Masters Students


I obtained my master’s degree in Neuropsychology at Maastricht University in the Netherlands. My master’s thesis focused on the neural correlates of retrieval practice on memory using EEG. I received my bachelor’s degree in Psychology at Middle East Technical University (METU) Northern Cyprus Campus. I wrote my bachelor’s thesis about the effect of environmental and voice context on face recognition. Currently, I am working on the project of the Perception of Symmetry: an fMRI adaptation study on symmetric faces and symmetric pattern under the supervision of Dr. Funda Yıldırım at the Computational Neuroscience and Visual Perception Lab. ​


I graduated from Aydin University with the Bachelor’s Degree in Translation-Studies and I am currently a graduate student at Yeditepe University Cognitive Science MA Programme. Along with my ongoing interest into Philosophy of Mind, my undergraduate degree has always been the driving force for me to be a devotee of higher-level concepts, their interaction with language and the way they are represented. In this sense, I have been interested in the nature of illusions and bistability phenomenon as an humble attempt to reveal possible processing levels of such percepts. To understand that, I utilize psychophysical methodologies at Computational Neuroscience and Vision Lab.



(Currently a PhD student at Ulm University)

After completing my bachelor’s degree in English Language and Literature at Istanbul University in 2011, I began to work as an ELT instructor. My professional background in language teaching and keen interest in visual arts led me to reflect upon topics such as learning, language acquisition, creativity and visual imagery. With a craving for specializing in human brain and cognition, particularly in neurolinguistics and psycholinguistics, I started pursuing a master’s degree in Cognitive Sciences MA program at Yeditepe University in 2019. At present, I am exploring the effects of stimulus type on eye movements during mindless reading and mindless listening as my master’s thesis project under the supervision of Dr Funda Yıldırım. My current research interests are wandering-mind, metacognition, semantics and eye movement measurements with eye-tracker. 


(Currently an Adjunct Professor at Yeditepe University)

I graduated from the Psychology Department of Yeditepe University. Currently, I am a graduate student in Cognitive Science MA Program at Yeditepe University. When I was studying psychology, I had a deep interest in memory, attention, cognition and cognitive neuroscience. I conducted some experiments on related topics as a fresh and curious student. I like to learn more about cognitive neuroscience. Currently, I am working on the topics related to auditory attention, visual attention, and short-term memory using eye tracker.


(Currently a PhD student at the University of Giessen)

I graduated from Yeditepe University, Psychology Department. I continue my education in Cognitive Science Master Program in Yeditepe University. I Am interested in discovering how we sense the world, how multisensory integration takes place in our brain and what mechanisms are. I am working on sound localization and the effects of harmonic and inharmonic sounds on texture perception in these days.

(Currently a PhD student at the University of Genoa)
I graduated from Yıldız Technical University, English Language Teaching Department. I am a graduate student at Yeditepe University, Cognitive Science MA program. For my thesis, I am working on modeling new language structures, using multisensory integration to understand sensory substitution deeper. I am also interested in ANNs together with neuroscience and therefore I want to be involved in future studies. Currently, I am helping with projects that involve, EEG analysis, machine learning, multisensory integration of gustatory, visual, olfactory, auditory, and somatosensory perception. Other than academic studies, I am interested in martial arts, drawing portraits, and playing Armenian duduk.


(Currently a PhD student at the University of Giessen)

I am graduated from the Philosophy Department of Galatasaray University. Currently, I am a graduate student at Cognitive Science Master’s Program at Yeditepe University. My interests are generally clustered on human perception, especially in auditory and somatosensory fields. Currently, I am studying auditory spatial localization in humans in a multimodally primed perspective. Also, I am interested in studying auditory and somatosensory mismatch negativity along with modeling these phenomena using machine learning.


(Currently a PhD student at the University of Giessen)

I graduated from Başkent University with a bachelor’s degree in psychology in 2018 and a minor degree in molecular biology and genetics in 2019. I started to Cognitive Science MA program in 2019. In my undergraduate years, I worked on visual working memory and visual perception. After that, I examined how the eye movements changed in negative and neutral situations, and how the eye movements changed when they saw faces of different emotional expressions using an eye tracker. I am currently working on the effect of configuration on visual crowding and motion perception using an eye tracker.


(Currently a PhD student at the University of Cologne & Research Center Jülich)

I am currently graduating from Kadir Has University with a bachelor’s degree in psychology in 2018 and I started to Cognitive Science MA program in 2018. In my undergraduate years, I was interested in programming visual experiments about visual attention and perception, global and local processing, change detection and configural processing. Nowadays, I am studying on the effects of contour and configuration in visual crowding which enables me to integrate my previous research experiences and experiencing new phenomenon in vision research.


(Currently working as a Data Scientist at Seriously Digital Entertainment, Helsinki)

I got my bachelor degree from Bilkent University Industrial Engineering Department in 2016. Since then, I have been working as an analyst in mobile app/gaming industries. I was quite interested in various topics about cognitive science, therefore I decided on this topic for my master’s degree. As of now, I am in my last year of Cognitive Science MA program at Yeditepe University. I enjoy learning about past experimental studies and their findings, especially about perception, memory and evolution. Currently, I am working on visual perception and classification focusing on shape properties and color for my thesis.


(Currently a PhD student at Mines ParisTech – PSL)

My name is Berjo Rijnders and I am now in the last year of the MA Cognitive Science at Yeditepe University. Before coming to İstanbul, I worked as an engineer in the Netherlands. My bachelor was in Architecture & Construction Engineering from University of Applied Sciences in Arnhem and I also did a master in Structural Engineering. My main interests are in logic but, I am also interested in its relations with artificial intelligence and cognitive architectures. I hope in the future I can use concepts from these fields in approaching questions related to reason and aesthetics.


(Currently a PhD student at Max Planc Institute for Psycholinguistics)

I graduated from Boğaziçi University, Chemical Engineering Department. Currently, I’m a MA student Cognitive Science Program in Yeditepe University. My interest in cognitive science started when I was working on EEG signal analysis for a course project. My main area of interest is sounds perception and how brain creates meaning from auditory signals.


I graduated from Middle East Technical University in 2010 and currently I’m a graduate student at Cognitive Science Program in Yeditepe University. My curiosity about people’s ability to regulate their mental states, be mentally more flexible than the average and experience extreme physical conditions by not being affected (like not burning while walking on fire) has motivated me to study Cognitive Science. Nowadays I’m conducting research about attention from a cognitive Neuroscience perspective and investigating meditation’s neural correlations.


Khaled Al Kamha, final year MA student of Cognitive Science at Yeditepe University. He graduated from Applied Science University (ASU) of Jordan with BSc in Software Engineering. Khaled’s passion to study the human brain started when his supervisor at ASU told him that the brain generates electrical signals which could be analyzed using a computer. His undergrad project was a classification of EEG signals using feature extraction and machine learning. Currently, Khaled is working on modelling human visual processors under the supervision of Dr. Funda Yıldırım; his MA thesis focuses on 3D modelling of motion in terms of clusters. He wishes to pursue a PhD where he can answer questions at the intersection of human perception, attention, and memory.


I graduated from Hacettepe University, English Language Teaching Department in 2014. I am interested in auditory perception, lexical access, neural mechanism of language processing, phonetics and phonology, machine hearing, and second language acquisition. More specifically, I aim to answer questions such as: how speech sounds are represented in the brain, how they are integrated into syllables and word, what characterizes the synaptic dynamics between sensory and semantic networks. Currently, I am working on my thesis project which aims to model the verbal transformation effect using short-term synaptic plasticity with spiking neural networks. I also like turn-based RPGs and Black Sabbath.

Kübra Akyüz

I graduated from Hacettepe University Elementary Mathematics Education Department in 2008. I started Data Science Master’s Program at Yeditepe University in 2019. Currently, my thesis topic covers both data science and data science fields. I use deep learning methods to create an artificial neural network that models visual regions of the brain with fMRI data.

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