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When and Where

Our 2018 GTSLAM will be held on March 7th and 14th (Wednesdays) at 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Crick Conference Room. Lunch is provided.


GTSLAM, inaugurated in Winter Quarter 2016, is our department graduate talk competition. Psychology graduate students compete for cash prizes ($750 in total prize money). Each contestant presents their research using PowerPoint slides in a 10-min. talk (similar in style to Little APS). Audience members include fellow grads and three faculty judges per round.

As in the regular GTS series, GTSLAM takes place in the Crick Conference Room; food and refreshments will be provided. Anyone affiliated with or interested in the department is welcome to attend any GTSLAM round. We especially look forward to the participation of grad students from across the department, either as a contestant or a supporting audience member! 

Note: in contrast to standard GTS Talks, GTSLAM contestants should especially focus on making their presentations understandable by a broad, non-specialist audience. While the talk can still use psychology terms, it should avoid extensive use of undefined jargon (i.e., terms that would only be readily understood to researchers in that particular subfield).

Scoring and prizes

Using a scoring rubric similar to that designed for the campus wide Grad SLAM, the judges will confidentially evaluate each talk in terms of clarity, organization, delivery, visuals, appropriateness for a broad audience, intellectual significance, and engagement. Speakers will deliver their talk once on either March 7th or March 14th. All speakers will receive a cash prize for participating. Additional bonus prizes will be given to the speaker with the highest overall score on each day, as well as the speaker with the highest overall score across both days. Results will be announced via e-mail.

GTSLAM rules and notes

Presenters should discuss their own research. The number of slides is unlimited. Any video clips should be restricted to a maximum of 60-sec. in total duration. Time limit warnings will be given, and the limit strictly enforced. There will be a limited amount of time for audience questions while judges take notes, but questions will not factor into the scoring. All contestants will be permitted to see their own score sheets.

Note: the above (rules and otherwise) is subject to revision; we aim for transparency and will update all contestants of any modifications accordingly.


Graduate Talk Series

When and Where

Select Thursdays from 11:00 - 12:00 in the Crick Conference Room. Lunch is provided. See the schedule below for dates and speakers.


The Graduate Talk Series (GTS) was designed and is run by graduate students to foster academic engagement and intellectual community among the graduate students and between the graduate students and faculty.

In this forum, grad students give half-hour or hour-long talks about our research in the same style as Colloquium. This differs from the various brownbags in that only grad students present, and the presentations are aimed at the broader psychological sciences community. This is also a great opportunity for everyone to learn about the amazing things all of the grad students in our department are doing.

Want to present?

If you are a psychology graduate student and would like to present, please send a message to can request an hour or half hour slot.

Schedule - Fall 2017 - TBD

Note: schedule is subject to change due to room and speaker availability; details are confirmed in email and poster announcements.


Past Talks

2017 - Spring

  • May 3- Tim Lew- Representations of Hierarchical Structure in Visual Memory
  • June 7 - Sasen Cain: Sound Texture Coding in Single Auditory Cortical

2017 - Winter

  • February 25- Michael Metke, Nicholas Root, Jarrett Lovelett, Andy J. Arnold (GTSLAM)
  • February 24 - Lim Leong, Emily Little, Adam Morgan (GTSLAM)
  • March 10 - Michael Metke, Nicholas Root, Andy J. Arnold (GTSLAM)


2016 - Spring

  • May 4 - Tim Lew: Who matters? Measuring Americans' expectations about real-world disasters

2016 - Winter

  • February 17 - Arseny Ryazanov, Lim Leong, Nick Root (GTSLAM)
  • February 24 - Brent Wilson, Kristen Donnelly, Tim Lew (GTSLAM)
  • March 10 - Brent Wilson, Kristin Donnelly, Lim Leong, Tim Lew (GTSLAM)

2015 - Fall

  • Dec 2nd: Adam Dede - The role of the hippocampus in episodic narrative construction, episodic memory storage, and episodic memory encoding
  • Nov 18th: Lim Leong - Information leakage is sufficient to explain attribute framing effects

2015 - Winter

  • March 11th: Steven Pan - When does testing enhance learning? Investigating episodic memory ability, orthography, and fact learning

2014 - Fall

  • Dec 14th: Matt Abbott - Skipping syntactically illegal the previews: the role of predictability
  • Dec 14th: Tim Lew - Hierarchical structure in visual working memory
  • Nov 26th: Brad Monk - Synthesis and predictions from a unified model of synaptic metastability

2014 - Spring

  • May 29th: Catherine Hicks - Children's Beliefs about the Disclosure of Performance Information in the Classroom
  • May 15th: Matt Abbott - Word skipping two ways: Ease of parafoveal identification and predictability
  • March 10th: Randy Tran - (Talk 1) Don't Believe What You Read Only Once: Comprehension is Supported by Regressions During Reading & (Talk 2) Learning to Exploit a Hidden Predictor in Skill Acquisition: Tight Linkage to Conscious Awareness

2013 - Fall

  • Dec 5th: Dan Kleinman - The Future is Now: Effects of Planning Ahead in Word Production and Comprehension
  • Oct 17th: Bradley Monk - Synaptic Potentiation: Capturing Memories from the Swarm

2013 - Spring

  • May 6th: Mike Claffey - Stimulus elements of contextual fear conditioning
  • May 20th: Laura Case

2013 - Winter

  • Jan 14: Shai Azoulai
  • Jan 28: Bernhard Angele
  • Feb 11: Jon Leavitt and Drew Walker
  • Feb 25: Catherine Hicks
  • Mar 11: Katie Wagner

2012 - Fall

  • Oct 8: Graduate research interview video
  • Oct 15: Katherine Stavropoulos
  • Oct 29: Adam Dede
  • Nov 19: Stephanie Carmack, Tim Lew
  • Dec 3: Liz Schotter, Kevin Smith

2012 - Summer

  • July 30: Tiffany Ho; Mike Claffey
  • August 13: Kristin Howell
  • August 27: Stephanie Carmack; Mallorie Leinenger

2012- Spring Quarter

  • April 9 (week 2) : Laura Case
  • April 23 (week 4): Kevin Smith; Mallore Leinenger
  • May 7 (week 6): Jordan Comins; TBD
  • May 21 (week 8): Jonathan Mahlandt; Patrick Plummer
  • June 4 (week 10): Joe Dietzel; Catherine Hicks

2012 - Winter Quarter

  • January 9 (week 1) : Ian Greenhouse- How the brain prepares for control
  • January 23 (week 3): Gena Glickman
  • February 6 (week 5): Mary Mullane
  • February 20 (week 7): President’s day. No GTS
  • February 27 (week 8): Jing Shen
  • March 5 (week 9): Sarah Dufek

2011 - Fall Quarter

  • September 26 (week 1) : Matt Hall - Keeping the hands in mind: What pantomime reveals about language structure
  • October 17 (Week 4): Mandy Sinning & Jennifer Winward - Special Alcohol, Brain & Behavior Session
  • October 24 (week 5): Allison Jobin- Individualization of Treatment for Young Children with Autism
  • November 7(Week 7): Stephanie Carmack
  • November 21 (Week 9): Jess Sullivan