SPA/MBB Brownbag

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Introduction and Goals

SPA/MBB brownbag is a forum for graduate students and faculty to present and discuss research in all areas of social/personality/affective science (SPA) and mind, brain, and behavior (MBB) psychology. Our meetings have two goals: (1) to create opportunities for graduate students and faculty to present and receive feedback on current or ongoing projects and (2) to pool our knowledge about statistics, methodology and theory and thereby expand our understandings beyond the work being conducted in individual labs.


The SPA/MBB brownbag is held on Wednesdays from 11:00-11:55am in Burk Hall room 229. Each meeting is divided into presentation and discussion periods. There is one speaker per meeting and that speaker is able to choose the length of the presentation (up to 30 minutes), with the remainder being the discussion period.

Physical Location

The SPA/MBB brownbag is currently held in Burk Hall room 229 (BH 229) (second floor). Click the link for a campus map. (Burk Hall is in quadrant G-6.)

Contact Information

To sign-up for a presentation or to be placed on the SPA/MBB brownbag e-mail list, please e-mail Dr. Charlotte Tate at

Upcoming Speakers List (Fall 2017)

August 23, 2017: Informational/Introductory Meeting

August 30, 2017: Charlotte Tate, Ph.D. (SPA, SFSU) and Ryan Howell, Ph.D. (SPA/MBB, SFSU): "Redefine statistical signficance? Is p < .005 the answer?" (Group Discussion)

September 6, 2017: Gaurav Suri, Ph.D. (SPA, SFSU): "Understanding motivated behavior via neural networks."

September 13, 2017: Stacy Castellanos, M.A., & Charlotte Tate, Ph.D. (SPA, SFSU): "Gaydar among gay men"

September 20, 2017: Ella Tarnate, M.A. (Credit Karma), Ryan Howell, Ph.D. (SPA/MBB, SFSU), & Charlotte Tate, Ph.D. (SPA, SFSU): "How selecting the (in)correct inferential procedure has implications for future replications."

September 27, 2017: Karynna Okabe-Miyamoto (MBB, SFSU): "Happy shopping! The emotional antecedents of experiential purchasing decisions."

October 4, 2017: Department Colloquium: Amanda Morrison, Ph.D. (Clinical, CSU East Bay): 12-1:30pm, LIB 121

October 11, 2017: Daniel Wright, Ph.D. (Scientist, Alder Graduate School of Education)

October 18, 2017: Alyssa Wicker (SPA, SFSU): "Identifying contexts in which psychological inertia is most influential."

October 25, 2017: Reza Ghafur (SPA, SFSU): "Decision making and contextual framing."

November 1, 2017: Roundtable Discussion: The Ph.D. Application Process

November 8, 2017: Mirae Bouyssou (SPA, SFSU): "Can't buy your way in: How stereotypes of materialists limit their employment opportunities."

November 15, 2017: Ashish Mehta (SPA, SFSU): "Characterizing distraction as an emotion regulation strategy."

November 22, 2017: No Meeting: Fall Recess

November 29, 2017: School Psychology Job Talk: 12:00-1:30pm, EP 304

December 6, 2017: School Psychology Job Talk: 12:00-1:30pm, EP 304

Past Speakers: Archive

(Archive contains the complete list of speakers and titles since Spring 2010; click the link above)