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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. 

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
Cassidy Doane: Former RA, now attending Florida State's Master of Social Work program
Elisya Rosa: Former RA, now a Graduate Associate for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Orlando Magic

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