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.

 

 

 

Post-docs


BENEDEK KURDI (bk493[at]cornell.edu) is an experimental psychologist whose work seeks to understand the knowledge that comes to be activated automatically as we interact with our social environments, especially as it relates to membership in social categories such as gender, race, and sexual orientation. In addition to traditional experiments conducted online and in the lab and using a variety of learning paradigms, his research also relies on advanced quantitative methods, including natural language processing, meta-analyses, and computational modeling. Since July 2019, Benedek has been a postdoctoral associate in the Psychology Department at Cornell University, jointly supervised by Melissa Ferguson and Amy Krosch. Benedek obtained his A.M. and his Ph.D. at Harvard University where he worked with Mahzarin Banaji, Fiery Cushman, and Sam Gershman. His work has been published in Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, American Psychologist, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. He has won multiple awards for teaching statistics at the undergraduate and graduate levels. His website is available at benedekkurdi.com.

 

 

 

SEAN HUGHES (sh2542@cornell.edu) is an experimental psychologist whose research lies at the intersection of basic and applied social psychology. Broadly speaking, he studies the processes (both environmental and psychological) that trigger and maintain a range of social behaviors. Much of his work focuses on implicit social cognition and attitudes, two fundamental process in behavior regulation and decision making. He examines how (implicit) evaluations of individuals, social groups, and consumer products are established and revised, with an emphasis on three pathways in particular: The ‘Experience’ pathway (e.g., evaluative conditioning), The ‘Observation’ pathway (e.g., social learning), and more recently the ‘Verbal’ pathway (e.g., instructions and persuasion). Sean’s research interests also include: the study of human and non-human learning; behavior change & intervention; myths, misinformation, & misconceptions about (psychological) science; measurement and validation. He has also become increasingly interested in social robotics and human-intelligent systems interaction. You can find recent news, links to his papers, and more information on his website: drseanhughes.com

 

 

 

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 senior 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.

 

 

 

 

 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.

 

 

 

 

 RAs:    

 

JOSH EIBELMAN is a senior 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 senior 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. :)

 

 

 

ANNIKA PINCH (ap946[at]cornell.edu) is a senior 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.

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

MICHELE LEE is a junior psychology major with a business minor. After graduation, she plans to go to graduate school for counseling or higher education. In her free time, Michele enjoys watching Korean dramas, listening to music, exercising, and reading.

 

 

 

LUIZA BARONI (ldb82[at]cornell.edu) is a junior psychology and FGSS major. In psychology, she is especially interested in the ways implicit biases impact interactions with members of an outgroup. After graduation, she hopes to go to graduate school for social work or community psychology. In her free time, Luiza enjoys doing aerial arts, trying new restaurants in town, and watching shows on Netflix.

 

 

 

REBECCA BRAIMON (rsb336[at]cornell.edu) is a sophomore psychology major pursuing minors in Law and Society and East Asian Studies. She is interested in the effect of implicit bias/prejudice on external functioning, as well as the way psychopathological conditions influence cognitive functioning and, by extension, an individual’s role in society. After graduation, Rebecca hopes to obtain a Master’s in Developmental Psychology, and she enjoys horseback riding, hiking, and philosophical debates.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 | FAIZA AHMAD | SARAH DICKERMAN | MICHELLE IP | VANESSA LAZARO | JIHEE SON

 

 

Alumni (Graduates)

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