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Meltem Yucel

Meltem Yucel


LIFE fellow since 2017, University of Virginia

I am a doctoral student in Developmental Psychology at UVA working with Amrisha Vaish. Prior to attending UVA, I received my B.A in Psychology from Ozyegin University in 2015. I have experience in various developmental and comparative labs such as Harvard University Lab for Developmental Studies and the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Wolfgang Koehler Primate Research Center, where I did my summer internships. I am interested in children's social and moral development, specifically focusing on how and when children become moral beings. In Amrisha Vaish's lab, I'm currently investigating how children understand and enforce norms, using multiple methods (behavioral, eye-tracking, and pupillometry).

Dissertation project:
Pre-excuses: Why do people excuse their behavior before committing transgressions?

For more information, see www.meltemyucel.com

Selected Publications

Yucel, M., & Vaish, A. (2018). Young children tattle to enforce moral norms. Social Development, 27, 924–936. https://doi.org/10.1111/sode.12290

Selcuk (Yagmurlu), B. & Yucel, N. M. (2017). The role of institutionalization in theory of mind. In V. Slaughter & M. de Rosnay (Eds.), Theory of mind development in context (pp. 89–105). London: Routledge.