Dr. and Mrs. Gary Brummer Colloquium Series in Psychology

Thanks to a generous gift from Dr. Gary Brummer and his wife, Sharon, the Department of Psychology is pleased to be able to host speakers from a wide range of research areas in psychology. All presentations are free and open to the public.

Parking for Brummer Colloquiua

Those attending Brummer Colloquium events need to register for a parking permit in order to park on campus. You may register for a visitor permit by calling MSU Parking Services at 270.809.4812 and providing your license plate number and email address. Parking permits are electronic and linked to the license plate number on your vehicle, no paper tag needed. 

2023-2024 Series

New Speakers TBA

Date  | Time | Location 

Title, Affiliation


Previous Years

Control & Creativity: How Attention Relates to Complex Problem Solving

October 22, 2022
Patrick Cushen, Associate Professor of Psychology, Murray State University

Sour Dreams: The Negative Effects of Nightmares and Interventions to Combat Them

February 16, 2023
Michael Nadorff, Associate Professor, Mississippi State University

What's in a Construct? Application of Network Analysis to Personality and Clinical Science

October 14, 2021
Gage Jordan, Assistant Professor of Psychology, Murray State University

Call It a Conspiracy: How Conspiracy Belief Predicts Recognition of Conspiracy Theories

November 8, 2021
JP Prims, Visiting Lecturer, University of Illinois at Chicago

Who are We? An Exploration of Racial and Sexual Identity

March 10, 2022
Rachel Tennial, Assistant Professor, Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville

How Will I Ever Remember All That? Strategies for Effective Learning and Memory

October 15, 2020
Paula Waddill, Professor and Chair of Psychology, Murray State University

No Two Nights Are the Same: Causes and Consequences of Variability in Sleep

Oct. 29, 2020
Danica Slavish, Assistant Professor of Psychology, University of North Texas

Understanding Problem Gambling in Today’s World: The Curious Case of Risk, Rules, and Real-Time Accessibility

April 1, 2021
Alyssa Wilson, Associate Professor and Chair Applied Behavior Analysis Programs, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in Southern California

Just Two Kinds of Stuff: How a Contextual Perspective on Ourselves, Others, and Our World Changes Everything 

September 19, 2019
Emily Sandoz, Emma Louise LeBlanc Burguieres/BORSF Endowed Professor of Social Sciences, University of Louisiana at Lafayette

Hookups, Drinking, and Hash Pipes: Risk-Conducive Situations and Decision Making Among Young Adults

November 21, 2019
Tracey Garcia McCue, Assistant Professor of Psychology, Murray State University

The Past, Present, and Future of Cancer Survivorship: Implications for Care and Research

February 27, 2020
Kevin Stein, Adjunct Associate Professor, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University

Reconceptualizing Learning: Strategies to Cultivate Long Term Understanding

September 24, 2018
Regan Gurung, Ben J. and Joyce Rosenberg Professor of Psychology and Human Development, University of Wisconsin - Green Bay

Luxuries, Necessities, and Psychological Security: The Meaning of Things

October 18, 2018
Ian Norris, Associate Professor of Marketing and Chair of the Department of Psychology, Berea College

The ABCs of Sport Fandom: What We Know and Where We Should Go

February 12, 2019
Dan Wann, Professor of Psychology, Murray State University

Portrait of Resilience: Insights from Rural Appalachia

March 7, 2019
Sherry Hamby, Research Professor of Psychology and Director of the Life Paths Appalachian Research Center, University of the South - Sewanee

Student Researchers Symposium

April 16, 2019

Just Not That Into It (or You): Pathways Between Sociosexuality and Infidelity

September 18, 2017
Jana Hackathorn, Associate Professor of Psychology, Murray State University

Collective Identification: A Double-Edged Sword

October 23, 2017
Richard Harvey, Associate Professor of Psychology, St. Louis University

Applying Psychological Science to Address Urgent Needs Amid Cannabis Policy Changes

February 26, 2018
Ryan Vendreyn, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Diverse Brains

March 12, 2018
Morton Ann Gernsbacher, Vilas Research Professor and Sir Fredric Bartlett Professor of Psychology, University of Wisconsin - Madison

Student Researchers Symposium

April 17, 2018

Stop Making Sense: How Letting Go of Thoughts Can Enhance Your Life

October 24, 2016
Michael Bordieri, Assistant Professor of Psychology, Murray State University

Words that Hurt Numbers: Difficulties in Thinking About Word Problems

November 21, 2016
Andrew F. Jarosz, Assistant Professor of Psychology, Mississippi State University

Mapping Mental Health Risks Through Neurogenetic Syndromes

February 23, 2017
Bridgette Tonnsen, Assistant Professor of Psychology, Purdue University 

Social Context, Political Polarization, and Civility

March 31, 2017
Matt Motyl, Assistant Professor of Psychology, University of Illinois at Chicago

Student Researchers Symposium

April 24, 2017

Glancing Through the Looking Glass: Perpetual Pretending and Bearable Behavior

October 27, 2015
Eric Smith, Assistant Professor of Psychology, Murray State University

Through Colored Glasses: The Characteristics and Consequences of Moral Views

November 9, 2015
G. Scott Morgan, Assistant Professor of Psychology, Drew University

Missing What's Missing

February 11, 2016
Daniel Simons, Professor of Psychology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Unmasking Popular Myths About Psychological Research

March 15, 2016
Wayne Weiten, Department of Psychology, University of Nevada - Las Vegas

"The Kids Are All Right": Child Development and Family Dynamics in Adoptive Families with Lesbian and Gay Parents

March 29, 2016
Rachel Farr, Assistant Professor of Psychology, University of Kentucky

Student Researchers Symposium

April 22, 2016

Don’t Believe Everything You Hear: Using Efficiency in Communication and Action as Evidence of Knowledge in Different Domains

October 23, 2014
Maria Vazquez Brown, Assistant Professor of Psychology, Murray State University

Sex, Religion, and Basketball: It's All About Identity

November 13, 2014
Brien Ashdown, Assistant Professor of Cross-Cultural Psychology, Hobart and William Smith Colleges

Making It Stick: Strategies for Successful Learning

April 1, 2015
Henry L. Roediger III, James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor of Psychology, Washington University St. Louis

Student Researchers Symposium

April 17, 2015

I'll Never Forget the Day Dale Earnhardt Died: Social Identity and Vivid Memories

October 10, 2013
Paula J. Waddill, Professor of Psychology, Murray State University

Target Acquired...Strategy Launched! Why Sport Consumer Psychology is Critical for the Successful Sport Marketer

April 22, 2014
Ryan K. Zapalac, Associate Professor of Health and Kinesiology, University of Houston

Performing Under Pressure: Learning How to Execute When It Matters Most

April 3, 2013 - Inaugural Colloquium
Sean McCann, Head of Sport Psychology, US Olympic Committee


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