Dr. Ozan Isler

Experimental and Behavioral Economist

2004 - 2009 

External Fellow

CeDEx, University of Nottingham

M.A. & Ph.D. in Economics

University of California, Riverside

2014 - 2015 

2016 - 2017 

“Pascal’s Wager? Reflection Promotes Belief in God in Two Preregistered Experiments” (with O. Yilmaz) 

“Do religious primes decrease selfishness? Direct replication of Shariff and Norenzayan (2007)” (with O. Yilmaz & J. Maule)

​“Intuitions and deliberated strong reciprocity explain cooperation in maintenance and provision dilemmas”  (with S. Gächter, J. Maule & C. Starmer).

“The limits of altruistic vaccination and the promise of stratified nudging: A field experiment in a high-risk patient group” (with B. Isler, O. Kopsacheilis & E. Ferguson)

​“Are We Liberals or Are We Bound at Heart? A Comparison of Stable and Contextualized Moral Intuitions” (with O. Yilmaz & B. Dogruyol)

“Evidence against Ideological Asymmetry: Liberals and Conservatives Show Equal Group Bias in Sharing Behavior” (with O. Yilmaz & E. Ferguson)

Awards & Funding


CV (Short)

2015 - 2017 

July 2019 - 

2004 - 2009

1999 - 2003 

October 2017 - 

1999 - 2003


Founding Member

MINT, Istanbul

  • European Commission, Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship (€240,000) 

  • Network for Integrated Behavioural Science (NIBS) Research Awards (£10,000) 

  • Turkish Science Foundation (TUBITAK) Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship (€25,000) 

  • Chancellor’s Distinguished Fellowship, University of California, Riverside,  ($20,000)                    

  • Yale College Scholarship, 1999-2003 ($100,000)

B.A. in Economics (with Distinction)

Yale University, New Haven

Post-Doctoral Researcher

BEST, Queensland University of Technology

December 2018 -

​Isler O, Maule J & Starmer C. “Is intuition really cooperative? Improved tests support the social heuristics hypothesis.” PLoS ONE 13(1): e0190560, January 2018. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0190560

​​Isler O & Yilmaz O. “Dual-process accounts of cooperation and morality: A selected literature review” In J. Liebowitz (Ed.), Developing Informed Intuitants. Taylor & Francis, 2019.

​​Isler O, Yilmaz O & Maule J. "Is Religious Cooperation Intuitively Parochial?” Nature Human Behavior [Registered report, Stage 1 acceptance]