Our lab uses theories and methods from social psychology, cognitive neuroscience (e.g., fMRI, EEG), and related disciplines to investigate how people see and understand themselves and others. Most of our current work focuses on face processing, intergroup bias, and the interplay of social perception and mental and physical health.

We are located steps from 🌴 😎 ⛰ 🏖 🏄🏿‍♀️ 🌊 🐬 in the Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences at UC Santa Barbara. Check out the UCSB drone footage 👇 to see our beautiful campus.



Principal Investigator

Kyle Ratner

Associate Professor of Psychological & Brain Sciences

Graduate Students

Ava Ma de Sousa

3rd Year Ph.D Student

Primary Advisor - Kyle Ratner

Diego Padilla-Garcia

7th Year Ph.D Student

Primary Advisor - Kyle Ratner

Qianqian (Lee) Cui

3rd Year Ph.D Student

Primary Advisor - Kyle Ratner

Research Assistants

Chloe Neal

Davin Shaner

Isaiah Lopez

Julie Aceves

Jackeline Hernandez-Cuervas

Jazmin Vazquez

Sydney Scott


  • kyle.ratner@psych.ucsb.edu
  • Building 551, Room 1523, University of California, Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA 93106
  • UC Santa Barbara is a couple miles north of downtown Santa Barbara and approximately 90 miles north of Los Angeles. Santa Barbara is located on the traditional territory of the Chumash people. UC Santa Barbara’s campus is on a part of this territory called Anisq’Oyo.