Lab Director

Amy R. Krosch, Ph.D.

Amy R. Krosch, Ph.D.   cv  |  email


Amy studies how social and economic factors shape the way we see, think and feel about, and make decisions for others. She was born and raised in rural Minnesota and received a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin - Madison, where she investigated intersectionality and discriminatory judgments with Professor Colleen F. Moore. Next she moved to New York City and researched intertemporal choice and risky decision making at Columbia University with Professors Elke U. Weber, Eric J. Johnson, and Bernd Figner at the Center for the Decision Sciences. She then completed a PhD at New York University with Professor David Amodio, where she examined economic scarcity effects on discrimination through multiple levels of social perception - from mental representations to neural encoding. She most recently worked as a post-doc with Professor Mina Cikara at Harvard University investigating social value and reinforcement learning. Amy joined the Cornell psychology department as an Assistant Professor in July, 2016, and is excited to get back to the woods. 

Lab Manager

Rachel A. Lisner, B.A.


Rachel earned a B.A. in psychology and philosophy from Rutgers University - New Brunswick, completing an honors thesis that employed forensic analytic techniques (p-curve, replicability index, and test of insufficient variance) to examine the evidential value of politicized and non-politicized literatures within social psychology. Now, Rachel is pursuing research on perceptions of gender nonconformity. Rachel has previously worked alongside Dr. Diana Tamir at Princeton University on projects to learn more about social neuroscience before joining the Krosch Lab in Fall 2016 as lab manager.


GRaduate students



Christopher’s research focuses on the relationships between ideology and low-level cognitive mechanisms, such as memory and perception. His current work focuses on the relationship between the age of ideas and perceptions of their veracity, and on the relationship between ideology and social perception. Christopher earned his BA in psychology and MA in conflict resolution at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. As lab manager of the Milburn Social Attitudes Lab, he researched intergroup conflict and the developmental effects of affect on political orientation. As an RA in the Sidanius Intergroup Relations Lab at Harvard University, Christopher worked with Kiera Hudson to conduct research on social dominance and testosterone, and on intersecting prejudices. He is interested in the effects of changes in the economy and political ideology on memory and beliefs regarding scientific information (see Hennes, Ruisch, Feygina, Monteiro & Jost, 2016), and also in carnism, the ideology that supports using non-human animals for food, and it’s relationship with prejudice toward human social groups(Monteiro, Pfeiler, Patterson & Milburn, 2017).



If you are interested in joining the lab as a PhD student, please contact Professor Krosch and apply to the Cornell PhD program by December 15th, 2017. Click for more information about the psychology department and the Cornell University graduate school.

Affiliated graduate students

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Jesse Walker                  email 


Jesse Walker is a 4th year graduate student at Cornell who studies biased judgment. His work has examined biases in consumer behavior, strategic decision making, everyday social interaction, and musical preferences. In the Krosch Lab, he studies barriers to overcoming inequality by investigating the effect of minority advancement on judgment and behavior. His newest hobby involves finding creative ways to sleep that fit the unpredictable schedule of his one year old son.    


Steve Strycharz               email    


Steve studies how perceived time scarcity (i.e., feeling as if one does not have enough time to do the things that need to be done) influences life satisfaction as well as everyday judgments and decisions. One project explores how life satisfaction is differentially influenced by subjective busyness (i.e., perceived time scarcity) and objective busyness (i.e., number of hours spent on work-related activities). Before beginning his Ph.D. at Cornell, Steve studied psychology at the University of Michigan, working primarily with Ethan Kross.  When not in the lab, Steve enjoys spending time in the natural areas around Ithaca – hiking, running, biking, and kayaking. He also enjoys traveling, cooking, and watching his favorite team– Liverpool FC.


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Abby Nissenbaum       email    


Research Assistant (Fall 2016-Spring 2017) Abby Nissenbaum is a first-year PhD student at Clark University who is currently collaborating with the Krosch Lab. Broadly, her research interests coalesce into areas of stereotyping, prejudice, and violence toward marginalized sex and gender groups. 

Research assistants

Megan Sexton (Spring 2017-current) is a senior in the Cornell College of Arts and Sciences and a Psychology and Government double major.

Lydia Baulch (Spring 2017-current) is a junior in the Cornell College of Arts and Sciences majoring in Psychology with a minor in Communication. 

Michael Massiah (Spring 2017-current) is from Lugano, Switzerland and is currently a sophomore double majoring in Economics and Psychology at Cornell. He is interested in pursuing an academic career researching and teaching in the field of Behavioral Economics.


David Amodio, New York University
Jay Van Bavel, New York University
John Jost, New York University
Mina Cikara, Harvard University
Elizabeth Phelps, New York University
Jennifer Kubota, University of Chicago
Peter Sokol-Hessner, University of Denver
Emily Balcetis, New York University
Tom Tyler, Yale University
Damian Stanley, Caltech
Fiery Cushman, Harvard University
Wouter Kool, Harvard University
Ryan Miller, Harvard University
Elke Weber, Columbia University
Eric Johnson, Columbia University
Bernd Figner, Radbound University