I'm a Postdoctoral Associate at Duke University's Department of Psychology and Neuroscience. I am also a Research Affiliate at the Center for the Science of Moral Understanding and Intern at Cornell University's Sage School of Philosophy. I received my Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology with a concentration in Quantitative Psychology at the University of Virginia in 2021.
I'm primarily interested in the healthy development of social cognition and morality, specifically focusing on how and when children become moral beings. Using behavioral, eye-tracking, pupillometry, and network analysis methods, my research investigates how children and adults understand (Yucel et al., 2020, in revision) and enforce norms (Yucel & Vaish, 2018, 2021; Yucel et al., 2021a, 20201b), and the role of affect in moral decision-making (*Beeler-Duden, *Yucel, & Vaish, 2020; Yucel & Westgate, 2022).
I also deeply care about making Psychology more accessible. To diversify psychology, I founded two global initiatives:
First, I founded the Psych Research List (psychresearchlist.com), a library of paid internships and resources for applying to graduate school. To date, over 28,000 students and faculty from 124 countries have made use of these resources. As a recognition of my efforts to diversify science, I received a Commendation from the Society for the Improvement of Psychological Science. This initiative was also covered by the Boston Globe, as an exemplary diversity, equity, and inclusion initiative.
Second, I have co-founded a group called International Moral Psychology Seminar Series to disseminate morality research worldwide. We have successfully recruited 16 speakers, most of whom are early career researchers from diverse backgrounds and have made the speaker series free and available to anyone who wants to watch the lectures online. As a result, nearly 600 morality researchers from 55 countries have signed up to be part of this community of international scholars, opening further avenues of collaboration.
Belongingness, Development, Emotion, Fairness, Gossip, Morality, Norms, Social Cognition, Tattling, Well-being