IMPLICIT COGNITION LAB | PEOPLE


Yunhao Zhang                                                                                                                                                                   

 

 

Lab Director


MELISSA FERGUSON 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 website 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 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 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 minors 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 junior Information Science major. 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 (js2793[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 | ADAM DAVIS

IWONA (IVY) CHMIELEWSKA | 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 | JAIME RAPPAPORT

RAMIREZ  NICOLAS RAMOS | JESSE REYNOLDS | DANI RODRIGUEZ

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