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 (Spring 2018)

January 24, 2018: Kenneth R. Paap, Ph.D. (MBB, SFSU): "A laymanís meta-analysis of tests of the hypothesis that bilingualism enhances general inhibitory control in nonverbal interference tasks"

January 31, 2018: No Meeting (Faculty Mini-Retreat)

February 7, 2018: Sarah J. Barber, Ph.D. (MBB, SFSU): "Ambiguous faces look more positive to older adults"

February 14, 2018: Paige Guge (SPA, SFSU) and Ishaa Chaukulkar (MBB, SFSU): "Purchasing happiness: It's written all over your face"

February 21, 2018: Department Colloquium: Benjamin J. Levy, Ph.D. (Cognitive, University of San Francisco): 12:10-1:30pm, LIB 121

February 28, 2018: No Meeting (SPSP travel day)

March 7, 2018: Alyssa Wicker (SPA, SFSU) and Ryan T. Howell, Ph.D. (SPA/MBB, SFSU): "Do people know how to spend their money in order to maximize happiness? Examining differences in income allocation for happy and unhappy people"

March 14, 2018: Reza Ghafur (SPA, SFSU): "Examining the role of affect on framing through the use of neural networks"

March 21, 2018: No Meeting (Spring Break)

March 28, 2018: Gerald Young (SPA, SFSU): "An investigation into whether ethnicity is associated with depressive rumination thinking styles"

April 4, 2018: Avi Ben-Zeev, Ph.D. (MBB, SFSU): "Skin deep? Racial phenotypic change elicits meaning threat and backlash"

April 11, 2018: Department Colloquium: James (Jay) L. McClelland, Ph.D. (Cognitive, Stanford University): 12:10-1:30pm, LIB 244

April 18, 2017: Rachel Gonzalez (MBB, SFSU): "Examining the relationship between loneliness and trauma through ecological momentary assessment"

April 25, 2018: Noelle Lopez (MBB, SFSU): "Exploring the role of cognitive control in the positivity effect"

May 2, 2018: Zena R. Mello, Ph.D. (SPA, SFSU): "Time after time: A conceptual model of time perspective."

May 9, 2018: Regina Anders-Jefferson (MBB, SFSU): "Does bilingualism enhance mental flexibility or disengagement of attention?"

Past Speakers: Archive

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