Meltem Yucel

LIFE Virginia

LIFE Fellow since 2017, University of Virginia

I'm a Developmental Psychology Ph.D. candidate at the University of Virginia, working with Amrisha Vaish. I'm primarily interested in the development of social cognition and morality, specifically focusing on how and when children become moral beings. Using behavioral, eye-tracking, and pupillometry methods, I investigate how children and adults understand and enforce norms and the role of affect in moral decision-making. I received a B.A. in Psychology from Ozyegin University in 2015 and an M.A. in Psychology from the University of Virginia in 2017. 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 currently also a part of Cornell University's Early Childhood Cognition Lab.

Dissertation project:

 "No fair!”:  An investigation of children’s moral development

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.

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.

Yucel, M., & Vaish, A. (2018). Young children tattle to enforce moral norms. Social Development, 27, 924–936.

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