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 fifth-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.
THOMAS MANN (tcm79[at]cornell.edu). Thomas is a sixth-year graduate student in social psychology. He received his BS in Psychology from Tufts University in 2011. His primary research interests center on implicit social cognition, with a particular emphasis on the formation, change, and implications of implicit impressions of others. In his work, he has examined the mechanisms through which new information about others can overturn prior impressions of them at the implicit level, finding such change to be particularly effective when the meaning of their prior actions is reinterpreted. Relatedly, he is interested in the degree to which diagnostic information about the actions of others can prevent conflicting elements of their visual appearance from impacting implicit evaluations. He also studies the memory dynamics of impression updating, and the general question of when and why implicit and explicit measures converge or diverge.
GAYATHRI PANDEY (gp289[at]cornell.edu). Gayathri is a sixth-year graduate student in social and personality psychology. She received her M.Sc. in psychology from Bangalore University (India) and her M.S. in Neuroscience & Education from Columbia University. While doing her M.S., Gayathri worked as a clinical research coordinator at SUNY Downstate Medical center in Brooklyn, NY researching decision-making and risk-taking among the offspring of alcoholics. Her main areas of research interest include emotion-cognition interaction, emotion regulation and decision-making within close relationships. In the Automaticity Lab, she is involved in research examining the implicit influence of political ideology and American cues on people’s attitudes, decisions and behaviors (e.g., interpersonal helping and prejudice). In her spare time, she enjoys listening to music, cooking, gardening, charcoal sketching, and being a shutterbug.
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 fourth-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 second-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.
ALICE CHOI (ahc93[at]cornell.edu) is a senior psychology major. She is currently Lab Manager and is interested in how implicit judgments influence people's behavior and interpersonal interactions. Her other interests include reading fantasy books and watching Netflix. After graduation, she plans to go to law school.
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.
JACKSON HARPER [email@example.com] is a senior double majoring in Psychology and Religious Studies. He is principally interested in how religion influences people’s cognition and behavior. After graduation, he intends to pursue his academic interests in psychology further in graduate school. In his free time, he enjoys watching horror movies.
MINAE KWON (mk898[at]cornell.edu) is a senior psychology and computer science double major. She is interested in facilitating collaboration between humans and robots. Her honors thesis project explores how humans form expectations of social robots, and how robots can help set accurate expectations. She hopes to apply to graduate programs in human-robot interaction after she graduates.
AMANDA KUMALA (akk65[at]cornell.edu) is a senior psychology major who is minoring in business. She is interested in studying and understanding self-control limitations and the effects of implicit bias on first impressions and character judgment. After graduation, she hopes to work in the psychology field before attending graduate school for clinical psychology or social work.
SONIA MEHRA (sm969[at]cornell.edu) is a senior Biological Sciences major. She is doing her honors thesis in the lab and is testing how differences in moral beliefs can affect implicit first impressions. She is also interested in how moral beliefs affect voting behavior between liberals and conservatives from a biological approach. After graduation, she plans to take a gap year before attending medical school.
DAMI OJO (oeo3[at]cornell.edu) is a senior psychology major who is minoring in both business and information science. She is interested in understanding how behavior and attitude can effect the workplace and how changing hiring practices, training programs, feedback, and management systems can lead to an increase efficiency in employees. After undergrad she plans on building experience in the I/O Psychology field before returning back to school for her graduate education.
THOMAS LEE (ttl33[at]cornell.edu) is a junior computer science major with a minor in applied mathematics. He is particularly interested in data analytics and its usage in interdisciplinary fields. After graduation, he plans to work in the industry for a bit and then continue studying at grad school.
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