April 21, 2018
8:30 AM to 1:45 PM

Middle Tennessee State University
College of Education Building

College of Education Building (COE),
1756 MTSU Boulevard, MTSU campus map coordinates D4

Parking: Student Union Lot, MTSU campus map coordinates E3

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Middle Tennessee Psychological Association
Spring 2018 Meeting
April 21, 2018

Middle Tennessee State University will be hosting the Middle Tennessee Psychological Association’s 2018 spring meeting. The meeting provides an excellent opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students to present their efforts to colleagues from other colleges and universities.

Download a printable call for papers (closed)

The schedule for this year’s meeting will be as follows:
8:30—9:00 AM    Registration
9:00—9:45 AM    Poster Session I
10:00—11:00 AM    Keynote Speaker
11:15 AM—12:30 PM    Paper Sessions (up to five concurrent sessions, based on demand)
12:45—1:30 PM    Poster Session II

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Dr. Tom Brinthaupt
Department of Psychology
  Middle Tennessee State University


Why Do People Differ in How Often They Talk to Themselves?

In this talk, Dr. Brinthaupt will summarize his program of research on the phenomenon of talking to oneself. First, he will review historical and contemporary definitions of self-talk, emphasizing its self-regulatory functions. Then, he will describe the development and validation of the Self-Talk Scale (STS), a standardized measure of individual differences in self-talk frequency. Finally, he will discuss research conducted using the STS that explores two hypotheses about individual differences in self-talk. The “social isolation” hypothesis posits that individuals who spend more time alone or who have more socially isolating experiences will report more frequent self-talk. The “cognitive disruption” hypothesis posits that individuals who experience anomalous or disordered thinking will report more frequent self-talk. Audience members will have the opportunity to talk to themselves during the presentation.


Dr. Tom Brinthaupt is a Professor in the MTSU Psychology Department. He also serves as the Director of Faculty Development for the MTSU Learning, Teaching, and Innovative Technologies Center.


Guidelines and Information
  • The advance registration deadline is April 13, 2018. Please register by April 13, as this will help us with an accurate count for refreshments. All attendees (including presenters) are required to register for the meeting.
  • The registration fee is $5.00 for students and community members and $15.00 for faculty/professionals. Community college and high school students may attend for free, but still need to register. Registration includes membership in MTPA, a program, access to the conference, and breakfast.
  • The submission deadline is April 13, 2018. All submissions received by the deadline will be accepted for presentation. Presenters will be notified by email that their submission has been received. A final program will be available online by April 17, 2018.
  • The research should have been conducted by an undergraduate or graduate student. If a faculty member is a co-author, the student should be first author. The student researcher will be expected to make the presentation.
  • Papers on completed research, ongoing research, or theoretical reviews are encouraged.
  • Presenters may choose to make an oral presentation or to present a poster describing their research.
Poster Instructions
  • Participants must provide all materials for their posters, including the actual poster itself. Please do not exceed 4' high by 4' wide. Free-standing, tri-fold project display boards work well.
  • MTPA will provide tables to place your posters for viewing. Nothing may be attached to the walls of the building. Be sure to duplicate all handouts and materials before the meeting.
Oral Presentation Instructions
  • Student papers will be presented in fifteen (15) minute blocks. Plan to speak for 10-12 minutes, allowing time for questions and changing rooms.
  • Powerpoint is available in all rooms. Arrive early to check that your presentation will run in your room.

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