I am an Assistant Professor of Psychology at KoƧ University, Istanbul. I am the director of Language and Cognition Lab. I received Turkish Science Academy's Young Scientist Award BAGEP in 2015 and recently I received James S. McDonnell Foundation Human Cognition Scholar Award.

I did my Postdoctoral work in the Department of Neurology at the University of Pennsylvania. I worked with Dr. Anjan Chatterjee at the Chatlab in the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience. I was also affiliated with Spatial Intelligence and Learning Center (SILC). I received my PhD in Developmental Psychology from Temple University and worked at Temple University Infant and Child Lab under the directions of Dr. Kathy Hirsh-Pasek and Dr. Roberta M. Golinkoff. I obtained my BA in Psychology from Bogazici University, Istanbul and MA in Developmental Psychology from Koc University, Istanbul.

I study language and thought interactions, employing methods and perspectives from the developmental, linguistic, neuropsychological, and cognitive science literatures. I focus on interdisciplinary, multi-method, cross-linguistic research, and multilevel analyses. One line of my research investigates how infants and children represent the units within events that serve language and how this representation interacts with language. I have also been investigating language and thought interaction in neurotypical adults and adults who had brain injury, focusing on spatial and causal language and gestures.

Here is my most recent CV in .pdf format: CV_TG_Oct2017

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