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.






 Aslı Aktan Erciyes, PhD

Postdoctoral fellow

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

She enjoys cooking and playing with her children.






 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, 2nd year.

Demet is interested in verbal and non-verbal language processing in general. She is interested in the individual differences in the integration of speech and gesture, the role of higher-order cognitive processes (e.g. working memory, executive functions, spatial skills) on this integration and  language and gesture use in people with focal brain injury and elderly.

She enjoys hiking and swimming.




seda resimSeda Karaköse Akbıyık 

MA Student in Psychology, 2nd 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.






Hazal Kartalkanat

MA student in Psychology, 2nd year

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

She enjoys travelling and watching movies.