Lab Members

Lab Director

Eric Hehman, Ph.D.

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Eric Hehman is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Ryerson University and director of the Seeing Human Lab. His research examines how individuals perceive and evaluate one another across group boundaries (e.g., race, gender, sexual-orientation, occupation, etc), and the downstream consequences of such perceptions.  To address these questions, he takes a multi-method approach, incorporating a broad range of behavioral (e.g., computer-mouse tracking, digital face modeling, group interactions), neural (e.g., fMRI, EEG), and statistical techniques (e.g., multilevel modeling, structural equation modeling).

Dr. Hehman received his Ph.D. at the University of Delaware working with Sam Gaertner, and worked as a post-doc with Jon Freeman at Dartmouth College and New York University before coming to Ryerson.

In his free time, he reads and travels as broadly as possible.

Graduate Students

Sally Xie

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Sally received her H.BSc with a specialist in Mental Health Studies at the University of Toronto. She is broadly interested in the mechanisms underlying person perception across group boundaries, as well as the downstream behavioural consequences of these processes. At the cognitive level, how might our perceptions of one another differ across different groups? At the behavioural level, when are these perceptions likely to influence our behaviour? By understanding how we integrate stereotypes into our impressions of others, Sally hopes to shed some light on how best to foster intergroup cooperation in real world settings.

In her free time, she enjoys bouldering, horror films, and creative writing.

Eugene Ofosu

Eugene obtained his H.BSc in Psychology at the University of Toronto. He is interested in how different social attributions are made regarding members of the same group depending on what presenting features they bear, or are perceived to bear. Broadly, he is fascinated by the intersectionality of identities (race, sexual orientation, SES, and others), how it affects ambiguous perceptions, and how these perceptions manifest in the context of competitive settings and institutional authority.

Eugene enjoys contemporary narratives that explore Other perspectives.

Lab Mascot



Lola is part bulldog, part pit-bull, and all heart. She has strong opinions about statistical approaches, comfortable couches, and small yipping dogs (i.e., snacks). She assists in research by maintaining morale.

Lab Manager

Geovanni Badiola

Geovanni is in his final year at Ryerson, finishing up a BA in Psychology. He is interested in Social Psychology generally, specifically in ingroup member(s) perceptions of potential group candidates and implications of accepting new members. He plans to attend graduate school in Industrial/Organizational Psychology (e.g., identifying potential biases in hiring decisions against immigrant applicants, predicting employee performance during the hiring process). Outside of school and the lab, he enjoys playing video games, watching sports, and skating during the winter months.