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Vaidis, D., Sleegers, W.W.A., Priolo, D., ...., Olcaysoy Okten, I., .... (accepted). Registered replication report: A multi-lab replication of the induced compliance paradigm of cognitive dissonance. Advances in Methods and Practices in Psychological Science.

Ryu, Y.*, Olcaysoy Okten, I., Gollwitzer, A., & Oettingen, G. (2023). Intellectual humility predicts Covid-19 preventive practices through greater adoption of data-driven information and feelings of responsibility. Social and Personality Psychology Compass, e12766.

Olcaysoy Okten, I., Huang, T.*, & Oettingen, G. (2022). Updating false beliefs: The role of misplaced vs. well-placed certainty. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 30(2).


Oettingen, G., Gollwitzer, A., Jung, J., & Olcaysoy Okten. (2022). Misplaced certainty in the context of conspiracy theories. Current Opinion in Psychology. 101393.


Olcaysoy Okten, I., Gollwitzer, A., & Oettingen, G. (2022). When knowledge is blinding: The dangers of knowing the future during uncertain societal events. Personality and Individual Differences. Advance online publication.


Gollwitzer, A., Olcaysoy Okten, I., Pizarro, A.O., & Oettingen, G. (2022). Discordant knowing: A social cognitive structure underlying fanaticism. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General. Advance online publication.


Hupbach, A., Olcaysoy Okten, I.,  & Horn, P. (2022). Directed forgetting in the social domain: Forgetting behaviors but not inferred traits. Journal of Applied Research in Memory and Cognition. Advance online publication.


Gunsoy. C. & Olcaysoy Okten, I. (2022). Inferring goals and traits from behaviors: The role of culture, self-construal, and thinking style. Social Cognition, 40(2), 184-211.


Olcaysoy Okten, I., Gollwitzer, A., & Oettingen, G. (2020). Gender differences in preventing the spread of Coronavirus. Behavioral Science & Policy. 6(2), 109-12. http://10.1353/bsp.2020.0022.  Open source; available here. 


Olcaysoy Okten, I., & Moskowitz, G. B. (2020). Easy to make, hard to revise: Updating spontaneous trait inferences in the presence of trait -inconsistent information. Social Cognition, 38(6), 571-625.


Günsoy, C., Olcaysoy Okten, I., Cross, S. E., Saribay, S. A. (2020). Cultural differences in self-expression on Facebook as a manifestation of self-enhancement and uniqueness. A comparison of Facebook status updates in Turkey and the U.S.A. International Journal of Human-Computer Interaction.


Olcaysoy Okten, I., Magerman, A., & Forbes, C. E. (2020). Behavioral and neural indices of trust formation in cross-race and same-race interactions. Journal of Neuroscience, Psychology, and Economics, 13(2), 100–125.


Olcaysoy Okten, I, & Moskowitz G. B. (2019). Spontaneous goal versus spontaneous trait inferences and explanations: How ideology shapes attributions. European Journal of Social Psychology. Advanced online publication:


Olcaysoy Okten, I., Schneid, E., & Moskowitz, G. B. (2019). On the updating of spontaneous impressions. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology: Attitudes and Social Cognition. 117(1), 1-25.


Olcaysoy Okten, I., & Saribay, S. A. (2018). Stereotype activation and self-regulation by conservatives and liberals in political encounters. The Journal of Social Psychology[OSF] [online access to article]


Olcaysoy Okten, I., & Moskowitz, G. B. (2018). Goal vs. trait explanations: attributions beyond a person-situation dichotomy. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology: Attitudes and Social Cognition, 114(2), 211-229.


Moskowitz, G. B., Olcaysoy Okten, I., & Gooch, C. M. (2017). Distortion in time perception as a result of concern about appearing biased. PloS one, 12(8), e0182241. [ResearchGate PDF] [OSF]


Saribay, S. A., Olcaysoy Okten, I., & Yilmaz, O. (2017). Resistance to change and opposition to equality dimensions of conservatism at personal and political levels. Turkish Psychological Articles [Special Issue on Political Psychology], 39, 24-41. [ResearchGate PDF]


Moskowitz, G. B., & Olcaysoy Okten, I. (2016). Spontaneous goal inference (SGI). Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 10(1), 64-80. [ResearchGate PDF]


Moskowitz, G. B., Olcaysoy Okten, I., & Gooch, C. M. (2015). On race and time. Psychological Science, 26(11), 1783-1794. [ResearchGate PDF] [Time Perception Task Web Demo]


Günsoy, C., Cross, S. E., Saribay, S. A., Olcaysoy Okten, I., & Kurutaş, M. (2015). Would you post that picture and let your dad see it? Culture, honor, and Facebook. European Journal of Social Psychology, 45(3), 323-335. [ResearchGate PDF]




Moskowitz, G. B., & Olcaysoy Okten, I. (in press). A history of social cognition. Oxford Handbook of Social Cognition.

Moskowitz, G. B., Olcaysoy Okten, I., & Schneid, E. (2022). The updating of first impressions. In E. Balcetis & G. Moskowitz (Eds.), Handbook of impression formation: A social psychological approach. Routledge.

Moskowitz, G., Olcaysoy Okten, I., & Sackett, A. (2021). Attributing inferred causes and explanations to behavior. In Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Psychology. Oxford University Press. doi:


Moskowitz, G. B., & Olcaysoy Okten, I. (2017). Social cognition. In T. D., Nelson (Ed.), Getting grounded in social psychology (pp. 37-78). New York, NY: Psychology Press.


Saribay, S. A, Olcaysoy Okten, I., Yilmaz, O. (2015). Ideological orientations and psychological variables. In O. D. Gumus (Ed.), Political psychology (pp. 2-46). Ankara: Nobel Press. [ResearchGate PDF]




Forbes, C.E., Amey, R., Magerman, A. B., & Olcaysoy Okten, I. Aversive responses to stereotypic STEM images predict women’s

long–term STEM memories and underperformance in math. Manuscript under review. Pre-print is available here.

Gunsoy, C, Olcaysoy Okten, I., Demaske, L. Rude or just blunt? Culture of honor and spontaneous trait inferences from potentially offensive behaviors. Manuscript under review.

Jung, J., Olcaysoy Okten, I., Gollwitzer, A., & Oettingen, G. Toward indirect interventions on Intellectual Humility: Using network modeling approaches. Manuscript invited for revision and resubmission (R & R).

Olcaysoy Okten, I. & Moskowitz, G. B. Understanding updating spontaneous impressions through behavior predictions. Manuscript under review.


Olcaysoy Okten, I., Kiselev, K.*, & Oettingen, G. Misplaced certainty and simple thinking. Manuscript under review.

*supervised students



Olcaysoy Okten, I. (February, 2018). Studying first impressions: What to consider? APS Observer: Student Notebook. 


Moskowitz, G. B., & Olcaysoy Okten, I. (2016). Teaching & learning guide for: Spontaneous goal inference (SGI). Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 10(3), 164-168. [ResearchGate PDF]





Olcaysoy Okten, I. (2018). Updating Spontaneous Trait Inferences: An Analysis of Memory Reconsolidation as a Mechanism of Changing First Impressions. (Doctoral Dissertation). Lehigh University.


Olcaysoy Okten, I. (2015). Implicit goal inference and implicit trait inference: Two ways of understanding the social world. (Master's Thesis). Lehigh University. Available from Lehigh Preserve. 


Olcaysoy Okten, I. (2012). The effects of political ideology on interpersonal interaction: Does exposure to opposing ideology lead to resource depletion? (Master's Thesis). Bogazici University. Available upon request. 



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