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 cognitive processes that enable evaluation, goal-pursuit, self-control, and social behavior.  Three recent topics of research in the lab are how we can change our memories, how we control our behavior, and how we express prejudice.  Her research has appeared in outlets such as Psychological Science, the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 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

 

 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 sixth-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. His webite is: benruisch.com

 


 


XI SHEN (xs256[at]cornell.edu) is a fourth-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:    

 AUSTIN STARKS (as2779[at]cornell.edu) is a junior biology major and psychology minor, and is Lab Manager. 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

     

FAIZA AHMAD is a senior psychology major with an English minor. She is currently doing an honors thesis in the lab. 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SARAH DICKERMAN (srd67[at]cornell.edu) is a senior psychology major with a minor in Spanish. She is currently doing an honors thesis in the lab.  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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 JOSH EIBELMAN (joshua.eibelman[at]gmail.com) is a junior 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.  

 

 

 

 

      

 

 

SELMA HELAL is a junior 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. :)

 

 

 

 

CO-LAB PROGRAMMER: MICHELLE IP (mvi4[at]cornell.edu) is a senior 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CO-LAB PROGRAMMER: AMARTYA UTKARSH (au87[at]cornell.edu) is a sophomore Information Science major with a minor in Comparative Literature. His interests lie in full stack web development, and he is particularly passionate about designing interfaces that are catered to the needs of the users. In his free time, he loves to read and gets hopelessly caught in the endless cycle of watching random videos on Youtube.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    

 VANESSA LAZARO (val46[at]cornell.edu) is a senior 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 junior 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 senior 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

     


  

 JUSTIN STARKS (js2793[at]cornell.edu) is a junior 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 junior 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 TAYLOR KNIBB (tk485[at]cornell.edu) is a junior psychology major. In psychology, she is especially interested in how people pursue their goals and control their behavior. After graduation, she hopes to go to graduate school for sports psychology. In her free time, Taylor enjoys swimming, biking, running, and reading.

 

 

 

 

 

Recent Alumni (Undergraduates)

ALEJANDRA ALVAREZ

THORA BJORNSDOTTIR

IWONA (IVY) CHMIELEWSKA  

ADAM DAVIS

HANNAH DEIXLER

COLLEEN GIBLIN

OLIVIA GOLDRING

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)

STAV ATIR

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