Founded in 1981 and based in Washington, America, the Federation of Behavioral, Psychological and Cognitive Sciences (FBPCS) was founded back in 1981 represents the interests of research scientists and professionals in the fields of behavioral, psychological and cognitive science. The FBPCS is dues-supported by a total of 19 member organisations, which includes regional psychological associations, research centres, divisions of the American Psychological Association, psychological departments of universities and education institutes. This is not the official website of the Foundation, but a tribute, as we have a keen interest in psychology, and the other sciences of the mind.
The federation has a number of goals and aims to improve the fields of behavioral, psychological and cognitive sciences, for both professionals and the public. They include:
- Provide knowledge and expertise in the three main fields of the federation: behavioural science, psychological science, and cognitive science.
- Educate professionals in the private and public sectors, as well as the public, of the real need for increased and improved research on cognition and behavior.
- Encourage collaboration and interaction between privately and publicly-funded sectors, and scientific communities and societies. This involves establishing an information exchange and communication between scientific organisations. Channels of communication will also be open with the general public, so they can be better informed on any issues that may affect them directly or indirectly.
- Campaign for policy and legislation that can provide better funding to improve research and training on the psychological, psychobiological, behavioral and cognitive processes.
- Ensure that only sound and reputable science its cited when creating new public policy.
- Representing the opinions and views of the FBPCS members in the issues surrounding accountability, the protection and safeguarding of animal and human subjects, and peer reviews of research.
- Providing an national stage to discuss issues of concern, related to the psychological, behavioral and cognitive sciences.
The Federation of Psychological, Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences, works towards their goals through a number of activities.
- Government Liaison – The FBPCS represents the values and interests its members before both the legislative and executive branches of the American government. By working in close proximity with the Washington-based offices of educational and scientific organisations , we can develop logical and convincing strategies to improve federal science policy, health policy, education and training, and nationwide research support.
- Forum of Research Management – At the FORM event, federal government agencies, scientific officers, and university researchers, discuss the problems that arise during research, to find effective solutions. The aim is to solve problems and issues as soon as they become apparent, so scientific research continues to be productive.
- Policy Seminars – The FBPCS hosts regular seminars, with top behavioral scientists coming to Capitol Hill to collaborate with congressional staff to tackle policy issues. These seminars are so important, as they continue to educate a number of government official in the fields of behavioral, psychological and cognitive sciences. This means that theses government officials will be better equipped to understand policy requirements and implications, as well as the importance of research.
- Animal Research Committee – Research using animals is a hot button issue, but it is necessary to improve the future welfare of both humans and animals. But, it is of paramount important that any animal research is carried out humanely and ethically – there should be proper procedure in place, and no unnecessary suffering should come to research animals. The Animal Research Committee explains the importance of animal research to the public, as well as to private and public organisations, placing an emphasis on humane practices.
The Foundation is proud to honor both early career and senior scientist, who have made significant contributions to the sciences of the brain, mind, and behavior. Their ‘In Honor Of’ program, pays tribute to the eminent scientist, who have throughout their careers, made important breakthroughs in their field, pushing the boundaries of their science forward. The FBPCS selects honorees, who have been nominated by their peers, for their outstanding achievements in the sciences of the mind, brain and behavior.
The Federation recognises budding behavior and brain scientists, with the Early Career Impact Award. These awards honor early career scientists that have already shown great promising as a scientific researchers. These honorees are chosen by careful selection, and with input of the Federation’s member societies.
The future of the brain, mind and behavior science, is of paramount importance to the FBPCS, and to secure it, they regularly meet with government officials on Capitol Hill. By liaising with the policy makers, they can advise on the need for legislation that improves the funding to these fields, so research can continue. Only by sharing the contributions the likes of the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and the Institute of Educational Sciences, have made to these essential fields, can the FBPCS show how essential further research and study is needed. The Foundation puts scientists and government or administration staff together, so the best possible outcome can be reached, with both parties have all the relevant information needed, to get future policies and legislation right. Funding for the sciences of the mind, is a problem, and the FBPCS intends on solving it, with their hands on approach.
Liaising with government officials is not the only way that the FBPCS highlights the importance of the mind, brain and behaviour sciences. They also are passionate in educating the public – both youths and adults – about the importance of these sciences, and the need for quality research to further advance the fields. To reach a wider audience the FBPCS regularly holds informal public lectures to reveal the latest discoveries; holds youth outreach programmes to encourage the next generation of behavioral, mind and brain scientists, and complies a collection of useful resources that can help teachers, students, and anyone else, learn more about their favourite area of interest. Furthermore, they have a team of science writers that translate the very technical brain and mind science research articles, into layperson language, so no one is excluded from reading about the latest discoveries.
The Federation of Behavioral, Psychological and Cognitive Sciences appreciates any interest and support for their goals in educating America and beyond about the importance of the sciences of the mind. However, membership to FBPCS is reserved for supporting aligned organisations and scientific societies. There is an option for affiliate membership, with is open to university departments, corporations, and divisions of professional organisations that share goals with the FBPCS. Individual memberships are not available, but those who do with to show the foundation support, can make tax deductible donations.
In 2004, the FBPCS launched their sister organisation, the Federation of Associations in Behavioral and Brain Sciences (FABBS), to improve general understanding of the sciences of the brain, behavior and mind. It was created with the aim of educating the general public, about the importance of these scientific fields, to the well-being of society as a whole. The FABBS Foundation also recognised the dedicated scientists that made important discoveries and significant contributions to the sciences of the mind.
In 2009, the Federation of Behavioral, Psychological and Cognitive Sciences, changed their name to the Federation of Associations in Behavioral and Brain Sciences (FABBS). In December of 2015, they joined with their sister organisation, Foundation for the Advancement of Behavioral Brain Sciences, to form one non-profit organisation under FABBS title. To learn more about them, and keep up to date with all their latest and upcoming events, you can visit their official Facebook or Twitter profiles.