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 2018)

August 29, 2018: Informational/Introductory Meeting

September 5, 2018: Ryan Mette (SPA, SFSU): "Still happy with it. Explaining why we hedonically adapt slower to life experiences than material items."

September 12, 2018: Charlotte Tate, Ph.D. (SPA, SFSU): "Who mourns for the personality typology? (And is it worth reinventing?)"

September 19, 2018: Gaurav R. Suri, Ph.D. (SPA, SFSU): "Neural networks and the nature of emotion."

September 26, 2018: Department Colloquium: Alicia Lieberman, Ph.D. (Health Psychology, UCSF): 12:10-1:30pm, LIB 121

October 3, 2018: Kenneth R. Paap, Ph.D. (MBB, SFSU): "How do sex, smarts, and sports relate to inhibitory control?"

October 10, 2018: Roundtable Discussion: "Some whens and whys of replication: Considerations for choosing studies to replicate."

October 17, 2018: Guided Discussion: "Trying to achieve a cumulative science understanding on a single topic with adversarial and/or non-interested research groups." (Facilitator: Charlotte Tate, Ph.D. [SPA, SFSU])

October 24, 2018: Department Colloquium: Violet Cheung, Ph.D. (Social/Affective, University of San Francisco): 12:10-1:30pm, LIB 121

October 31, 2018: The Ph.D. Application Process (Roundtable Discussion)

November 7, 2018: Cam Bui (SPA, SFSU): "Stimulus-elicited involuntary insights and syntactic processing: Implications for cognitive control."

November 14, 2018: Dylan Perez Neider (SPA, SFSU): "The effect of motivation on perception."

November 21, 2018: No Meeting (Fall Recess)

November 28, 2018: Charlotte Tate, Ph.D. (SPA, SFSU): "Gaydar among gay men: The follow-up."

December 5, 2018: Gaurav R. Suri, Ph.D. (SPA, SFSU): "Should I go to the SPA/MBB brownbag on Dec 5th? A neural network view on how we make such decisions."

December 12, 2018: Ezequiel Morsella, Ph.D. (MBB/SPA, SFSU): "The five burdens of encapsulation."

Past Speakers: Archive

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