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 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 effects of displacement on political orientation. With Professor Jeff Pugh he studied the effects of terrorist attacks  on attitudes toward immigrants, in real time. In his master’s thesis, Christopher investigated the effects of the longevity bias on perception of the legitimacy of war, and found support for the hypothesis that for people high in the need to justify the status quo, hearing that a conflict is older causes them to perceive violent conflicts in general as more just.

Before coming to Cornell, Christopher worked as an RA in the Sidanius Intergroup Relations Lab at Harvard University, conducting research with Kiera Hudson on intergroup threat, aggression, and the intersection of racism and sexism. He also works with Professor Erin Hennes (Purdue University) to develop experiments investigating the effects of fluctuations in the strength of the U.S. economy on the ability to accurately remember information about climate change (see Hennes, Ruisch, Feygina, Monteiro & Jost, 2016). In collaboration with Tamara Pfeiler at the University of Meinz, Christopher is studying carnism, the system of beliefs that supports the use of certain non-human animals for food. They have found that carnism has both a justification and a domination-based component, and that those higher in carnistic domination are also higher in hostile sexism, symbolic racism, and social dominance orientation (Monteiro, Pfeiler, Patterson & Milburn, under review), and are continuing to investigate the hypothesis that carnism is comprised of both explicit prejudice against farmed animals and beliefs that legitimate their consumption by humans.



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    


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. Abby was a research assistant for the Krosch Lab during the Fall 2016-Spring 2017 school year.


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