Social and Behavioral Sciences Interest Group

Meeting time: Tuesdays from 4:00 pm-5:30 pm Central time (bi-weekly see the calendar below)

The Social and Behavioral Sciences Interest Group (SoBIG) reads and discusses works of mutual interest in the philosophy of the social sciences, and in moral and prudential psychology in philosophy or the social sciences. We select readings for a variety of reasons: to keep up on the most exciting developments in the field, to help participants examine literature relevant to their research projects, to provide feedback on works in progress being written by SoBIG participants, to revisit classic articles in the literature, and sometimes just to have fun discussing a topic related to the social sciences. For information, please contact Amanda Corris (

Our meetings are informal and some participants need to arrive late or leave early because of scheduling conflicts. All faculty from the University of Minnesota and area colleges and universities and graduate students are welcome to attend whenever they would like (without invitation) and without giving advanced notice. Undergraduates are included by invitation. (If you know of an undergraduate who is well-suited and possibly interested, please contact Amanda Corris ( so an invitation can be extended.)

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Spring 2022

Please join our mailing list for the zoom invitation or email

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Fall 2021

  • September 14: Tooley, U.A., Bassett, D.S. & Mackey, A.P. Environmental influences on the pace of brain development. Nat Rev Neurosci 22, 372–384 (2021).
  • September 28: Hyde, L. W., Gard, A. M., Tomlinson, R. C., Burt, S. A., Mitchell, C., & Monk, C. S. (2020). An ecological approach to understanding the developing brain: Examples linking poverty, parenting, neighborhoods, and the brain. The American Psychologist, 75(9), 1245–1259.
  • October 12: Smith, K. E., & Pollak, S. D. (2021). Rethinking Concepts and Categories for Understanding the Neurodevelopmental Effects of Childhood Adversity. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 16(1), 67–93. 
  • October 26: McLaughlin, K. A., Sheridan, M. A., Humphreys, K. L., Belsky, J., & Ellis, B. J. (2021). The Value of Dimensional Models of Early Experience: Thinking Clearly About Concepts and Categories. Perspectives on Psychological Science. 
  • November 9: What is the expected human childhood? Insights from evolutionary anthropology. Development and Psychopathology. (Preprint) 
  • December 7: Wada, H., & Coutts, V. (2021). Detrimental or beneficial? Untangling the literature on developmental stress studies in birds. The Journal of experimental biology, 224(19), jeb227363. 

Previous SoBIG topics