Yunhao Zhang                                                                                                                                                                   

 

 

Lab Director

MELISSA FERGUSON (melissaferguson[at]cornell.edu) is an experimental social psychologist.  She received her doctorate in social psychology from New York University in 2002 and then joined the psychology department at Cornell University.  Her research focuses on the implicit and non-conscious cognitive processes that enable evaluation, goal-pursuit, self-control, and social behavior.  Three recent topics of research in the lab are self-control (what predicts success?), first impressions (how do they form, change, and influence behavior?), and ideology (how do ideological symbols affect us?).  Her research has appeared in outlets such as the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Psychological Science, Trends in Cognitive Sciences, Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and her work has been funded by the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health.

 

 

Graduate Student Advisees

  

STAV ATIR (ssa62[at]cornell.edu) is a sixth-year graduate student in social psychology. She received her B.Sc. in Psychology from Yale University in 2010. After receiving her degree, she worked for two years as a research assistant with Prof. Joe Kable in his neuroeconomics lab at the University of Pennsylvania, where she studied context effects. Her research interests include the self, self-control, and most things social-cognition. Stav grew up in sunny Tel Aviv. She likes good coffee and cryptic crosswords.

 

 

BENJAMIN RUISCH (bcr44[at]cornell.edu) was born in the rural Midwest.  After a few years of traveling the country and getting to know its inhabitants, he enrolled at Hunter College in New York City, where he earned his B.A. in psychology with a minor in media studies in 2012. He is currently a fifth-year graduate student in social psychology. He is primarily interested in the implicit influences of ideologies, especially their role in shaping intergroup relations. In his spare time, he can be found scouring Ithaca curbsides for free stuff.

 


 


XI SHEN (xs256[at]cornell.edu) is a third-year graduate student in social psychology. She received her B.S. in Applied Psychology from East China Normal University. The she received her M.A. in Psychology from New York University, where she developed her interest in studying social cognition and consumer behavior. Now she is mainly interested in doing research on implicit social cognition, especially on interpersonal/intergroup perception, evaluation and judgments. In her spare time, she is trying to be a good baker from scratch.

 

 

 

Undergraduate Students

 

 LAB MANAGER:    

 

SARAH DICKERMAN (srd67[at]cornell.edu) is a junior psychology major with a minor in Spanish. She is especially interested in how much control and influence we can have over implicit thinking. After graduation, she hopes to pursue a graduate program in Clinical Psychology. Her hobbies include cooking, exercise, and playing video games.

 

 

 

 

 

 

    

 

FAIZA AHMAD is a junior psychology major with an English minor. She is interested in implicit racial biases and prejudices and how they influence automatic attitudes. After graduating, she hopes to attend medical school. In her free time, Faiza enjoys writing, doodling and scrolling through Twitter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 JOSH EIBELMAN (joshua.eibelman[at]gmail.com) is a freshman biology and psychology double major. After graduating he is interested in going into medicine or clinical psychology, while pursuing his longtime interest in journalism. In his free time, Josh enjoys reading, listening to music, and following politics.  

 

 

 

 

 

    

 

OLIVIA GOLDRING (oag23[at]cornell.edu) is a senior government and psychology double major. She is especially interested in implicit prejudice and how it influences decision making. She is pursuing her honors thesis in the Automaticity lab.  After graduation, she plans to work for a few years and then attend law school or public policy school. She hails from New York City, and enjoys going to contemporary art museums, reading, and being with friends.

 

 

 

 

 

    

 

SELMA HELAL is a sophomore Biology major with a minor in Psychology and Business. She is particularly interested in the degree by which our implicit thinking is influenced by self-control as well as how much our positivity implicitly affects our success. She would like to attend medical school, possibly get her MD/PhD in clinical Psychology. In her free time, she enjoys taking naps, reading realistic fiction books, and conversing with Pharaohs in her home-country of Egypt. :)

 

 

 

 

 

LAB PROGRAMMER: MICHELLE IP (mvi4[at]cornell.edu) is a junior computer science major with minors in business and information science. She is especially interested in web development and making easy-to-use web platforms and applications. After graduation she hopes to work in industry, ideally for an Ecommerce company. In her free time, Michelle enjoys binge watching Netflix, knitting, and baking.

 

 

 

 

    

 

VANESSA LAZARO (val46[at]cornell.edu) is a junior double-majoring in psychology and sociology with a minor in inequality studies. She is interested in how implicit prejudice influences social behavior as well as how stereotypic beliefs play a role in the educational achievement gap. After graduation, Vanessa plans to attend graduate school. In her free time, she loves to read, cook, and play video games.

 

 

 

 

 

    

 

ANNIKA PINCH (ap946[at]cornell.edu) is a sophomore psychology major. She is particularly interested in what information we use to make decisions about people, and how our implicit judgments can play a role in our interactions. After graduation, she plans to go to graduate school for social psychology. Annika really enjoys creative writing, listening to music, exploring new places, and hanging out with friends.

 

 

 

 

 

    

 

JIHEE SON (js2979[at]cornell.edu) is a junior psychology major with a law and society and cognitive science minor. ​After graduating, she plans on going to medical school to practice clinical psychology and medicine. She is especially interested in the psychological effects of child abuse and learning about ways to help recover from the experience. In her free time, Jihee enjoys singing, listening to music, and watching youtube videos about fashion and room decors.

 

 

 

 

 

    

 

AUSTIN STARKS (as2779[at]cornell.edu) is a sophomore biology major and psychology minor. The two topics he’s most interested in (about psychology) are mental disorders, and how a person’s initial judgement changes with new information. After graduation, he is planning to go to medical school. In his free time, Austin enjoys watching Netflix, hiking, and powerlifting.

 

 

 

 

 

    

 

JUSTIN STARKS (js2793[at]cornell.edu) is a sophomore biology major and psychology minor. Two topics of psychology that especially interest him are how people’s implicit associations change based on society/their environment and psychopathology. After graduating, he plans to go into medicine and become a pediatric psychiatrist. In his free time, Justin competes in powerlifting and binge watches Netflix.

 

 

 

 

 

    

 

ANU SUBRAMANIAM is a sophomore psychology major with a communications minor. ​After graduating, she plans on going to medical school to become an orthopedic surgeon for the army. Her special interests include mass incarceration, veteran's health care, and the intersectionality between medicine and journalism. In her free time, Anu enjoys listening to music, reading, and watching movies.

 

 

 

 

 

Recent Alumni (Undergraduates)

ALEJANDRA ALVAREZ

THORA BJORNSDOTTIR

IWONA (IVY) CHMIELEWSKA  

ADAM DAVIS

HANNAH DEIXLER

COLLEEN GIBLIN

ALISA HAND

OLIVIA JACKSON

DAVID KALKSTEIN 

FAAIZA KHAN

DEVON KIMBALL

HONG SEON (KAHLEN) KIM

MINAE KWON

AMANDA KUMALA

THOMAS LEE

BRIAN MEAGHER

DANILA MEDVEDEV

SONIA MEHRA

DAMI OJO

HYEWON PARK 

ANDRES RAMIREZ 

NICOLAS RAMOS

JAIME RAPPAPORT

JESSE REYNOLDS

RUTH ROSE 

MELISSA QUARTNER

SAMARA SELDEN

ARIANA WOLK

KAITLIN WOOLLEY 

NADIA YUSUF

MIMI ZHURAVITSKY 

ALEKSANDAR ZVORINJI

 

 

Alumni (Graduate students)

EMILY BALCETIS  

JEREMY BENTLEY

TRAVIS CARTER  

JEREMY CONE

CLAYTON CRITCHER  

SHAI DAVIDAI

JUN FUKUKURA   

CHELSEA HELION  

ERIK HELZER 

KARLENE HENKO

YOEL INBAR

AMIT KUMAR

THOMAS MANN

SHANETTE PORTER  

JANE RISEN  

EMILY ROSENZWEIG  

MICHAEL WOJNOWICZ