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, thereby expanding our understandings beyond the work being conducted in individual labs.



The SPA/MBB brownbag is held on every Wednesday from 11:00-11:55am in via the webconferencing platform Zoom. 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 35 minutes), with the remainder being the discussion period.


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 ctate2[at]


Upcoming Speakers List (Spring 2022)


January 26, 2022: Zena R. Mello, Ph.D. (SPA, SFSU): "Academic outcomes and perceived discrimination based on social class and race/ethnicity among Latinx high school students"


February 2, 2022: Stats Corner: Deep dive into Type I error


February 9, 2022: Annette Loynaz, M.A. (SPA '21, SFSU): "Top in the streets, bottom in the sheets? Preferred sexual behavior roles and personality dimensions for BDSM and vanilla communities"


February 16, 2022: No Meeting (SPSP Conference)


February 23, 2022: CANCELED - University-wide power outage


March 2, 2022: Charlotte Tate, Ph.D. (SPA, SFSU): "Who mourns the personality typology, redux: Is a '5 from 5' (response profile) personality typology useful?"


March 9, 2022: Deja Simon, M.A. [SPA '19] (Social/Personality, University of California, Riverside): "Colorism and recognition memory"


March 16, 2022: No Meeting


March 23, 2022: No Meeting (Spring Break)


March 30, 2022: Delaney Casey (SPA, SFSU): "Revisiting the Kinsey scale: Toward a higher fidelity measurement (and use) of the original Kinsey continuum"


April 6, 2022: Christina Merrick, Ph.D. [MBB '14] (Neurology, UCSF): "kTMP: A new non-invasive magnetic induction method to modulate cortical excitability."


April 13, 2022: No Meeting


April 20, 2022: No Meeting


April 27, 2022: Rountable Discussion: "Some similarities and differences between academic and consulting work: Insights from both sides" (Discussion leader: Dr. Ryan Howell [SPA/MBB])


May 4, 2022: Career Discussions (lead by Julia Moon, M.A. [SPA '20])


May 11, 2022: Kodai Kusano, M.A. [SPA '17] (University of Nevada, Reno): "Towards a more parsimonious conception of pride: Three pre-registered studies to unravel the nature of authentic and hubristic pride"


Past Speakers: Archive

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