Nur Soylu Yalçınkaya


nur.soylu [at]



PhD in Psychology, The University of Kansas, 2017

MA in Psychology, Koç University, 2012

BA in Political Science and International Relations, Boğaziçi University, 2009

Courses Taught: 

Advanced Research Methods II

Advanced Social Psychology

Social Psychology

Social Identity & Intergroup Relations

Experimental Psychology

Research Interests: 

Cultural psychology

Stereotyping, prejudice, & intergroup relations

Construction and experience of social identities (gender, national and ethnic/racial identities)

Recent Publications: 

Soylu Yalcinkaya, N. & Adams, G. E. (2020). A cultural psychological model of cross-national variation in gender gaps in STEM participation. Personality and Social Psychology Review. 

Şahin, Ö. & Soylu Yalcinkaya, N. (2020). The gendered brain: Implications of exposure to neuroscience research for gender essentialist beliefs. Sex Roles.

Molina, L., & Soylu Yalcinkaya, N. (2020). Immigrant to citizen: Identity concerns regarding immigrants’ motivation to naturalizeCultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 26(3), 327–337.

Soylu Yalcinkaya N. (2018) Social Class Differences. In: Zeigler-Hill V., Shackelford T. (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Personality and Individual Differences. Springer, Cham.

Soylu Yalcinkaya, N., Branscombe, N. R., Gebauer, F., Niedlich, C., & Hakim, N. (2018). Can they ever adapt? Perceived cultural malleability and support for acceptance of Syrian refugees. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 78, 125-133.

Kurtis, T., Soylu Yalcinkaya, N. & Adams, G. (2017). Silence in official representations of history: Implications for national identity and intergroup relations. Journal of Social and Political Psychology, 5, 608-629.

Soylu Yalcinkaya, N., Estrada-Villalta, S., & Adams, G. (2017). The (biological or cultural) essence of essentialism: Implications for policy support among dominant and subordinated groups. Frontiers in Cultural Psychology, 8, 900.

About Detail: 

Current Projects

1. Masculinity Threat in an Honor Culture Context

This project examines how masculinity is constructed in an honor culture context such as Turkey, where an individual's worth is defined based on their social reputation. Through online and field experiments, our team investigates how men respond to a perceived threat to their manhood in a way to affirm their masculinity publicly.

2. Essentialist Perceptions of Ethnicity

People may tend to think of social categories in essentialist terms (e.g., as originating from fixed and rigid, innate, biological or cultural source) as opposed to considering them as socially constructed entities. For instance, people may understand race or ethnicity as residing in one’s blood or genes, or gender as a primarily biological identity. We investigate the ways in which such perceptions may justify social inequalities. We examine essentialist perceptions of immigrants, and implications for attitudes and policy support.