The Social, Personality, and Affective Science (SPA) Psychology Program faculty and their current research interests are:

An asterisk (*) next to an author's name indicates an SFSU student co-author.

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David Matsumoto, Ph.D. (University of California, Berkeley, 1986)

Theoretical and empirical research is focused on relationship between culture and all aspects of emotion and the role of emotion in intercultural adjustment.

Office: EP 328
Office Hours
Phone: (415) 338-1114
E-mail: dm@sfsu.edu

I am the director of the Culture and Emotion Research Lab.

Recent Publications:

Matsumoto, D., Hwang, H.C., & Frank, M. G. (2017). Emotion and aggressive cognitions: The ANCODI hypothesis. Aggressive Behavior, 43, 93-107.

Hwang, H.C., Matsumoto, D., Yamanda, H., Kostic, A., & Granskaya, J. V. (2016). Self-reported expression and experience of triumph across four countries. Motivation and Emotion, 40, 731-739.

Matsumoto, D., & Hwang, H. C. (2015). The role of contempt in intercultural cooperation. Cross-Cultural Research, 49, 439-460.

Areas of expertise to supervise research
Emotion regulation, intercultural adjustment; facial expressions; microexpressions; gesture; nonverbal behavior; emotion and deception

Zena R. Mello, Ph.D. (Pennsylvania State University, 2005)

Racial/ethnic identity formation, socioeconomic status, time perspective theory, measurement, and cross-cultural application, and adolescents.

Office: EP 309
Office Hours

Phone: (415) 338-7557
E-mail: zmello@sfsu.edu


I am the director of the Time Lab.

Recent Publications:

Mello, Z. R., Walker, E. B.*, Finan, L. J., Stiasny, A., Wiggers, I. C., McBroom, K. A., & Worrell, F. C. (2017). Time perspective, psychological well-being, and risky behavior among runaway adolescents. Applied Developmental Science.

Kaur, M.*, & Mello, Z. R. (2016). Positive and negative well-being among adolescents from theological and conventional schools in India. Mental Health, Religion, & Culture, 19, 229-239.

Jaramillo, J.,* Mello, Z. R., Worrell, F. C. (2016). Ethnic identity, stereotype threat, and perceived discrimination among Native American adolescents. Journal of Research on Adolescence, 26, 769-775.

Areas of expertise to supervise research
Racial/ethnic identity, gender, low-income groups, time perspective, and adolescents.

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Ezequiel Morsella, Ph.D. (Columbia University, 2002)

Action production, conscious/unconscious processing, social cognitive neuroscience, self-regulation, language production and use, working memory.

Office: EP 324
Office Hours
Phone: (415) 338-1831
E-mail: morsella@sfsu.edu

I am the director of the Action and Consciousness Lab.

Recent Publications:

Bhangal, S.*, Cho, H.*, Geisler, M.W., & Morsella, E. (2016). The prospective nature of voluntary action: Insights from the reflexive imagery task. Review of General Psychology, 20, 101-117.

Morsella, E., Goodwin, C. A.*, Krieger, S. C., & Gazzaley, A. (2016). Homing in on consciousness in the nervous system: An action-based synthesis. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 39.

Merrick, C.*, Farnia, M.*, Jantz, T. J.*, Gazzaley, A., & Morsella, E. (2015). External control of the stream of consciousness: Stimulus-based effects on involuntary thought sequences. Consciousness and Cognition, 33, 217-225. 

Areas of expertise to supervise research
Experimental psychology and neuroscience

Gaurav Suri, Ph.D. (Stanford University, 2014)

Decision-making and motivated action, emotion, emotion regulation, psychological inertia, and neural networks.

Office: EP 307
Office Hours
Phone: (415) 405-3477
E-mail: suri@sfsu.edu


I am the director of the Readiness, Activation, and Decision-making Lab.

Recent Publications:
Suri, G., Young, G.*, Abraham, D., McRae, K., & Gross, J. J. (2017). Emotion regulation choice: The role of environmental affordances. Cognition and Emotion.

Mehta, A.*, Young, G.*, Wicker, A.*, Barber, S., & Suri, G. (2017). Emotion regulation choice: Differences in U.S. and Indian populations. The International Journal of Indian Psychology, 4, 202-219.

Suri, G., Sheppes, G., & Gross, J. J. (2015). The role of action readiness in motivated behavior. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 144, 1105-1113.

Areas of expertise to supervise research
Decision-making; emotion and emotion regulation; motivation; neural networks. 

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Charlotte Tate, Ph.D. (University of Oregon, 2006)

Gender, sexual orientation, and U.S. ethnic identities, attitudes, prejudice and discrimination, personality.

Office: EP 310
Office Hours
Phone: (415) 338-2267
E-mail: ctate2@sfsu.edu

I am the director of the Social Perception, Attitudes, Mental Simulation Lab.

Recent Publications:
Clark, K. D., Yovanoff, P., & Tate, C. U. (2017). Development and validation of a child racial attitudes index (RAI). Behavior Research Methods, 49, 2044-2060.

Tate, C. U. (2015). On the overuse and misuse of mediation analysis: It may be a matter of timing. Basic and Applied Social Psychology, 37, 235-246.

Tate, C. C., Bettergarcia, J. N.*, & Brent, L. M.* (2015). Re-assessing the role of gender-related cognitions for self-esteem: The importance of gender typicality for cisgender adults. Sex Roles, 72, 221-236.

Areas of expertise to supervise research
Social perception; social identity; attitudes; prejudice and discrimination; personality

Ryan Howell, Ph.D. (University of California, Riverside, 2005)

Personality, happiness, purchasing behavior, motivations, and financial decision-making.

Office: EP 202
Office Hours
Phone: (415) 405-2140
E-mail: rhowell@sfsu.edu

I am the director of the Personality and Well-Being Lab.

Recent Publications:
Howell, R. T., Ksendzova, M.*, Nestingen, E.*, Yerahian, C.*, & Iyer, R. (2017). Your personality on a good day: How trait and state personality predict daily well-being. Journal of Research in Personality, 69, 250-263.

Razavi, P.*, Zhang, Z.W.*, Hekiert, D., Yoo, S. H., & Howell, R. T. (2016). Cross-cultural similarities and differences in the experience of awe. Emotion, 16, 1097-1101.

Guevarra, D.A.*, & Howell, R. T. (2015). To have in order to do: Exploring the effects of consuming experiential products. Journal of Consumer Psychology, 25, 28-41.

Areas of expertise to supervise research
personality; positive psychology; purchasing behavior; financial decision-making.