behavioral science

noun

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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Examples of behavioral science in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Such linguistic shifts can make an enormous difference, said Graves, the behavioral science expert at Ogilvy. Anchorage Daily News, "Now that there’s a coronavirus vaccine, how do you persuade people to take it?," 11 Dec. 2020 The amazing breadth of his contributions stand out even today, ranging from his work on the science of electricity and the wave theory of light to demography, meteorology, physical oceanography and even behavioral science. Nick Pyenson, Scientific American, "We Need More Scientists in the U.S. Diplomatic Corps," 16 Nov. 2020 The idea that a company might use computer technology and behavioral science to gather and crunch data on American citizens, with the nefarious goal of influencing a presidential election. James Gleick, The New York Review of Books, "Simulating Democracy," 22 Sep. 2020 This happens to be a behavioral science research strategy. Cari Shane, Car and Driver, "The Magic Words to Hopefully Unclog the Left Lane," 20 Sep. 2020 Help enforce social distancing with behavioral science. Adam Epstein, Quartz, "Comparing US race issues to “Black Mirror” trivializes a real crisis," 5 June 2020 Pulling from an array of disciplines, including social science, behavioral science and mathematics, this eBook analyzes key factors in the process of electing a leader. Robert Keating, Scientific American, "Playing Politics: The Science of Elections," 15 Oct. 2012 Nicholas Epley, a professor of behavioral science at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business, has empirical proof of the practice’s psychological and social benefits. Andrea Sachs, Washington Post, "Should asking a stranger to take your photo go the way of the daguerreotype?," 3 Aug. 2020 Help enforce social distancing with behavioral science. Adam Epstein, Quartz, "Comparing US race issues to “Black Mirror” trivializes a real crisis," 5 June 2020

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First Known Use of behavioral science

1937, in the meaning defined above

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“Behavioral science.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/behavioral%20science. Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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behavioral science

noun

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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behavioral scientist noun

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