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Meltem Yucel

Postdoctoral Scholar
Psychology & Neuroscience

Selected Publications


Young children do not perceive distributional fairness as a moral norm.

Journal Article Developmental psychology · June 2022 Young children robustly distinguish between moral norms and conventional norms (Smetana, 1984; Yucel et al., 2020). In existing research, norms about the fair distribution of resources are by definition considered part of the moral domain; they are not dis ... Full text Cite

Gossip, sabotage, and friendship network dataset.

Journal Article Data in brief · February 2022 This article describes the data reported in the paper "Being in the know: Social network analysis of gossip and friendship on college campuses" (Yucel et al. 2021). Data were collected from a Men's and Women's collegiate crew team members from a small libe ... Full text Cite

National identity predicts public health support during a global pandemic.

Journal Article Nature communications · January 2022 Changing collective behaviour and supporting non-pharmaceutical interventions is an important component in mitigating virus transmission during a pandemic. In a large international collaboration (Study 1, N = 49,968 across 67 countries), we investigated se ... Full text Cite

Eliciting forgiveness.

Journal Article Wiley interdisciplinary reviews. Cognitive science · November 2021 When we commit transgressions, we need to be forgiven to restore our friendships and social standing. Two main ways we can elicit forgiveness is through asking for forgiveness after committing a transgression (i.e., retrospective elicitors) or before commi ... Full text Cite

Being in the Know : Social Network Analysis of Gossip and Friendship on a College Campus.

Journal Article Human nature (Hawthorne, N.Y.) · September 2021 Gossip (evaluative talk about others) is ubiquitous. Gossip allows important rules to be clarified and reinforced, and it allows individuals to keep track of their social networks while strengthening their bonds to the group. The purpose of this study is t ... Full text Cite

A creative destruction approach to replication: Implicit work and sex morality across cultures

Journal Article Journal of Experimental Social Psychology · March 1, 2021 How can we maximize what is learned from a replication study? In the creative destruction approach to replication, the original hypothesis is compared not only to the null hypothesis, but also to predictions derived from multiple alternative theoretical ac ... Full text Cite

Eliciting Forgiveness

Journal Article · 2021 When we commit transgressions, we need to be forgiven to restore our friendships and social standing. Two main ways we can elicit forgiveness is through asking for forgiveness after committing a transgression (i.e., retrospective elicitors) or before co ... Full text Cite

Childhood roots of being green: Environmental morality and behavior in children and adults

Journal Article · 2021 How do environmental morality and sustainable behavior emerge in childhood? We examined individuals’ moral judgments of environmental actions and their observed sustainable behavior in an environmental trade-off task in a sample of N = 555 young adults ... Full text Cite

Creative destruction in science

Journal Article Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes · November 1, 2020 Drawing on the concept of a gale of creative destruction in a capitalistic economy, we argue that initiatives to assess the robustness of findings in the organizational literature should aim to simultaneously test competing ideas operating in the same theo ... Full text Cite

The role of affect in feelings of obligation.

Journal Article The Behavioral and brain sciences · April 2020 Tomasello offers a compelling account of the emergence of humans' sense of obligation. We suggest that more needs to be said about the role of affect in the creation of obligations. We also argue that positive emotions such as gratitude evolved to encourag ... Full text Cite

Young Children and Adults Show Differential Arousal to Moral and Conventional Transgressions.

Journal Article Frontiers in psychology · January 2020 From a young age, children understand and enforce moral norms, which are aimed at preserving the rights and welfare of others. Children also distinguish moral norms from other types of norms such as conventional norms, which serve to ensure coordination wi ... Full text Cite

Gossip, Sabotage, and Friendship Network Dataset

Journal Article · 2020 This article describes the data reported in the paper “Being in the know: Social network analysisof gossip and friendship on college campuses” [1]. Data were collected from a Men’s andWomen’s collegiate crew team members from a small liberal arts colleg ... Full text Cite

Young children tattle to enforce moral norms

Journal Article Social Development · November 1, 2018 By 3 years of age, children tattle about rule violations they observe, even as unaffected bystanders. It is argued that tattling is one way in which children enforce norms and that in the long term, it helps sustain co-operation (e.g., Vaish, Missana, & To ... Full text Cite