Emre Selçuk (Assistant Professor)


emre selçuk


Contact Info

Office: B45

Phone: +90 312 210 5966

E-mail: semre@metu.edu.tr

Personal Website, Blog, & Podcast


Ph.D., Developmental Psychology, Cornell University.

M.A., Developmental Psychology, Cornell University.

Research Interests

My research focuses on social development across the lifespan, with a primary aim of understanding the formation, maintenance, and functions of close relationships during adulthood. In my research I integrate theories and methods of social development with the closely related field of social psychology. My work in recent years has been influenced by the social developmental attachment theory and recent conceptualizations of responsiveness in close relationships. Specifically, I have been investigating the psychological mechanisms by which close relationships influence emotion regulation, psychological well-being, and physical health over time (e.g., Selçuk, Günaydın, Ong, & Almeida, 2016; Selçuk & Ong, 2013; Selçuk, Stanton, Slatcher, & Ong, in press; Selçuk, Zayas, Günaydın, & Hazan, 2012; Slatcher, Selçuk, & Ong, 2015). In other lines of work, I am interested in understanding the role of social and developmental factors in person perception (e.g., Günaydın, Selçuk, & Zayas, in press; Günaydın, Zayas, Selçuk, & Hazan, 2013), and factors affecting relationship development and mate selection (e.g., Günaydın, Selçuk, & Hazan, 2013). In the near future, I aim to extend my research program to investigating mechanisms (e.g., early life caregiving) underlying intergenerational effects of relationships on social development and well-being (see Selçuk, Günaydın, Sümer, Harma, Salman, Hazan et al., 2010 for initial early evidence and Slatcher & Selçuk, 2017 for recent theoretical discussion).


Peer-reviewed articles


Gillath, O., Karantzas, G., & Selçuk, E. (in press). A net of friends: Investigating friendship by integrating attachment theory and social network analysis. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.


Slatcher, R. B., & Selçuk, E. (2017). A social psychological perspective on the links between close relationships and health. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 26, 16-21. doi: 10.1177/0963721416667444


Selçuk, E., Stanton, S. C., Slatcher, R. B., & Ong, A. D. (2017). Perceived partner responsiveness predicts better sleep quality through lower anxiety. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 8, 83-92. doi: 10.1177/1948550616662128


Günaydın, G., Selçuk, E., & Zayas, V. (2017). Impressions based on a portrait predict, one-month later, impressions following a live interaction. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 8, 36-44. doi: 10.1177/1948550616662123


Günaydın, G., Selçuk, E., & Ong, A. D. (2016). Trait reappraisal predicts affective reactivity to daily positive and negative events. Frontiers in Psychology, 7, 1000. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2016.01000


Selçuk, E., Günaydın, G., Ong, A. D., & Almeida, D. M. (2016). Does partner responsiveness predict hedonic and eudaimonic well-being? A 10-year longitudinal study. Journal of Marriage and Family, 78, 311-325. doi: 10.1111/jomf.12272


Slatcher, R., Selçuk, E., & Ong, A. D. (2015). Perceived partner responsiveness predicts diurnal cortisol profiles 10 years later. Psychological Science, 26, 972-982. doi: 10.1177/0956797615575022


Selçuk, E., & Ong, A. D. (2013). Perceived partner responsiveness moderates the association between received emotional support and all-cause mortality. Health Psychology, 32, 231-235. doi: 10.1037/a0028276


Selçuk, E., Zayas, V., Günaydın, G., Hazan, C., & Kross. E. (2012). Mental representations of attachment figures facilitate recovery following upsetting autobiographical memory recall. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 103, 362-378. doi: 10.1037/a0028125


Günaydın, G., Zayas, V., Selçuk, E., & Hazan, C. (2012). I like you but I don’t know why: Objective facial resemblance to significant others influences snap judgments. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 48, 350-353. doi: 10.1016/j.jesp.2011.06.001


Gillath, O., Johnson, D. K., Selçuk, E., & Teel, C. (2011). Comparing old and young adults as they cope with life transitions: The links between social network management skills and attachment style to depression.Clinical Gerontologist, 34, 251-265. doi: 10.1080/07317115.2011.554345


Gillath, O., Landau, M., Selçuk, E., & Goldenberg, J. L. (2011). Effects of low survivability cues and participant sex on physiological and behavioral responses to sexual stimuli. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 47, 1219-1224. doi: 10.1016/j.jesp.2011.05.003


Selçuk, E., Günaydın, G., Sümer, N., Harma, M., Salman, S., Hazan, C., Dogruyol, B., & Ozturk, A. (2010). Self-reported romantic attachment style predicts everyday maternal caregiving behavior at home. Journal of Research in Personality, 44, 544-549. doi: 10.1016/j.jrp.2010.05.007


Selçuk, E., Zayas, V., & Hazan, C. (2010). Beyond satisfaction: The role of attachment in marital functioning. Journal of Family Theory and Review, 2, 258-279. doi: 10.1111/j.1756-2589.2010.00061.x


Gillath, O., Selçuk, E., & Shaver, P. (2008). Moving toward a secure attachment style: Can repeated security priming help? Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 2, 1651-1666. doi: 10.1111/j.1751-9004.2008.00120.x



Book chapters, encyclopedia entries, and popular press


Selçuk, E., Karagöbek, A. B., & Günaydın, G. (in press). Responsiveness as a key predictor of happiness: Mechanisms and unanswered questions. In M. Demir & N. Sümer (Eds.), Close relationships and happiness. New York, NY: Springer


İmamoğlu, E. O., & Selcuk, E. (in press). Cultural and self-related considerations in relationship well-being: With particular reference to marriage in Turkey. In G. E. Weisfeld, C. C. Weisfeld, & L. Dillon (Eds.), Psychology of marriage: An evolutionary and cross-cultural view. New York, NY: Lexington.


Hazan, C., & Selçuk, E. (2015). Normative processes in romantic attachment. In V. Zayas & C. Hazan (Eds.),Bases of adult attachment: Linking brain, mind and behavior (pp. 3-8). New York: Springer.


Günaydın, G., Selçuk, E., & Hazan, C. (2013). Finding the one: A process model of mate selection. In C. Hazan & M. Campa (Eds.), Human bonding: The science of affectional ties (pp. 103-131). New York: Guilford Publications.


Zayas, V., & Selçuk, E. (2013). What do implicit processes tell us about romantic attachment? Association for Psychological Science Observer, 26, 19-22.


Selçuk, E., & Gillath, O. (2009). Attachment. In R. E. Ingram (Ed.), The international encyclopedia of depression (pp. 32-37). New York: Springer.



Publications in Turkish


İmamoğlu, E. O., Günaydın G., & Selçuk E. (2011). Özgün benliğin yordayıcıları olarak kendileşme ve ilişkililik: Cinsiyetin ve kültürel yönelimlerin ötesinde. Türk Psikoloji Dergisi, 26, 27-43.


Sümer, N., Ünal, S., Selçuk, E., Kaya, B., Polat, R., & Cekem, B. (2009). Bağlanma ve psikopatoloji: Bağlanma boyutlarının depresyon, panik bozukluk ve obsesif -kompulsif bozuklukla ilişkisi. Türk Psikoloji Dergisi, 24, 38-45.


Günaydın, G., Selçuk, E., Sümer, N., & Uysal, A. (2005). Ebeveyn ve Arkadaşlara Bağlanma Envanteri Kısa Formunun psikometrik açıdan değerlendirilmesi. Türk Psikoloji Yazıları, 8, 13-23.


Selçuk, E., Günaydın, G., Sümer, N., & Uysal, A. (2005). Yetişkin bağlanma boyutları için yeni bir ölçüm: Yakın ilişkilerde yaşantılar envanteri-II’nin Türk örnekleminde psikometrik açıdan değerlendirilmesi. Türk Psikoloji Yazıları, 8, 1-11.



  • PSY 671-73: Directed Research
  • PSY 621: Multilevel Modeling for Psychology
  • PSY 525: Lifespan Developmental Science
  • PSY 500: Advanced Statistics for Psychology I
  • PSY 427: Human Bonding
  • PSY 456: Applied Social Psychology
  • PSY 393: Research Workshop
  • PSY 217: Statistics for Psychology II