Welcome to SPoG Lab at Middle East Technical University!

Who are we?

SPoG lab is a research laboratory in Psychology Department at Middle East Technical University (METU). We are a group of researchers interested in understanding gender issues such as honor, violence, and masculinity from the perspective of social psychology.

What is our aim?

The primary goals of the SPoG lab are to advance theoretical understanding on gender issues through scientific social psychological investigation and to provide this theoretical foundation to practitioners and decision makers in order to find solutions for contemporary social problems.

What do we do?

Drawing on a range of theoretical perspectives and methodologies, including experimental, quantitative, and qualitative techniques, a range of topics on gender issues are explored. We conduct basic research, such as examining attitudes against women, and survey research, such as understanding factors that contribute to reporting violence against women.

How can you get involved?

If you are interested in participating in our research, or in getting involved as a research volunteer, please contact to lab director at: spog@metu.edu.tr, or use "contact us" section.


Social Psychology of Gender Lab Department of Psychology
Middle East Technical University

Meet our lab

Prof.Dr. Nuray Sakallı-Uğurlu

Principal Investigator

Suzan Ceylan

Project Assistant

Gülçin Akbaş

Graduate Student

Asst.Prof. Banu Cingöz-Ulu

Faculty Member

Burcu Çuvaş

Graduate Student

Canay Doğulu

Graduate Student

Veysel Mehmet Elgin

Graduate Student

Demet İslambay

Graduate Student

Leman Korkmaz


Abdülkadir Kuzlak

Graduate Student

Gülden Sayılan

Graduate Student

Bilge Soylu

Graduate Student

Ezgi Türkçelik

Graduate Student

Beril Türkoğlu

Graduate Student

Our Work

Latest research we've been working on

Honor: Social Psychological Explanations

One of the hot topics studied in SPOG Lab is the concept of honor. In the cultures of honor, it is defined as positive moral-social standing and pride related to one's own perception of worth and other people's respect.
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Stereotype Threat

ST is one of the explanations of gender gap in task performance and understanding its mechanisms could help us eliminate inequalities between women and men. This is one of the topics SPOG Lab is interested in.
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Masculinities and precarious manhood are among the hottest topics in the current gender literature. It is discussed mainly around the "hegemonic masculinity" which is accepted as the most honorable way of being a man in a given society.
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System justification in gender context

Drawing on the theoretical perspective of system justification this line of research in SPoG lab aims to understand various gender issues including inequality, stereotypes, and sexism with regard to justification of the social system on gender basis.
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Violence against Women

This line of research in SPoG lab aims to understand violence against women and to take preventive action. We try to establish social psychological constructs associated with violence through several research.
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Honor and Women

The relation of honor to women is pivotal in honor studies. Most of them relies on the hypothesis of honor beliefs support women's subordination, justifying violence against them and therefore should be challenged.
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LGBTQI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex) studies in SPoG lab manly examine sexual prejudice against LGBTQI individuals and the motivations behind discriminative social relations.
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These are our publications you might be interested in

Publications of Prof. Dr. Sakallı-Uğurlu

International Journal Papers
  • Sakallı-Uğurlu, N., & Uğurlu, O. (in press). Predicting attitudes toward gay men with ambivalence toward men, questioning religion, and gender differences. Sex Roles,
  • Okutan, N., Buyuksahin Sunal, A., & Sakallı-Uğurlu, N. (in press). Comparing heterosexuals' and gay men-lesbians' EVLN responses and the effects of internalized homophobia on gay men-lesbians' EVLN responses in Turkey. Journal of Homosexuality,
  • Glick, P., Sakallı-Uğurlu, N., Akbaş, G., Metin Orta, I., & Ceylan, S. (in press). Why do women endorse honor beliefs? Ambivalent sexism and religiosity as predictors. Sex Role, doi: 10.1007/s11199-015-0550-5
  • Sakallı-Uğurlu, N., Salman, S., & Turgut, S. (2010). Predictors of Turkish women's and men's attitudes toward sexual harassment: Ambivalent sexism, and ambivalence toward men. Sex Roles, 63, 871-881.
  • Taşdemir, N., & Sakallı-Uğurlu, N. (2010). The relationship between religiosity, and ambivalent sexism among Turkish students. Sex Roles, 62 (7-8), 420-426.
  • Sakallı-Uğurlu, N. (2010). Ambivalent sexism, gender, and major as predictors of Turkish college students' attitudes toward women and men's atypical educational choices. Sex Roles, 62 (7-8), 427-437.
  • Sakallı-Uğurlu, N., Yalçın, S. Z., & Glick, P. (2007). Ambivalent sexism, belief in a just world, and empathy as predictors of Turkish students' attitudes toward rape victims. Sex Roles, 57(11/12), 889-895.
  • Glick, P., Fiske, S. T., Abrams, D., Dardenne, B., Ferreira, M. C., Gonzalez, R., Hachfeld, C., Huang, L., Hutchison, P., Kim, H., Manganelli, A. M., Masser, B., Mucchi-Faina, A., Okiebisu, S., Rouhana, N., Saiz, J. L., Sakallı-Ugurlu, N., Volpato, C., Yamamoto, M., Yzerbyt, V. (2006). Anti-American sentiment and America's perceived intent to dominate: An 11-nation study. Basic and Applied Social Psychology, 28(4), 363-373.
  • Eastwick, P. W., Eagly, A. H., Glick, P., Johannesen-Schmidt, M., Fiske, S. T., Blum, A., Eckes, T., Freiburger, P., Huang, L., Lameiras, M., Manganelli, A. M., Pek, J. C. X., Castro, Y. R., Sakallı-Ugurlu, N., Materna, I., & Volpato, C. (2006). Is traditional gender ideology associated with sex-typed mate preferences? A test in nine nations. Sex Roles, 54 (9/10), 603-614.
  • Glick, P., Lameiras, M., Fiske, S. T., Eckes, T., Masser, B., Volpato, C., Manganelli, A. M., Pek, J., Huang, L., Sakallı-Uğurlu, N., Castro, Y. R., Luiza, M., Pereira, D., Willemson, T. M., Brunner, A., Materna, I., & Wells, R. (2004). Bad but bold: Ambivalent attitudes toward men predict gender inequality in 16 nations. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 86(5), 713-728.
  • Sakallı-Uğurlu, N., & Glick, P. (2003). Ambivalent sexism and attitudes toward women who engage in premarital sex in Turkey. The Journal of Sex Research, 40(3), 296-302.
  • Sakallı-Uğurlu, N. (2003). How do romantic relationship satisfaction, gender stereotypes and gender relate to future time orientation in romantic relationships? Journal of Psychology, 137 (3), 294-303.
  • Sakallı, N., & Uğurlu, O. (2002). The effects of social contact with a lesbian person on the attitude change toward homosexuality in Turkey. Journal of Homosexuality, 44(1), 111- 118.
  • Sakallı-Uğurlu, N., & Beydoğan, B. (2002). Turkish college students' attitudes toward women managers: The effect of patriarchy, sexism, and gender differences. Journal of Psychology, 136(6), 647-656.
  • Sakallı, N. (2002). Pictures of male homosexuals in the heads of Turkish college students: The effects of sex difference and social contact. Journal of Homosexuality, 43(2), 111-126.
  • Glick, P., Sakallı-Uğurlu, N., Ferreira, M.C., & Aguiar de Souza, M. (2002). Ambivalent sexism and attitudes toward wife abuse in Turkey and Brazil. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 26, 291-296.
  • Sakallı, N. (2002). Application of the attribution-value model of prejudice to homosexuality. Journal of Social Psychology, 142(2), 264-271.
  • Sakallı, N. (2002). The relationship between sexism and attitudes toward homosexuality in a sample of Turkish college students. Journal of Homosexuality, 42 (3), 51-62
  • Crandall, C. S., D'Anello, S., Sakallı, N., Lazarus, E., Nejtardt, W. G., & Feather, N. (2001). An attribution-value model of prejudice: Anti-fat attitudes in six nations. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 27, 30-37.
  • Sakallı, N., & Uğurlu, O. (2001). Effects of social contact with homosexuals on heterosexual Turkish university students' attitudes towards homosexuality. Journal of Homosexuality, 42 (1), 53-62.
  • Sakallı, N. (2001). Beliefs about wife beating among Turkish college students: The effects of patriarchy, sexism and sex difference. Sex Roles, 44 (9/10), 599-611.
  • Glick, P., Fiske, S. T., Mladinic, A., Saiz, J. L., Abrams, D., Masser, B., Adetoun,B., Osagie,J.E., Akande,A., Alao, A., Brunner, B., Willemsen, T. M., Chipeta, K.., Dardenne, B., Dijksterhuis, A., Wigboldus, D., Eckes, T., Six-Materna, I., Expósito, F., CV - Nuray Sakallı-Uğurlu 8 Moya, M., Foddy, M., Kim, H., Lameiras, M., Sotelo, M. J., Mucchi-Faina, A., Romani, M., Sakallı, N., Udegbe, B.,Yamamoto, M., Ui, M., Ferreira, M. C., & López, W. L. (2000). Beyond prejudice as simple antipathy: Hostile and benevolent sexism across cultures. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 75, 763-775.
National Journal Papers
  • Doğulu, C., & Sakallı-Uğurlu, N. (2015). Dehşet yönetimi kuramı üzerine bir derleme (A review on terror management theory). Türk Psikoloji Yazıları (Turkish Psychological Articles), 18 (35), 33-47.
  • Sakallı-Uğurlu, N., & Akbaş, G. (2013). Namus kültürlerinde "namus" ve "namus adına kadına şiddet": Sosyal psikolojik açıklamalar ("Honor" and "violence against women in the name of honor" in honor cultures). Türk Psikoloji Yazıları (Turkish Psychological Articles),16 (32), 76-91.
  • Aktan, T., & Sakallı-Uğurlu, N. (2013). Kalıpyargı içeriği modeline sosyal bağlamsal bir yaklaşım: Bağlam içinde kalıpyargı içerikleri (A contextual approach to stereotype content model: Stereotype contents in context). Türk Psikoloji Yazıları (Turkish Psychological Articles), 16(31), 15-31.
  • Işık, R., & Sakallı-Uğurlu, N. (2009). Namus ve namus adına kadına uygulanan şiddete ilişkin tutumlar ölçeklerinin geliştirilmesi (Development of "attitudes toward honor" and "violence against women in the name of honor" scales). Türk Psikoloji Yazıları (Turkish Psychological Articles), 12(24), 1-9.
  • Sakallı-Uğurlu, N. (2008). Erkeklere ilişkin çelişik duygular ölçeği'nin Türkçe'ye uyarlanması (Turkish adaptation of ambivalence toward men). Türk Psikoloji Yazıları (Turkish Psychological Articles), 11(21), 1-11.
  • Sakallı-Uğurlu, N. (2006). Eşcinsellere ilişkin tutumlar: Türkiye'de yapılan görgül çalışmalar. (Attitudes toward homosexuals: Ampirical studies in Turkey). Türk Psikoloji Yazıları (Turkish Psychological Articles), 9(17), 53-69.
  • Sakallı-Uğurlu, N. (2003). Cinsiyetçilik: Kadınlara ve erkeklere ilişkin tutumlar ve çelişik duygulu cinsiyetçilik. (Sexism: Attitudes toward women and men, and ambivalent sexism). Türk Psikoloji Yazıları (Turkish Psychological Articles), 6 (11), 1-20.
  • Sakallı-Uğurlu, N., & Ulu, S. (2003). Evlilikte kadına yönelik şiddete ilişkin tutumlar: Çelişik duygulu cinsiyetçilik, yaş, eğitim ve gelir düzeyinin etkileri. (Attitudes toward domestic violence: The effects of ambivalent sexism, age, education, and income). Türk Psikoloji Yazıları (Turkish Psychological Articles), 6(11), 53-63.
  • Sakallı-Uğurlu, N. (2002). Çelişik duygulu cinsiyetçilik ölçeği: Geçerlik ve güvenirlik çalışması (Ambivalent sexism scale: A study of validity and reliability). Türk Psikoloji Dergisi (The Journal of Turkish Psychology), 17(49), 47-58.
  • Sakallı-Uğurlu, N, & Ulu, S. (2002). Evlilikte kadına uygulanan şiddete karşı tutumlar ve bu tutumları yordayan sosyal psikolojik faktörler. (Attitudes toward domestic violence and social psychological variables that explain these attitudes). Popüler Bilim, 107, 36-38.
  • Sakallı, N. (2001). Kadın hakları: Farklı terimler, farklı tutumlar (Women rights: Different labels, different attitudes). Tecrübi Psikoloji Çalışmaları, 22, 1-13.
  • Sakallı, N., Karakurt, G., & Uğurlu, O. (2001). Evlilik öncesi yaşanan cinsel ilişkiye ve kadınların evlilik öncesi cinsel ilişkide bulunmasına karşı tutumlar (Attitudes toward pre-marital sexuality and women's pre-marital sexuality). Tecrübi Psikoloji Çalışmaları, 22, 15-29.
  • Sakallı, N., & Curun, F. (2001). Romantik ilişkilerle ilgili kalıpyargılara karşı tutumlar. (Attitudes toward stereotypes about romantic relationship). Tecrübi Psikoloji Çalışmaları, 22, 31-45.
  • Sakallı, N. (2001). Sosyal etkiler: Kim kimi nasıl etkiler? (Social Influence: Who influence whom in what way?) Ankara: İmge Kitabevi.
  • Crandall, C.S., D'Anello, S., Sakallı, N., Lazarus, E., Nejtardt, G.W. & Feather, N.T. (2002). An attribution-value model of prejudice: Anti-fat attitudes in six nations. In Lesko, W.A. (Ed.), Readings in Social Psychology: General, Classic and Contemporary Selections (5th Ed.). Boston : Allyn & Bacon.
Invited Presentations
  • Sakallı-Uğurlu, N. (2008, April). Toplumsal cinsiyetçilik: Kadınlara ilişkin çelişik duygulu tutumlar. (Sexism: Ambivalent attitudes toward women). ODTÜ- Psychology Group.
  • Sakallı-Uğurlu, N. (2003, March). Toplumsal cinsiyetçilik: Kadınlara ve erkeklere ilişkin tutumlar ve çelişik duygulu cinsiyetçilik kuramı. (Sexism: Attitudes toward women and men and ambivalent sexism). Hacettepe Üniversitesi, Psychology Department.
  • Sakallı, N. (2000, September). Attitudes toward homosexuality. ODTÜ-Psychology Department Seminar.
  • Sakallı, N. (1999, May). Takım çalışması (Team work). ODTÜ Proses Topluluğu (METU Process Group).
  • Sakallı, N. (1996, December). Ingroup minorty' support and self-interest in the effectiveness of outgroup minority influence. ODTÜ, Psychology Department Seminar.

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News from US

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New Publication!

October 25

The article titled "Why Do Women Endorse Honor Beliefs? Ambivalent Sexism and Religiosity as Predictors" has been accepted for publication in Sex Roles: A Journal of Research, special issue.

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Congress Presentation

November 23-25

Beril Türkoğlu (with Gülden Sayılan) has a presentation titled "Political attitudes and ideology: Chicken or egg?" in 14th Turkish Social Sciences Congress, Middle East Technical University, Ankara

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Journal Article

March 14, 2014

Leman Korkmaz and Gülçin Akbaş had published an article titled "Implicit Devaluation in Women's Day Messages" in Bianet, discussing that messages on Women's Day are justifying traditional gender roles.

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Journal Article

April 19, 2014

Leman Korkmaz had published an article titled "Why should gender roles change?" in Biamag, discussing that changing gender roles will give a chance to people to express their uniqueness.

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News from Outside

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The Global Gender Gap Report 2015

November 19

The Global Gender Gap Index 2015 ranks 145 economies according to how well they are leveraging their female talent pool, based on economic, educational, health-based and political indicators.

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Violence against Women Research

Ankara 2015

The findings of "Domestic Violence against Women in Turkey" Research conducted by Hacettepe University and Ministry of Family and Social Policy has recently been published.

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Masculinities: Call for Papers

Deadline for submissions: December 15, 2015

Masculinities: A Journal of Identity and Culture, is now seeking contributions for its fifth issue, from every field of social sciences and humanities, which critically investigate men and masculinities.

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ISPP Annual Meeting: Call for Papers

Deadline for submissions: December 15, 2015

2016 Annual Meeting will be held July 13-16, 2016 in Warsaw, Poland. The submission process for the 2016 Annual Meeting is now open. The deadline for submissions is 15 December 2015.

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'Kadın' vs. 'Bayan'

March 6

Journalist Işıl Cinmen from Haberturk.com explained in her article through 10 bullets: Why call women 'kadın', not 'bayan'? Another illuminating text on the same issue is from bianet.org: Here is the link!

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18th SCC Convention

November 14-16

Hosted by the Foundation for Women's Solidarity, the 18th Shelters and Consultation Centers Convention was held in Ankara during November 14-16, 2015 with the theme "The Collective Power of Women against Male Violence".

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