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Jim Blascovich

Professor of Psychology
Co-Director of ReCVEB
Email: jim.blascovich@psych.ucsb.edu

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 worldwide.

Check out his new book: Infinite Reality


Andy Beall

Co-Director of ReCVEB
Email: andy.beall@psych.ucsb.edu


William Ryan

Graduate Student
Email: willliam.ryan@psych.ucsb.edu
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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.

PUBLICATIONS

·  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

Graduate Student
Email: jessica.cornick@psych.ucsb.edu

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 individuals.


Peter Khooshabeh

Ph.D. Army HRED Fellow
Email: khooshabeh@psych.ucsb.edu
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Peter Khooshabeh is generally interested in non-conceptual thinking, specifically emotion and spatial cognition and action.


Marlo Verket

Lab Manager
Email: verket@psych.ucsb.edu

Marlo earned her BS in Biopsychology from UCSB in


Brett Ouimette

Junior Specialist
Email: ouimette@psych.ucsb.edu

Brett earned his BA in Psychology from UCSB in 2012. He is currently involved in assisting with various projects within the lab.