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Emre Selçuk (Associate 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 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, 2017; Selçuk, Zayas, Günaydın, & Hazan, 2012; Slatcher & Selçuk, 2017; Slatcher, Selçuk, & Ong, 2015; Taşfiliz, Selçuk, Günaydın, Slatcher, Corriero, & Ong, 2018). In other lines of work, I am interested in understanding factors influencing early-stage person perception and relationship formation (e.g., Günaydın, Selçuk, & Zayas, 2017; Günaydın, Zayas, Selçuk, & Hazan, 2012), mate selection and relationship maintenance (e.g., Günaydın, Selçuk, & Hazan, 2013; Günaydın, Selçuk, Yılmaz, & Hazan, 2018), and daily happiness and well-being (Bayraktaroğlu, Günaydın, Selçuk, & Ong, in press; Günaydın, Selçuk, & Ong, 2016). Lately, I have been exploring implications of family psychology research for sustainability of family businesses.


Peer-reviewed articles


Stanton, S. C. E., Selçuk, E., Farrell, A. K., Slatcher, R. B., & Ong, A. D. (2019). Perceived partner responsiveness, daily negative affect reactivity, and all-cause mortality: A 20-year longitudinal study. Psychosomatic Medicine, 81, 7-15. doi: 10.1097/PSY.0000000000000618


Bayraktaroglu, D., Gunaydin, G., Selçuk, E., & Ong, A. D. (in press). A daily diary investigation of the link between television watching and positive affect. Journal of Happiness Studies.


Fu, Y., Selçuk, E., Moore, S. R., & Depue, R. A. (2018). Touch-induced face conditioning is mediated by genetic variation in opioid but not oxytocin receptors. Nature Scientific Reports, 8:9004. doi: 10.1038/s41598-018-27199-2


Gunaydin, G., Selçuk, E., Yılmaz, C., & Hazan, C. (2018). I have, therefore I love: Status quo preference in mate choice. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 44, 589-600. doi: 10.1177/0146167217746339


Taşfiliz, D., Selçuk, E., Gunaydin, G., Slatcher, R. B., Corriero, E. F., & Ong, A. D. (2018). Patterns of perceived partner responsiveness and well-being in Japan and the United States. Journal of Family Psychology, 32, 355-365. doi: 10.1037/fam0000378


Gillath, O., Karantzas, G., & Selçuk, E. (2017). A net of friends: Investigating friendship by integrating attachment theory and social network analysis. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 43, 1546-1565. doi: 10.1177/014616721771973.


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


Gök, A. C., Selçuk, E., & Gençöz, T. (in press). Olumlu ve olumsuz duygulanımın tekrarlanan ölçümlerde kişi-içi güvenilirliği. Türk Psikoloji Dergisi.


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 562: Psychology of Close Relationships
  • 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