Assoc. Prof. Tilbe Göksun

Dr. Göksun’s research interests center on the relation between language and various thinking processes. In the lab, she uses different populations (children, healthy adults, brain-injured patients) and methodologies (e.g., looking time-eye tracking, act-out tasks, linguistic and gestural analyses, and voxel-lesion symptom mapping) to answer her research questions. Tilbe loves reading, watching movies, and visiting new cities. 

Office Location: SOS Z17B
Office Phone: 0212-338-1872

Burcu Arslan, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Researcher

Burcu is interested in multimodal communication. Her studies mainly focus on cognitive processes related to gesture production and speech disfluency across different age groups. She enjoys traveling and learning new languages. CV





Gyulten Hyusein, MSc

Ph.D. student in Psychology, 5th Year

Gyulten’s current research is focused on the interplay between thinking processes (creative
thinking, mental imagery) and language modalities (gestures, bilingualism). She is also
interested in how cognition and language use change with ageing and in those diagnosed with
neurological conditions. To recharge her batteries, Gyulten likes exploring new places and
people, getting out in nature, and moving her body. CV




Emir Akbuğa, M.A.

Ph.D. student in Psychology, 4th year

Emir is interested in the interaction of language and thought in adults. He mainly focuses on the relation between language and event perception and metaphors and their effects on cognitive processes. He is an avid reader of the crime thriller genre; he likes martial arts, listening to and making music. CV


İbrahim Akkan

Ph.D. student in Psychology, 1st year

Ibrahim is interested in the dynamic links between language and thought processes. Specifically, he focuses on multimodal language affecting second language learners’ memory processes. He is also interested in the effect of parent-leveled and individual-level factors on language development and children’s narrative skills. He watches only Sihirli Annem, Aski Memnu and Harry Potter. He said that he is not open to any suggestions about movies or Tv shows because his anxiety and ADHD wouldn’t let him watch new things, and then he added: “Sorry, not sorry.” He also said psychology is his major but sarcasm is his minor degree. CV



Begüm Yılmaz

MA student in Psychology, 3rd year

Begüm graduated from philosophy and switched to psychology for her graduate studies. She is curious about multimodal communication, language-thought interactions, and how these are related to metacognitive processes. Besides her academic interests, she loves to swim, read Murakami, and take photographs. CV




Can Avcı

MA student in Psychology, 2nd year

Can is mainly interested in the interaction of speech disfluencies and gestures, focusing on individual differences. He specifically investigates how gesture manipulation (e.g., restriction or encouragement) and cognitive abilities affect adult disfluency rates. Besides research, he enjoys reading and discussing philosophy, playing piano, and lifting weights. CV





Hazal Civelek

MA student in Psychology, 2nd year

Hazal is mainly interested in social cognitive developmental psychology. Specifically,
she is curious about how children produce gestures and how gesture production
interacts with emotion comprehension. She is also interested in how bilingual
children talk about their emotions in their native language and second language.
Hazal enjoys spending time with her cat, watching anime, and doing craft projects. CV



Nevin Gamze Şilit

MA student in Psychology, 2nd year
Gamze is interested in memory and language interaction. One of her main research focuses is the effects of gesture use on autobiographical memory recall and future thinking. She likes going to the theater, attending concerts, and spending time with her cat in her spare time. Nowadays, she started a new hobby, wood carving. CV