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Roman Akyüz

Research Assistant

R. Akyüz
+31 71 527 2727

Meet Roman, a lifelong student of human behaviour. Roman completed his Bachelor's degree in Applied Psychology in his hometown of Amsterdam. More recently, he graduated with a Master's degree in Evolutionary, Comparative, and Developmental Psychology from the University of St. Andrews, where he was fortunate enough to conduct experimental research with both chimpanzee and human participants. His postgraduate research focused on emotional contagion, empathy, and intergroup relations.

More information about Roman Akyüz


Right now, Roman is working as a research assistant at Leiden University. His current research focuses on the evolutionary origins of creativity and art. During this research project, he will seek to compare the behaviour of two human groups with that of two species of great apes, the common chimpanzee and the orangutan, as these are our closest and most distant relatives within the group of nonhuman great apes. Moreover, he will also be investigating aesthetic preferences in humans.

Research projects

- Contagious yawning towards ingroup versus outgroup members in chimpanzees.
- Cultural- and species differences in attentional preferences for marked and decorated objects.


Research Assistant

  • Faculteit der Sociale Wetenschappen
  • Instituut Psychologie
  • Cognitieve Psychologie

Work address

Pieter de la Court
Wassenaarseweg 52
2333 AK Leiden
Room number 1B49


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