Postdoctoral Researchers and Graduate Students



Junko Kanero, PhD

Postdoctoral fellow

Junko’s research focuses on language development in infancy and childhood, neural processing of language, and interaction between language and non-linguistic cognition. At Koç University, she primarily works on the L2TOR project, which explores ways in which social robots facilitate second language acquisition in young children.
She basically enjoys anything.





 Gökçe Elif Baykal, MA

PhD Candidate in Design, Technology & Society Program, 4th year

Elif’s research combines psychology research with child-centered design studies, and focuses on developing a physical-digital game that incorporates spatial manipulatives with interactive narrative.

She enjoys writing cartoon scripts and organizing playful activities for children in Turkey.








Demet Özer, MA

PhD Student in Psychology, 1st year.

Demet is interested in early language development, the role of gestures in language development, language and gesture use in brain-damaged individuals, spatial and causal language in healthy adults and in individuals with focal-brain injury, interval timing, the role of language on time perception.

She enjoys hiking and swimming.




seda resimSeda Karaköse Akbıyık 

PhD Student in Psychology, 1st year

Seda is interested in interaction of language and thought processing (neural correlates of language, language-related disorders, language and other cognitive processes such as memory, decision making and perception). She is very much interested in philosophy of mind, studies on consciousness and linguistics.






 Aslı Aktan Erciyes, MA

PhD. Candidate, Developmental Psychology, Boğaziçi University

Aslı’s research interests are language and
cognition, bilingualism, early second language acquisition and narrative development. In the lan, Aslı works in a TUBITAK-funded longitudinal language development study. 

She enjoys cooking and playing with her children







Hazal Kartalkanat

MA student in Psychology, 1st year

Hazal’s research interests are language development and the role of gestures in cognitive development.

She enjoys travelling and watching movies.






A. Ezgi Mamus, MA

Research Assistant in L2TOR project

Ezgi’s research focuses on scene perception and memory.

She enjoys sailing and travelling around the world.