Yeditepe University

Cognitive Science Master's Program

Cognitive Science Program at Yeditepe University involves six main areas: Computer Science, Neuroscience, Linguistics, Cognitive Psychology, Cognitive Anthropology and Philosophy of Mind. Students are required to choose a main area as well as a complementary area. After fulfilling the course requirements, students write a thesis which merges at least two areas within Cognitive Science, under the supervision of their supervisors. Based on the recommendations of the supervisor, electives from other graduate programs can be chosen as well.

Cognitive Science investigates the human mind with an interdisciplinary approach.

Functional and neuroanatomical aspects of the human cognitive processes as well as modelling of these in a machine are main areas of research in Cognitive Science.

Subjects of study include linguistics, memory, artificial intelligence, mathematical modelling of the mind, neuroanatomy, emotion, visual perception, and self.

Faculty

Prof. Dr. Emin Erkan Korkmaz

(Program Head)

Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Robotics

ekorkmaz@cse.yeditepe.edu.tr

+90-216-578-0426

Assist. Prof. Dr. Serkan Şener

(Program Coordinator)

Linguistics, Language Structures, Language and Mind

sener.serkan@yahoo.com

+90-216-578-0638

Assist. Prof. Dr. Funda Yıldırım

Cognitive Neuroscience, Visual Perception, Computational Modeling

fundayildirim@gmail.com

+90-216-578-0428

Prof. Dr. Berrin Aktekin

Neurology

berrin.aktekin@yeditepe.edu.tr

+90-0216-578-0000

Assist. Prof. Dr. Dionysis Goularas

Computer Vision, Image Processing

goularas@cse.yeditepe.edu.tr

+90-216-578-0423

Assist. Prof. Dr. Sara Saban

Cognitive Psychology, Cognition

RA Alper Kaplan

Machine Learning, Deep Learning, Machine-Generated Art/Music

alperkaplan@outlook.com

+90-216-578-2746

RA Dilara Deniz Türk

Cognitive Psychology, Cognitive Neuroscience

dilaradeniz.turk@gmail.com

+90-216-578-2746

Curriculum

First Semester

Course Code Corse Type T A L C E
COGS501 Obligatory 3 0 0 3 10
COGS502 Obligatory 3 0 0 3 10
COGS Pri. Area Obl. 3 0 0 3 10
COGS Sec. Area Obl. 3 0 0 3 10

Second Semester

Course Code Corse Type T A L C E
COGS598 Obligatory 3 0 0 3 10
Unrest. Elec. I 3 0 0 3 10
Unrest. Elec. II 3 0 0 3 10
Unrest. Elec. III 3 0 0 3 10

Third Semester

Course Code Corse Type T A L C E
COGS599 Dissertation 3 0 0 0 30

Fourth Semester

Course Code Corse Type T A L C E
COGS599 Dissertation 3 0 0 0 30

Courses

  • All
  • Mandatory
  • Elective

COGS501

Cognitive Science

(Obligatory Course-All Areas)

COGS 501 Cognitive Science (Obligatory Course-All Areas)

This course introduces various empirical domains and research methods of cognitive science. First, history of cognitive science and debates in the field will be introduced. Subsequently, the major empirical research domains of cognitive science will be covered such as language, vision, attention, learning and memory, theory of mind, action, evolution, brain, emotional and social aspects of cognition. The course aims at providing an overview of the interdisciplinary field of cognitive science and to motivate students to further explore the various tracks offered by the program in their subsequent studies.

COGS598

Cognitive Science Seminar

(Obligatory Course-All Areas)

COGS 598 Cognitive Science Seminar (Obligatory Course-All Areas)

This course involves weekly presentations from qualified speakers conducting research in the area of cognitive science. Students are provided with an opportunity to listen to and discuss recent research in cognitive science.

COGS505

Language and Mind

(Linguistics Obligatory Course)

COGS 505 Language and Mind (Linguistics Area Obligatory Course)

This course addresses some of the fundamental questions about the nature of native speakers’ knowledge of language. Among a number of other questions to be addressed throughout this course, the following three play a key role: (i) What do native speakers know when they know a language?, (ii) how do native speakers acquire this knowledge?, and (iii) how do native speakers put that knowledge to use? The answers to these questions are sought by adopting the main tenets of the generative linguistics approach initiated essentially by the proposals made by Noam Chomsky and his followers in the late 50s and by appealing to the methods and techniques offered in the field of psycholinguistics, an interdisciplinary field that deals with issues such as how individuals acquire, comprehend, process, and produce language. By the end of this course, students will have acquired an understanding of the main topics of research in the field of linguistics as a subdiscipline of cognitive science.

COGS 507

Cognitive Neuroscience

(Neuroscience Obligatory Course)

COGS 507 Cognitive Neuroscience (Neuroscience Area Obligatory Course)

This course will introduce neuroscience research with a special emphasis on cognitive neuroscience. First, the structure of the nervous system, both at the neuronal and anatomical level will be presented and students will get acquainted with the principles of psychopharmacology. From here on, the lectures will cover the biological aspects of perception, motor behavior, memory, emotions, consciousness, and other cognitive faculties. The principles of contemporary neuroimaging tools such as EEG, fMRI, TMS and DTI will be explained and the most common experimental paradigms used with these tools will be described.

CSE585

Machine Learning

(Computer Science Obligatory Course)

CSE 585 Machine Learning (Computer Science Area Obligatory Course)

Basic concepts and techniques of machine learning. Supervised learning techniques. Concept and Decision Tree Learning. Bayesian approach in machine learning. Evolutionary approach and genetic programming. Neural Networks, Support Vector Machines and reinforcement learning. Unsupervised machine learning and clustering.

COGS511

Philosophy of Mind

(Philosophy Obligatory Course)

COGS 511 Philosophy of Mind (Philosophy Area Obligatory Course)

This course is concerned with questions about the nature of the mind and the relation between our minds and the physical world. By the end of this course students will develop skills in critical thinking, gain a general familiarity with the major issues and debates in contemporary philosophy of mind, gain a comprehensive understanding of at least one major issue of philosophy of mind, and give some thought to how issues in the philosophy of mind connect to other disciplines such as computer science, neurology, psychology, and cognitive science. Topics include the Mind/Body Problem, Artificial Intelligence, Consciousness, Free Will and Determinism, Personal identity and Theory of Mind.

COGS513

Cognition

(Cognitive Psychology Obligatory Course)

COGS 513 Cognition (Cognitive Psychology Area Obligatory Course)

This course explores the science of mental processes. Experimental evidence and theoretical perspectives on processes such as perception, attention, visual imagery and memory, as well as some neurological background for these processes are emphasised. Recent articles on cognition are discussed in depth.

COGS515

Cognitive Anthropology

(Cognitive Anthropology Obligatory Course)

COGS 515 Cognitive Anthropology (Cognitive Anthropology Area Obligatory Course)

Cognitive anthropology is the study of the relationship between thought and culture. In this course, some of the major questions in the field will be considered: How does cultural knowledge influence the basic cognitive processes that are deemed to be universal? What is the role of language in the relationship between culture and cognition? What are the appropariate methodlogies to answer these questions? The course aims to equip students with an understanding of the influence of culture on cognition.

COGS599

Dissertation

COGS 599 Dissertation

Continuation of Dissertation I. By the end of this course, students are expected to complete their dissertations which is required for their master's degree, under the supervision of their supervisors and dissertation committee members

COGS521

Selected Readings on Hemispheric Assymetries

COGS 521 Selected Readings on Hemispheric Assymetries

In depth examination of hemispheric specialization of the brain in different functions using brain imaging techniques. Topics like hemispheric specialization in language and speech, in visuo-spatial processing, in attention and perception, functional asymmetries in unilateral cortical lesions, functional asymmetries in the normal brain, asymmetries in perceptual representations, in spatial representations, interaction between the hemispheres and its implications for the processing capacity of the brain will be studied.

COGS522

Cognitive Neuroscience of Memory

COGS 522 Cognitive Neuroscience of Memory

In depth examination of neural and functional basis of memory. Brain mechanisms and localization of different memory processes such as encoding, retrieval, associative learning, declarative memory, episodic memory, emotional memory and conditioning, fear conditioning, lexical and semantic memory, interference, will be studied in animal and human models by functional imaging, electrophysiological and lesion studies.

COGS523

Selected Readings on Attention and Consciousness

COGS 523 Selected Readings on Attention and Consciousness

In depth study of brain mechanisms and localization in terms of selective information processing referred to as attention and the findings on consciousness. Topics such as visual attention, visual-spatial attention, language and attention, auditory attention, sensory aspects of attention, motor components of attention, general arousal system of the brain, neural mechanisms underlying attention, how some information is selected for additional processing whereas other information is nor privileged, hemispheric asymmetry in the organization of directed attention, conscious vs. unconscious processing, left and right hemisphere consciousness.

COGS524

Culture, Language and Thought I

COGS 524 Culture, Language and Thought I

This course focuses on the semiotic and functional levels of the complex relationship between language and thought. First, through works of classical thinkers such Piaget, Vygotsky and George Herbert Mead, we will explore how language as a semiotic system contributes to human cognition and differentiates it from that of other species. Then it focuses on how syntactical and semantic characteristics of specific languages influence thought processes of their speakers. In order to answer this particular question, works of Sapir, Whorf, Lucy, Slobin, Gelitman and others who approach the issue of linguistic relativity from different, sometimes opposing perspectives will be discussed.

COGS525

Culture, Language and Thought II

COGS 525 Culture, Language and Thought II

This course is a continuation of Culture, Language and Thought I. Question of discursive relativity will be adressed through works of the Bakhtin Circle and linguistic anthropological studies pertaining to the relationship between speaking styles, specialized languages, cognition, and the self.

COGS526

Memory and Identity

COGS 526 Memory and Identity

Memory is a contested area, it is 'collective', 'official' yet personal and the borders between these presumably separate spheres are never clear-cut. The course aims to familiarize students with current discussions of memory studies in anthropology. The course is particularly concerned with the relationship between 'national memory' and 'personal memory'. In order to follow this dynamic link, the course will look at the functions of commemorative rituals that enhance the 'national identity' through remembering and practicing the idea of togetherness. The course will examine the public monuments, museums and landscapes as means of contestation of the 'memory' and analyse their claims over the 'authenticity' and 'continuity' of the 'past' in the present. Finally, the course will examine the relationship between the 'sensory aspects of memory' and identity, as the memories and histories activate and are activated by emotions and senses.

COGS527

Advanced Human Memory

COGS 527 Advanced Human Memory

This course covers theories and research on processes such as the relationship between attention and memory, working memory, imagery and memory, short term and long term acquisition and retrieval, forgetting, automatic versus controlled processes in memory, autobiographical memory, memory errors.

COGS528

Cognitive Aging

COGS 528 Cognitive Aging

This course involves a in-depth discussion theoretical perspectives and recent empirical evidence on the effects of normal aging on cognitive processes. Topics include deficit in inhibition view, general slowing view, socio-emotional selectivity, circadian rhythms and cognitive performance, and emotion-cognition interactions. Both behavioral and neurological studies are included.

COGS529

Emotion, Cognition, and Aging

COGS 529 Emotion, Cognition, and Aging

This course covers research on the interactions of cognition and emotion in normal aging. First cognitive and emotional changes in aging are discussed, then recent research showing the effects of cognition on emotions and the effects of emotions on cognition are explored.

COGS530

Recent Research in Cognitive Neuroscience

COGS 530 Recent Research in Cognitive Neuroscience

Recent articles on selected topics in cognitive neuroscience will be read and discussed in depth.

COGS531

Recent Recent Research in Cognition

COGS 531 Recent Research in Cognition

Recent articles on selected topics in cognition will be read and discussed in depth.

COGS532

Recent Recent Research in Computer Science

COGS 532 Recent Research in Computer Science

Recent articles on selected topics in artificial intelligence will be read and discussed in depth.

COGS533

Recent Recent Research in Cognitive Anthropology

COGS 533 Recent Research in Cognitive Anthropology

Recent articles on selected topics in cognitive anthropology will be read and discussed in depth.

COGS534

Recent Recent Research in Linguistics

COGS 534 Recent Research in Linguistics

Recent articles on selected topics in linguistics will be read and discussed in depth.

COGS535

Recent Recent Research in Philosophy of Mind

COGS 535 Recent Research in Philosophy of Mind

Recent articles on selected topics in philosophy of mind will be read and discussed in depth.



Academic Output

Yeditepe University Cognitive Science MA Program [Academic Year 2019-2020]


Organized Workshops & Symposiums
2nd Symposium of Interdisciplinary Artificial Intelligence Studies, September 25-26, 2020 [This symposium is supported by TUBITAK (Grant type: 2223-D)] http://siais.yeditepe.edu.tr/



Yeditepe University Cognitive Science MA Program [Academic Year 2018-2019]


Conference Presentations – National and International
Eroğlu-Uzun, Dilek, Şener, Serkan, Metin, Barış. The Effect of tDCS on Syntactic Processing in Aphasia. 20th International Science of Aphasia Conference, Rome, September 23-26, 2019.

Akyıldız, Merve, Şener, Serkan, Aygüneş, Mehmet, and Ulaşoğlu, Çiğdem. İlgi Tümceciği İşlemlemede Olaya İlişkin Beyin Potansiyelleri. 33. Ulusal Dilbilim Kurultayı, Mersin Üniversitesi, Mersin, 9-10 Mayıs 2019. [This work was supported by TUBITAK (Proje No: 218S242)].

Akyıldız, Merve, Şener, Serkan, Aygüneş, Mehmet, and Ulaşoğlu, Çiğdem. A Neurolinguistic Study of the Processing of Relative Clauses in Turkish. 6th International Symposium on Brain and Cognitive Sciences (ISBCS 2019), Yeditepe University, İstanbul, April 28, 2019. [This work was supported by TUBITAK (Proje No: 218S242)].

Akyıldız, Merve, Şener, Serkan, Aygüneş, Mehmet, and Ulaşoğlu, Çiğdem. An ERP Analysis of Relative Clauses in Turkish: Subject Relative Clauses Favored. XIV International Symposium on Psycholinguistics, Tarragona, Spain, April 10-13, 2019 [Poster Presentation]. 

Akyıldız, Merve, Şener, Serkan, Aygüneş, Mehmet, and Ulaşoğlu, Çiğdem. Türkçede İlgi Tümceciklerinin Bilişsel İşlemlenmesi: OİP İncelemesi. 17. Ulusal Sinirbilim Kongresi, Karadeniz Teknik Üniversitesi, Trabzon, 4-7 Nisan 2019. [This work was supported by TUBITAK (Project No: 218S242)].

Al-Kamha, Khaled ve Yildirim, Funda. Contribution of Absolute and Relative Stimulus Aspects in Environments with Multiple Clusters. DyViTo: "Dynamics in Vision and Touch – the look and feel of stuff” by Bilkent University. Cappadoccia. November 5-8, 2019. [Poster Presentation].

İnan, Sabri ve Yıldırım, Funda. Short-term synaptic depression as a suitable mechanism for the verbal transformation effect. 6th International Symposium on Brain and Cognitive Sciences (ISBCS 2019), Yeditepe University, İstanbul, April 28, 2019.

Tezcan, Filiz ve Yildirim, Funda. Effect Of Decision Time On Anchoring Bias. 6th International Symposium on Brain and Cognitive Sciences (ISBCS 2019), Yeditepe University, İstanbul, April 28, 2019.

Memis, Elif ve Yildirim, Funda. The Effect of Contour and Configuration on Visual Crowding. 6th International Symposium on Brain and Cognitive Sciences (ISBCS 2019), Yeditepe University, İstanbul, April 28, 2019.

İnan, Sabri ve Yildirim, Funda. Intra- and cross-categorical reversals of ambiguous stimuli in auditory perception: A psychophysical experiment. 5th International Symposium on Brain and Cognitive Sciences (ISBCS 2018), Bogazici University, İstanbul, May 20, 2018.

Paluluoğlu, Şebnem, and Şener, Serkan. Processing of subject and object relative clauses in Turkish revisited. 5th International Symposium on Brain and Cognitive Sciences (ISBCS 2018), Bogazici University, İstanbul, May 20, 2018.


Invited Talks
Şener, Serkan. Linguistics and Interfaces as a Cognitive Science. II. Neuro-Imaging Workshop in Linguistics Research, İstanbul University, April 2, 2019.

Şener, Serkan. Linear order of wh-phrases in Turkish revisited. Boğaziçi University Student Conference on Theoretical and Experimental Linguistics (BUSCTEL’19), 16 Şubat 2019, Invited Speaker.

Yildirim, Funda. On the contribution of contour mechanisms in early visual cortex to shape perception: an exploratory study. Visual Crowding Workshop, University of Bern, Switzerland, June 23, 24.


Publications
Kaplan, Alper., Akagündüz, Erdem. A Hybrid Framework for Matching Printing Design Files to Product Photos (TJEECS submission under review for 2020)

Ahveninen, Jyrki., Ingalls, Grace., Yildirim, Funda. et al. Peripheral visual localization is degraded by globally incongruent auditory-spatial attention cues, Exp Brain Res (2019). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00221-019-05578-z

Akyıldız, Merve, Şener, Serkan, Aygüneş, Mehmet, and Ulaşoğlu, Çiğdem. [baskıda]. İlgi Tümceciği İşlemlemede Olaya İlişkin Beyin Potansiyelleri: Türkçe Üzerine Bir İnceleme. İlgi Tümceciği İşlemlemede Olaya İlişkin Beyin Potansiyelleri. 33. Ulusal Dilbilim Kurultayı Bildirileri, Mersin Üniversitesi Yayınları. [Bu çalışma TÜBİTAK tarafından desteklenmiştir (Proje No: 218S242)].

Murat Kalender, Emin Erkan Korkmaz. “THINKER-Entity Linking System for Turkish Language”, IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering, Volume: 30, Issue: 2, Pages: 367-380, Published: FEB 1 2018.

Paluluoğlu, Şebnem ve Şener, Serkan. [under review]. Processing of subject and object relative clauses in Turkish revisited: A self-paced reading study.

İnan, Sabri ve Yildirim, Funda. [preparing for publication]. Duration of perceptual stability for words and pseudowords in verbal transformation effect.

Tezcan, Filiz ve Yildirim, Funda. [preparing for publication]. The effect of temporal ordering and sound source in understanding the perception of sound events.


Organized Workshops & Symposiums
6th International Symposium on Brain and Cognitive Science, April 28, 2019. http://isbcs2019.yeditepe.edu.tr/

1st Symposium of Interdisciplinary Artificial Intelligence Studies, April 27, 2019. http://siais.yeditepe.edu.tr/

Yildirim, Funda ve Tezcan, Filiz. Visual, Auditory and Haptic Perception. 5th International Mersin Science Night (MERSCIN). Mersin University, Mersin. 28-29 September, 2019. [This work was supported by the HORIZON2020 project. Project No: H2020-MSC-NIGHT-818725-MERSCIN]


Funded Projects
Şener, Serkan – Yürütücü [3001 Projesi: Proje No: 218S242)]. Proje Başlığı: İlgi Tümceciklerinin İşlemlenme Süreci: Olaya İlişkin Beyin Potansiyelleri ve Zaman-Frekans Analizi [Başlangıç: Şubat 2019 – Bitiş: Aralık 2019].



Application Announcement for Spring 2020*

Cognitive Science Master’s Program at Yeditepe University is accepting applications for Spring 2020!

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Application Procedure

Deadline for application is January 13, 2020. You have to submit all of your documents through the online application (except reference letters, i.e. you may either bring your reference letters to the interview or make your referrers send them via e-mail to one of our professors and/or assistants) at ISS website (http://ebs.yeditepe.edu.tr/).

To be able to eligible to attend the interview, prospective students will sit a written examination on January 13, 2020, at 11:00 AM. The exam location is B-443, Engineering Building.

The interview date is January 14, 2020**. The applicants should submit the following documents before deadline:

Application Documents

1) Two reference letters
2) Statement of purpose (Maximum 600 words)
3) Curriculum vitae
4) Transcript
5) ALES score

Applicants who fill out the online application at ISS website (http://ebs.yeditepe.edu.tr/) will be informed by e-mail about the written examination time and place.

Those who qualify to enter the interview will be announced on January 13, 2020, at 5:00 PM.

The first interview of Spring 2020 admissions will be held on January 14, 2020 at 10:00 AM in the Engineering Building, room A-412.

Please see our website for additional information: http://cogs.yeditepe.edu.tr/

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*Interviews for Cognitive Science Master's Program admissions are held thrice a year:

Fall semester interviews are held in June and September, and Spring semester interviews are held in January.

**Although the application deadline and the interview date are the same day, we advise you to submit your application 2-3 days earlier than the interview date.

For further questions, please email to ekorkmaz@cse.yeditepe.edu.tr, or sener.serkan@yahoo.com, or fundayildirim@gmail.com, or alperkaplan@outlook.com, or dilaradeniz.turk@gmail.com



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