I'm an associate professor of psychology at Kadir Has University, Istanbul, and I lead the MINT lab — a collaborative interdisciplinary laboratory bringing together my diverse, but integrated, research foci covering the psychology of morality, political psychology, cognitive science of religion, and decision-making areas. My research mainly focuses on dual-process accounts of moral judgment and behavior. More specifically, I try to understand how different cognitive styles (reflection vs. intuition) lead people to adopt certain belief systems such as religious and supernatural beliefs, ideological beliefs, conspiracy theories, free will and determinism beliefs, beliefs about climate change, and several other normative and meta-ethical beliefs. I also try to understand (1) why people believe or disbelieve some supernatural deities, (2) how believing (vs. disbelieving) leads to different moral leanings, and (3) cognitive underpinnings and (4) contextual determinants of diverse moral behaviors such as generosity, cooperation, and group bias.
He holds a Ph.D. (2009) in Economics from University of California, Riverside. He is an experimental and behavioral economist at University of Queensland, and an external fellow of University of Nottingham's Centre for Decision Research and Experimental Economics (CeDEx). His research has appeared in leading academic journals such as Nature Human Behaviour, Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, Behavior Research Methods, and Judgment and Decision Making.
His research interests are cooperation, social heuristic hypothesis, moral decision making, social norms.
He holds a Ph.D. (2014) in Social Psychology from Middle East Technical University. He is an associate professor of psychology at Kadir Has University (Istanbul). His research has appeared in leading academic journals such as Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, European Journal of Psychological Assessment, Personality and Individual Differences, and Judgment and Decision Making.
His research interests are moral judgements and decision making, political ideology, and cooperation.