YES Lab Fall 2023 Social
Credit: Tony Mastres

Join The Lab

The Yu Emotion Science Lab (YES Lab) is inviting talented and motivated scientists to join forces with us in studying the relationship between emotion and morality. Interested applicants are advised to refer to the Research page for ongoing projects. New ideas along similar lines are welcomed. Currently, we have 2 types of positions available.

Graduate Students

Graduate student recruitment is through the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences (PBS) at UCSB. For information about the graduate program, including application information, see here. Further information about ongoing research projects in the YES Lab can be found at: Interested candidates should contact the Principal Investigator Dr. Hongbo Yu directly at Please send a brief description of your background, research experience and interest, and a CV. 

Undergraduate Researchers

The YES Lab encourages motivated and reliable volunteer research assistants (RAs) to join the lab. The responsibilities of RAs include helping with running lab-based and online behavioral experiments, data cleaning and analysis, and conducting literature reviews. Independent research projects are also available for devoted and outstanding RAs. Interested applicants are advised to fill out this Form. If you have any question, please email the Lab Coordinator, Mesude Okhan (

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic by law.


Hongbo Yu
Assistant Professor