behavioral science


Definition of behavioral science

: a branch of science (such as psychology, sociology, or anthropology) that deals primarily with human action and often seeks to generalize about human behavior in society

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Many return to families with a history of conflict and trauma, said Eric Trupin, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the University of Washington. Allegra Abramo, The Seattle Times, "Youth often become homeless just after leaving juvenile detention. Can Washington state really stop it?," 29 Mar. 2019 Herd behavioral science plays a major role in this phenomenon, too. Sy Mukherjee, Fortune, "Brainstorm Health: The Science of Super Bowl Riots, Intarcia Setback, Sanofi Dengue Lawsuit," 5 Feb. 2018 The center is also expanding its messaging with new graphics jazzed up with input from behavioral science. Jenny Staletovich, miamiherald, "New hurricane center chief kicks off season with familiar warning: be prepared," 1 June 2018 Chater is a professor of behavioral science at Warwick Business School. Nick Chater, WSJ, "You See Less Than You Think," 10 Aug. 2018 Like Cambridge Analytica, Data Propria uses data and behavioral science to target internet users with ads or political messages. Adi Robertson, The Verge, "Trump’s 2020 campaign is reportedly using former Cambridge Analytica employees to target voters," 15 June 2018 Smith is an assistant professor of marketing at Ohio State University and O’Brien is an assistant professor of behavioral science at the University of Chicago. Robert W. Smith, Washington Post, "When searching for happiness, try eating popcorn with chopsticks," 7 July 2018 This finding suggests that the children with enlarged brains have a specific subtype of autism, says lead investigator Christine Nordahl, associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the University of California, Davis. Rachel Zamzow, Scientific American, "Brains of Children with Autism Show Unusual Folding Patterns," 9 July 2018 But the ongoing replication crisis in the behavioral sciences could undermine the hope for clarity through research. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, "Why Is There a ‘Gaming Disorder’ But No ‘Smartphone Disorder?’," 28 June 2018

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First Known Use of behavioral science

1937, in the meaning defined above

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Medical Definition of behavioral science

: a science (as psychology, sociology, or anthropology) that deals with human action and seeks to generalize about human behavior in society

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