What is Blue Plate Research?

Blue Plate Research is an event series from Utah State University that is focused on sharing easy-to-understand well-being research with Utah health advocates, statewide stakeholders, and the public.

Featured Event

Interventions Designed to Improve Self-Control | Dr. Gregory Madden | Sept 9, 2022 from 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

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At the next Blue Plate Research, Dr. Gregory Madden will discuss interventions designed to improve self-control.

The event, held Friday, September 9 at Gallivan Hall in downtown Salt Lake City, will feature a 30-minute presentation, live Q&A, and free lunch for all attendees.

A researcher in the Department of Psychology at Utah State, Dr. Madden explores how we all hate to wait, and how extreme forms of this leads to habitually impulsive decision-making. Madden’s research has applications for public health, including substance-use disorders, pathological gambling, and obesity. Impulsive decision-making patterns remain fixed over time, unless acted upon by an outside force, like an effective psychological intervention.

That’s why Dr. Madden has spent the past 12 years studying how to improve self-control. Join us at the event to learn what he has learned, and how it may be useful in preventing the poor decisions that negatively impact our health.

Upcoming Events

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Sara Freeman | Jan 27, 2023
Dr. Sara Freman, Assistant Professor in USU's Department of Biology.

What is the series like?

The events will be hosted in-person at Gallivan Hall in downtown Salt Lake City, with a presentation featuring our presenter sharing their research and how it's applicable to the everyday lives of people in Utah, followed by a live question and answer session. The presentation portion will be between 20-30 minutes, while the Q&A session will run anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour.

Why should I attend?

Health and well-being is a top issue of concern among Utah citizens and leaders, but finding reliable perspectives on these key issues can be challenging. As the state's only land-grant institution, Utah State University has a mandate and responsibility to share data-driven discoveries with the general public. At Blue Plate Research you'll receive tools and insights on Utah's health and well-being that aren't overly-hyped and marketed, but are real and usable.

Instead Podcast

If you're interested in more research stories from Utah State University, check out the Instead podcast, available wherever you get your podcasts. Produced by the USU Office of Research, INSTEAD highlights researchers, their stories, and the impact their work is having in 30-minute conversations.

Episodes typically feature presenters from our upcoming events or other researchers who are knowledgeable about trending topics.