Professor of Psychology
Co-Director of ReCVEB
Jim Blascovich is the director and co-founder of the Research Center for
Virtual Environments at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he
is a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Psychological and Brain
Sciences. Professor Blascovich has served as the president of international
scientific societies, including the Society for Personality and Social
Psychology and the Society for Experimental Social Psychology, and he has
been invited to lecture on social neuroscience and virtual reality topics
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William Ryan graduated Magna Cum Laude from Smith College in 2009
with a B.A. in Psychology. He spent the next two years working with Dr.
Netta Weinstein (now at the University of Essex) on a series of studies
examining the developmental antecedents and implicit processes underlying
homophobia. In January 2011, Will began working for Dr. Jim Blascovich at
the Research Center for Virtual Environments and Behavior (ReCVEB) and now
continues to work with Jim as a graduate student in social psychology
entering his second year. Will's research interests center on the
psychophysiological dynamics of social threat. His current work explores
these processes in the domains of homophobia, ‘coming out’, and
gender-based self-construal. In 2011 he received an NSF GRFP to fund his
work examine the physiological underpinnings of homophobia.
· Weinstein, N., Ryan,
W.S., DeHann, C.R., Przybylski, A.K., Legate, N., &
Ryan, R.M. (2012). Parental Autonomy Support and Discrepancies Between
Implicit and Explicit Sexual Identities: Dynamics of Self-Acceptance and
Defense Journal of
Personality and Social Psychology, 102(4), 815-832.
Jessica Cornick graduated Magna Cum Laude from Occidental College in 2007
with a B.A. in Psychology. While at Occidental, Jessica worked with Dr.
Brian Kim on ego-depletion research. After graduation, Jessica completed a
two year commitment with Teach for America in Los Angeles where she taught
seventh grade science. Concurrently, she earned her Multiple Subjects
teaching credential from Cal State University, Northridge in 2009. Jessica
currently works with Dr. Jim Blascovich in the Research Center for Virtual
Environments and Behavior. Her research interests include the role of social
and cognitive resources in psychological and physical well-being.
Specifically, Jessica is interested in how potentially threatening
situations can be constructed such that individuals have reduced biological
(cardiovascular, HPA axis) responses. Her current work examines the
psychophysiological consequences of self-efficacy perceptions in overweight
Ph.D. Army HRED Fellow
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Peter Khooshabeh is generally interested in non-conceptual thinking,
specifically emotion and spatial cognition and action.