Group Dynamics Seminar Archive

The Group Dynamics Seminar series is one of the longest running seminar series in the social sciences. The original intent was for RCGD senior staff to meet together weekly to maintain an integrated theoretical approach to the various research projects underway and to advance theoretical thinking in several areas. Today the seminar series is open to the entire University community and continues to provide an opportunity for researchers, scholars, staff, and students to meet and learn about new theoretical developments as well as ongoing research activities.

Fall 2023 – “Psychological Diversity Across the Globe”
Organized by Shinobu Kitayama and Catherine Thomas

Winter 2023 – “Political Polarization”
Organized by Amie Gordon

Winter 2022 – “Water Ways: New Social Science, Science Studies, and Environmental Approaches to Water”

Winter 2021 – “ISR Series on Machine Learning”
Organized by Jule Krüger, Meghan Richey, and Richard Gonzalez

Fall 2020 – “Stories & Streams: Audiences and Entertainment in the Digital Age”
Organized by Sonya Dal Cin

Winter 2020 – “Developmental Origins of Health & Disease: Evolutionary & Epidemiological Approaches”
Organized by Beverly Strassmann

Fall 2019 – “Spotlights on RCGD Research”
Organized by Richard Gonzalez

Winter 2019 – “Race, Health, and Wealth Disparities”
Organized by Robert Taylor

Fall 2018 – “Cutting Edge Trends & Behavioral Economics”
Organized by David Dunning & Yan Chen

Winter 2018 – “Fact and Communication in a Post-Truth World”
Organized by David Dunning

Fall 2017 – “Stigma, Discrimination, and Health”
Organized by Louis Penner and Allison Earl

Winter 2017 – “New Directions in Social Psychology”
Organized by Ethan Kross and Richard Gonzalez

Fall 2016 – “Understanding Barriers to and Solutions for Improved Intergroup Relations”
Organized by Muniba Saleem and Arnold Ho

Winter 2016 – “Health in Context: New Perspectives on Healthy Thinking and Healthy Living”
Organized by Allison Earl

Fall 2015 – “Psychological Mechanisms for Regulating the Self and Social Group”
Organized by Joshua Ackerman

Winter 2015 – “BioSocial Methods”
Organized by Richard Gonzalez

Fall 2014 – “Social Psychology in the Era of Social Media”
Hosted by Scott Campbell, Communication Studies
with Jerome Johnston, Ethan Kross, and Oscar Ybarra

Winter 2014 – “New Science on Race, Discrimination and the Social Lives of Black Americans”
Hosted by Sean Joe

Fall 2013 – “A Social Science Perspective on Aggression and Violence: Causes and Prevention”
Organized by Eric Dubow and Rowell Huesmann

Winter 2013 – “Social Class: A Multidisciplinary Perspective on Health and Well-being”
Hosted by Shinobu Kitayama and Israel Liberzon

Fall 2012 – “Persuasion, Attitude and Behavior Change”
Hosted by Sonya Dal Cin and Emily Falk

Winter 2012 – “Evolution and Extravagant Altruism”
Organized by Randolph Nesse

Fall 2011 – “Embodiment and Metaphors in Social Life: Their Influence on Cognition, Affect, and Behavior”
Organized by Norbert Schwarz & Spike W. S. Lee

Winter 2011 – “Emotion”
Organized by Sara Konrath and Phoebe Ellsworth

Fall 2010 – “Social Cognitive Development Across the Lifespan”
Organized by Pamela Davis-Kean

Winter 2010 – “Culture, Evolution and the Brain”
Co-Sponsored with EHAP/Organized by Shinobu Kitayama, Randolph Nesse, Beverly Strassman and Carolyn Yoon

Fall 2009 – “Interpersonal Relationships”
Organized and hosted by Amy Canevello and Jacqui Smith

Winter 2009 – “Self Control”
Co-Sponsored with EHAP/Organized by Brad Bushman

Fall 2008 – “Social Dynamics”
Organized by Richard Gonzalez

Winter 2008 – “Cultural Neuroscience”
Co-Sponsored with the Culture and Cognition Program/Organized by Shinobu Kitayama

Fall 2007 – “Intelligence”
Organized by Richard E. Nisbett/ Co-Sponsored by Culture and Cognation

Winter 2007 – “Alternatives to Self-Interest: Interdisciplinary Perspectives”
Organized by Jennifer Crocker, Mary Rigdon and Stephanie Brown

Fall 2006 – “Experimental Economics”
Organized by Mary Rigdon and Yan Chen

Winter 2006 – “Racism and Racial Discrimination”
Organized by Robert Sellers / Co-sponsored by Psychology and Rackham

Fall 2005 – “Violence and Aggression – Underlying Causes and Psychological Processes”
Organized by Rowell Huesmann and Brad Bushman

Winter 2005 – “Social Neuroscience and Human Relationships: How Social Experience Influences the Evolved Brain and Vice Versa”
Organized by Stephanie Brown, Jennifer Glass and Randolph Nesse/ Co-Sponsored by EHAP

Fall 2004 – “Current Interests Among RCGD Faculty”
Hosted by James Jackson

Winter 2004 – “Social Science Research Methods: Progress and Challenges”
Hosted by Daphna Oyserman, Norbert Schwarz and Jim House

Fall 2003 – “Does Self-Esteem Matter?”
Hosted by Jennifer Crocker and Jacquelynne Eccles

Winter 2003 – “The Eugene Burnstein Series”
Hosted by Eugene Burnstein

Fall 2002 – “A Potpourri Series”
Hosted by Various U/M Faculty

Winter 2002 – “The Psychology of Extremism”
Hosted by James S. Jackson , Eugene Burnstein , Jacque Eccles and Rowell Huesmann

Fall 2001 – “Law and Psychology”
Hosted by Phoebe Ellsworth , Colleen Seifert, Richard Gonzalez , and Sam Sommers

Winter 2001 – Various Subjects
Various Hosts

Fall 2000 – “Psychological Social Studies of Black American Race and Social Culture”
Hosted by Robert Sellers

Winter 2000 – “Current Faculty Research”
Hosted by Mary Guttman

Fall 1999 – “Groups: Intrapersonal and Interpersonal Processes”
Hosted by Richard Gonzalez

Winter 1999 – “Situational Construction of Gender, Race, and Culture: Exploring the Possibilities”
Hosted by Jennifer Crocker

Fall 1998 – “Hedonic Psychology: Perspectives on Well-Being”
Hosted by Norbert Schwarz