The Institute for Mathematical Behavioral Sciences (IMBS) in the School of Social Sciences is a specialized research center where the objective is to facilitate interaction and common research goals among scientists whose purpose is to formulate precisely and test theories of human behavior; this is to be interpreted in a wide sense as manifested by the membership which spans the following areas: anthropology, cognitive science, economics, engineering, logic and the philosophy of science, mathematics, political science, and sociology. Additional faculty come from management science and psychobiology.
To describe our focus, consider the fruitful symbiotic relationship that has existed for millennia between mathematics and the physical sciences. A goal of the IMBS is to generate a similar relationship between mathematics and the behavioral and social sciences. With high-power social scientists (several are members of the National Academy) providing insights about the field and working with the mathematicians who are involved, new mathematical approaches to analyze these issues are being developed and new kinds of mathematical questions are being raised.
Altruistic Preference Theory
22 January, 2015
Mathematical Modeling of Learning from an Inconsistent Source
5 February, 2015
San Diego artist could be seeing an extra dimension of color
15 December, 2014
Kimberly Jameson, IMBS researchers, is featured on KPBS Dec. 15, 2014
GOP: Though not sworn in yet, Walters is seen as rising star
30 November, 2014
Carole Uhlaner, political science professor, is quoted in the Orange County Register Nov. 30, 2014
Holiday airfares are rising amid record airline profits
26 October, 2014
Jan Brueckner, economics professor, is quoted by MSN Money Oct. 26, 2014