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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Recent Examples on the Web As behavioral science became better known over the past decade, its methods may well have been applied to a wider spectrum of political uses. Olivia Goldhill, Quartz, "Politicians love nudge theory. But beware its doppelgänger “sludge”," 31 July 2019 TEDxCambridge often feels like an evening spent back on campus, with speakers talking about poetry, urban design, and behavioral science., "You're using a browser set to private or incognito mode.," 24 Dec. 2019 These seven strategies are based on behavioral science and my clinical work with hundreds of people trying to achieve their long-term goals. 1. Jelena Kecmanovic, The Conversation, "7 science-based strategies to boost your willpower and succeed with your New Year’s resolutions," 17 Dec. 2019 Take author Paul Dolan, a professor of behavioral science at the London School of Economics. Allison Schrager, Quartz, "We have access to more data than ever—why do we get so much of it wrong?," 20 June 2019 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

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First Known Use of behavioral science

1937, in the meaning defined above

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18 Jan 2020

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“Behavioral science.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 18 January 2020.

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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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behavioral scientist noun

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