I'm a sixth-year Developmental Psychology Ph.D. candidate at the University of Virginia. I am also a fellow of the International Max Planck Research School on the Life Course (LIFE Academy), Student Affiliate at the Center for the Science of Moral Understanding, and Research Affiliate at Cornell University's Early Childhood Cognition Lab.
Starting in Fall 2021, I will be a Postdoctoral Associate at Duke University's Department of Psychology and Neuroscience.
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, pupillometry, and network analysis methods, my research investigates how children and adults understand (Yucel et al., 2020, under review) and enforce norms (Yucel & Vaish, 2018; Yucel et al., accepted), and the role of affect in moral decision-making (*Beeler-Duden, *Yucel, & Vaish, 2020; Yucel & Westgate, accepted).
I also deeply care about making Psychology more accessible. For this reason, I've put together various lists for paid internships, virtual graduate school information sessions, and resources for applying to graduate school at psychresearchlist.com.
Development, Emotion, Fairness, Gossip, Morality, Norms, Social Cognition, Tattling