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3rd Int. Symposium on Brain and Cognitive Science

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ISBCS 2016

Web: http://isbcs2016.yeditepe.edu.tr/
Date: 8 May 2016, Sunday
Place: Yeditepe University
Program Highlights:
-Marcin Milkowski: ‘To a man with a hammer, everything looks like a nail.’ Unification by transposition in cognitive science
-Johannes Fahrenfort: Neuronal integration in visual cortex, or how your brain can be conscious without you knowing it
-Ilhan Raman: Recent advances in psycholinguistic research: The case of Turkish orthography
-Deborah Talmi: Memory for emotional experience: Insights from cognitive neuroscience
-Erol Sahin: Affordances: The elephant that can talk
-Beyza Sümer & Asli Özyürek: What do our hands tell us about language, communication and cognition?: Insights from deaf and hearing individuals

Plus, more than 35 posters will be presented… Registration and participation is FREE. Visit http://isbcs2016.yeditepe.edu.tr/registration.html to get a name tag ready.

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May 2, 2016 at 12:03 am

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Int. Symposium on Brain and Cognitive Science at Bogazici University

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Web: http://cogsci.boun.edu.tr/isbcs/2014/

Location: Garanti Kültür Merkezi, Uçaksavar Kampüsü, Bogazici University

Date: 20 April 2014, Sunday

Registration: Free


9.50 Welcome

Albert Ali Salah (Bogaziçi University), Cem Bozsahin (METU), Simay Ikier (Yeditepe University)

10.00-11.20: Invited Session (Session Chair: Oguz Tanridag, Üsküdar University)

Kourken Michealian (Bilkent University), Episodic memory in evolutionary perspective

Deniz Yüret (Koç University), Learning and disambiguating word categories

11.20-11.40: Break

11.40-12.40: Keynote Session (Session Chair: Baris Korkmaz, Istanbul University)

Gary Cottrell (UCSD), Solving the visual expertise mystery: Why is the fusiform face area recruited for other domains of expertise?

12.40-14.00: Lunch break

14.00-15.40: Invited Session (Session Chair, Gün Semin, Koç University)

Resit Canbeyli (Bogazici University), When Time and Light Interact: Rhythms of Life and Death

Deniz Zeyrek (METU), Turkish Discourse Bank, Discourse, Discourse Structure

15.40-17.00: Poster session (23 posters)

17.00-18.00: Keynote session (Session Chair: Tamer Demiralp, Istanbul University):

Erol Basar (Istanbul Kültür University), CLAIR: A Dynamic Model to Extend (Replace) the Concept of Brodman Areas

18.00 Panel session: Cognitive Science or Cognitive Sciences: Is our field unified?

Cem Bozsahin (METU, panel chair), Gary Cottrell (UCSD),Güven Güzeldere (Harvard University), Hakan Gürvit (Istanbul University), Ilhan Inan (Bogazici University)

Poster Session – List of Posters: 

Atilla Erol, Betül Dilan Genç, Efe Saglam, Eren Günsan and Naim Aktan

How Does Facial Stimuli Exposure Time Affect the Assessment of Attractiveness?


Gulten Unal and Annette Hohenberger

The Development of Episodic Cognition and Mental Time Travel in Turkish Preschoolers: What, Where, and When


Yasmine Jraissati, Nadiya Slobodenyuk, Ali Kanso, Lama Ghanem and Imad El Hajj

Haptic and tactile adjectives are consistently represented in color space


Elcin Baykal and Sonia Amado

Investigation of the Effects of Mood on Error Awareness by Using Eye-Tracking Methodology


Annette Hohenberger, Asli Altan, Utku Kaya, Özgün Köksal Tuncer and Enes Avcu

Early sensitivity of Turkish infants to vowel harmony in stem-suffix sequences: impact of computational complexity


Berna Uzundag, Aysecan Boduroglu, Elif Eylül Tekin and Aylin C. Küntay

The Role of Event Segmentation in Narrative Recall


Yasin Kaygusuz, Murat Perit çakir and Ibrahim Ihsan Taskiran

A Computational Model of Pilot Spatial Cognition Performing Basic VFR Tasks Depending on the Differential Field Theory


Doruk Özdemir, Tuna Çakar and Murat Perit Çakir

A Case Study of Problem Solving via Eye-Tracking


Emine Eren and Betil Eröz-Tuga

State of the Art “Cognitive Studies in Second Language Learning/Acquisition Contexts in Turkey”


Pardis Fallahzadeh

Word Frequency of the Lilia Corpus: Syntactic words vs. Interjections


Enes Avcu, Cem Bozsahin and Deniz Zeyrek

Nouns-first, Verbs-first and Computationally-Easier first: A Preliminary Design to Test the Order of Acquisition


Yusuf Can Semerci, Emin Erkan Korkmaz and Dionysis Goularas

Robot Position Estimation in a Known Environment


Rahmi Elibol and Neslihan Serap Sengör

Modeling the Dopamine Effect on Medium Spiny Neuron Groups


Ülkü Arslan Aydin and Didem Gökçay

Sentiment Analysis of Health-Related Turkish Reviews


Ece K. Takmaz and Cem Bozsahin

A Computational Study on Learning Theories and the Role of Planning in Maze-Learning Environments


Ismet Adnan Ozturel

Bottom-Up Parsing of Linear Indexed Grammars: Proposing a Generalized LR Parser


Duygu Özge

Is child parsing incremental and predictive?


Begum Uyumaz, Cem Bozsahin and Deniz Zeyrek

Turkish resources for visual word recognition


Gökhan Gönül and Deniz Zeyrek

Discourse connectives and lexical cohesion: an experimental investigation of sentence processing in Turkish


Halil Duzcu

Timing in the Dual-task Paradigm and Serial Bottleneck


Ilhan Raman, Evren Raman and Biran Mertan

The first standardised set of 260 colour pictures in Turkish


Deniz Hande Cakmak

Differences in text comprehension depending on presentation modality: tablet vs. paper


Beyza Ates Sen, Mustafa Kaya and Aylin C. Küntay

When Referential Cues are Contradictory: Young Children’s Reliance on Ostensively Cued Pointing vs. Lexical Labels

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April 19, 2014 at 9:36 pm

1st Int. Symposium on Brain and Cognitive Science

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When & Where: 20 April 2014, full day, Boğaziçi University

Link: http://cogsci.boun.edu.tr/isbcs/2014/

Submission Deadline: 8 March 2014


Cognitive science is the interdisciplinary research field that seeks to understand the nature of the human mind, in all its implications. The International Symposium on Brain and Cognitive Science (ISBCS) invites research from all the fields that are connected to cognitive science. The individual disciplines include Artificial Intelligence, Linguistics, Anthropology, Psychology, Neuroscience, Philosophy, and Education. Each discipline brings a set of tools, perspectives, and questions to the table. However, the big picture of the human mind cannot emerge by studying this multi-layered problem with a single lens. Communication and collaboration are essential for the cognitive scientist. It is under these premises that we initiate ISBCS.

One mission of ISBCS is to be a premier academic meeting of the cognitive science community. Established jointly by Bogazici University, Middle East Technical University and Yeditepe University (i.e. by the three universities that offer cognitive science programs in Turkey), ISBCS is planned to be held annually to gather researchers and students from leading national and international centers working on all areas of cognitive science. Our aim is to establish a platform where students can learn about recent research in cognitive science, researchers can network and initiate collaborations, and the participants can receive valuable feedback on their work.


Prof. Garrison W. Cottrell (UCSD)
Prof. Erol Basar (Istanbul Kültür University)


Organizing Committee:

Albert Ali Salah, Bogazici University
Cem Bozsahin, Middle East Technical University
Simay Ikier, Yeditepe University

Program Committee (only confirmed members listed here)

Ata Akin, Bilgi University
Varol Akman, Bilkent University
Ethem Alpaydin, Bogazici University
Sonia Amado, Ege University
Canan Aykut Bingöl, Yeditepe University
Haluk Bingöl, Bogazici University
Hüseyin Boyaci, Bilkent University
Resit Canbeyli, Bogazici University
Banu Cangöz, Hacettepe University
Kürsat Çagiltay, Middle East Technical University
Hilmi Demir, Bilkent University
Tamer Demiralp, Istanbul University
Ulas Basar Gezgin, Istanbul Gelişim University
Didem Gökçay, Middle East Technical University
Bülent Gözkan, Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University
Burak Güçlü, Bogazici University
Sami Gülgöz, Koç University
Hakan Gürvit, Istanbul University
Altay Güvenir, Bilkent University
Bipin Indurkhya, Jagiellonian University
Aylin Küntay, Koç University
Mine Nakipoglu, Bogazici University
Sumru Özsoy, Bogazici University
Işık Özge Öztürk, Princeton University
Ilhan Raman, Middlesex University
Cem Say, Bogazici University
Gün R. Semin, Utrecht University
Serkan Sener, Yeditepe University
Oguz Tanridag, Üsküdar University
Ali Tekcan, Bogazici University
Lucas Thorpe, Bogazici University
Aziz Zambak, Middle East Technical University
Deniz Zeyrek, Middle East Technical University

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March 2, 2014 at 3:01 am

Two Cognitive Science events at Bogazici University

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The Cognitive Science program of Bogazici University cordially invites all interested parties to the following events.

1) Philosophy-Cognitive Science Workshop: The Quest for Rationality

Wednesday, 8 May 2013, 17:00-19:00
Venue: Bogazici University, Computer Engineering Building (ETA) Ali Vahit Sahiner seminar room A 16 [North Campus, the building next to the Library]

Oguz Tanridag (Uskudar University and Neuropsychiatry Hospital Istanbul),
“Decision Making in the Brain.”
Gideon Keren (Tilburg Institute for Behavioral Economics Research),
“Pondering about Rationality and its Meanings: Being Rational, Irrational, and In-Between.”

2) Cognitive Science Lunch Talk

Thursday, 9 May 2013, 11:00-12:00
Venue: Bogazici University, Computer Engineering Building (ETA) Ali Vahit Sahiner seminar room A 16 [North Campus, the building next to the Library]

Gideon Keren (Tilburg Institute for Behavioral Economics Research)
“Perspectives on Framing – Theory and Applications”

Abstracts and bios are below.

“Pondering about rationality and its meanings: Being rational, irrational, and in-between”
Rationality is an overloaded term viewed differently from different perspectives. In this talk I will contrast two perspectives: The one derived from “Homo Economicus” underlying standard economic theory, and the psychological one based on psychological theory and related experiments. While Standard economic theory is founded on formal requirements of rationality (derived from a logico- mathematical perspective), human behavior is often based on more loose criteria of intuitions and commonsense. Experimental demonstrations will be presented exhibiting some incongruence between the economic view and actual human behavior. In an attempt to reconcile between the two perspectives, I propose that rationality is not about objective states of the world but about mental representations of these states which have to be taken into account on any discussion pertaining to rationality.

“Decision making in the brain”
Decision making process has been one of the recent research areas in neuroscience. Despite the fact that its monumental case, Phineas Gage, appeared in the literature in mid-19 th century, brain mechanisms underlying decision making have not come to the attention of neuroscientists until mid- 20 th century when behavioral neurology was re-established. There are five functional networks in the human brain; executive, language, limbic, what and where networks. Decision making in the brain takes place in one of them: executive network. There are mainly three functional sub-units of the executive network which lie into the prefrontal cortex; Dorsolateral prefrontal cortex (DLPFC), Ventromedian Prefrontal Cortex (vmPFC) and Orbitofrontal Cortex (OFC). DLPFC is the area of cognitive control, vmPFC is the area of brain’s attention and reward mechanisms and OFC is the area of emotional control. It has been suggested that vmPFC play crucial role in decision making. The hypothesis of this action is Somatic Marker Hypothesis in which bodily receptors called somatic markers urge brain whenever a new event happens which requires decision making. The brain center of the somatic markers has been located in vmPFC by functional imaging studies. However,more recent studies suggested that this area would not be a single area for decision making and additional mechanisms are warranted such as cultural factors, age and two other areas of the prefrontal cortex; dorsolateral and orbital prefrontal cortices, because decison making also requires cognitive and emotional controls.

“Perspectives on Framing – Theory and Applications”
The ubiquity and robustness of framing effects [i.e., interpreting the same message in different ways depending on how it is formulated]  in different domains of psychology and beyond it can hardly be denied. Framing, in its most abstract interpretation, implies the composition of different parts of a message according to a particular design. It can refer to a construction (e.g., frame of a building), to a surrounding or a border (e.g., frame of a picture), to a state of mind (e.g., she is in a happy frame of mind), or to the linguistic composition of a sentence or an utterance. What all these usages have in common is that they afford a certain structural basis or, in perceptual terminology, determine the Gestalt of the message. My presentation will center on linguistic and psychological aspects of framing, examining the consequences of employing different message frames. I will review different types of framing effects, linguistic and non-linguistic ones, underlining both their theoretical and applied facets. Framing can be analyzed within different theoretical frameworks which will be briefly described. While no unifying theory of framing exists, the analogy with basic perceptual processes will be accentuated. Applications of framing effects in different domains such as health care, the court, marketing and Experimenter-subject interaction in an experiment, will be discussed. Implications of framing for rational choice theory will be examined.

Prof. Gideon Keren studied Economics and Business Administration at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and received his PhD in Psychology from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. He is presently at TIBER (Tilburg Institute for Behavioral Economics Research), Dept. of Social Psychology, Tilburg University, the Netherlands. Prof Keren’s research is in decision making and behavioral economics. His research areas include coping with uncertainty and calibration of probabilities, interpretations of probability, gambling behavior, unique vs. repeated gambles, framing, and trust. His books include “Statistical and methodological issues in psychology and social sciences research” (1982), “A Handbook for Data Analysis in the Behavioral Sciences:Methodological Issues” (1993), “Perspectives on Framing” (2010).

Prof. Oğuz Tanrıdağ, MD, is a professor at Uskudar University, Faculty of Human and Social Sciences, and the head of the Neurology unit of NPI, the Neuropsychiatry Hospital Istanbul. Dr. Tanrıdağ studied medicine at the Istanbul University (1975), and was a researcher at Vanderbilt University Neurology Department, and GATA Neurology. He became a full professor in 1993. He served as the editor-in-chief of the Turkish Journal of Neurology. He initiated the International Cognitive Neuroscience Meetings, which celebrated its tenth anniversary this year, and is one of the most important gatherings of the Turkish cognitive science community.

Participation is free. If you have any questions, you can contact Albert Ali Salah at salah@boun.edu.tr or at 0212 359 7774.

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May 4, 2013 at 1:52 pm

Cognitive Science MA Program of Boğaziçi University

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While doing philosophy absolutely requires a certain flexibility of mind and a great deal of inquisitiveness, interdisciplinary science that involves philosophy surely introduces many additional challenges, and promises broader perspectives to the unrelenting scholar. One such area involves the greatest puzzle of our time: the brain! Cognitive sciences look at this magnificently complex organ at different resolutions, attack it with different techniques, scrutinize how it performs its myriads of functions, slice it, dice it, model it, and then try to integrate everything that can be said about it into something the poor scholar can deal with… An arduous task!

One of the two established Cognitive Science programs in Turkey is the Cognitive Science MA program of Boğaziçi University, to which the Philosophy Department naturally contributes, in addition to Computer Engineering, Linguistics, and Psychology disciplines. Its aim is to introduce the students to the investigation of cognitive processes at various dimensions.

This program is now admitting students for the 2012-2013 term. The application period is 2-24 April 2012, so please circulate this among people who might be interested. More information is available on the program webpages: http://www.cogsci.boun.edu.tr

If you are interested in Cognitive Science in Turkey, please join the Bilişsel Bilim LinkedIn group, jointly maintained by Boğaziçi and ODTÜ Cognitive Science programs. Jointly organized conferences, colloquia and such will be announced there. If you don’t like LinkedIn, we do have social media alternatives, send salah [at] boun.edu.tr an e-mail and keep in touch! Read the rest of this entry »

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March 21, 2012 at 2:20 pm