|| Ph.D., 2016, Department of Psychological Sciences, University of Connecticut
B.A., Summa cum laude, 2009, Scientific and Philosophical Studies of the Mind, Franklin and Marshall College
|| I am very interested in the factors which lead to more moral motivation and action, as well as the development of a moral identity. I conceptualize moral development as a life-long process and investigate factors which help individuals learn from their moral successes and failures. Thus, I study religion and spirituality, assumptions about morality, emotions, and effect of moral exemplars as catalysts of moral motivation and growth. Interested in multiple levels of analysis, I seek to understand connections between individual morality and intergroup attitudes, as well as how communities affect the moral life of the individual. I also study the ‘dark side’ of morality, where moral arguments and credentials can be used to justify immoral and inhumane behavior.
- Dissertation: Lay Theories of Morality in the Lives of Moral Exemplars.
- Leach, C. W., & Cidam, A. (2015). When is shame linked to constructive approach orientation? A meta-analysis.
- Leach, C. W., Çelik, A. B., Bilali, R., Cidam, A., & Stewart, A. L. (2016). Being There: The 2013 Anti-Government Protests in Istanbul, Turkey. Contention, 4(1-2), 25-38. http://www.berghahnjournals.com/view/journals/contention/4/1-2/cont040103.xml?
- Stewart, A. L., Morselli, D., Foels, R., Aiello, A., Çidam, A., Chryssochoou, X., … & Sweetman, J. Attitudes towards Arab ascendance: Israeli and Global perspectives.
- Pratto, F., Çidam, A., Stewart, A. L., Zeineddine, F. B., Aranda, M., Aiello, A., … & Henkel, K. E. (2013). Social Dominance in Context and in Individuals Contextual Moderation of Robust Effects of Social Dominance Orientation in 15 Languages and 20 Countries. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 1948550612473663.
- Masters thesis: Lay Theories of the Moral Self: Sustained Moral Motivation After Moral Success
- Penn, M. L., Pharaon, A., & Cidam, A. (2007). Biological, Psychological, and Social Factors in the Pathogenesis of Psychopathy. In G. Walker (Ed.) The Science of Morality: Proceedings of the Royal College of Physicians, London: Royal College of Physicians Press.