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 2020)

January 29, 2020: Kenneth R. Paap, Ph.D. (MBB, SFSU): "The alchemy of confirmation bias transmutes expectations into bilingual advantages: A tale of two new meta-analyses"

February 5, 2020:

February 12, 2020: Department Colloquium: Dr. Simine Vazire (Personality/Social, UC Davis): LIB 121: 12-1:30pm

February 19, 2020: TBA

February 26, 2020: No Meeting (SPSP Travel Day)

March 4, 2020: TBA

March 11, 2020: Department Colloquium: Dr. Christina Maslach (Social-Personality, UC Berkeley): LIB 121: 12-1:30pm

March 18, 2020: TBA

March 25, 2020: No Meeting (Spring Recess)

April 1, 2020: TBA

April 8, 2020: TBA

April 15, 2020: TBA

April 22, 2020: TBA

April 29, 2020: TBA

May 6, 2020: TBA

May 13, 2020: TBA

Past Speakers: Archive

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