Foundational Research in Behavioral and Social Sciences: 2016 Summary
Technical Report,01 Jan 2015,31 May 2016
ARMY RESEARCH INST FOR THE BEHAVIORAL AND SOCIAL SCIENCES FORT BELVOIR VA FORT BELVOIR United States
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The Basic Research Program is managed within the Foundational Science Research Unit of ARI and focuses on creating new knowledge and concepts in support of Army needs, through the conduct of foundational research 6.1 in high-risk, high-reward areas. Broad program goals are searching out and advancing state-of-the-art theory, measures, and methods in the behavioral and social sciences. This includes research that represents paradigm shifts, as well as more incremental theory building. The Basic Research Program provides the scientific basis for the Army to modernize the personnel testing, training, and leader development systems of the Army, as well as explore avenues for the Army to maximize unit effectiveness. Major themes throughout the basic research program include a advancing the science of psychological measurement, b understanding the influence of environmental contexton behavior, and c integrating computational models and analytic approaches from other scientific disciplines into the study of organizational topics. These themes cut across the research portfolios.