Lab Director

Carolyn Parkinson, Ph.D.

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Carolyn studies how the human brain tracks and encodes information about its social environment, and how this information shapes our thoughts and behavior. She received her B.Sc. from McGill University in Montreal. After completing her B.Sc., Carolyn spent a year in China overseeing cross-cultural research on depression at Beijing University. She then completed her Ph.D. in Cognitive Neuroscience at Dartmouth College with Thalia Wheatley before becoming an Assistant Professor at UCLA in March 2016.


Lab Manager

Ryan Hyon

Ryan graduated with a B.A. in Neuroscience from Dartmouth College in 2017. He has been involved in research on the reward system and the action observation network. Ryan wrote his honors thesis on how motivational content, visuospatial perspective, and individual differences in empathy modulate representations of appetitive actions. He is interested in the effects of empathy and social media on the representations of self and other. 


SOFTWARE DEVELOPER

Meng Du

Meng graduated from the University of Michigan with a B.S. in psychology and computer science. She is broadly interested in many aspects of social neuroscience, especially applying computational models and machine learning methods to understand how our brains process social experience and infer other people's minds.


Affiliated Graduate Students

Hollie Gruber

Hollie studied in Sydney, Australia, gaining a Bachelor of Media Studies from Macquarie University and then went on to complete a Masters of Communication Management from the University of Technology Sydney. Hollie has just started her Ph.D. in computer science and online learning in online communities at the University of Technology Sydney. Hollie is interested in discovering all there is to know about how we learn online, from understanding data structures to the very mechanics of how we self organize in social environments online. 


Honors Students

Vanessa Castro

Vanessa is a senior at UCLA working towards a B.A. in Psychology. She has been involved in research on self-knowledge as well as anxiety and depression, and is currently working on an honors thesis on social factors and behavior. Vanessa's primary interests lie in personality development, and how close relationships, specifically friendships, affect behavior and growth. She plans to pursue a Ph.D. in Social and Personality Psychology.


RESEARCH ASSISTANTS

Taylor Pio

Taylor is a freshman at UCLA from Atlanta, Georgia. She is working towards her B.S. is psychobiology, and she is interested in studying the interdependence between social environments and the neural structures used for mental processes. She is considering a career as an industrial organizational psychologist.

Yuchen Li

Yuchen is a junior at UCLA working towards her B.A. in psychology. She has been involved in research on visual perception, home literacy environment, learning and memory, and depression support groups. She is interested in studying the social factors that may interact with memory to influence current and future behaviors. She plans to pursue a Ph.D. in cognitive psychology.

Ruby Basyouni

Ruby is a senior at UCLA working towards a B.A. in psychology. She is primarily interested in cross-modal interactions and in domain-general mechanisms of social cognition. She plans to pursue a Ph.D. in behavioral neuroscience. 

Fini Chang

Fini graduated with a B.S. in Psychobiology from UCLA in 2015. She has been involved in various research labs, ranging from studies on sleep and mood disorders to fear conditioning in anxiety disorders to memory in Alzheimer's disease. Her main interests lie in determining how learning and memory processes are affected by social ties and interactions. She plans to pursue a Ph.D. degree in clinical psychology.

Grace Gillespie

Grace graduated with a B.A. in psychology from UCLA in 2016. She has been involved in research that examines affect labeling as a form of emotion regulation as well as research that examines stereotype threat and social stigmas. She is primarily interested in social neuroscience and perception and plans to pursue a Ph.D. in social psychology.

If you're interested in joining the lab as a research assistant, please complete this online application form.


POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWS

Information for those interested in joining the lab as postdoctoral fellows can be found here.


Graduate Students

If you're interested in joining the lab as a PhD student in Fall 2017, please apply to the UCLA PhD program by Dec. 1, 2016.


LAB ALUMni

Mary Decker

Mary graduated with a B.A. in Neuroscience from Dartmouth College in 2016. She has been involved in research on family dynamics, structural morphometry and connectivity, and the human reward system. Mary recently completed a study on perinatal mood disorders for a non-governmental organization in Hanoi, Vietnam. She is interested in psychopathology, modeling social networks, and neurobiology. Having been the Lab Manager at CSNL, Mary is now a Clinical Research Coordinator at the NYU Langone Medical Center.