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Amy R. Krosch

Assistant Professor

 Amy Krosch

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Academic focus:
I study the social and economic factors that amplify discrimination, and the basic psychological processes through which our goals and motivations influence behavior toward members of our own and other groups. I take a multilevel approach to research, integrating ideas and methods from experimental social psychology, cognitive neuroscience, behavioral decision-making, and psychophysics. My ultimate aim is to understand the persistent and wide-spread inequalities that exist between groups in America and to inform interventions aimed at reducing group-based disparities in socio-economic and health outcomes.

Current research projects: 
Motivated race perception – How do our goals and motivations influence the way we “see” race? How does this impact discrimination? Stereotypes and visual perception – how do our stereotypes alter our perception of race? Intergroup choice processes – how does group membership influence the decisions we make for others?

Previous positions:
Postdoctoral Fellow, Psychology Department, Harvard University, 2015-2016
Assistant Director, Center for the Decision Sciences, Columbia University, 2007-2009
Research Associate, Center for the Decision Sciences, Columbia University, 2006-2007

Academic background:
Ph.D., Social Psychology, New York University, 2015
M.A., Social Psychology, New York University, 2012
B.S., Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2005

Last book read:
“Between the World and Me” by Ta-Nehisi Coates and “The Argonauts” by Maggie Nelson

In your own time/when not working:
Tinkering with bicycles and an old moped, fixing up my 1930s craftsman bungalow, or exploring gorges with my wife and bulldog

Courses you’re most looking forward to teaching:
Social Neuroscience, Prejudice and Stereotyping

What most excites you about Cornell:
The brilliant colleagues and students, opportunities for collaboration, Cornell’s land-grant mission, living in a quiet and beautiful small town (especially salient after 10 years in NYC)

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