Behavioral and Social Sciences

Code: BEHA

The study of cognitions (thought processes), emotions, behavior, and/or learning of humans and animals. BEHA may include the study of individuals, groups and/or cultures through observational and experimental methods.

ISEF Category Behavioral and Social Sciences, Giovanni Santucci, USA


Behavioral Neuroscience
Cognitive Psychology
Social Psychology
Sociology and Anthropology

Behavioral Neuroscience (NEU): The study of the biological bases of behavior. Looking at how the brain affects behavior.

Development (DEV): Development is concerned with the study of progressive behavioral changes in an individual from birth until death.

Cognitive Psychology (COG): The study of cognition, the mental processes that underlie behavior, including thinking, deciding, reasoning, and to some extent motivation and emotion.

Social Psychology (PHY): The study of how an individual’s thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are influenced by others. This field involves a wide array of work involving mental processes, interpersonal relationships and behavior.

Sociology and Anthropology (SOC): The study of the development, structure, interaction and collective behavior of organized groups of human beings past, present and future. The behavior and interaction of humans involving economics and systems of governance are included within this sub-category.

Other (OTH): Studies that cannot be assigned to one of the above subcategories. If the project involves multiple subcategories, the principal subcategory should be chosen instead of Other.