The "Social Socials"

The social psychology group at CGU calls its colloquium/symposium meetings “Social Socials” because they are doubly social – they are about social psychology and they are a social event that brings together faculty, graduate students, visitors and anyone who is interested in social psychology. We meet every two to three weeks during each semester, usually for an hour at lunch time (12 pm - 1 pm). Everyone with an interest in social psychology is welcome – we provide lunch and informative and interesting speakers on a wide variety of topics in social psychology. Social Socials are a balanced mix of basic and applied scientific presentations from local and visiting social psychologists as well as career development-oriented workshops, and graduate student presentations. Each May we look forward to a two-hour "thesis fair” where social students who have just completed their master's thesis or doctoral dissertation tell us about their research.

The Social Social program is organized, coordinated, and run by social psychology students –  Mark Rinella (, Danielle Blazek ( and Jeff Ramdass (  Please contact them for more information.

2015-2016 Schedule

Dr. David Funder, UC Riverside
"Taking Situations Seriously"
Dr. Jesse Graham, USC
Dr. Christopher Bryan, University of Chicago Booth School of Business
Dr. Shana Levin, Claremont McKenna College
Dr. Amber Gaffney, Humboldt State University
Dr. Brenda Major, UC Santa Barbara
Dr. Heidi Riggio, Cal State L.A.
MA Thesis Fair

More events to come, so make sure to check back regularly!

2014-2015 Schedule


Mark Rinella, Joseph Wagoner, Jessica Tomory
"Surviving Grad School"


Dr. Ajay Satpute, Pomona College


Dr. David Hamilton, UC Santa Barbara
"Sowing the Seeds of Stereotypes: Spontaneous Trait Inferences About Groups"


Dr. Kate Sweeny, UC Riverside
"Is Waiting the Hardest Part? Unpacking the Experience of Uncertain Waiting Periods


Cameron Brick, UC Santa Barbara
"What Drives Environmental Behavior? Examining Personality and Social Visibility"


Dr. Norbert Schwarz, USC


Dr. Russ Fazio, Ohio State University


Dr. Jim Blascovich, UC Santa Barbara


Teresa Garcia-Marques, ISPA


Dr. Matthew Lieberman, UCLA


Dr. Jeff Stone, University of Arizona


Dr. Paul Piff, UC Irvine


MA Thesis Fair, CGU

2013-2014 Schedule

Matt Ballew, Jessica Tomory, Jennifer Williams, Joseph Wagoner
“How to Survive Graduate School”


Dr. Jamin Halberstadt, University of Otago, New Zealand
“A Psychology of the gaps: How we think and feel about ambiguous other people”


Dr. A. Janet Tomiyama, University of California Los Angeles
"Weight Stigma: Cure or Curse?"


Antonis Gardikiotis, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki


Radmila Prislin, Ph.D., San Diego State University


Tamsin German, Ph.D., University of California Santa Barbara
"Narrow versus broad specialization in mechanisms supporting 'theory of mind'"


James Liu, Ph.D., University of Wellington, New Zealand


Jenessa Shapiro, Ph.D., University of California Los Angeles


Thierry Devos, Ph.D., San Diego State University
“Boundaries of American identity”


Donna Garcia, Ph.D., California State University San Bernardino


Allison Vaughn, Ph.D., San Diego State University


Peter H. Ditto, Ph.D., University of California Irvine


Thomas Sy, Ph.D., University of California Riverside


Thesis Fair


2012 - 2013 Schedule

September 11, 2012
Surviving Graduate School
September 25, 2012
Dr. Vladimir Turjacanin, University of Banja Luka
October 9, 2012
Dr. Bettina Casad, Cal Poly Pomona
November 27, 2012
Dr. Piotr Winkielman, University of California-San Diego
December 4, 2012
Ann Bettencourt, University of Missouri


January 22, 2013
Dr. Robin Martin, Aston Business School
February 12, 2013
Dr. Scott Wiltermuth, University of Southern California
February 26, 2013
Dr. Alan Stacy, Claremont Graduate University
March 12, 2013
Dr. Walid Afifi, University of California-Santa Barbara
  April 9, 2012
Dr. Margaret Shih, University of Southern California-Los Angeles

2011 - 2012 Schedule

October 4, 2011
Dr. Guiseppe Carrus, University of Rome
"The Social Psychological Correlates of Environmentally Friendly Action: Results From Recent Empirical Studies In Italy"
October 25, 2011
Dr. Heejung Kim, University of California Santa Barbara
"Gene-Culture Interactions in Cognitive, Affective and Interpersonal Processes"
November 15, 2011
Dr. Scott Reid, University of California Santa Barbara
"Parasite primes make foreign accented English sound more distant to people who are disgusted by pathogens (but not sex or morality)"
November 30, 2011
Zachary Hohman, Claremont Graduate University


January 24, 2012
Dr. Robin Martin, Aston Business School
"Attitudes following majority and minority influence: Differential processes and outcomes"
February 7, 2012
Dr. David Marx, San Diego State University
"Fear of the known: The effect of role model relevance and gender on performance under threat"
February 21, 2012
Dr. Piercarlo Valdesolo, Claremont McKenna College
"Synchrony and Social Movements: Coordinating the body coordinates the mind"
March 6, 2012
Dr. Adam Pearson, Pomona
"The font of war: How processing experiences shape intergroup cognition"
April 6, 2012
Dr. Cynthia Pickett, University of California-Davis
  May 1, 2012
Master's Thesis Fair

2010 - 2011 Schedule

September 28, 2010
Dr. James Kaufman, California State University San Bernardino
"From first insight to creative genius: A developmental perspective on creativity"
October 5, 2010
Student Presentation Panel
"How to Survive Graduate School"
October 26, 2010
Caroline Hood, Amanda Keeler and Liesl Nydegger, Claremont Graduate University
"HIV prevention among substance abusers"
November 3, 2010
Dr. Janis Kupersmidt, Senior Research Scientist at Innovation Research and Training (iRT)
"Media literacy education for substance abuse prevention:Results of randomized efficacy trials of elementary and middle school programs"
November 30, 2010
Dr. Adam Fingerhut, Loyola Marymount
"Sexual minorities and minority and majority group members"
February 8, 2011
Dr. Sheila Murphy, University of Southern California
"Translating Theory into Practice in Entertainment Education"
March 8, 2011
Dr. Howard Giles, University of California Santa Barbara
March 22, 2011
Thesis Fair
April 5, 2011
Dr. Benoit Monin, Stanford University
  April 26, 2011
Dr. Antonis Gardikiotis, University of Thessaloniki


2009-2010 Schedule

September 8, 2009
Student Presentations (Lori Garner, Fiona Grant, Monique Matelski, and Kim Perkins)
"A Hard Day's Night (or year): Dealing with Stress and Navigating your Graduate Experience""
October 6, 2009
Dr. Jennifer Groscup, Scripps College
"To speak or not to speak? Understanding the role of defendant statements as a response to victim impact statements in court"
October 20, 2009
Dr. Roy Baumeister, Florida State University
"Is Conscious Thought Good for Anything?"
November 3, 2009
Dr. Dianne Tice, Florida State University
"Making choices impairs self-regulation: A limited resource approach"
December 1, 2009
Dr. Wendy Wood, University of Southern California
"Habits as Self-Regulation"
February 16, 2010
Dr. Jessica Borelli, Pomona College
"Attachment and Emotion Regulation in School-aged Children"
March 23, 2010
Dr. Luis Rivera, California State University, San Bernardino
"Group Affirmation and Derogation of Non-Prototypical Ingroup Members"
March 30, 2010
Student Presentations (Dr. Jason Siegel's Tolman Research Group)
"For your RE-consideration: Tolman's theory of purposive behavior"
April 6, 2010
Dr. David Funder, University of California, Riverside
"Error and Accuracy in Personality Judgment"
April 21, 2010
Student Presentations (David Rast and Viviane Seyranian)
"Leadership and Psychology"
April 27, 2010
Dr. James Blascovich, University of California, Santa Barbara
"Social Influence in Virtual Environments"
May 4, 2010
Thesis Fair

2008-2009 Schedule

September 24, 2008
Dr. Thierry Devos, San Diego State University
“Who is American? Vicissitudes of a national identity across ethnic groups”
October 7, 2008 
Student Presentations (Amber Gaffney, Ashaki Jackson, and Erica Rosenthal)
"Women and Psychology"
October 30, 2008 
Dr. Marilynn Brewer, Ohio State University
"Expanding the "We:" Social Identity Complexity"
November 18, 2008 
Student Presentations (Andrew Lac and Brianna Lienemann)
"Drugs and Psychology" 
November 25, 2008
Dr. Jamie Kurtz, Pomona College
“The surprising benefits of residential mobility
February 3, 2009
Student Presentations (Heather Butler, John McCabe, and Kathryn Sperry)
"Psychology and Law"
February 17, 2009 
Dr. Julian Montoro-Rodriguez, California State University, San Bernardino
"The Impact of Social Embarrassment on Caregiving Distress in a Multi-Cultural Sample of Caregivers of Alzheimer's Patients"
March 3, 2009
Dr. Daan van Knippenberg, Erasmus University, The Netherlands
“Moving the hearts and minds of followers: Leader affective displays and leadership effectiveness”
March 24, 2009 
Student Presentations (Sarah Boyle, Ivy Carrete, Elizabeth Chamberlin, Stacy Hawkins, Chris Lamb, and Dustin Tamashiro)
"LGBT Issues and Psychology"
April 7, 2009
Dr. David Hamilton, UC Santa Barbara
"Perceiving the groupness of groups: Ten years of entitativity"
April 21, 2009 
Dr. Eric Hurley, Pomona College
"Cognition, behavior and learning: Interaction among cultures brought into close proximity by public education"
May 5, 2009
Thesis Fair 11am-1pm ~ Albrecht Auditorium

2007-2008 Schedule

September 28, 2007
Dr. Mark Snyder, University of Minnesota
“Products of their personalities or creatures of their situations? Explorations of personality and social behavior”
October 30, 2007
Alumni Panel: Dr. Erina Lee, Dr. Bettina Casad, and Lauren Garcia
November 13, 2007
Dr. David Sherman, University of California, Santa Barbara
“Threats and affirmations: The interplay of self and social identity”
February 12, 2008
Dr. Mark Costanzo, Claremont McKenna College
“The psychology of police interrogations and false confessions”
February 26, 2008
Dr. Debra Mashek, Harvey Mudd College
March 11, 2008
Student Presentations (Amber Gaffney and Benjamin Marcus)
“Environmentalism and Psychology”
March 25, 2008
Student Presentations (Janice Adelman, Robert Blagg, and Jessica Clevering)
“Religion and Psychology”
April 8, 2008
Dr. Robin Martin, Aston University, UK
“Persuasion through numbers: The effects of majority and minority numerical support on attitude change”
April 29, 2008
Thesis Fair 12-1pm ~ Room Stauffer 106