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 a hybrid format (Spring 2023) via the webconferencing platform Zoom and in-person on campus. 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 2023)


February 1, 2023: Kenneth R. Paap, Ph.D. (MBB, SFSU): “Neither brain training nor bilingualism produces far transfer.  It makes sense.”


February 8, 2023: No Meeting


February 15, 2023: No Meeting


February 22, 2023: No Meeting (SPSP Travel Day)


March 1, 2023: No meeting


March 8, 2023: Zena R. Mello, Ph.D. (SPA, SFSU): "Centering class: How perceived discrimination based on social class is associated with academic outcomes, mental health, and substance use"


March 15, 2023: Department Colloquium, 12:00-1:30pm: Gustavo Carlo, Ph.D. (Education, UC Irvine): LIB 121


March 22, 2023: No Meeting (Spring Break)


March 29, 2023: No Meeting


April 5, 2023: TBA


April 12, 2023: TBA


April 19, 2023: Department Colloquium, 12:00-1:30pm: Jessica L. Tracy, Ph.D. (Affective Science, University of British Columbia): LIB 121


April 26, 2023: TBA


May 3, 2023: Ilke Bayazitli (SPA, SFSU)


May 10, 2023: David Obando (SPA, SFSU)


Past Speakers: Archive

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