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. 

COVID-19 Adjustments and Zoom

Due to COVID-19 and in the interest of maintaining safe and healthy practices, this year's Brummer Colloquiua will be delivered live via Zoom rather than in person. To attend the colloquium, click on the link for Zoom and you will be connected to the colloquium's waiting room after which the colloquium moderator will admit you to the session. 

2020-2021 Series

Dr. Paula     

October 15, 2020
6:00 pm 
How will I ever remember all that?
Strategies for effective learning and memory
Paula Waddill
Professor and Chair of Psychology 
Murray State University
Complete program description

Dr. Danica Slavish     

Oct. 29, 2020
6:00 pm 
No two nights are the same:
Causes and consequences of variability in sleep
Danica Slavish
Assistant Professor of Psychology
University of North Texas
Complete program description

Dr. Alyssa Wilson     

April 1, 2021
5:00 pm 
Zoom (click link to join)
Understanding problem gambling in today’s world:
The curious case of risk, rules, and real-time accessibility
Alyssa Wilson
Associate Professor and Chair
Applied Behavior Analysis Programs

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in 
Southern California
Complete program description

Previous Years


September 19, 2019
Just two kinds of stuff: How a contextual perspective on ourselves, others, and our world changes everything 
Emily Sandoz
Emma Louise LeBlanc Burguieres/BORSF Endowed Professor of Social Sciences, University of Louisiana at Lafayette

November 21, 2019
Hookups, drinking, and hash pipes: Risk-conducive situations and decision making among young adults
Tracey Garcia McCue
Assistant Professor of Psychology, Murray State University

February 27, 2020
The past, present, and future of cancer survivorship: Implications for care and research
Kevin Stein
Adjunct Associate Professor, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University


September 24, 2018
Reconceptualizing learning: Strategies to cultivate long term understanding
Regan Gurung
Ben J. & Joyce Rosenberg Professor of Psychology and Human Development, University of Wisconsin - Green Bay

October 18, 2018
Luxuries, necessities, and psychological security: The meaning of things
Ian Norris
Associate Professor of Marketing & Chair of the Department of Psychology, Berea College

February 12, 2019
The ABCs of sport fandom: What we know and where we should go
Dan Wann
Professor of Psychology, Murray State University

March 7, 2019
Portrait of resilience: Insights from rural Appalachia
Sherry Hamby
Research Professor of Psychology & Director of the Life Paths Appalachian Research Center, University of the South - Sewanee

April 16, 2019
Student Researchers Symposium


September 18, 2017
Just not that into it (or you): Pathways between sociosexuality and infidelity
Jana Hackathorn
Associate Professor of Psychology, Murray State University

October 23, 2017
Collective identification: A double-edged sword
Richard Harvey
Associate Professor of Psychology, St. Louis University

February 26, 2018
Applying psychological science to address urgent needs amid cannabis policy changes
Ryan Vendreyn
Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

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

April 17, 2018
Student Researchers Symposium


October 24, 2016
Stop making sense: How letting go of thoughts can enhance your life
Michael Bordieri
Assistant Professor of Psychology, Murray State University

November 21, 2016
Words that hurt numbers: Difficulties in thinking about word problems
Andrew F. Jarosz
Assistant Professor of Psychology, Mississippi State University

February 23, 2017
Mapping mental health risks through neurogenetic syndromes
Bridgette Tonnsen
Assistant Professor of Psychology, Purdue University 

March 31, 2017
Social context, political polarization, and civility
Matt Motyl
Assistant Professor of Psychology, University of Illinois at Chicago

April 24, 2017
Student Researchers Symposium


October 27, 2015
Glancing through the looking glass: Perpetual pretending and bearable behavior
Eric Smith
Assistant Professor of Psychology, Murray State University

November 9, 2015
Through colored glasses: The characteristics and consequences of moral views
G. Scott Morgan
Assistant Professor of Psychology, Drew University

February 11, 2016
Missing what's missing
Daniel Simons
Professor of Psychology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

March 15, 2016
Unmasking popular myths about psychological research
Wayne Weiten
Department of Psychology, University of Nevada - Las Vegas

March 29, 2016
"The kids are all right": Child development and family dynamics in adoptive families with lesbian and gay parents
Rachel Farr
Assistant Professor of Psychology, University of Kentucky

April 22, 2016
Student Researchers Symposium


October 23, 2014
Don’t believe everything you hear: Using efficiency in communication and action as evidence of knowledge in different domains
Maria Vazquez Brown
Assistant Professor of Psychology, Murray State University

November 13, 2014
Sex, religion, and basketball: It's all about identity
Brien Ashdown
Assistant Professor of Cross-Cultural Psychology, Hobart and William Smith Colleges

April 1, 2015
Making it stick: Strategies for successful learning
Henry L. Roediger III
James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor of Psychology, Washington University St. Louis

April 17, 2015
Student Researchers Symposium


October 10, 2013
I'll never forget the day Dale Earnhardt died: Social identity and vivid memories
Paula J. Waddill
Professor of Psychology, Murray State University

April 22, 2014
Target acquired...strategy launched! Why sport consumer psychology is critical for the successful sport marketer
Ryan K. Zapalac
Associate Professor of Health and Kinesiology, University of Houston


April 3, 2013 - Inaugural Colloquium
Performing under pressure: Learning how to execute when it matters most
Sean McCann
Head of Sport Psychology, US Olympic Committee