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Celebrating the arrival of our new eye tracker! (September 2021) Photo by İlker Duymaz

Would you like to be part of the Memory, Attention, & Cognitive Control Lab? Don't hesitate to get in touch with Dr. Günseli to apply for research assistantship, an MA or a Ph.D. position. Check the Vacancies page for details.

Eren Günseli

Principal Investigator

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Eren is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at Sabancı University in Istanbul.

Eren's research focuses on attention and memory, and their interactions. He studies these topics using a combination of behavioral, eye tracking, functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), and electroencephalogram (EEG) techniques.

His CV can be found here.

Eren also spends lots of time checking wind forecast and much less time to actually utilize this information by going kiteboarding.

Lara Todorova

Postdoctoral research scholar

During her PhD, Lara investigated how semantic information affects visual perception in the context of simple binary decision making tasks. She used a combination of computational modeling of behavioral performance and neuroimaging methods (fMRI, MEG) to address the topic. Broadly she is interested in contributions of the systems of memory and control to flexible behavioral performance. In her spare time, Lara enjoys blogging about science-related issues, trying new sports, and sampling cuisines of different types.

Berna Güler

PhD student


Berna graduated from Bahcesehir University Cognitive Neuropsychology master program and worked for two years at BAU Brain and Cognition Lab. During her master's studies, she evaluated metacognitive judgments in semantic memory by using EEG. She also worked in ÇAPA and conducted neuropsychological assessments for 3 years, and she still continues. In addition to academic work, she likes camping, traveling, trying new kinds of sports and reading books. 

Pelin Akbaş 

Lab manager

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Pelin is an undergraduate student at Sabancı University, majoring in Psychology. She is also doing a minor in Decision and Behavior. Currently, in MACC lab she is involved in a project that investigates how memory and attention interact. She is keen on both psychology and history of art.


She likes doing pilates, enjoys walks along the seashores, and loves seeing new places. She also loves dogs and hopes to adopt one.

Duygu Yücel

MSc student

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Duygu graduated from the industrial engineering department of Sabancı University in 2019. She has a minor in psychology. After a short period in the private sector, she decided to follow her heart. It is not a surprise that she is eager to understand the nature of decision-making and how different factors affect it. She thinks that understanding memory is an essential step in understanding human nature. She is interested in understanding the functional architecture associated with memory. Besides psychology, she enjoys sailing. Also, she considers herself as a half-professional photographer.

Sena Ataseven

MSc student

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Sena graduated from MEF University psychology program. During her bachelor education, she participated in various laboratories of various fields and decided that she is interested in cognitive psychology. Furthermore, she assisted projects on moral decision making and learning by association. However in the last year of her BA she became very excited to explore underlying mechanisms of memory more profoundly.


Besides her education, she is (very) unprofessionally interested in music and loves to prepare her own travel guide books.

Sümeyye Karahamza

MSc student


Sümeyye graduated from the psychology department of MEF University in 2021. During her undergraduate education, she worked as a teaching assistant for various multidisciplinary undergraduate and graduate courses. Furthermore, she voluntarily participated in different studies in Brain Dynamics Lab at MEF University and passionately studied how to ease and optimize the hiring process with the help of working memory tasks. Her biggest area of interest is the human brain, especially working memory. Besides her academic interests, she is a fan of crime and thriller movies and loves to eat baked potato while rewatching Fringe episodes for the 100th time. 

Yağmur Şentürk

MSc Student


Yağmur is a psychology graduate from Sabancı University. She worked as a research volunteer in different labs and studied vision, motor and cognitive development. In MACC Lab, she is investigating the relationship between the storage of task rules and task-relevant items in working memory and long-term memory. She also spends a considerable amount of her time practicing yoga and baking.

Şahcan Özdemir

MSc student


Şahcan graduated from Middle East Technical University NCC Psychology Department. He worked in a visual neuroscience laboratory during his undergraduate internship, and also took part in different studies during his undergraduate years. After his experience with different subfields of cognitive neuroscience, he focused on the memory reactivations, working memory and long-term memory relationships. He is also interested in EEG research and different analytical approaches to the cognitive neuroscience field.

Besides his research interests, he enjoys playing and learning to play instruments such as guitar, ney and trumpet. He is also interested in literature, philosophy and hitting the gym with his PI.

Betül Türk

Research Volunteer 


Betül is a senior psychology student at Cankaya University. She has a deep interest in cognitive processes, particularly memory and attention. In MACC Lab, she takes part in a project that investigates memory during mental operations. Apart from her academic interests, Betül is a cycling enthusiast who enjoys even watching boring six-hour bike races.

Yaren Kaynar

Research assistant


Yaren is a senior student in Psychology at Sabancı University and is also minoring in Gender and Women Studies. In MACC lab she is involved in studies that investigate the interactions between working memory and attention. She is also interested in decision-making processes and their relationship with memory.
Yaren likes going to concerts, doing pilates and exploring new places with her friends. She also enjoys spending time with her cat.

Efsane Algın

Research assistant


Efsane is an undergraduate psychology student at Sabancı University. She has also worked in various fields and voluntary projects. However, she has found her true calling in cognitive neuroscience and enjoys doing independent research and reading on various topics within this field. She is excited to continue exploring this area of study and is eager to continue to contribute to our collective understanding of the human brain.

Outside of her studies, she spends most of her time doing sports and exercising. She also enjoys watching old boring art films in her free time.

Gubse Nur Aydın

Research assistant

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Gubse is a senior Psychology student doing minors in “Decision and Behavior” and “Philosophy”. Currently, she helps and learns from Dr. Todorova as a research assistant in MACC Lab. She is interested in the cognitive processes, brain pathways, social/affective psychology, decision-making, and the list goes on. Well, she also has ADHD, which makes her interested in many topics. So, she is still figuring out what will be her general research topic in the future. For now, she is just enjoying learning about a wide range of topics; including behavioral economics! When she is not hyper focused on academia; she enjoys going to concerts, being in nature, doing yoga and spending time with friends. Her latest hobby is rock climbing and she is sticking with it!

Ece Karagül

Research assistant


Ece is an undergraduate Psychology student at Sabancı University, also doing a minor in “Art Theory and Criticism”. She is currently involved in a project in MACC lab that focuses on the effect of divided attention on memory retrieval. She is also interested in affective neuroscience and cognitive processes. 


Ece enjoys exploring and trying new foods around the city with her friends, reading crime novels, as well as sketching and painting. 

Eda Melin Develioğlu

Research assistant


Eda Melin is an undergraduate student, majoring in Psychology, also minoring in Art Theory & Criticism at Sabancı University. In MACC Lab, she is involved in a project that investigates the interplay between working memory and long-term memory. She is also interested in media and psychology of art. 


Besides her academic work, she enjoys volunteering and visiting museums of any kind.


Former postdoctoral scholars

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Former PhD students

Not yet 

Former Master's students

Fatih Serin (PhD student at the University of Cambridge

Nursima Ünver (PhD student at a joint program at the University of Toronto and Max Planck Institute in Frankfurt

Former long-term research volunteers

Bilge Uysal (MSc student at Radboud University)

Can Demircan (MSc student at Tübingen University)

Serra Akyurt (MSc student at Bahçeşehir University)

Zeynep Adıgüzel (Verification specialist at Veriff)

Zozan Ayluçtarhan (Independent clinical psychologist)



(past & present)

Kirsten Adam (University of California, San Diego)

Mariam Aly (Columbia University)

Edward Awh (University of Chicago)

Aysecan Boduroglu (Bogazici University)

Tobias Egner (Duke University)

Johannes Fahrenfort (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam) 

Keisuke Fukuda (University of Toronto)

Nicole Hakim (University of Chicago)

Martijn Meeter (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam) 

Dirk van Moorselaar (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)

Christian N L Olivers (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)

David Sutterer (Vanderbilt University)

Jan Theeuwes (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)

Edward Vogel (University of Chicago)


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