We study implicit social cognition.


That is, the thoughts, feelings and behaviors that occur relatively spontaneously, unintentionally, and often outside of conscious awareness. One of our primary interests is in understanding the formation and change of implicit evaluations: rapid and unintentional evaluations of people, groups or objects that occur within a fraction of a second and that often differ from our more conscious, deliberately-held attitudes.

When meeting someone for the first time, how quickly does one develop a first impression of him or her? And once formed, what would it take to overturn it -- that is, what kinds of information can result in their rapid reversal?

The ICE Lab is directed by Jeremy Cone in the Psychology department at Williams College


The Lab


Lab News

Check out our new op-ed published at CNN Business which summarizes some of the findings in our new PNAS paper on the effects of believability on implicit cognition: “In the war against misinformation, fact-checking works. Big Tech needs to do more of it.



New paper co-authored with Kathryn Flaharty & Melissa Ferguson is now out in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences: “Believability of evidence matters for correcting social impressions.” Congratulations to Katie on her first publication!



Congratulations to Eva on her new paper out in Social Psychological and Personality Science: “Matters Order: The Role of Information Order on Implicit Impression Formation



Congrats to the following lab alums starting the next chapters of their academic careers in the Fall: Isabel Andrade ‘18, who will be starting an MA in Education / MBA at Stanford; Gabby Gauthier ‘17, who will be starting her PhD in clinical psychology at the University of Washington; and Emily Roach ‘16, who will be pursuing her Masters degree in Education at Hunter College.



New paper co-authored with Pieter Van Dessel, Anne Gast, & Jan De Houwer out in Cognition & Emotion: “The impact of valenced verbal information on implicit and explicit evaluation: the role of information diagnosticity, primacy, and memory cueing



Congratulations to lab alum, Eva Fourakis, who has been awarded Stanford’s prestigious Knight-Hennessy fellowship to pursue a law degree at Stanford in the Fall. See here for a press release from Williams.



New paper co-authored with Tom Mann, Brianna Heggeseth, & Melissa Ferguson out at Journal of Personality and Social Psychology: “Updating implicit impressions: New evidence on intentionality and the affect misattribution procedure



Congratulations to Katie Flaharty, who has won the Williams College Psychology Department’s G. Stanley Hall prize for the honors thesis work she did in the ICE lab, entitled “Face It, Actions Matter: How Visual Cues and Behavioral Information Interact to Influence Visual Representations of a Person’s Face.” And congrats to Michael Ding, who has won the Arthur B. Graves Prize for his independent study work in Economics.




Our new chapter just came out in Advances in Experimental Social Psychology. Check it out for a good summary of our current thinking on rapid implicit evaluative change.


Congratulations to the first cohort of thesis students to graduate from the ICE Lab! Gabby Gauthier started a position at the National Center for PTSD; Ananya Mayukha was awarded a prestigious $30,000 Chandler Memorial fellowship to pursue an independent research project on "Stories About Strangers: Collecting and Creating Moments of Human Connection"; and Benjamin Lin started a position at Horizon Media in NYC.



Interested in joining the lab?

If you're a Williams student interested in getting involved in the lab, feel free to drop by Prof. Cone's office, PSYC113 or send us a note using the link below.