I received my Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology with a concentration in Quantitative Psychology at the University of Virginia in 2021. I am currently an Affiliate at Duke University, 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, and pupillometry 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, submitted contribution).