Graduate Students

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David Melnikoff's picture David Melnikoff
6th year graduate student

David is researching the automatic, non-conscious strategies people employ to facilitate positive social outcomes during one-on-one interactions. His current work explores 1) whether people strategically regulate their commitment to moral standards to increase the likelihood that they will laugh at others' jokes, 2) what processes lead to the mirroring of others; speech patterns, and 3) what motives underlie the rapid adoption of others; implicit attitudes (a process known as social tuning).

Bud Lambert's picture Bud Lambert
6th year graduate student

Bud researches the ways that conscious experience is shaped by knowledge. He is particularly interested in the how implicit and statistical learning can create unconscious feelings of knowledge even when one is not consciously aware of this knowledge. He works primarily from a cognitive science perspective borrowing and using ideas and methods from computer science, philosophy, and psychology.

Anton Gollwitzer's picture Anton Gollwitzer
5th year graduate student

After completing bachelor's degrees in psychology and computer science at New York University, I joined the Automaticity in Cognition, Motivation, and Evaluation Laboratory of Prof. John A. Bargh at Yale University. Broadly construed, I study social cognition, intergroup relations, social perception, and motivation. Currently I am working on: (1) How do people think and feel about patterns and pattern deviancy, and how do these judgments impact social phenomena, (2) Generalized person perception: How the individual perceives people in general, and (3) Behavior-change interventions and motivational processes.