Social and Behavioral Sciences Interest Group

Meeting time: Tuesdays from 3:30pm-5pm (bi-weekly see calendar below)
Meeting place: online via Zoom

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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Fall 2020

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September 16: Koolhaasa, J.M., A. Bartolomucci, B. Buwalda, S.F. de Boer, G. Flügge, S.M. Korte, P. Meerlo, R. Murison, B. Olivier, P. Palanza, G. Richter-Levin, A. Sgoifo, T. Steimer, O. Stiedl, G. van Dijk, M. Wöhr, E. Fuchs. 2011. "Stress revisited: A critical evaluation of the stress concept" Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews 35: 1291–1301. (pdf)

To accommodate schedules were are moving future meetings to Tuesdays. Please remember to adjust your calendars.

September 29: Gunnar M. R. 2017. Social Buffering of Stress in Development: A Career Perspective. Perspectives on psychological science : a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, 12(3), 355–373.

October 13: Jayawickreme, E, Infurna, FJ, Alajak, K, et al. 2020. Post‐traumatic growth as positive personality change: Challenges, opportunities, and recommendations. J. Pers. 00: 1– 21. (pdfEranda Jayawickreme will be joining the meeting.

October 27: Frankenhuis, W. E., & de Weerth, C. (2013). Does Early-Life Exposure to Stress Shape or Impair Cognition? Current Directions in Psychological Science, 22(5), 407–412.

November 10:

December 1:

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