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.

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2019-2020 Series

Dr. Emily Sandoz     

September 19, 2019
7:00 pm Wrather Auditorium
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
Dept. of Psychology, University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Complete program description

Dr. Tracey McCue     

November 21, 2019
7:00 pm Wrather Auditorium
Tracey Garcia McCue
Assistant Professor of Psychology
Murray State University

Dr. Kevin Stein     

February 27, 2020
7:00 pm Wrather Auditorium
Kevin Stein
Executive Director
Cancer Support Community Research and Training Institute

Dr. Mary Burleson     

Spring 2020
Mary Burleson
Associate Professor of Psychology
Arizona State University

Student Symposium speaker     

Spring 2020
Psychology Student Researchers Symposium


Previous Years


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
he 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 ResearchersSymposium


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 ResearchersSymposium


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,PurdueUniversity

March 15, 2017
Unmasking popular myths about psychological research
Wayne Weiten
Department of Psychology, University of Nevada - Las Vegas

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

April 24, 2017
Student ResearchersSymposium


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 ResearchersSymposium

  • Wiskey Tango Foxtrot: Video gaming on nationalistic attitudes and violence - David Crittendon
  • Gender differences in intolerance and worldly viewpoints - Emma Lewis
  • Eyewitness, DNA, and personal attributes: Effects on juror verdict - Caleb Fogle
  • Quick AND Satisfied? The effects of positive feedback on task completion - Marie Carroll
  • The Barnum Effect and the belief in the paranormal - Kelsey Moxle
  • Socio-cultural effects on tipping - Victoria Andrews
  • Influence of authority on attitude change due to vicarious dissonance - Kendrick Settler
  • The effects of attractiveness on tipping - Russell Ball
  • Stressed the F@&$ Out: The relationship between profanity and anxiety - Nicholas Gregorich


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 ResearchersSymposium

  • Accentuate the positive: Positivity influences the nation greater than negativity, David Crittendon
  • Becoming the Little Engine that Could: Anxiety, self-esteem, and exam performance, Stephanie Patterson
  • Call it a 'phi-ling': Phi fractals and natural perception, Lauren Taylor
  • Facebook and its relationship with personality variables, Lisa Taylor
  • Social support and mood, Sarah Watson


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 Professorof Health and Kineseology, 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