behavioral science

noun

: 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
behavioral scientist noun

Examples of behavioral science in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Researchers are also trying to determine the most effective amount of cash, and how long it should be provided, said Sean Kline, a former director of the Stanford Basic Income Lab who is now a global advisor to the behavioral science organization ideas42. Rebecca Plevin, Los Angeles Times, 22 June 2024 These findings highlight how racial discrimination can negatively impact health, says coauthor Negar Fani, PhD, an associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta. Becky Upham, EverydayHealth.com, 17 June 2024 At a 2022 press conference, then-Police Commissioner Rodney Harrison said the FBI's behavioral science unit evaluated Gilbert’s case as well as the 911 call. Christine Pelisek, Peoplemag, 16 June 2024 Rights & Permissions Noëlle McAfee is professor and chair of the philosophy department at Emory University with a secondary appointment as professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences. Noëlle McAfee, Scientific American, 13 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for behavioral science 

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Word History

First Known Use

1937, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of behavioral science was in 1937

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“Behavioral science.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/behavioral%20science. Accessed 17 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition

behavioral science

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

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