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

Assistant Professor of Psychological & Brain Sciences

Graduate Students

Anudhi Munasinghe

5th Year Ph.D Student

Primary Advisor - Diane Mackie

Diego Padilla-Garcia

4th Year Ph.D Student

Primary Advisor - Kyle Ratner

Youngki Hong

6th Year Ph.D Student

Primary Advisor - Kyle Ratner

Research Assistants

Candice Macabuhay

Elizabeth Rindner

Gavin Scheldrup

Jessamy Johnson

Luiza Rosa

Mathilde Hovsepian

Robert Hinojos

Venkata Muriki


  • 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.