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Department of Psychology



Vice Chair
Assist. Prof. Dr. DENİZ ATALAR

Administrative Assistant

Department's Mission

Psychology is the scientific study of mental processes and behavior. Psychologists strive to understand the roots of behavior  from biological and cognitive perspectives to intergroup and interpersonal. In order to do so, psychologists investigate a diverse range of topics including human development at the individual level, behavioral disorders rooted in interpersonal relationships, and socialization processes in groups, just to name a few. The mission of the Psychology Department is to train students in psychology in accordance with international standards, including education in the subfields of psychology, application of psychological knowledge, and conducting high quality research. The goal of the department is to contribute to the development of the field and further it as a prestigious discipline.


Departmental Facilities

EMU Psychology Department has an international staff with one full professor, three associate professors, three assistant professors, one Ph.D. holder, three fulltime instructors, 8 part time instructors and 3 research assistants. Staff members' research interests address a range of topics from different subfields of psychology. These include, national identification development in children, intergroup contact in intranational conflict, bullying, the role of new media in development, human behaviors in traffic, women in war,as well as lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender issues to name a few.

The Psychology Department also has a Psycho-Biology laboratory, which was the first of its kind in North Cyprus. This laboratory is equipped with a one-way mirror for behavioral observations, BIOPAC high technology for measuring physiological responses, and software from NOLDUS Information Technologies in the control room for behavioral coding and analysis. The Psycho-Biology also provides 25 computers which are used by faculty and students for lectures and research.

A second laboratory, the Cognitive Behavioral Laboratory, with software including SPSS, MATLAB, and QSR NVivo10 is functional since 2014. 


The goal of the psychology undergraduate program is to introduce students to a wide variety of topics, perspectives, and levels of inquiry to prepare them for postgraduate work in fields such as social, developmental, industrial, education, health, and clinical psychology. In order to offer our students a specialized program most departmental courses are offered exclusively to students registered in the Psychology Department. In order to offer non-psychology students basic psychological knowledge, some psychology courses such as General Psychology, Introduction to the Psychological Science and Understanding Human Social Behavior are offered as electives to students from departments other than psychology. The goal of the Developmental Psychology Masters Degree Program is to allow students the opportunity to carry out supervised research, develop skills, and gain the knowledge necessary for a successful career in a range of settings as developmental psychologists.

Distinguishing Attributes

The psychology undergraduate degree program curriculum offered by EMU is specifically designed to meet the standards of the European Diploma in Psychology (EuroPsy) and YOK, to ensure our students receive internationally recognized diplomas wh ich will enable them to practice psychology anywhere they choose.The Department is also accredited by the Turkish Psychological Association in 2015.

Major Accomplishments

The Department has graduated over 250 students who have gained employment both nationally and internationally. Our graduates have gone on to complete a masters degrees and Ph.D. degrees at universities in the UK, USA, and Europe.

As mentioned above the Department of Psychology English program is now among eight accredited programs by Turkish Psychological Association in Turkey and the first and only in North Cyprus. The accreditation process of Turkish program will start after the first graduates.

Students studying at the masters level receive supervision in any developmental settings and are trained to conduct high-quality research projects.

Quality of Graduates

The department aims at an education of international standards, introducing students to various subfields of psychology to provide a comprehensive overview of the field. Students who successfully complete the four-year undergraduate program will become psychology graduates; students who complete graduate training and one-year supervision will acquire the title of "professional psychologist." Over fifty percent of our graduates are now enrolled in postgraduate programs throughout Europe, UK the USA.

Career Opportunities

The program not only provides knowledge about psychology, but also equips students with basic research skills to provide them with work opportunities in various fields and the chance to continue with graduate degrees for specialization. Psychologists can expect employment as clinicians, child, forensic and social psychologists, or human resource experts, working in a wide variety of settings such as hospitals, clinics, universities, mass communication centers, prisons, or industrial organizations. Those students who take the preliminary step of choosing this Department will soon discover the limitless realms of both the human mind and human behavior.

Program NameDegreeDuration (Years)
PsychologyBachelor / B.S.4
Psychology (Turkish)Bachelor / B.S.4
Developmental Psychology (with Thesis) *Master / M.S.1 - 2
General Psychology (with Thesis)Master / M.S.1 - 2

Contact Information

Eastern Mediterranean University
Faculty of Arts & Sciences 
Department of Psychology 
Famagusta, North Cyprus
Mersin 10 Turkey

 Tel: +90 392 630 1389
Fax: +90 392 630 2475

​​Academic Staff

Name SurnameDutyDepartmentOfficeTel
Prof. Dr. MEHMET METİN ERGİNEL Faculty Member Psychology AS217 2416
Assoc. Prof. Dr. FATİH BAYRAKTAR Chair Psychology AS216 1324
Assoc. Prof. Dr. ŞENEL RAMAN Faculty Member Psychology AS201 1079-2013
Assist. Prof. Dr. AYŞENUR TALAT ZRİLLİ Faculty Member Psychology AS211 1283
Assist. Prof. Dr. BURCU KAYA KIZILÖZ Faculty Member Psychology
Assist. Prof. Dr. ÇIĞIR KALFAOĞLU Faculty Member Psychology AS207 1362
Assist. Prof. Dr. DENİZ ATALAR Faculty Member,
Vice Chair
Psychology AS218 2411
Assist. Prof. Dr. DİLEK ÇELİK Faculty Member Psychology 2478
Assist. Prof. Dr. EMRE HAN ALPAY Faculty Member Psychology 2282
Assist. Prof. Dr. GÖKÇE YILMAZ AKDOĞAN Faculty Member Psychology 2777
Sr. Instr. AKİLE BERFU ZORBA Senior Instructor Psychology AS210 2279
Sr. Instr. ŞERİF TÜRKKAL Senior Instructor Psychology AS220 1368

Part-time Academic Staff

Name SurnameDutyDepartmentOfficeTel
Sr. Instr. ÇİSEM NAMIKKEMALOĞLU Senior Instructor Psychology
Sr. Instr. DOĞA ÖZTÜRK Senior Instructor Psychology
Sr. Instr. HASAN ERGÜLER Senior Instructor Psychology
Sr. Instr. NAİFE SEVDALI Senior Instructor Psychology AS215 1616
Sr. Instr. ONUR YILMAZ Senior Instructor Psychology AS219 2013
Sr. Instr. ÖZLEM BURAK Senior Instructor Psychology
Sr. Instr. YAPRAK PARLAN Senior Instructor Psychology 3051

​​Research Assistants

Name SurnameDutyDepartmentOfficeTel
HASAN ADAR SAĞNIÇ Research Assistant Psychology

 Welcome to Cognition in Action and Memory Lab


We aim to study cognitive processes involved in autobiographical and working memory and control of skilled actions using surveys, reaction time tasks, typing and EEG, and often a combination of these methods.


Assistant Prof. Dr. Burcu Kaya Kızılöz and Çığır Kalfaoğlu will be presenting their work in the 60th meeting of the Psychonomics Society in Montreal, November 14th through 17th 2020.

Assistant Prof Dr. Çığır Kalfaoğlu and Dr. Tom Stafford have secured a small grant of 3500GBP from the Experimental Psychology Society (UK) to fund their project titled "Illusions of Authorship Reveal Hierarchical Control of Actions: an EEG Analysis"


EMU Psychology Department:


Graduate students

Gizem Karaca

Hatice Adli

Süleyman Erdoğan

To become one, please contact us!

Undergraduate students

English Memory Group

Rawan İbrahim

Hilal Kaya

Eren Irmak

Melike Yeşilyurt

Yasemin Cansu

Berin Sarı

Berke Dargın

Vrinda Chum

Hayriye Gülfem Çağlar

Rima Benhoussa

Fahima Tebessum

Seray Çakar

Ezgi Kamalı

Turkish Memory Group

Nazlı Karaçaylı

Fadime çapık

Elif Gürsoy

Büşra Şimşek

Ömer Yüncü

İsmail Mertcan Çelik

Özge Ceylan

İsmet Sönmez

Serkan Çinemre

Reyhan Boğar

Nazlı Erişiş

Beyza Dokumacı

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Ali Tekcan (Bogazici University)

Ayse Altan Atalay (Koc University)

Aslı Aktan-Erciyes (Kadir Has University)

Aycan Kapucu-Eryar (Ege University)

Elizabeth Milne (University of Sheffield, UK)

Irmak Olcaysoy-Okten (New York University)

İlmiye Seçer (Başkent University)

Pınar Kurdoğlu-Ersoy (Ege University)

Tom Stafford (University of Sheffield, UK)

Lab Directors

Assistant Prof. Dr. Burcu Kaya Kızılöz

Professional Background

My interest in cognition started during my undergraduate studies at Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey. My interest in cognition turned into a passion for memory during my third year at the Human Memory course taught by Dr. Ali Tekcan. After completing my MA with a thesis on flashbulb memories, I spent 5 years as a research assistant at Bogazici University working at Ali Tekcan's Memory lab. I started my PhD studies in 2012 and graduated in 2018 with a thesis exploring cognition in depression. After working at several universities in Istanbul as a part time lecturer, in 2019, I finally found my home and joined  EMU psychology department in September 2019.

Research Interests

Although my main line of research is autobiographical memories, I am also interested in executive functioning and especially the interaction between executive functioning and autobiographical memories. My aim is to understand this interaction and how it affects psychological disorders like depression and anxiety. Not but not least, I am also very much interested in how culture and individual differences affect cognition.


Tekcan, A. İ., Yılmaz, E., Kaya Kızılöz, B., Karadöller, D. Z., Mutafoğlu, M., & Aktan Erciyes, A. (2015). Retrieval and phenomenology of autobiographical memories in blind individuals. Memory, 23(3), 329-339.

Kaya Kızılöz, B., & Tekcan, A. I. (2013). Canonical categories in flashbulb memories. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 27(3), 352-359.

Tekcan, A. İ., Kaya-Kızılöz, B., & Odaman, H. (2012). Life scripts across age groups: A comparison of adolescents, young adults, and older adults. Memory, 20(8), 836-847.

Tekcan, A. İ., Topçuoğlu, V., & Kaya, B. (2007). Memory and metamemory for semantic information in obsessive-compulsive disorder. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 45 (9), 2164-2172.


Kaya-Kızılöz, B., Tekcan, A.I., Boduroğlu, A. Interrelations between Executive Functions, Rumination and Overgeneral Memory in Depression. Self and Autobiographical Memory, Aarhus, 2018

Kaya-Kızılöz, B., Tekcan, A.I., Boduroğlu, A. An Examination of Cue Word Effects in Overgeneral Memory. Psychonomics, Boston, 2016.

Aydın, C., Gulgoz, S., Kaya-Kızılöz, B. Post-partum Depression and Autobiographical Memory: A Longitudinal Project. Travelling in time: The construction of past and future events across domains, Aarhus, 2016

Tekcan, A.İ., Kaya-Kızılöz, B., Depression, life scripts and life story memories. Sarmac X, Rotterdam, 2013.

Tekcan, A.İ., Kılınç, S., Kaya-Kızılöz, B., & Göz, İ. Life scripts and life stories in individuals with major depressive disorder. 5th International Conference on Memory, York, 2011.

Tekcan, A.İ., Ece, B., & Kaya-Kızılöz, B. Stability of Life Script and Life Story Events Across Generations. Theoretical Perspectives on Autobiographical Memory Conference, Aarhus, 2010.

Tekcan, A. İ., Odaman, H., Kaya-Kızılöz, B, Tartar, E. E., & Göz, İ. Yaşam seyri beklentileri otobiyografik anı tümseğini açıklayabilir mi? 16. Ulusal Psikoloji Kongresi, Mersin, 2010.

Tekcan, A. İ., Odaman, H., & Kaya-Kızılöz, B. Life scripts across the life span. 50th Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Boston, 2009.

Kaya-Kızılöz, B., & Tekcan, A.İ. (2008). Reevaluation of Canonical Categories in Flashbulb Memories. 29. International Congress of Psychology, Berlin, 2008.

Assistant Prof. Dr. Çığır Kalfaoğlu

Professsional Background

I graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, ON, Canada. This is where my interest in cognitive in action was kindled by an area elective course titled Cognition in Action I took as a third year student. Course was taught by Dr. Sukhvinder Obhi, who also supervised my undergraduate thesis on a project investigating the differences between internally generated vs. externally generated actions. After completing my MSc in thesis about object manipulation in ideomotor apraxia in University of Nottingham, and PhD thesis about error awareness in skilled actions in University of Sheffield, I returned to Cyprus and joined EMU psychology department in September 2013.

Research Interests

My current projects focus on error awareness in skilled actions. It is fascinating to me how we are able to detect our incorrect actions, even when we don't know which action is being executed at a given time (as it is the case in typing). Work in this area suggests processes that enable fast execution and error detection can be dissociated from slow conscious awareness. Although there are well established neural and behavioural markers of error commission and error detection, how they relate to different stages and levels error awareness is still a matter of debate in the literature, and that is where my current research interests lie.


Kalfaoğlu, Ç., Stafford, T., & Milne, E. (2018). Frontal theta band oscillations predict error correction and posterror slowing in typing. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 44(1), 69.

Kalfaoğlu, Ç., & Stafford, T. (2014). Performance breakdown effects dissociate from error detection effects in typing. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 67(3), 508-524.


"Error correction in typing is predicted by ERN amplitude" Çığır Kalfaoğlu, Tom Stafford and

Elizabeth Milne. Poster presentation (by Kalfaoğlu) in the British Association of Cognitive Neuroscience Meeting in York, UK, on the 11th of September, 2014.

"Typing errors lead to increase in power and synchronization of theta oscillations" Çığır Kalfaoğlu, Tom Stafford and Elizabeth Milne. Poster presentation (by Kalfaoğlu) in the British Association of Cognitive Neuroscience in Newcastle, UK, on Wednesday the 11th of April, 2012.

"What mistakes reveal about skilled performance: A study of touch-typing" Çığır Kalfaoğlu, Tom Stafford and Elizabeth Milne. Poster presentation (by Kalfaoğlu) in the Experimental Psychologists Society Meeting in Oxford, UK, on Wednesday the 13th of April, 2011

Ongoing Projects

Error awareness vs. error detection in skilled action

This project aims to i) establish neural and behavioural markers of error awareness and detection in tasks which are well practiced ii) use these markers to study different stages of and processes involved in error awareness, in an effort to improve performance.

Inhibition of socially threatening stimuli: Specific associations with Looming cognitive style,  social anhedonia, and social anxiety

This study aims to focus on the differentiation between social anxiety and social anhedonia in terms of their association with inhibitory capacity. Although the two constructs are associated with the same behavioral patterns, they are connected with different types of psychological disorders. These findings will have a potential to explore disorder specific patterns of inhibitory capacity.

Does Perceived Cognitive Flexibility Moderate the Individual's Responses to Abstract vs. Concrete Rumination Induction Procedures?

The aim of this study is to test the moderator role of cognitive flexibility in the effectiveness of a simple concrete thinking manipulation on levels of self-reported state rumination and negative affect.


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 Developmental Psychology Lab

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