Unless otherwise noted, colloquia will be held from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Modern Languages Bldg., Room 311. Light refreshments will be served before the colloquium.

Fall 2018
Friday, December 7, 2018
Jim Coan, The University of Virginia
How the Brain Transforms Social Resources into Enhanced Quality of Life
High quality social relationships help us live happier and healthier lives--facts that hold true, as far as anyone knows, regardless of geography or culture. Although links between relationships and health have been observed for decades (if not millennia), the mechanisms responsible for them remain speculative. For this talk, I'll first describe our work on one of these potential mechanisms: social regulation of the brain's perception of threat. Next, I'll offer a perspective--derived initially from our social regulation results--that integrates the study of social relationships with principles of behavioral ecology and cognitive psychology to propose that strong social relationships are construed by the brain as resources that reduce
the cognitive and bodily cost of meeting environmental demands. I suggest that this construal of high quality relationships as resources reduces subjective stress, improves general health, and enhances overall quality of life.
Friday, December 14, 2018
Alex Shackman, The University of Maryland
The Neurobiology of Dispositional Negativity
Spring 2019
Friday, January 11, 2019
Phil Hammack, The University of California--Santa Cruz
The 21st Century Revolution in Gender and Sexual Identity
Friday, January 25, 2019 Carmela Alcantara, Columbia
Friday, February 1, 2019 Jessica Burris, The University of Kentucky
Friday, February 8, 2019 LaBarron Hill, Duke
Friday, March 15, 2019 Lori Markson, Washington University
Friday, March 22, 2019 Buju Dasgupta, The University of Massachusetts
Friday, March 29, 2019 Daniel Taylor, The University of North Texas
Friday, April 26, 2019
Emily Bianchi, Emory
From Individualism to Racial Attitudes: Some Psychological Implications of Recessions