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.
Save the date- MBS Luce Graduate Student Conference, June 1st & 2nd
Amihai Glazer, economics, explains in this LA Times op-ed why the winning city may in fact be the next big loser
'They're trying to get me off the candidacy': San Juan County is investigating one of the Navajo Democrats running in a special election
April 17, 2018
Bernie Grofman, poli sci, via The Salt Lake Tribune
Barron: Redistricting of San Juan County voting districts paves the way for political fairness
April 14, 2018
Bernard Grofman, poli sci, via The Daily Utah Chronicle, April 14, 2018