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Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences (BCS) Discoveries

NSF's public investment in science, engineering, education and technology helps to create knowledge and sustain prosperity. Read here about the Internet, microbursts, Web browsers, extrasolar planets, and more... a panoply of discoveries and innovations that began with NSF support.

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Children taking a test. Harvard University psychologists seek to unlock secrets of children's complex thinking
Study aims to uncover processes that help improve theoretical knowledge
Released  August 14, 2014
Student in science class with balance. Unlocking the secrets of children's complex thinking: The studies
Researchers question how executive function influences the process of learning
Released  August 14, 2014
Bijan Pesaran, New York University Complexity of eye-hand coordination
Research helps understand how brain systems interact to carry out cognitive processes
Released  August 1, 2014
owl monkeys Father's day special: And the best father in the animal kingdom is...
Award-winning primatologist and conservationist Patricia Wright discusses why owl monkeys and other species of small monkeys are extraordinarily devoted dads
Released  June 11, 2014
students at computers using Social Explorer Mapping tool used by Census Bureau has roots in NSF-funded project
Census Explorer, a new online tool that displays demographic information on maps of states, counties, and neighborhoods, is powered by Social Explorer, a data visualization tool developed by NSF-funded sociologist Andrew Beveridge
Released  March 27, 2014
Closeup of fossil bone structure Snakes Alive! NSF-funded researchers find oldest fossil evidence of modern African venomous snakes
Seasonal habitats may have given rise to active hunters earlier than previously reported
Released  March 19, 2014
Illustration showing surfaces of the mouse and human brains From dino brains to thought control--10 fascinating brain findings
Summaries of 10 findings about the brain that involve NSF-funded researchers
Released  February 11, 2014
Generic Discovery Image Hunting the spark of creativity
NSF-funded researchers envision harnessing collective wisdom from social networks
Released  November 4, 2013
Photo of the Philadelphia skyline at night Detecting social patterns from shifting dialects
A powerful computer program allows scientists to map shifts in regional accents. Such research can aid development of speech recognition technology
Released  August 20, 2013
Photo of sun radiating over highway filled with cars in traffic in Phoenix Summertime: Hot Time in the City
Parks are islands of coolness in cities' urban heat
Released  June 21, 2013
Photo of a father holding a baby. Six-month-old Word Learners
Study of infants challenges developmental sequence of human language learning
Released  March 8, 2012
Photo of a hunter enlarging a burrow and his dog at other burrow end and the words Photo Gallery. Older Is Better for Hunting Dogs
Research examines key demographic variables of Nicaraguan canines
Released  January 17, 2012
Image of seated child with three cyberbullies each with belt lock rising from her laptop. Foiling the Plan of a Cyberbully
Researchers suggest listening to students to craft prevention policies
Released  November 22, 2011
Illustration showing a depressed child holding a tablet with 3 cyberbullies coming out of tablet. Recognizing a Cyberbully
Anonymous nature of digital aggression clouds identities of virtual bullies
Released  November 15, 2011
Illustration showing a depressed child holding a tablet with 3 cyberbullies coming out of tablet. Defining a Cyberbully
Social scientists struggle to characterize new form of harassment
Released  November 8, 2011
Photo of Turkana warriors. Warfare Reveals Reasons People Cooperate
Research shows large-scale cooperation may have begun with fear of punishment
Released  July 27, 2011
Horizontal and vertical words in red, blue and green. Why Context Matters in the Long and Short of Words
MIT researchers improve 75-year-old language theory
Released  June 17, 2011
Image of researcher Robert Walker on left and project manager Eugenio Arima on right. Journey to the Center of the Amazon
Researchers journey along the Transamazon Highway to learn about deforestation and the logging industry
Released  May 4, 2011
Images of the top and front of hominin skulls. Researchers Consider Ancestry of Recent Fossil Finds
Thought experiment stresses consequences of placing newly discovered fossils on human family tree
Released  March 16, 2011
Photo of a mother-son orangutan pair housed at Zoo Atlanta. Orangutans in the Mist
Cheryl Knott's NSF-supported work helps us understand why orangutans require protection and conservation
Released  February 9, 2011
Photo of Adriana Galván, a researcher at UCLA. Stressed Out: Teens and Adults Respond Differently
UCLA neuroscientist Adriana Galván studies the impact of normal, everyday stress and associated stress hormones on adolescents' brain function and decision making
Released  September 3, 2010
Photo of a bonobo named Mimi, the alpha female, having a little down time. Humans Have a Lot to Learn From Bonobos, Scientists Say
Duke University Assistant Professor Brian Hare and colleagues study the behavior of bonobos, apes that are genetically close to humans
Released  May 12, 2010
Reconstruction of the tarpan, or wild European horse, Equus ferus. Finding the First Horse Whisperers
Sandra Olsen of the Carnegie Museum of Natural History describes how she and her colleagues, with support from NSF, discovered evidence of the early beginnings of horse domestication in Kazakhstan
Released  January 4, 2010
Photo of Andrew Meltzoff The New Science of Learning
Researchers find social aspects of learning important at all ages
Released  September 11, 2009
A real scan of a human brain. Unlocking the Secrets and Powers of the Brain
Leading minds in neuroscience discuss what we know about how our brains work and where the field is headed
Released  June 15, 2009
Eight thumbnail images and 2008 in Review 2008: Year in Review
A look back at some of the NSF-supported advances and activities that made news last year
Released  March 13, 2009
Photo of logs that were from cut from the Amazonian rainforest. Amazon Deforestation: Earth's Heart and Lungs Dismembered
NSF-supported researchers explore the links between globalization, deforestation of Brazil’s Amazon region and the country’s dynamic cattle economy
Released  January 23, 2009
A drawing of Mahatma Gandhi on the wall separating the West Bank from Israel. Respect for Sacred Values is Key to Conflict Resolution
Ethical and religious beliefs can trump material gains in motivating human behavior
Released  January 7, 2009
Illustration of a fleeing crowd of artificial agents. A Crowded World
Researchers use computer scenarios to study crowd behavior in time and space
Released  December 18, 2008
Photo of Duke University Lemur Center director Anne D. Yoder with a Coquerel's Sifaka. Islands: Exquisite Labs of Evolution
Anne Yoder, director of the Duke University Lemur Center, and colleagues are using genetic and genomic approaches to unravel the history of lemurs and the primate family tree
Released  November 14, 2008

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