Research

My program of research broadly focuses on interpersonal relationships. In my research, I take an interdisciplinary approach that draws on research, theory, and methods from social and cognitive psychology to address questions ranging from relationship formation to relationship maintenance to personal consequences of relationships, such as:

  • How do engaging in minimal social interactions—such as greeting, thanking, and expressing good wishes to strangers or complimenting acquaintances—contribute to well-being?
  • What are the factors that shape impressions of newly acquainted individuals? And, to what extent do we revise these impressions as we get to know a person?
  • What are the processes that contribute to formation of affectional bonds in romantic relationships?
  • What are the processes that affect maintenance of romantic relationships?
  • How do romantic relationships contribute to emotion regulation and well-being?

Funding

Ongoing:

Toward enhancing the applied potential of relationship science via basic research: Examining interpersonal variability in support processes and its consequences for relational well-being, The Science and Technology Institute of Turkey (TUBITAK) 3501 Career Development Program, Investigator, 15.01.2021-15.01.2024, Budget: 439,325.00 TL.

Using Laboratory Observations to Uncover Emotional Processes in Romantic Relationships, Sabanci University Integration Projects Support, Principal Investigator, 26.03.2020-25.03.2022, Budget: 100,000.00 TL.

The Role of Responsiveness Variability and Average Responsiveness in Relational Outcomes, The Science and Technology Institute of Turkey (TUBITAK) 1001 Scientific and Technological Research Projects Funding Program, Principal Investigator, 01.11.2018-01.11.2021, Budget: 596,173.00 TL.

Completed:

The Role of Idiosyncratic Experiences in Mental Representations of Relationship Partners, Turkish Academy of Sciences Outstanding Young Scientist Award Program (TÜBA-GEBIP), Principal Investigator, 01.05.2016-01.05.2019, Budget: 60,000.00 TL.

Adult Attachment Formation: Development of Vocal and Physiological Synchrony, The Science and Technology Institute of Turkey (TUBITAK) 3501 Career Development Program, Investigator, 01.03.2017-01.03.2020, Budget: 360,726.00 TL.

Formation and Development of Attachment Mental Representations in Adulthood, The Science and Technology Institute of Turkey (TUBITAK) 3501 Career Development Program, Principal Investigator, 01.05.2015-01.04.2018, Budget: 262,087.00 TL.

Developing a Game Engine for Mobile Devices to Facilitate Social Interaction, The Science and Technology Institute of Turkey (TUBITAK) 1507 Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises Research and Development Program, Consultant, 01.05.2015-31.10.2016, Budget: 433,147.90 TL.

Collaborators

Anthony D. Ong, Cornell University, USA

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Cansu Yılmaz, Instructor, Anadolu University, Turkey

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Cindy Hazan, Cornell University, USA

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Emre Selcuk, Sabanci University, Turkey

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Gillian Sandstrom, University of Essex, UK

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Mehmet Harma, Kadir Has University, Turkey

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Nicholas Epley, University of Chicago, USA

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Rich Slatcher, University of Georgia, USA

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Sarah Stanton, University of Edinburgh, UK

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Vivian Zayas, Cornell University, USA

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Xuan Zhao, Stanford University, USA

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