2023-24 Colloquium Schedule

All colloquiums will be held in person in WGR 201a. Please send an email to gupsychology@georgetown.edu for additional information.

September 22, 2023, 3 pm

Speaker: Dr. Jenn Logg

Jennifer M. Logg, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Management at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business. Prior to joining Georgetown, she was a Post-Doctoral Fellow at Harvard University. Dr. Logg received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley’s Haas School of Business.

Her research examines why people fail to view themselves and their work realistically. It focuses on how individuals can assess themselves and the world more accurately by using advice and feedback produced by algorithms (scripts for mathematical calculations). 

Title: A Simple Explanation Reconciles Algorithm Aversion vs. Appreciation: Hypotheticals vs. Real Judgments

October 6, 2023, 12 pm

Speaker: Dr. Juliana Schroeder

Juliana Schroeder is an an associate professor in the Management of Organizations group at Berkeley Haas. She holds the Harold Furst Chair in Management Philosophy and Values, and serves as the Barbara and Gerson Bakar Faculty Fellow. Her research explores how people make social inferences about others. She is a Faculty Affiliate in the Social Psychology Department, the Cognition Department, and the Center for Human-Compatible AI at UC Berkeley.

Title: Undersociality: Miscalibrated Social Cognition Can Inhibit Social Connection

October 20, 2023, 3 pm

Speaker: Dr. Antonio Terracciano

Before joining the Department of Geriatrics at Florida State University College of Medicine, Dr. Terracciano was a staff scientist at the National Institute on Aging, NIH. His research focuses on how psychological traits and genetic factors contribute to physical and mental health across the lifespan. Dr. Terracciano uses longitudinal and cross-cultural methodologies to examine changes in traits with age, from adolescence to older adulthood. Dr. Terracciano has also led or participated in large collaborative genome-wide association studies to identify common genetic variants associated with personality traits, depression, and cigarette smoking. His research aims to individuate factors that contribute to health and longevity, by reducing health risk behaviors and promoting resilience against diseases of aging, such as Alzheimer’s disease.

Title: Personality and Dementia: Neurobiological Basis and Co-Development

November 3, 2023, 12 pm

Speaker: Dr. Ilaria Berteletti

Dr. Ilaria Berteletti is an Assistant Professor in the PEN Program. In her role at the NSF-Gallaudet University Science of Learning Center called Visual Language and Visual Learning (VL2), Dr. Berteletti is also Director of the PEN Distinguished Lecture Series and University Partnerships (MOUs) and Director of the Numeracy and Educational Neuroscience Laboratory (NENS). In NENS, she investigates the cognitive and neural foundations of numeracy. She examines how humans are able to process exact numerical information, how children learn numbers and become proficient in arithmetical operations, and finally how this learning process and level of proficiency affect the brain networks supporting number and arithmetical processing.

Title: The Role of Language Modality on the Neuro-Cognitive Processes Supporting Number Acquisition and Arithmetic Processing

November 17, 2023, 3 pm

Speaker: Dr. Evan Gordon

Evan M. Gordon, PhD, is an assistant professor and principal investigator in the Neuroimaging Labs Research Center, based in Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology (MIR) at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Gordon’s research focuses on the noninvasive identification and characterization of functional brain units within individual human brains. This work aims to develop techniques that can precisely describe the detailed organization of the individual human brain, to understand how individuals can vary from each other in their brain organization, and to understand how that variable organization is related to motor, sensory and cognitive function. This research is conducted using a variety of neuroimaging techniques, including structural and functional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), as well as diffusion tensor imaging (DTI). Gordon completed his doctorate at Georgetown University in Washington D.C. following an undergraduate degree from Duke University in Durham, North Carolina.

Title: Precision Mapping of Individual Brains

December 1, 2023, 12 pm

Faculty Symposium

January 19, 2024, 3pm

Speaker: Dr. Dominic Packer

Dominic J. Packer, PhD, is a professor at Lehigh University. He studies how social identities – people’s conceptions of themselves grounded in the groups they belong to – influence conformity and dissent, intergroup relations, solidarity and social change, public health, and leadership.  Currently, he and his team are interested in relationships between institutions and identities, and their implications for issues ranging from discrimination to privacy to behaving badly online.

Title: How Networks, Identities, and Institutions Shape Cooperation

February 16, 2024, 3 pm

Speaker: Dr. Leher Singh

Leher Singh, PhD, is Associate Professor at the National University of Singapore and Program Director at the National Science Foundation. Her work examines the effects of language, racial, and socioeconomic diversity on early development. In this talk, she focuses on the effects of different sources of environmental diversity on infant development.

Title: Effects of Social Diversity on Early Attention, Perception, and Learning

March 1, 2024, 12 pm

Speaker: Dr. Nick Turk-Browne

Nicholas Turk-Browne, PhD, is a Professor with primary appointment in the Department of Psychology at Yale, with secondary appointments in the Department of Psychiatry and the Child Study Center in the Yale School of Medicine. He obtained an HBSc from the University of Toronto in 2004 and a PhD from Yale University in 2009, then served on the faculty at Princeton University from 2009-2017. Nick’s research takes an integrative perspective, using behavioral studies, functional magnetic resonance imaging, intracranial recording/stimulation, and computational modeling to understand how cognitive and neural systems interact in the human brain. He has published extensively on how we perceive and attend to the world, and how we learn from experience and store information in memory. In this talk, he presents his lab’s recent work adapting fMRI, a technique that addresses some of these limitations, for studying learning and memory in awake human infants.

Title: Learning and Memory in the Infant Brain

March 15, 2024, 3 pm

Speaker: Dr. Jennifer MacCormack

Jennifer MacCormack, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in Social Psychology at the University of Virginia and Principal Investigator of the Virginia Affect and Interoception Laboratory. She studies the pathways and conditions by which bodily states and interoception, via the brain, contribute to affect, sociality, and behavior across the lifespan. Her work unites theories from affective science, interoceptive science, and lifespan development with methods from experimental social psychology, psychophysiology, psychoneuroimmunology, psychopharmacology, and human neuroimaging. In this talk, she presents work on bodily contributions to emotion, the role of interoception in emotion, and how age-related changes or differences in the body, brain, and interoception are intertwined with socioemotional development and aging. 

Title: The Visceral Mind: The Role of the Body and Interoception in Affect

April 5, 2024, 12 pm

Speaker: David Jobes (Psi Chi)

David A. Jobes, Ph.D., ABPP, is a Professor of Psychology, Director of the Suicide Prevention
Laboratory, and Associate Director of Clinical Training at The Catholic University of America.
Dr. Jobes is also an Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry, School of Medicine, at Uniformed Services University. He is the author of seven books and numerous peer-reviewed journal articles. Dr. Jobes is a past President of the American Association of Suicidology (AAS) and the recipient of various awards for his scientific work including the 1995 AAS “Shneidman Award” (early career contribution to suicidology), the 2012 AAS “Dublin Award” (for career contributions in suicidology), and the 2016 AAS “Linehan Award” (for suicide treatment research). He been a consultant to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Academy of Medicine, the National Institute of Mental Health, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Department of Defense, Veterans Affairs, and is a “Highly Qualified Expert” to the U.S. Army’s Intelligence and Security Command. Dr. Jobes is a Board Member of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) and he Chair of the AFSP Public Policy Council. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and is board certified in clinical psychology (American Board of Professional Psychology).

Title: Innovations in Clinical Suicidology: Assessment and Treatment of Suicide Risk

April 19, 2024, 3 pm

Graduate Student Presentations