Drawn from “Transitioning Into Adulthood: Striking a Balance Between Support and Independence,” by Barbara Schneider, Christopher Klager, I-Chien Chen and Jason Burns

“A Key to Improving Math Skills: Reducing Anxiety,” by Suzanne Bouffard | Drawn from “Math Anxiety: A Factor in Math Achievement Not to Be Ignored,” by Sian L. Beilock and Erin A. Maloney

“Hands-free Technology is Not Enough to Prevent Distracted Driving,” by Suzanne Bouffard | Drawn from “Is the Technology in Your Car Driving You to Distraction?” by David Strayer

“Tackling Gender Stereotypes With the Power of Words,” by Suzanne Bouffard | Drawn from “Gendered Language: Psychological Principles, Evolving Practices, and Inclusive Policies,” by Rebecca S. Bigler and Campbell Leaper

“Finding Right With Wrong: Improving STEM Performance in US Schools,” by Jennifer Anderson | Drawn from “Simple Practice Doesn’t Always Make Perfect: Evidence from the Worked Example Effect,” by Julie L. Booth, Kelly M. McGinn, Laura K. Young and Christina Barbieri

“A Deceptively Simple Strategy For Keeping Mentally Sharp In Late Life,” by Suzanne Bouffard | Drawn from “The Potential for Literacy to Shape Lifelong Cognitive Health,” by Elizabeth A. L. Stine-Morrow, Erika K. Hussey and Shukhan Ng

“Improving STEM and Attracting Students through Cognitive Science,” by Jennifer Anderson | Drawn from “Cognitive Science Research Can Improve Undergraduate STEM Instruction: What Are the Barriers?” by Charles Henderson, Jose Mestre and Linda Slakey

“A Key to Improving Math Skills: Reducing Anxiety,” by Suzanne Bouffard | Drawn from
Math Anxiety: A Factor in Math Achievement Not to Be Ignored”
by Sian Beilock and Erin Mahoney

Articles from the first issue:

The first issue comprises 33 articles in social and personality psychology focused on topics including health, education, justice, the environment, and inequality. The issue was edited by Susan T. Fiske, with Eugene Borgida and Brenda Major as guest editors.

“Racial Bias and the Criminal Justice System: Research for a Fairer Future,” by Jennifer Anderson | Drawn from “Racial Disparities in Legal Outcomes: On Policing, Charging Decisions, and Criminal Trial Proceedings,” by Samuel R. Sommers and Satia A. Marotta

“Discrimination through Ambiguity: Reducing Workplace Bias Against Minority Immigrants,” by Jennifer Anderson | Drawn from “How Discrimination against Ethnic and Religious Minorities Contributes to the Underutilization of Immigrants’ Skills,” by Victoria M. Esses, Caroline Bennett-AbuAyyash and Natalia Lapshina

“Input from Social and Behavioral Scientists Essential in Energy-Use Reduction Policy Making,” by Jennifer Anderson | Drawn from “Psychology and Energy-Use Reduction Policies,” by Janet K. Swim, Nathaniel Geiger and Stephanie J. Zawadzki

“Fixing the ‘Leaky Pipeline’ of Women in Science and Math,” by Suzanne Bouffard | Drawn from “Girls and Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics: STEMing the Tide and Broadening Participation in STEM Careers,” by Nilanjana Dasgupta and Jane G. Stout

“Hope for the Common Good,” by Suzanne Bouffard | Drawn from “Harnessing Reciprocity to Promote Cooperation and the Provisioning of Public Goods,” by David G. Rand, Erez Yoeli and Moshe Hoffman

“Rethinking Our Responses to Terrorism,” by Suzanne Bouffard | Drawn from “Understanding the Terrorist Threat: Policy Implications of a Motivational Account of Terrorism,” by Edward Orehek and Anna Vazeou-Nieuwenhuis

“To Better Social Policies, Listen to Beneficiaries,” by Suzanne Bouffard | Drawn from “Assumptions About Behavior and Choice in Response to Public Assistance: A Behavioral Decision Analysis,” by Crystal C. Hall, Martha M. Galvez and Isaac M. Sederbaum

“Negotiating Deals and Settling Conflict Benefit Both Sides,” by Jennifer Anderson | Drawn from “Negotiating Deals and Settling Conflict Can Create Value for Both Sides,” by Carsten K. W. De Dreu

“False Confessions, True Consequences: Why and How to Reform Interrogations,” by Suzanne Bouffard | Drawn from “False Confessions: Causes, Consequences, and Implications for Reform,” by Saul M. Kassin

“Putting the Detective Work in Lie Detection,” by Jennifer Anderson | Drawn from “Active Deception Detection,” by Timothy R. Levine

“Social Rejection—Who Knew?” by Jennifer Anderson | Drawn from “Ostracism and Public Policy,” by Kipling D. Williams and Steve A. Nida

“Want Better Health and Longevity? Invest in Education” by Jennifer Anderson | Drawn from “Educational Attainment and Life Expectancy,”” by Robert M. Kaplan, Michael L. Spittel and Tia L. Zeno

“Creating Equality in the Workplace Is Everyone’s Responsibility” by Suzanne Bouffard | Drawn from “Women at Work: How Organizational Features Impact Career Development,”” by Naomi Ellemers

“Seeing Others as Fully Human” by Jennifer Anderson | Drawn from “Why Economic, Health, Legal, and Immigration Policy Should Consider Dehumanization”” by Lasana T. Harris

“Restoring Self-Worth Encourages Healthy Behaviors” by Jennifer Anderson | Drawn from “Public Policy and Health: A Self-Affirmation Perspective” by Phillip J. Ehret and David K. Sherman

“Simple But Powerful Solutions to Education’s Thorniest Problems” by Suzanne Bouffard | Drawn from “Educational Theory, Practice, and Policy and the Wisdom of Social Psychology” by Geoffrey L. Cohen and Julio Garcia

“Perceived Gaps in Equity Affect Decisions More Than Absolute Gaps” by Suzanne Bouffard | Drawn from “Relative Deprivation: How Subjective Experiences of Inequality Influence Social Behavior and Health”” by Heather J. Smith and Yuen J. Huo

“Looking at Affirmative Action in a New Light” by Suzanne Bouffard | Drawn from “Stereotype Threat in School and at Work: Putting Science Into Practice” by Toni Schmader and William Hall

“How to Create Lasting Change “ by Suzanne Bouffard | Drawn from “Persistence: How Treatment Effects Persist After Interventions Stop” by Erin Frey and Todd Rogers


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