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"
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English Memory Group
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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)
Assistant Prof. Dr. Burcu Kaya Kızılöz
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.
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
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.
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
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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