I am a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Department of Neurology at the University of Pennsylvania. I work with Dr. Anjan Chatterjee at the Chatlab in the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience. I am also affiliated with Spatial Intelligence and Learning Center (SILC). I received my PhD in Developmental Psychology from Temple University and worked at Temple University Infant Lab. I obtained my BA in Psychology from Bogazici University, Istanbul and MA in Developmental Psychology from Koc University, Istanbul.
My main research questions centered on the relationship between language and cognitive development: What are the perceptual and conceptual precursors in events that are fundamental to learning verbs and prepositions? How do children in different language environments learn to talk about events? How do infants and children perceive and express causal events? Here is a profile about me and my work in graduate school that was published in gradPSYCH magazine of APA
My current research investigates the cognitive processes and neural structures related to comprehending causal events and spatial events and producing causal sentences and spatial language. I am particularly interested in studying different levels of representations (perceptual, neural, verbal, and gestural) of causal and spatial events in normal and brain damaged adults and focal brain injured children, using behavioral, neuroimaging, and lesion analysis techniques. Please see the Research page for more detailed descriptions of current and past projects.
Here is my most recent CV in .pdf format: .