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


Dilay Z. Karadöller, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral researcher

Dilay’s research tackles how children develop the ability to communicate and reason about spatial relations and which factors influence this development. Her work focuses on language modality (speech, sign, and gesture) and late sign language exposure as two possible factors influencing this development. In addition, she enjoys spending time with her beloved son, doing sports, and cooking in her spare time. CV


Burcu Arslan

Ph.D. student in Psychology, 5th year

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, 4th 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 aging and those diagnosed with neurological conditions. Gyulten likes exploring new places, getting out in nature, and moving her body to recharge her batteries. CV


Emir Akbuğa, M.A.

Ph.D. student in Psychology, 3rd 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


Salih Can Özdemir

MA student in Psychology, 3rd year

Salih is curious about the development of causal cognition. How do children reason about cause-and-effect relations? What role does language or explanations play in that? How does children’s intuitive understanding of the world relate to their reasoning and explanations? To investigate these questions, Salih tries to design engaging and unique experiments. Other than those, Salih loves his cats, video games, Bilge Karasu, Fiona Apple, and The Sopranos. CV


Şeref Can Esmer

MA student in Psychology, 2nd year

Şeref is interested in how children learn a language and how language learning interacts with their cognitive development. Specifically, he focuses on the role of sound symbolism in children’s vocabulary learning and the relation between children’s language use and their relational reasoning development. Şeref likes watching sitcom series and cook shows. CV


Güler Zeynep Sülün

MA student in Psychology, 2nd year

Zeynep earned her bachelor’s degree in linguistics and is curious about the cognitive mechanisms that make language possible. She enjoys thinking about the evolution of language and animal communication. She loves crocheting, drawing, watching good (or bad) horror movies and reading comics. CV


İbrahim Akkan

MA student in Psychology, 2nd 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, 2nd year

Begüm graduated from philosophy and switched to cognitive psychology for her graduate studies. She is curious about language-thought interactions, metacognitive processes, and how self-awareness shows itself in virtual environment interactions. She now focuses on the relationship between children’s metacognitive abilities and gesture usage. Besides her academic interests, she loves to swim, read Murakami, and take photographs. CV


Can Avcı

MA student in Psychology, 1st 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, 1st year

Hazal is mainly interested in cognitive developmental psychology. Specifically, she is curious about how children produce gestures and how gesture production interacts with emotion comprehension. Hazal enjoys spending time with her cat, watching anime, and doing craft projects. CV



Nevin Gamze Şilit

MA student in Psychology, 1st year

Gamze is interested in memory and language interaction. One of her main research focus is the question of how multilingualism affects autobiographical memory elements. 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