I am an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Koc University, Istanbul. Our lab is the Language and Cognition Lab.

I did my Postdoctoral work in the Department of Neurology at the University of Pennsylvania. I worked with Dr. Anjan Chatterjee at the Chatlab in the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience. I was 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.

In my graduate education, I primarily studied early language development in a cross-linguistic perspective under the directions of Dr. Kathy Hirsh-Pasek and Dr. Roberta M. Golinkoff.

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 research during my post-doc years investigated the cognitive processes and neural structures related to producing spatial language. I have been particularly interested in studying different levels of representations (perceptual, neural, verbal, and gestural) of spatial events in normal and brain damaged adults and focal brain injured children, using behavioral 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: tilbe_cv_pdf

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