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

Other Words from behavioral science

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Examples of behavioral science in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Researchers have spent decades building and testing behavioral science tools for policy. Holly Caggiano, Scientific American, 16 Nov. 2021 Jason Guild, senior director of New Story Schools in Ohio, explained that the school’s general approach is based in behavioral science, which provides professional staff the tools necessary to work with students facing a wide array of challenges. Chris M. Worrell, cleveland, 21 Nov. 2021 The verdict could be a re-energizing moment, said Alan Lipman, an associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral science at George Washington University Hospital and director of the Center for the Study of Violence in Washington. Washington Post, 16 Nov. 2021 Research in behavioral science reveals that the benefit in idea generation from such brainstorming comes from two areas identified by scientists. Gleb Tsipursky, Scientific American, 14 Oct. 2021 After leaving the military, Gill achieved her bachelor's degree in behavioral science, free of charge because of her status as a disabled veteran. Allison Norlian, Forbes, 20 Sep. 2021 Learning will take place through forums covering topics such as social psychology, behavioral science, impact evaluation and evidence generation, personalization, building ethical organizations, and more. Meghan Mccormick, Forbes, 2 Oct. 2021 The panel’s seven members, who have national and international expertise in forensic pathology and behavioral science, will develop the process for reviewing in-custody death determinations. Washington Post, 9 Sep. 2021 The behavioral science is clear: Incentives are appropriate for piece work but are a poor match for jobs that require judgement and emotional intelligence. Judith Samuelson, Quartz, 16 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of behavioral science

1937, in the meaning defined above

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20 Jan 2022

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“Behavioral science.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jan. 2022.

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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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