Research interests and Projects
- Evolutionary psychology
I am a PhD student working under the supervision of Dr. Joshua Tybur as part of the ERC funded project “The Human Behavioral Immune System: Consequences for Health and Innovation”. I will investigate how disgust is learned (e.g., conditioning paradigms, social learning mechanisms) using methods from behavioral neuroscience and social psychology. Additionally, as part of my project I will look into the consequences of disgust learning in psychopathology, stigmatization, and cultural evolution (e.g., how food norms are shaped).
I obtained my B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Communication and Design from Bilkent University, Ankara (2015; summa cum laude). Then, I completed my Research Master’s in Social Psychology at VU Amsterdam (2017; cum laude). Prior to my PhD, I took part in several studies in the areas of interpersonal relationships, gender roles, disgust, and belief in conspiracy theories.