Graduate Students

Yimeng Wang's picture Yimeng Wang
4th year graduate student

Allie is a third year graduate student in the social psychology program. After arriving from China she spent four years mainly around llama, monocycles and maple syrup at Hampshire College. She is interested in probing conscious and unconscious forces driving behaviors that give rise to mass cultural phenomena. Currently she is working with John Bargh on research bridging hunger, emotions, temperature and consumptive behaviors, and with David Rand on research linking cultural orientation, socioeconomic parameters and priming with altruism/selfishness in economic games. In the future she expects to do more work on social influence/persuasion, creativity and motor activities, as well as individual differences in suggestibility.

David Melnikoff's picture David Melnikoff
5th 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).

Robert Lambert's picture Robert Lambert
5th 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
3rd year graduate student

Anton's research has included work on behavior change strategies, cross-modal valence transfer, and schizophrenic symptoms (paranoia), among other topics. In the ACME Lab, Anton plans to investigate how physical contexts influence psychological contexts, possible moderators of priming, emotional priming, conflicting primes, and importantly, the applied use of priming in intervention work. The unique combination of his studies, psychology as well as computer science, has led him to adopt an approach that combines innovative psychological research with forward thinking technology.

Brian Earp's picture Brian Earp
2nd year graduate student

Brian has a background in cognitive science, philosophy, and ethics. His undergraduate degree is from Yale, where he was a member of the ACME Lab and conducted research on unconscious mental processes and their implications for consciousness and free will. He holds a Master of Science degree from the University of Oxford in experimental psychology and a Master of Philosophy degree from the University of Cambridge in the history and philosophy of science. In addition to his work in science and ethics, Brian is a professional actor and singer. His collected publications are available at