Dr. Ozan Isler

Experimental and Behavioral Economist

2016 - 2017 

Awards & Funding

Research Fellow

BEST, School of Economics and Finance, Queensland University of Technology

2020 - 2022 

CV in Brief

2004 - 2009

M.A. & Ph.D. in Economics

University of California, Riverside

Recent Publications


October 2019 -

B.A. in Economics (with Distinction)

Yale University, New Haven

2014 - 2015 

December 2018 -

External Fellow

CeDEx, University of Nottingham

  • Think Forward Initative, Long-Term Research Grant (€80,000) 

  • 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)


Founding Member

MINT, Istanbul

1999 - 2003 

2004 - 2009 

October 2017 -

1999 - 2003

Isler O, Yilmaz O & Maule J. (2021) Religion, parochialism and intuitive cooperation. Nature Human Behaviour. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41562-020-01014-3 (open access link)

Isler O, Yilmaz O & Dogruyol B. (2020) Are we at all liberal at heart? High-powered tests find no effect of intuitive thinking on moral foundations. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 92: 104050. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jesp.2020.104050

Isler O, Yilmaz O & Dogruyol B. (2020) Activating reflective thinking with decision justification and debiasing training. Judgment and Decision Making​, 15(6), 926-938. http://journal.sjdm.org/20/201008/jdm201008.html

Isler O, Isler B, Kopsacheilis O & Ferguson E. (2020) Limits of the social-benefit motive among high-risk patients: A field experiment on influenza vaccination behaviour. BMC Public Health, 20(240)

Isler O. (2020) Rational Actors. In: Shackelford T., Weekes-Shackelford V. (eds) Encyclopedia of Evolutionary Psychological Science. Springer, Cham.


Isler O. (2020) Resource scarcity. In: Shackelford T., Weekes-Shackelford V. (eds) Encyclopedia of Evolutionary Psychological Science. Springer, Cham.


​​Yilmaz O & Isler O. (2019) ​​Reflection Increases Belief in God through Self-Questioning among Non-Believers. Judgment and Decision Making​, 14(6), 649-657.


​​Isler O & Yilmaz O. (2019) Intuition and Deliberation in Morality and Cooperation: An Overview of the Literature. In J. Liebowitz (Ed.), Developing Informed Intuitants, Taylor & Francis. 


Isler O, Maule J & Starmer C. (2018) Is intuition really cooperative? Improved tests support the social heuristics hypothesis. PLoS ONE, 3(1): e0190560.