2005, B.A., Bogazici University, Philosophy
2006, Diploma, Istanbul University State Conservatory, Piano Performance
2010, M.S., Vanderbilt University, Psychology
2016 (expected), PhD, Vanderbilt University, Psychology
Research Area: Cognition and Cognitive Neuroscience
My main interest area is how perception and action are linked together and act as a coordinated system. Specifically I am interested in sensory-motor coordination and the feedback mechanisms underlying skilled motor actions, through domains of music cognition. I have investigated singing under varying feedback mechanisms for skilled audio-motor control of pitch and timing. Through series of both real and virtual world experiments, I explored the visuo-motor interactions and the kinematics of throwing motions under conditions of restricted or altered visual feedback. I am currently investigating the cross-modal mapping of movement and sound through use of detailed acoustic and movement analyses, and the role played by the motor system in such visual to auditory mapping. My research goal for the following years is to understand the mechanisms underlying developmental speech-language disorders through the domains of music cognition, especailly via rhythm perception and sensori-motor syncronization paradigms.