The Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (CASBS) at Stanford University is at the forefront of behavioral science and its application to contemporary issues. We are an idea incubator—a place where ideas are generated, tested, applied to address important problems, and shared with industry, government, and the world at large. Our scholars and scientists, who come for a year as Center fellows, include 22 Nobel laureates, 14 Pulitzer Prize winners, 44 winners of MacArthur "Genius Awards," and hundreds of members of the national academies. They have authored such game-changing books as Freakonomics and The Visual Display of Quantitative Information.
Our first annual Behavioral Science Summit on the theme of SMS—Social Meets Science, was held on June 29, 2012, at Stanford University.
The summit highlighted the latest developments in behavioral science with keynote addresses by two thought-provoking authors—Malcolm Gladwell (author of Blink, Tipping Point,and Outliers) and Steven Pinker (author of Blank Slate and The Better Angels of Our Nature). Complementing these two headliners were interactive, parallel sessions led by 18 experts in fields such as behavioral economics, applied neuroscience, bioinformatics, and big data analytics.