Meltem Yucel

Meltem Yucel

Fellow
LIFE Virginia

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?


Selected Publications

Yucel, M., Hepach, R., & Vaish, A. (2020). Young children and adults show differential arousal to moral and conventional transgressions. Frontiers in Psychology, 11, Article 548. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2020.00548

Beeler-Duden, S. G., Yucel, M., & Vaish, A. (2020). The role of affect in feelings of obligation [Commentary]. Brain and Behavioral Sciences, 43, Article e60. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0140525X19002449

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

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