Understanding NSF Research: People & Society
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Better Disaster Response
Diverse teams of national, regional, state and university partners work together to improve disaster response time by monitoring water level forecasts, storm surges and coastal flooding.
Credit: Don Becker, USGS
How Babies Learn
New research methods reveal that babies learn early social rules by interacting and rationally testing hypotheses, analyzing statistics and doing experiments much as scientists do.
Credit: Monkey Business Images/Shutterstock.com
The Brain in Action
Innovative learning methods that use decoded functional magnetic resonance imaging could modify brain activities to help people recuperate from a disease or accident, learn a new language or fly a plane.
Credit: Nicolle R. Fuller, National Science Foundation
Learning Environments and Processes
NSF's Citizen Science program is an important tool to connect the public with science and involve the broader, non-expert community in STEM research.
Credit: SciGirls, Twin Cities Public Television
Tracking the Science and Engineering Workforce
This infographic explains the meaning of the term 'underrepresented minority.'
Brain and Behavior
Individual brain waves studies help researchers develop a dyslexia screening test that will allow early intervention. It can also be used in brain-based biometrics.
Credit: Sarah Laszlo, Brain and Machine Laboratory, Binghamton University
Economic, Social and Organizational Systems
Researchers seek to understand individual, social and organizational behavior by creating and sustaining social science infrastructure.
Science and Engineering Statistics
According to a 2017 study, women, minorities and persons with disabilities were less represented in the fields of science and engineering than they were in the general US populations.
Advancing Knowledge About People and Society
Social, behavioral and economic (SBE) sciences advance scientific knowledge about people and society. This knowledge furthers NSF's mission to advance U.S. health, prosperity, welfare, and defense -- it is critical for the country's well-being.