Cross-Area Talks - CATs - bring together faculty and students and prompt discussions about hot topics in psychology and the world. There are two important ingredients to these (in-person) events. First, each event covers topics that cross multiple areas' interests and perspectives. Second, there will always be food and drinks provided! If you have an idea for a topic or you would like to volunteer, please use the google form linked below. 

Upcoming Dates

    • December 1st, 3:30 to 5:00 pm
      • Organized by Athena Aktipis
    • February 2nd, 3:30 to 5:00 pm
      • Organized by Danielle McNamara
    • March 1st, 12:00 to 1:30 pm 
      • Organized by Jessica Verpeut
    • March 29th,12:00 to 1:30 pm 
      • Organized by Athena Aktipis
    • April 27th, 3:30 to 5:00 pm 
      • Organized by Danielle McNamara

    Past Dates

    • September 29th: The Replication Crisis - Watch replay part 1 and part 2
      • Featuring Samantha Anderson, Steve West, and Kelsey Lucca, with panelists, Gene Brewer and Doug Kenrick. 
      • Organized by Danielle S. McNamara
    • October 20th, 4:00 to 5:30 pm - Emotion across different levels of processing 
      • Organized by Micah Watanabe, Christine Yu, Diego Guevara Beltran, and Camryn Lizik 
    • November 9th, 12:00 to 1:30 pm

      Organized by Jessica Verpeut

      12-12:05pm Food and mingling 
      12:05-12:30pm Jeri Sasser: “Additive, Common, and Cumulative Stress and HPA Axis Activity: Evidence Among Latino College Students” 
      12:30-12:55pm Amanda Acuna: “Stress, drugs, and rock ‘n roll”” 
      12:55-1:20pm Julie Patock-Peckham: “Stress and Behavioral Impaired Control over Alcohol” 
      1:20-1:30pm Discussion 
      Stress on the brain: understanding impacts on behavior 
      Is inflation stressing you out? What will be the long-term consequences of the pandemic and other current environmental stressors on the brain? Will these stressors change our behavior and that of future generations for years to come? Throughout evolution the brain has been wired to react to stressful environmental stimuli and remember these events to improve chances of survival. In this Cross-Area talk we will learn about environmental stressors, self-medicating the stress away, and brain pathways that mediate stress and behavioral responses. Come by for food and drinks to learn about your brain on stress.