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


Oettingen, G., Gollwitzer, A., Jung, J., & Olcaysoy Okten. (2022). Misplaced certainty in the context of conspiracy theories. Current Opinion in Psychology. 101393. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.copsyc.2022.101393


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. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.paid.2022.111606


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. https://doi.org/10.1037/xge0001219


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. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/mac0000012.


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. https://doi.org/10.1521/soco.2020.38.6.571


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. https://doi.org/10.1080/10447318.2020.1794623


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. https://doi.org/10.1037/npe0000127


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: https://doi.org/10.1002/ejsp.2611


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. https://doi.org/10.1037/pspa0000156


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., & 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: https://doi.org/10.1093/acrefore/9780190236557.013.317


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.

Moskowitz, G. B., & Olcaysoy Okten, I. A history of social cognition. (Invited book chapter under review). Oxford handbook of social cognition. 

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


Ahn, J. N., Olcaysoy Okten, I., Oettingen, G., Gollwitzer, P. M., & Lane, S. P. “Going my way?” Projecting goals spurs on competitive behavior. 


Jung, J., Olcaysoy Okten, I., Gollwitzer, A., & Oettingen, G. Searching for potential facilitators and inhibitors of intellectual humility using network modeling approach.


Moskowitz, G. B. & Olcaysoy Okten, I. (invited). Social cognition. Oxford Bibliographies.

Ryu, Y.*, Olcaysoy Okten, I., Gollwitzer, A., & Oettingen, G. Learn the unknown and get to the action: Intellectual humility and COVID-19 preventive practices.

*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.