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 2019)

January 30, 2019: No Meeting (Department Mini-Retreat)

February 6, 2019: No Meeting (SPSP Conference Travel Day)

February 13, 2019: Paige Guge (SPA, SFSU): "How labeling of a sugary beverage tax impacts sugary beverage sales"

February 20, 2019: Department Colloquium: Nina Dronkers, Ph.D. (Neurology and Linguistics, UC Davis): 12:10-1:30pm, LIB 121

February 27, 2019: Department Colloquium: Ja'nina Garrett-Walker, Ph.D. (Developmental Psychology, USF): 12:10-1:30pm, LIB 244

March 6, 2019: Charlotte Tate, Ph.D. (SPA, SFSU): "Say 'yes' to the inclusive measurement of dress: A self-report measure for the social presentation of gender via clothing and accouterments"

March 13, 2019: Gaurav R. Suri, Ph.D. (SPA, SFSU): "How can decision making inform emotion regulation?"

March 20, 2019: Reza D. Ghafur (SPA, SFSU): "The Asian disease problem and the salience of missing information."

March 27, 2019: No Meeting (Spring Break)

April 3, 2019: Laura Kosbie (SPA, SFSU): "Why can't we decide? Examining the role of regret aversion in indecision"

April 10, 2019: Julia Moon (SPA, SFSU): "Time and trepidation: An examination of thoughts and feelings about the past, present, and future and anxiety among adolescents"

April 17, 2019: Roundtable Discussion: "Retire 'statistical significance'? Or, carry on?"

April 24, 2019: Deja Simon (SPA, SFSU): "Development and validation of the perpetration of racial microaggressions scale"

May 1, 2019: Avi Ben-Zeev, Ph.D. (MBB, SFSU): "Death and other threats to meaning systems"

May 8, 2019: Mirae Bouyssou (SPA, SFSU)

May 15, 2019: Darwin Guevarra (Social/Personality, University of Michigan)

Past Speakers: Archive

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