Currently, I am a postdoctoral research scientist working with Dr. Mariam Aly in the Department of Psychology at Columbia University.
My research focuses on attention and memory and their interactions. I study these topics using a combination of behavioral, eye tracking, functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), and electroencephalogram (EEG) techniques.
How do memories guide attention? In this new preprint, Mariam Aly and I show that the hippocampus and vmPFC prepare for upcoming attentional goals. In the hippocampus, these preparatory attentional states are stronger when they rely on memories vs. they are explicitly instructed. Also during memory-guided attention, attentional goal representations in the hippocampus are coupled with those in early visual cortex.
I am starting as an Assistant Professor at Sabancı University, Istanbul, in January 2020. I am looking for research assistants and graduate students (MA and PhD). Please contact me if you are interested in getting involved in human cognition research, particularly memory and/or attention.
International Fellowship for Outstanding Researchers Program application accepted by the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBİTAK)!