My research interests focus on cultural differences in conceptions of self and social cognition with implications for health-related information processing, interpersonal relationships, and question comprehension and answering in survey contexts. Some of my current projects in collaboration with colleagues focus on (1) cultural conceptions of honour and roots of honour-related aggression, (2) ecocultural influences on cognitive and social psychological processes, (3) social, cultural, and religious correlates of attitudes toward interethnic and interfaith intimate relationships, and (4) the role of self-regulatory mechanisms in social cognition (e.g. processing of messages), social interaction (e.g., aggression), and well-being.
- Close Relationships
- Culture and Ethnicity
- Health Psychology
- Self and Identity
- Social Cognition
- Uskul, A. K., Oyserman, D., Schwarz, N., Lee, S. W., & Xu, A. J. (2013). How successful you have been in life depends on the response scale used: The role of cultural mindsets in pragmatic inferences drawn from question format. Social Cognition, 31, 222-236.
- Cross, S., Uskul, A. K., Gercek-Swing, B., Sunbay, Z., & Ataca, B. (2013). Confrontation vs. withdrawal: Cultural differences in responses to threats to honor. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, 16, 345-362.
- Uskul, A. K., Cross, S., Gercek-Swing, B., Sunbay, Z., & Ataca, B. (2012). Honor bound: The cultural construction of honor in Turkey and the Northern US. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 43, 1131-1151.
- Sherman, D. K., Uskul, A. K., & Updegraff, J. (2011). The role of the self in responses to health communications: A cultural perspective. Self and Identity, 10, 284-294.
- Kitayama, S., & Uskul, A. K. (2011). Culture, mind, and the brain: Current evidence and future directions. Annual Review of Psychology, 62, 419-449.
- Uskul, A. K., & Oyserman, D. (2010). When message-frame fits salient cultural-frame, messages feel more persuasive. Psychology & Health, 25, 321-337.
- Uskul, A. K., Sherman, D., & Fitzgibbon, J. (2009). The cultural congruency effect: Culture, regulatory focus, and the effectiveness of gain- vs. loss-framed health messages. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 45, 535-541.
- Kitayama, S., Park, H., Sevincer, A. T., Karasawa, M., & Uskul, A. K. (2009). A cultural task analysis of implicit independence: Comparing North America, Western Europe, and East Asia. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 97, 236-255.
- Uskul, A. K., Keller, J., & Oyserman, D. (2008). Regulatory fit and health behavior. Psychology & Health, 23, 327-346.
- Keller, J., Hurst, M., & Uskul, A. K. (2008). Prevention-focused self-regulation and aggressiveness. Journal of Research in Personality, 42, 800-820.
- Uskul, A. K., Kitayama, S., & Nisbett, R. N. (2008). Ecocultural basis of cognition: Farmers and fishermen are more holistic than herders. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA, 105, 8552-8556.
- Uskul, A. K., Lalonde, R., & Cheng, L. (2007). Views on interracial dating among European and Chinese Canadians: The roles of culture, gender, and mainstream cultural identity. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 24, 891-911.
- Oyserman, D., Uskul, A. K., Yoder, N., Nesse, R., & Williams, D. (2007). Unfair treatment and self-regulatory focus. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 43, 505-512.
- Uskul, A. K. (2004). Women's menarche stories from a multicultural sample. Social Science and Medicine, 59, 667-679.
- Uskul, A. K., Hynie, M., & Lalonde, R. (2004). Interdependence as a mediator between culture and interpersonal closeness for Euro-Canadians and Turks. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 35, 174-191.
- Uskul, A. K., & Ahmad. F. (2003). Physician-patient interaction: A gynecology clinic in Turkey. Social Science and Medicine, 57, 205-215.
- Uskul, A. K. (2010). Socio-cultural aspects of health and illness. In D. French, A. Kaptein, K. Vedhara, and J. Weinman (Eds.), Health psychology (pp. 347-359). Oxford: Blackwell Publishing.
- Oyserman, D., & Uskul, A. K. (2008). Individualism and collectivism: Societal-level processes with implications for individual-level and society-level outcomes. In F. van de Vijver, D. van Hemert, & Y. Poortinga (Eds.), Multilevel analysis of individuals and cultures (pp. 145-173). Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.
Ayse K. Uskul
School of Psychology
University of Kent
Canterbury CT2 7NP
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