Divided to Death: A Psychological Account of the American Political Rift

Please join us Monday March 5, 2018, at 7 pm for a seminar presented by Dr. Spee Kosloff, an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at Fresno State. Dr. Kosloff will examine motivational factors at the heart of the ever-expanding political rift in contemporary American society. At the center of this discussion is a common denominator that creates uncanny degrees of anxiety and division: the fear mortality. Research on terror management theory suggests that unconscious concerns with death motivate individuals to cling to their ideologies – much as children cling to security blankets. At times of major existential insecurity, entire societies can thus be rendered intensely politically polarized. The psychological instability created by 9/11 set in motion a sequence of events beginning with unified national identity, and followed by divisive political chaos that persists today. Dr. Kosloff will review historical and laboratory evidence relevant to these phenomena, and examine whether realistic conscious acknowledgement of death anxiety may ameliorate aversive trends in our socio-political landscape.

Who: Dr. Spee Kosloff

When: Monday, March 5, 2018 at 7 pm

Where: Santa Fe Basque, 3110 N. Maroa Ave, Fresno



Too hot ta trot: What breaks when animals get too hot?

Please join us Monday, February 5, 2018 for our next installment of Cafe Scientifique.

Why do animals die when they get too hot?  Despite the fact that high temperatures kill all living things, the traits most responsible for loss of function at high temperature are a mystery.   That said, scientists have lots of ideas.   Dr. Rory Telemeco, a new assistant professor of biology at Fresno State, will tell us about the leading ideas for why high temperatures hurt animals, and the research that he and other scientists are doing to test these ideas.   He will also take you behind the scenes of the ‘gentleman’s debate’ currently raging over these ideas within the scientific community.  As environments warm because of habitat alteration and climate change, the species that are winners and losers could largely be determined by how well they tolerate higher temperatures.  Only by knowing the traits first affected by high temperatures, can we predict the consequences of new environmental temperatures on species.

Who: Dr. Rory Telemeco

When: Monday, February 5, 2018, 7:00PM

Where: Santa Fe Basque, 3110 N. Maroa Blvd., Fresno, CA


Reverse Causation: Biomechanical Underpinnings of Obesity

“Childhood obesity is now the No. 1 health concern among parents in the United States, topping drug abuse and smoking.” Please join us Monday, January 8, 2018 at 7pm for a presentation by Dr. Bhupinder Singh, an assistant professor in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Fresno State. Dr. Singh’s research focuses on the interaction between obesity and biomechanics in adult and obese children, and how this interaction can affect participation in physical activity. In 2013, Dr. Singh helped in the launch and installation of the Fresno State Gait Analysis Movement Evaluation (GAME) Lab in the Fresno State College of Health and Human Services, which equips researchers to study the biomechanics of subjects in real time and in precise detail. Biomechanical analysis informs researchers on how the body moves through space, and how excess weight and adipose tissue can influence those motions. Dr. Singh will discuss the reverse causation hypothesis of obesity, developed as a result of this work, which describes a positive feedback loop in which obesity leads to physical inactivity, which leads to increased obesity. The GAME lab collaborates with multiple academic institutions and hospitals with the vision of expanding the understanding of the obesity epidemic in the Central Valley.

Who: Dr. Bhupinder Singh

When: January 8, 2018 at 7 pm

Where: Santa Fe Basque, 3110 N. Maroa Blvd., Fresno, CA