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Lab Director

Dr. Irmak Olcaysoy Okten


Dr. Irmak Olcaysoy Okten is currently an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Florida State University. She received her M.S. and Ph.D. in Social Psychology from Lehigh University. She earned her B.A. in Political Science and International Relations and M.A. in Social Psychology from Bogazici University. She is also a first-generation college graduate. Olcaysoy Okten's research investigates social cognitive and motivational processes underlying person-perception and interpersonal interactions.

Graduate Students

Ayanna Brewton

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Ayanna is a first-generation college graduate of Georgia Southern University where she earned her B.A in Psychology and minored in Sociology. Her research interests include perceptions, biases, and exploring discrimination through an intersectionality lens. In particular, her interest are centered around understanding and identifying stereotypical biases associated with person perception. Through her research interests she aspires to extend the literature specifically for minority and underrepresented populations. 

Lab Manager

Martha Cooper

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Martha is a double major in Psychology and Philosophy at Florida State University and aims to pursue a graduate degree in Social Psychology.   

Her primary research interests fall under the areas of social cognition and epistemology. In particular, she is interested in examining the social cognitive processes involved in belief acquisition, maintenance, and updating. 

Current Undergraduate Students

Lab Alumni
Former Research Assistants:
Cassidy Doane: currently attending Fl
orida State's Master of Social Work program
Elisya Rosa: currently a Graduate Associate for Dive
rsity, Equity and Inclusion at Orlando Magic
Former Honors Students:
Jiaxua Li: currently an M.A. student at New York University

Amy Huang: MBA student at Yale University School of Management
Former Masters Students:
Neharika Nair: currently a Ph.D. student at the University of Illinois at Chicago
Young Ju Ryu: currently a Ph.D. student at the University of Kansas
Brandon Neglio: currently a data manager at the Family Translational Research Group at NYU 
Murat Hosgor: currently a Ph.D. student at Fordham University
Rongxin Cheng: currently a Ph.D. student at UC Davis
George Ryan Ghorayed: currently a research assistant at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston
Jay Reynolds

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