Shared Laboratory of the Cognitive Science Program

Our research is focused on the effects of social-emotional factors on learning, the development of social group and category perception, music perception, and the role of music and speech in early communication.

Our studies are conducted in various schools and kindergartens as well as our laboratory at Boğaziçi University with the participation of volunteer families.

PI : Gaye Soley

Behavioral Neuroscience Lab is a systems neuroscience laboratory investigating the neuronal basis of fear memory, depression and anxiety. We utilize various anatomical, electrophysiological and behavioral techniques in rodents to study the specific neuronal subcircuits and differential functions of several limbic brain structures in the aforementioned cognitive-affective processes. We constitute a large research group with graduate and undergraduate students from diverse academic backgrounds.

Please check out the applicants page if you are interested in joining our scientific endeavor for a short-term training or a graduate study at Boğaziçi University.

PI : Güneş Ünal

In Cognitive Processes Laboratory, we are doing mainly basic but also some applied research.

Our main areas of research are working memory, visual/spatial working memory, memory for music, metamemory, and culture and cognition as well as memory processes in psychopathology and levels of awareness.

PI : Esra Mungan

The main research focus of PEG Lab is investigating the role of psychological and genetic factors and their interactions on human behavior. Current emphasis is on the effect of these interactions on individuals’ stress response systems and vulnerability or resilience to psychological disorders. In order to understand the possible underlying mechanisms of these interactions, investigation of epigenetic modifications, such as changes in DNA methylation, is also among research interests of the lab.

PI : Elif Aysimi Duman

Our laboratory studies the somatosensory system, specifically the sense of touch by using various experimental techniques. We have separate setups dedicated to single/multi-electrode spike recording and microinjection in neurophysiology, human psychophysics, and behavioral experiments in rats. We mainly do histology, neurophysiology and pharmacological interventions on frogs, rats, and rabbits. The psychophysics setup is used on human subjects for collecting behavioral, evoked potential, and EEG data.

PI : Burak Güçlü

Bogazici University Vision Laboratory is a research unit founded under the Department of Psychology in 2015 with the contribution of Bogazici University Scientific Research Projects Start-Up Funding Scheme awarded to Dr İnci Ayhan as principal investigator. Committed to the interdisciplinary research of human vision, our lab team consists of cognitive science master students, as well as graduate and undergraduate psychology students.

Our ongoing projects mainly focus on the psychophysical investigation of time perception, visuo-motor interaction, scene recognition, motion prediction and emotionally ambiguous faces. We are also connected to the Department of Computer Engineering via collaborative computational work and to the Department of Philosophy via reading groups and co-supervised thesis projects. Our international collaborators include Prof Alan Johnston, Dr Shinya Nishida and Prof Johannes Zanker.

PI : İnci Ayhan