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Academic Year 2015-2016



Spring Semester



Dual Reference and Conventional Implicatures in Grammar
by Ceyhan Temürcü (Cognitive Science, METU)

on 27th of May


Abstract In this talk I will focus on dual reference phenomena in TAM, whereby an explicitly conveyed content is accompanied by a conventional implication. I will try to show that this phenomenon is associated not only with perfect and prospective aspect markers, but also with grammatical markers of evidentiality and finite moods. I will show that what these strategies express are types of “current relevance” (CR), namely; causal, logical and intentional relevance respectively.


Embodied Cognition on the Principles Governing Object Measurement​
by Magda Dumitru (Marie Curie Research Fellow, IRIS, METU)

on 20th of May


Abstract Embodied cognition is the most important paradigm shift in the past few decades and it continues to generate important developments in Cognitive Science and beyond. I will present experimental evidence that humans routinely factor in object perceptual properties when performing estimations of object number, size, and similarity. This evidence complements key assumptions previously made in the CogSci literature and further corroborates classical findings from the 1800s.


Spatial Perception: from Behavior to Brain​

by Funda Yıldırım (Behavioral and Cognitive Neurosciences, University Medical Center Groningen)

on 6th of May


Abstract Spatial perception concerns our ability to sense the position, movement, orientation –and to some extend size and shape– of objects. It is a crucial part of human visual perception since we use spatial information, to localize ourselves in our environment, to direct our attention, and to reach out to and grasp objects. Through the course of this study, we aim to better understand the role of a number of factors in spatial perception. First, in a series of behavioral experiments we tried to identify how human observers localize objects. We studied whether the way that observers make their identification or localization responses (using either their eyes or by responding via a button press) influenced their performance. In addition, we used fMRI to investigate the neurobiological basis of spatial perception. We examined whether a retinotopic mapping stimulus based on orientation rather than luminance contrast influences the estimated properties of receptive field populations. We also used fMRI to localize the physiological mechanism underlying a visual illusion. In this illusion, the perceived position of the elements that make up a global shape is strongly altered by varying their orientation only. We conclude that the perception of the spatial location and the identity of objects are highly intertwined processes that similarly affect human eye-movements and perception. Moreover, we found that using orientation rather than luminance contrast provides a better option for spatial mapping of the human visual cortex in particular for higher order areas, such as those involved in global shape perception. 


What Good is a Formal Discourse Representation?

by Umut Özge (Cognitive Science, METU)

on 22nd of April


Abstract Two phenomena are critical in holding a natural language discourse together. One is "anaphora resolution" as in inferring that the pronoun `they' in (2) refers to a bunch of delegates reported to have arrived in (1).
(1) A few delegates arrived.
(2) They registered.
The other is presupposition. Take sentence (3)*:
(3) It seems to me that the moment has come that the bombing of German cities simply for the sake of increasing the terror, though under other pretexts, should be reviewed. 
The speaker of (3) already takes it for granted the content in (4):
(4) The German cities are being bombed for the sake of increasing the terror.
For instance, if you are not happy with the content in (4), responding `No, it hasn't' or `No, not really' to (3) would not help; you rather have to say something like `Wait a minute, who says that the bombing is for the sake of increasing the terror'. In technical terms, (3) is said to presuppose (4), and presuppositions survive under manipulations like negating the sentence or putting it into a question form. I will discuss how these two phenomena can be modeled under a formal discourse model, resulting in a unified treatment of anaphora and presupposition as one and the same phenomenon. Then, I will review some data from Turkish noun phrases which pose some interesting challenges to the model, together with sketches of possible solutions.
*Winston Churchill to Arthur Harris, Commander-in-Chief of RAF’s Bomber Command in 1945. Reported in Blitz, Bombing and Total War, Channel 4, January 15, 2005

Joint Task Paradigms in Cognitive Science: Conceptual and Methodological Challenges

by Annette Hohenberger (Cognitive Science, METU)

on 15th of April


Abstract Within the last decades, cognitive science has seen a surge in joint (dual- and multiple-agent) task paradigms extending the classical individual paradigms. There has been a flurry of studies on joint action, joint attention, and group/crowd intelligence, in the adult and developmental literature. This novel approach is rooted in evolutionary, ecological, and cultural sciences and promises an alternative, more realistic view on human behavior and cognition in social contexts. This exciting development brings with it conceptual and methodological challenges in terms of the complexity and dynamics of cognitive, social and emotional processes. In this talk I will discuss some of these challenges and highlight advantages but also possible pitfalls. I will present show cases in the area of communication, perception and action, notably the social Simon effect, tool innovation, development of communication systems, and time perception.


On Knowing What Lies Ahead in an Utterance: Predictive Language Processing in Children Acquiring Verb-Final Languages

by Duygu Özge (Marie Curie IOF Fellow, METU)

on 8th of April


Abstract Young children are able to use the semantic restrictions of the verb in an utterance to resolve ambiguities (Trueswell, et al., 1999) and to anticipate the upcoming thematic structure of who does what to whom (Nation, et al. 2003; Swingley, et al., 1999, Borovsky, et al., 2012; Mani & Hueting, 2012). However, it is not clear what sources of information children acquiring a verb-final language would rely on during the course of spoken language interpretation. In these languages, the verb tends to appear late in the utterance, word order is flexible and morphosyntax is rich. The hypothesis is that the morphosyntax -especially the case markers (e.g., tavşan, tavşanı, tavşana, tavşandan)- would drive prediction in these languages. Previous studies from German report that children do not use case marking during spoken language interpretation but they rely highly on the verb information until 4 and on the word order until 7 years of age (Dittmar, et al., 2008; Knoll, et al., 2012; Schipke, et al., 2012). I will present two visual-world eye-tracking studies with Turkish- and German-speaking 4- year-olds that show robust and predictive use of case marking during spoken language processing. I will contend that children’s previous failures in comprehension of non-canonical sentences cannot be due to late abstraction or late syntactic maturation. This will be followed by a brief presentation of an upcoming Tubitak project on predictive language processing in Broca’s aphasia.


Eliza Effect and a Therapeutic Role for Robots

by Bipin Indurkyha (Computer & Cognitive Science, Int'l Inst. of Information Technology - Hyderabad)

on 29th of March


Abstract In late 1960, Joseph Weizenbaum authored a program called Eliza that simulated a therapist in carrying out a conversation with the user. The program did not understand anything, but relied on keyword matches, and a few simple heuristics to keep the flow of conversation. However, Weizenbaum was taken aback by the intensity of emotional attachment users felt towards this program, prompting him to highlight this negative aspect of technology in his thought provoking book "Computer Power and Human Reason". In recent years, however, there has been a revival of Eliza-like systems and interfaces in cognitive robotics. We will look at some such systems and argue that they often have a positive and therapeutic effect on the user, and that in some situations at least this kind of robot-human interaction transcends human-human interaction.


Functional Optical Brain Monitoring: Basic Science, In the Field and Clinical Applications

by Meltem İzzetoğlu (Biomedical Engineering, Drexel Uni.)

on 25th of March


Abstract Functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRs) is an emerging neuroimaging technology that holds untapped potential for clinical use and research applications that require ecological validity and/or economical imaging.  fNIRs uses near-infrared light to assess changes in blood oxygenation in the cortex. The technology allows the design of safe, portable, wearable, noninvasive, and inexpensive neuro-monitoring systems with rapid application times and near-zero run time costs. In the past two decades, brain activation studies employing fNIRs have been conducted on the visual, somatosensory, auditory, and language systems, and during motor and various cognitive tasks for the assessment of normative brain function, as well as for the understanding of the neural underpinnings of various neurological and psychiatric disorders.  In general, these studies have reported localized increases in oxygenation in response to functional challenge, and the results have largely been in agreement with corollary fMRI and EEG studies. This talk will describe the basic principles underlying fNIRs, its unique characteristics with specific applications in basic neuroscience, in the field studies and clinical evaluations. 


Development of a Corpus of Turkish Reading Patterns for Eye-Movement Control Modeling

by Cengiz Acartürk (Cognitive Science, METU)

on 11th of March


Abstract TUREAD Turkish Reading Research Group has been conducting research on eye movement patterns in Turkish reading, since the past two years. This talk will shortly present general information about eye movements reading, the current status of the project and our initial findings.


Computational Learning of Sub-Categorization for Nominals and Pronominals: Portuguese and Turkish

by Cem Bozşahin (Cognitive Science, METU)

on 4th of March


Abstract In languages such as Turkish, there seems to be no difference in the word-order of nominal arguments and pronominal arguments. However in Portuguese there are several restrictions along this dimension, although the two languages appear to be similar in freedom of word order. These differences are explainable, in fact predicted, by a radically lexicalized and computationally efficient grammar, where reference is also lexicalized. We aim to show that exposure to different kinds of referential distributions does not require revision in a theory of grammar, or parametric grammars. An effective algorithm for learning any natural grammar as a hidden variable is feasible. The role of cognitive assumptions in this task such as the Language of Thought (LOT) Hypothesis is assessed.



Fall Semester



The Development of Narrative Skills in Turkish-Speaking Children: A Complexity Approach

by Hale Ögel Balaban (Cognitive Science, Yeditepe Uni.)

on 8th of January


Abstract Narrative is a complex form of discourse. Creating it requires “a joint process of event comprehension and language production” (Trabasso & Rodkin, 1994, p.87), and understanding and explaining behaviors and emotions of others through perspective taking. In the present study, it is claimed that these requirements map into three levels of complexity: 1) Plot complexity reflecting the temporal and thematic organization of the narrative in a coherent manner, 2) Evaluative complexity indicating the narrator’s perspective toward the events, and 3) Syntactic complexity expressing the coherent causal, temporal and logical order of the reported events in a cohesive way. The aim of the present study was to examine the developments at each level and their interrelationships. Moreover, the relationship between each level of complexity, and theory of mind (ToM), executive function and the comprehension of complex syntactic structures to each level was analyzed.  One hundred and five Turkish-speaking children distributed across 4 age groups (4, 5, 7 and 8, and 10 and 11 years) and 15 adults participated in 1. Elicitation of narratives task , 2. Emotional Stroop Task, 3. First- (for 4-year-old children) and  second-order (for older children and adults) ToM tasks,  4.  Real-apparent emotion task (for 4-year-old children), and 5. Comprehension of complement clauses task. Children’s performance on tasks assessing ToM, executive function and comprehension of complex syntax was found to increase with age. Regarding plot complexity, an increase with age was also observed. The fifth and seventh years of life were found to be transitional periods for the generation of coherent narratives. Moreover, the ability to comprehend complex syntax predicted plot complexity suggesting the influence of general linguistic competence on narrative skills. Children in all age groups were found to employ evaluative devices to some extent. However, the frequency of particular evaluative devices changed with age and even adults were found to use them to a low extent. Executive function was found to predict the extent of the use of syntactically complex clauses. A more detailed analysis of these clauses demonstrated that with age children can incorporate syntactically more complex structures expressing cognitively more complex relations into their narratives. The only significant relation between the three levels of complexity was shown between evaluative and syntactic complexity which had clear indicators in narratives. These findings were discussed considering the cognitive, linguistic and sociocultural nature of narration, and the effect of context on narrative performance. 


Implications of Theories from Cognitive Science for Human-Computer Interaction Practice

by Erol Özçelik (Computer Engineering, Atılım Uni.)

on 18th of December


Abstract Although the main goal of cognitive science is to understand the mind and its processes, cognitive science also provides some implications for practice. In this talk, I will present how theories from cognitive science can be applied into practice by showing example cases in human-computer interaction. These theories enable us to better understand how the mind works and, consequently, to create more usable interfaces.


Phrase Lengths and Syntactic Parsing Strategies in the Perceived Informativeness of Prosodic Cues in Turkish Ambiguity Resolution

by Nazik Dinçtopal Deniz (Foreign Language Education, Boğaziçi Uni.)

on 11th of December


Abstract Although studies on spoken sentence processing have shown that prosodic properties (stress, rhythm and intonation) of an utterance can provide information about its syntactic structure, there has not been much research on how these prosodic cues are treated by listeners. One approach by Clifton and colleagues (Clifton, Carlson, & Frazier, 2002, 2006) addresses this under the Rational Speaker Hypothesis (RSH). The RSH claims that listeners are sensitive to reasons for a prosodic break. If a break is placed before/after a short constituent, it is treated as more informative about the syntactic structure of an utterance; however, if a break is placed before/after a long constituent it is not perceived as informative as it could be attributed to phrase lengths. This study examines the RSH and asks (i) whether or not the RSH can be extended to Turkish, a language typologically different from English and has not been investigated in this regard before; (ii) whether or not metric constraints influence listeners’ ability to ignore uninformative prosody to the same extend that they influence listeners’ evaluation of informative prosody; (iii) how the effects of RSH, metric in essence, interact with syntactic parsing principles. These questions were tested in four listening experiments. Results show that Turkish speakers are influenced by phrase lengths in their sentence processing not only when prosodic and syntactic boundaries are aligned but also when they are not. Results further suggest that when pitted against each other, syntactic and metric constraints both influence Turkish speakers’ sentence processing decisions; however, Turkish listeners seem to give priority to syntactic parsing strategies in first pass parsing decisions. 


Unsupervised Morphological Segmentation and Generation

by Burcu Can Buğlalılar (Computer Engineering, Hacettepe Uni.)

on 4th of December


Abstract Morphological segmentation and morphological generation have been two important tasks due to the benefits they provide to many other natural language processing fields such as machine translation, information retrieval, question answering, etc. We recently proposed a probabilistic hierarchical clustering model for morphological segmentation, where the model consists of a single tree structure with its nodes being morphological paradigms. Now we are converting this model into a tree forest with multiple trees. The model outperforms most of the unsupervised morphological segmentation models in Turkish. We also propose an unsupervised morphological generation approach by using FSAs, where each state corresponds to a morpheme of the language leading to morphosyntactic features. We extract orthographic features by finding spelling rules in Turkish in an unsupervised framework. Eventually, we can generate around 1 million Turkish words by using only a few thousand Turkish stems.


Academic Writing and Scholarly Publishing

by Annette Hohenberger (Cognitive Science, METU)

on 27th of November


Abstract In this colloquium I will recapitulate for you a public seminar given by a representative of Elsevier earlier this year on the process of academic writing and scholarly publishing. The talk will walk you through the entire journal publishing cycle, including important steps and aspects of academic writing: planning your article, choice of journal, publishing ethics, structuring your article, submission, peer review, revision, publication, and finally monitoring the dissemination. It goes without saying that academic writing is of utmost importance since you contribute to and communicate with the scientific community mainly through your publications. This seminar aims at providing you the necessary know-how of this skill and at motivating you to start with this life-long learning process as early as possible in your academic career.


Visual Exploratory Tools for Social Networks and Storyline Generation

by Selim Balcısoy (Computer Science & Engineering, Sabancı Uni.)

on 20th of November


Abstract In this talk I will present two recent works on Visual Exploratory Tools: (i) Social Networks: Visualizations of temporal social network datasets have the potential to be complex and require a lot of cognitive input. In this talk, we present a novel visualization approach that depicts both relational and statistical information of evolving social structures. The underlying framework is implemented by the usage of Hyperbolic Geometry to support focus context rendering. The proposed method guarantees representing prominent social actors through scaling their representations, preserves user's mental map, and provides the user to reduce visual clutter by means of filtering. (ii) I will present a tool offering a new way of analyzing a novel in terms of storyline, characters, locations and taking consideration of relations between all of them. It can save significant amount of time for creating editorial and narrative works such as the input data for storyline visualizations or reviewing a book draft.


A Neural Circuit Analysis of Attention in an Invertebrate Brain

by Münire Özlem Çevik (Psychology, TOBB Uni. of Economics and Technology)

on 13th of November


Abstract Invertebrate animal models like the nematode C elegans and the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster have become increasingly popular in the post-genomic and connectomic era. In this talk, I will discuss the scope and limits of using invertebrates in cognitive neuroscience research, and introduce state-dependence of decision making, and dynamical modulation of identified neural circuits as models for studying neurobiology of attention.



Twin Challenge in Language Acquisition

by Fatma Nihan Ketrez (English Language Teaching / Comparative Literature, İstanbul Bilgi Uni.)

on 6th of November


Abstract Different populations of children acquire language differently. In this presentation I will talk about the language development by Turkish speaking twins between 1;0-3;0 years of age and compare their development with their singleton peers. Studies that have been conducted on twins since 1930s, show that twins are observed to be delayed in their language development: They start speaking later, speak in shorter sentences with a smaller vocabulary size, and they are more likely to have language disorders. Their overall delay in grammatical development is attributed to their preterm birth and psychosocial reasons such as less and distracted exposure to adult language. In this presentation I will report analyses conducted on twin and singleton children’s articulation, word and utterance length, vocabulary growth and irregular morpho-phonological alternations and discuss possible reasons behind the difference observed in two populations of children.


Social Meta-Learning: Learning How to Make Use of Others as Resource for Learning

by Jedediah Wilfred Papas Allen (Psychology, Bilkent Uni.)

on 23rd of October


Abstract The current talk offers an action-based approach to the study of social learning in general and imitation learning in particular. From this action-based perspective, imitation itself undergoes learning and development and is modeled as an instance of social meta-learning – children learning how to make use of others as a resource for further learning. This social meta-learning perspective is then applied empirically to an ongoing debate about the reason children imitate causally unnecessary actions while learning about a new artifact (i.e., over-imitate). Results suggest that children over-imitate because it is the nature of learning about the cultural affordances of social realities in which artifacts are a central aspect.


Face Scanning and Eye Tracking in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders

by Selda Özdemir (Special Education, Gazi Uni.)

on 16th of October


Abstract Deficits in social attention is a hallmark of autism spectrum disorders (ASD), though underlying mechanisms are largely unknown. Impairments in social attention are pervasive and affect multiple areas including spending relatively little  time to monitor other people,  and the ability to recognize the facial expressions and gestures of others.  The deficits in social attention extends beyond facial expressions and gestures and include deficits in the accusation of language and development of social cognition. Social communication deficits are already apparent at early stages of the ASD and manifest themselves in a wide variety of symptoms including failure to use of typical facescanning strategies and   impairments in face recognition. Direct evidence that suggests impairments in face recognition skills has been reported in school-age children, adolescents and adults with ASD, and indicate a future based rather than a holistic strategy in face processing.  This seminar will explore the key features of ASD and current research on face scanning and eye tracking in children with ASD.  It will be tailored to provide insight into developmental pathways of ASD characteristics and provide a time to share clinical practice.


Brain Stimulation: a Method to Enhance Cognitive Skills and Causally Link them with Cortical Regions

by Achille Pasqualotto (Psychology, Sabancı Uni.)

on 9th of October


Abstract Transcranial random noise stimulation (tRNS) is a recent type of non-invasive electric stimulation that enhances cortical activity by boosting the spontaneous activity of neurons. When coupled with a task, tRNS can be used to infer a causal relation between that task and the stimulated cortical area. In particular, we used tRNS to better understand the cortical bases of foreign vocabulary acquisition, arithmetic computation, and verbal memory. In these experiments we adopted a between-subjects design where stimulation was delivered to different cortical areas (e.g. dorsolateral prefrontal cortex or posterior parietal cortex), plus a placebo condition where electrodes were placed on the head of participants, but no stimulation was delivered. Additionally, performance (e.g. number of foreign fords remembered) was measured both immediately and after seven days. In fact, several studies showed that, like other non-invasive electric stimulation techniques, tRNS has long-term effects. In each experiment we found some effect of tRNS that lasted for different periods of time. Aside clarifying the neural bases of foreign vocabulary acquisition, arithmetic computation, etc., these results could have viable applications to improve cognitive skills in healthy and impaired populations.



Academic Year 2014-2015



Spring Semester



March 6th, 12:40, S03

"Determining linguistic and cognitive variables in good and poor readers among second grade students" by Nalan Babür, Faculty of Education, Boğaziçi University


March 20th, 12:40, S03

"Computationalism, Pancomputationalism, and Explanation in Cognitive Science" by Cem Bozşahin, Cognitive Science Department, METU


March 27th, 11:40, S03

"Short-term false memories and their electrophysiological projection" by Tolga Esat Özkurt, Medical Informatics Department, METU


April 3rd, 11:40, Ural Akbulut Hall

"Günlük Yaşamın Naif Gerçekçi Fenomenolojik Ontolojisi: Nörobiyolojik Fenomenoloji" by Saffet Murat Tura METU (Organized by the Medical Informatics Department at the Informatics Institute.)


April 10th, 12:40, S03

"Predictive language processing in children: Evidence from German and Turkish" by Duygu Özge, Cognitive Science Department, METU


April 17th, 12:40, S03

"What good is an explicit discourse representation?" by Umut Özge, Cognitive Science Department, METU


May 8th, 11:40, S03

"The nativism-empiricism debate in Cognitive Science" by Annette Hohenberger, Cognitive Science Department, METU


May 8th, 12:40, S03

"Investigating Neural and Ocular Correlates of Joint Action with Dual Eye Tracking and Optical Brain Imaging Technologies" by Murat Perit Çakır, Cognitive Science Department, METU


May 15th, 12:40, S03

"Challenges in studying discourse" by Deniz Zeyrek, Cognitive Science Department, METU


May 22nd, 11:40, S03

"The Localization of Emotional Stroop Activations in Healthy and Major Depressive Disorder Populations Using FMRI" by Zeynep Başgöze, Cognitive Science Department, MET


May 22nd, 12:40, S03

"Development of a Corpus of Turkish Reading Patterns for Eye Movement Control Modeling" by Cengiz Acartürk, Cognitive Science Department, METU

"A Semi-Supervised Algorithm for Eye Movement Event Detection" by Ozan Deniz, M.Sc. Program, Cognitive Science Department, METU


May 29th, 12:40, S03

"Articulation in Multimodal Silent Speech Interfaces" by João Freitas, Portugal


June 5th, 12:40, S03

"Natural and Multimodal Human-Computer Interaction: current experiments and future trends" by Miguel Sales Dias, Portugal



Academic Year 2013-2014


Fall Semester



October 25th, 12.40, S02

"Probabilistic Hierarchical Clustering of Morphological Paradigms " by Burcu Can, Hacettepe University 


November 8th, 12.40, S02

"Applicative Structures and Immediate Discourse in the Turkish Discourse Bank" by Işın Demirşahin, METU 


November 15th, 12.40, S02

"Spatial and 3D Audio Systems" by Hüseyin Hacıhabiboğlu, METU 


November 29th, 12.40, S02

"A Synthetic Neuroplasticity Model for Artifical Inteligence " by Aziz Zambak, Philosophy Department, METU 


December 6th, 12.40, S02

"Visual Saliency Estimation Using Region Covariances " by Erkut Erdem, Hacettepe University Computer Vision Lab  


December 13rd, 12.40, S02

"The Use of Indirect Evidential Marker Predicts ToM among Turkish Childeren " by Saime Tek, Psychology Department, Bilkent University 


December 20th, 12.40, S02

"İnsan Belleğinde Yaşa Bağlı değişiklikler " by Nurhan Er, Psychology Department, Ankara University 


December 27th, 12.40, S02

"Visual Attention-driven Spatial Pooling for Image Memorability " by Aykut Erdem, Psychology Department, Ankara University



Spring Semester



February 28th, 11:40, S03

"Recursion in Planning and Language" by Cem Bozşahin, Cognitive Science Department, METU


March 14th, 11:40, S03

"Coordination and subordination in discourse" by Deniz Zeyrek, Cognitive Science Department, METU


March 28th, 11:40, S03

"Early sensitivity of Turkish infants to vowel harmony in stem-suffix sequences: impact of computational complexity and lexical variation" by Annette Hohenberger, Cognitive Science Department, METU


April 4th, 11:40, S03

“Measuring arousal with pupil dilation” by Didem Gökçay, MIN, IS, COGS, METU


April 11th, 11:40, S03

CogSci in Germany, CogSci in Turkey (Workshop Preparations)


April 18th, 11:40, S03

"Investigating Neural and Ocular Correlates of Joint Action with Dual Eye Tracking and Optical Brain Imaging Technologies" by M. Perit Çakır, Cognitive Science Department, METU


April 25th, 11:40, S03

"Eye tracking methodology and its use in studying language comprehension" by Cengiz Acartürk, Cognitive Science Department, METU


May 2nd, 11:40, S03

"Attention in the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster" by Özlem Münire Çevik, Psychology Department, TOBB ETÜ


May 9th, 11:40, S03

"Abstract objects in semantics: On their reality and usefulness" by Ceyhan Temürcü, Cognitive Science Department, METU


May 16th, 11:40, S03

"Creating metaphor in context" by Zoltán Kövecses, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest


May 23rd, 11:40, S03

CogSci in Germany, CogSci in Turkey (Workshop Day)



Academic Year 2012-2013



Fall Semester



October 5th, 12.40, S02

"Child labour in India" by S.R.Banerjee, MD DCH FIAP Consultant Pediatrician, Calcutta India 


October 19th, 12.40, S02

 "Processing Optional Accusative Case in Discourse" by Duygu Özge, University of Stuttgart 


November 2nd, 12.40, S02

 "Anaphor Binding in AgrP: the case of 'kendi'" by Selçuk İşsever, Ankara University 


November 9th, 12.40, S02

 "Affordances and Concepts" by Erol Şahin, Kovan Lab, METU 


November 16th, 12.40, S02

 "Neuropsychological assessment in demantia" by Banu Cangöz, Psychology Department, Hacettepe University 


November 23rd, 12.40, S02

 "An ERP comparison of markedness of person features in Turkish" by Özgür Aydın, Ankara University 


November 30th, 12.40, S02

 "Comparison of paper and pencil tests and computerized tests in measuring cognitive processes" by Arif Altun, Hacettepe University  


December 7th, 12.40, S02

 "Scalable Planning and Control of Dynamic Legged Locomotion" by Uluç Saranlı, CENG, METU 


December 21th, 12.40, S02

 "Environmental Enrichment and Caregiver Training to Support the Development of Birth to Six Year-Olds in Turkish Orphanages" by Sibel Berument Kazak, Psychology Department, METU 


December 28th, 12.40, S02

 "Development of handicapped children" by Kürşat Çağıltay, METU 


January 4th, 12.40, S02

 "Interpersonal Cognition: The Nature of Re-Presentations" by Hans Ijzerman , Tilburg University, Netherlands



Academic Year 2010-2011



Fall Semester



October 12th, 12.40, S02

 “'Hey, the blue ones go here!' – 'But this one is a duck!' A Peer-Based Approach to Normative Awareness in Preschoolers” by Denis A. Engemann, University of Cologne, Germany.



Spring Semester



February 25th, 12.40, S02

 “Annotations as Graphical Communication Tools” by Cengiz Acartürk, METU, Cognitive Science Program.



Academic Year 2009-2010



Fall Semester



December 11th, 12.40, S02

 “Event-related potentials (ERP) in the study of sentence processing” by Suha Yağcıoğlu (Hacettepe University, Faculty of Medicine) & Gülay Cedden (Middle East Technical University, Faculty of Education).


November 20th, 12:40, S02

 “The Role of Motion in Material Classification”by Katja Dörschner, Bilkent University, Department of Psychology.


November 13th, 11:40, S02

 “Presuppositions and the semantics of metaphor". by Sandy Berkovski, Bilkent University, Department of Philosophy.


November 12th, 12:40, S02

” by Murat Perit Çakır, Drexel University, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Life Sciences and Technology.


November 5th, 12:40, S02

“Physicalism: past and future” by Istvan Aranyosi, Bilkent University, Department of Philosophy.


October 23rd, 12.40, Z02:

"Color Language and Color Experience” by Oliver Wright, Bilkent University, Department of Psychology.


September 4th, 12.40, Z02

 “Resolving the Mysteries of Basal Ganglia with Model Based fMRI” by Burak Erdeniz, University of Hertfordshire, Department of Psychology and Department of Computer Science.



Spring Semester



April 21st, 12.40, S03

 “Connecting Group Cognitive and Neuroscientific Perspectives for Designing Software to Support Learning Mathematics with Understanding” by Murat Perit Çakır, Middle East Technical University, Cognitive Science Program.


April 7th, 12.40, S03

 “Anterior cingulate cortex and its functional implications for depression patients” by Didem Gökçay, Middle East Technical University, Cognitive Science Program & Information Systems Program & Medical Informatics Program.


March 24th, 12.40, S03

 “Action understanding, theory of mind and evidentiality in a cognitive science perspective” by Annette Hohenberger, Middle East Technical University, Cognitive Science Program.


March 10th, 12.40, S03

 “Discourse Understanding” by Deniz Zeyrek, Middle East Technical University, Department of Foreign Language Education & Cognitive Science Program.


March 3rd, 12.40, S03

 “Computationalism and cognitivism in cognitive science: a personal view” by Cem Bozşahin, Middle East Technical University, Department of Computer Engineering & Cognitive Science Program.


February 24th, 12.40, S03

 “The theory of anchoring relations: A cognitive basis for sentence meaning and a prospect for a natural logic” by Ceyhan Temürcü, Middle East Technical University, Cognitive Science Program.




Academic Year 2008-2009



Fall Semester



December 26th, 12.40, Z03

"What's in a face?" by Didem Gökçay, Middle East Technical University, Medical Informatics Program and Cognitive Science Program.


December 5th, 12.40, Z03

"Interdisciplinarity in Cognitive Science" by Bilge Say, Middle East Technical University, Cognitive Science Program.


November 28th, 12.40, Z03

"The Psycho-Historical Theory of Artworks" by Nicolas Bullot, University of Toronto, Department of Philosophy.


November 14th, 12.40, Z03

“The Processing of Relative Clauses” by Wolf König, Middle East Technical University, Cognitive Science Program and Department of Foreign Language Education.


November 7th, 12.40, Z03

“What do we parse when we parse?” by Cem Bozşahin, Middle East Technical University, Cognitive Science Program and Department of Computer Engineering.


October 31st, 12.40, Z03

“The two major paradigms in linguistics: formalism vs. functionalism” by Ceyhan Temürcü, Middle East Technical University, Cognitive Science Program.


October 24th, 12.40, Z03

“A universal semantic basis for tense, aspect and mood categories” by Ceyhan Temürcü, Middle East Technical University, Cognitive Science Program.


October 17th, 12.40, Z03

“My research profile” by Annette Hohenberger, Middle East Technical University, Cognitive Science Program.



Spring Semester



May 27th, 12.40, Z03

“Shapes without Pre-defined Parts (A Shape Grammar Implementation)” by Hacer Yalım Keleş, Middle East Technical University, Department of Computer Engineering.


May 8th, 12.40, Z02

“Memory Illusions: Individual and Situational Factors" by Mine Mısırlısoy, Middle East Technical University, Department of Psychology.


April 3rd, 12.40, Z02

"Cognitive concepts in computer vision" by Özgür Yılmaz, University of Houston, Electrical and Computer Engineering Department.


March 27th, 12.40, Z02

“What can we learn from studying discourse connectives? “ by Deniz Zeyrek, Middle East Technical University, Department of Foreign Language Education and Cognitive Science Program.




Academic Year 2007-2008




Fall Semester



January 16th, 15:00, MM451

"Geometrical Interpretations (or Analysis) of Knowledge" by Can Baskent, PhD Student, Graduate Center, City University of New York.


December 31st, 12:40, MM 451

"The Syntax of Learner Languages" by Wolf König, Middle East Technical University, Cognitive Science Program and Department of Foreign Language Education.


December 17th, 12:40, MM 451

"English Ambipositions" by Alan R. Libert, University of Newcastle, Australia.


December 7th, 12:40, MM 451

"The Effects of Age and Stress on Suggestibility to False Memories" by Mine Mısırlısoy, Middle East Technical University, Department of Psychology.


November 26th, 12:40, MM 451

"Types of Memory in Grammar: Some Applications to Paleoanthropology" by John Bolender, Middle East Technical University, Department of Philosophy.


November 16th, 12:40, MM 451

"Learning from Differences: How Turkish Preschoolers Score in Theory of Mind (ToM) Tasks" by Annette Hohenberger, Middle East Technical University, Cognitive Science Program.


November 9th, 12:40, MM 451

"Towards a New Resource for Turkish: Turkish Discourse Relation Bank" by Deniz Zeyrek, Middle East Technical University, Cognitive Science Program and Department of Foreign Language Education.


November 5th, 12:40, MM 451

"Coordinated Wh-Questions as Multidominance Structures" by Martina Gracanin-Yüksek, Middle East Technical University, Department of Foreign Language Education.


October 19th, 12:40, MM 451

"Word Learning as a Search Problem" by Cem Bozşahin, Middle East Technical University, Cognitive Science Program and Department of Computer Engineering.



Spring Semester



May 16th, 12:40, MM 451

"Ki-Form and function of a Turkish particle and its contact-induced reinterpretation by bilingual children" by Jochen Rehbein, Middle East Technical University, Department of Foreign Language Education.


May 2nd, 12:40, MM 451

"Cognitive Science as an Independent Discipline: A SWOT Analysis Attempt" by Hilmi Demir, Bilkent University, Department of Philosophy.


April 25th, 12:40, MM 451

"Cortical correlates of contextual influences on visual perception" by Huseyin Boyaci, Bilkent University, Department of Psychology.


March 21st, 12:40, MM 451

"Linearizing Multidominance Structures" by Martina Gracanin-Yuksek, Middle East Technical University, Dept of Foreign Language Education.


March 10th, 12:40, MM 451

"Why it is so hard to eat and speak at the same time" by Frank Brisard, University of Antwerp.


March 7th, 12:40, MM 451

"How Does Gesture Become Language? Representations of Action and Motion in Gestures and Sign Languages" by Asli Özyürek, Radboud University, Nijmegen and the Max Planck Institute for Pyscholinguistics, the Netherlands.



Academic Year 2006-2007



Fall Semester



December 1st, 12:40 MM 451

“A Semantic Framework for Analyzing Tense, Aspect, and Mood” by Ceyhan Temürcü, University of Antwerp & Middle East Technical University, Cognitive Science Program.


November 10th, 12:40 MM 451

“The Social Ontogeny of Predication” by Radu Bogdan, Bilkent University, Department of Philosophy, Tulane University.


October 20th, 12:40 MM 451

“Universal Grammar: What is it? What is in it?” by Cem Bozşahin, Middle East Technical University, Cognitive Science Program and Department of Computer Engineering.


October 13th, 12:40 MM 451

“Language and the Human Brain: The Classical Models and New Perspectives” by Ayşe Pınar Saygın, Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience & Wellcome Trust Functional Imaging Laboratory University College, London.



Spring Semester



June 1st, 15:40, MM 451

"Tracking Individuals to Track the Truth: Solving the Problem of Singular Cognition in Object and Agent Tracking" by Nicolas J. Bullot, University of Toronto, Department of Philosophy.


April 30th, 16:45, BMB-5

"Thinking about language; thinking about the mind: What children can tell us about the mind" by David Olson, University of Toronto (visiting Bilkent University).


March 30th, 12:40, MM 451

"Kuantum Teorisi ve Akıl" by İskender Öksüz, Gazi University, Department of Chemical Engineering.



Academic Year 2005-2006



Fall Semester



October 14, 11.40, MM451

“Color Perception” by Emre Özgen, Bilkent University Department of Psychology.


October 21, 11.40, MM451

“Language from the Lexicon” by Cem Bozşahin, Middle East Technical University, Department of Computer Engineering and Cognitive Science Program.


October 26, 11.40, BMB5

“Nature of Representations in Spatial Working Memory” by Ayşecan Zeynep Boduroğlu, University of Michigan, USA.


November 25, 11.40, MM451

"Linguistics in Turkey: A brief appraisal" by Prof. Dr. Ahmet Kocaman.


December 2, 11.40, MM 451

"The anticausative in Turkish" by Prof. Dr. Deniz Zeyrek Middle East Technical University, Department of Foreign Language Education and Cognitive Science Program


December 9, 11.40, MM451

"Theory of Knowledge Space" by Menderes Fatih Güven, Phd Student in Cognitive Science Programme at METU.


December 23, 11.40, MM 451

"Metonymy in referring to self, others, and social actions: The case of ‘yüz' and ‘gönül' in Turkish" by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Sükriye Ruhi, Middle East Technical Univesity


Dec 27, 14:00, BMB5 (Computer Engineering Building)

"Case and Movement in Turkish" by Dr. Balkiz Ozturk, Bogazici University, Dept of Western Languages and Literatures



Spring Semester



February 24th, 11:40, MM451

“Prefrontal Korteks Işlevlerinin Yapay Sinir Ağlari ile Modellenmesi” by Gülay Büyükaksoy Kaplan, TÜBİTAK Marmara Research Center, Information Technologies Institute


April 28th, 11:40, MM451

“Studying Learning and Memory: From Behavior to Molecule” by Ewa Doğru, Middle East Technical University, Department of Biology



Summer School



June 15th, 14:30 MM 451

“Cognitively Inspired Artificial Intelligence Systems” by Albert Ali Salah, Boğaziçi University, Department of Computer Engineering



Academic Year 2004-2005



Fall Semester



“Farkli Bellek Türlerinin Alzheimer Hastaliğinin Klinik Evrelerine Göre Değişimi “ by Handan Can


"Nöropsikolojik Yaklaşimin Sağlikli Insanin Bilişsel Süreçlerinde Kullanimi: Görsel-Uzaysal Algilamada Cinsiyetin Etkisi Yaşa Göre Değişmektedir" 
by Sirel Karakaş Hacettepe University Department of Psychology


"Otizmin Temsil Ve Estetik Yönü: Doğrusal Ve Doğrusal Olmayan Gelişim" by Melike Sayıl Hacettepe University Department of Psychology


"The case-marking properties of 'için' and its cognates in other Turkic languages" by Alan Libert University of Newcastle, NSW



Spring Semester



March 4, 11.40, MM451

"Depresyon ve beyinde lateralizasyon ilişkisi" by Deniz Başpınar


March 25, 11:40, MM 451

“Computing Analogical Relations between Theories by Anti-unification” by Prof. Helmar Gust University of Osnabrueck


March 29, 13:00-14.30, MM 319

“Quantification Dependencies” by Sarah D. Kennelly (First Talk)


March 30, 9.30-11:00, BMB5

“Quantification Dependencies” by Sarah D. Kennelly (Second Talk)


April 15, 11.40, MM 451

“Seeing, Counting, and the Theory of Shape Grammars” by Mine Özkar Middle East Technical University, Department of Architecture


April 29, 11.40, MM 451

“Thinking computers” by Varol Akman Bilkent University, Department of Philosophy



Summer School



July 14th, 2005 14:00 MM 451

"Perception of goal-directed actions and causal events in the scope of a cross-domain longitudinal study of infant cognition and its relation to mother/child interaction" by Annette Hohenberger MPI for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Munich, Germany



Academic Year 2003-2004



Fall Semester



December 25, 17:40

“Recursive Cognitive Preocedures as Helping to Explain Human Social Diversity” by John Bolender Middle East Technical University, Department of Philosophy


“Turkish syntax” by Engin Sezer Bilkent University


Ceyhan Temürcü - Antwerp University



Summer School



July 2004

"The role of lexical semantics in unaccusative-unergative distinction in Turkish" by Deniz Zeyrek Middle East Technical University



Academic Year 2001-2002



Fall Semester



November 22, 12:30

"Mozart Piyano Konçertoları Için Bir Kadans Modeli" by Türev Berki Hacettepe University Ankara State Conservatoire



Spring Semester



March 22, 12:40, MM 451

"Marmara Depremine Uygulanan Yeni Bir Flaş Bellek Modeli" by Nurhan Er Ankara University


April 5, 12:40, MM 451

"Öğrenme ve belleğin hücresel mekanizmalari" by Serdar Demirgören Ege University


April 26, 12:40, MM 451

"Evrensel Gramer Açısından Türkçenin Tartışılan Bazı Yönleri" by Engin Uzun Ankara University


May 3,

"Neurogenetics of Learning and Memory" by M. Özlem Çevik İzzet Baysal University


May 17, 12:40, MM 451

"Electro-magnetic source imaging of the human brain" by Nevzat Gençer Middle East Technical University


May 24, 12:40, MM 451

"Computational neuroscience: Realistic modeling of ion channels, membranes, and networks" by Süha Yağcıoğlu Hacettepe University



Academic Year 2000-2001 



Fall Semester



November 7, 13:30

"Linguistic Discourse in Architecture" by İnci Kale Basa Department of Interior Architecture and Environmental Design, Bilkent University


November 21, 13:30

"İngilizcede kılıcısız geçişsiz eylemlerin Türk öğrenciler tarafından kullanımı" by Abdullah Can Department of English Language Education, Uludağ University


November 28, 13:30

"Difficulty in Understanding Speech in Background Noise: Data from Persons with Normal Hearing" by Ayşegül Fısıloğlu Department of Psychology, Middle East Technical University


December 5, 13:30

"Normal and Disordered Phonological Development in Turkish" by Seyhun Topbaş Department of Special Education, Anadolu University


December 12, 13:30

"Computational Challenges in Image Analysis" by Sibel Tarı Department of Engineering Sciences, Middle East Technical University


December 19, 13:30

"Acl and Word Order in Classical Latin" by Evren Erem İstanbul University



Spring Semester



February 9, 10:30

"An Introduction to A Priori Artificial Languages" by Alan Libert University of Newcastle, NSW


February 16, 10:30

"Some Possible Peculiarities in A Priori Languages" by Alan Libert University of Newcastle, NSW



Academic Year 1999-2000



Fall Semester



November 17, 17:00

"Competence and Computation: Grammar in Action" by Deniz Zeyrek & Cem Bozşahin Middle East Technical University


November 24, 17:00

"A window to cognitive processing: Neuroelectric Responses of the Brain" by Sirel Karakaş Hacettepe University


December 1, 17:00

"Autism, Ability to Make Inferences and Theory of Mind" by Hasan Gürkan Tekman & Sibel Kazak Berument Middle East Technical University


December 8, 17:00

"Beyin Elektriksel Aktivitesinin Kayıtlanmasi ve Kognitif Sürecler Yönünden İncelenmesi" by Çiğdem Özesmi Erciyes University


December 15, 17:00

"Modeling Human Eye as a Feature Detector by Means of Neural Networks" by Güven Burç Arpat Middle East Technical University


December 22, 17:00

"Psychological and Computational Aspects of Face Recognition" by Koray Balcı Middle East Technical University


December 29, 17:00

"Connectionism and Morpheme Segmentation" by Çağrı Coltekin Middle East Technical University


January 5, 17:00

"How Do We Manipulate Information Using Linguistic Input and Output?" by Filiz Yılmaz Bican Middle East Technical University


January 12, 17:00

"Cue Phrases in Turkish Discourse" by Harun Binis Middle East Technical University



Spring Semester



March 22, 12:40

"Türkçenin Sesbilimsel Yapısı" by İclal Ergenç Ankara University


March 29, 12:40

"Nasıl Tanı Koyuyoruz?" by Bülent Celasun GATA


April 12, 12:40

"Psychoacoustic Determinants of the Use of Time in Musical Performance" by Hasan Gürkan Tekman Middle East Technical University


May 3, 12:40

"Düşünme, Hayal, Rüya" by Hamdullah Aydın GATA


May 17, 12:40

"Uykusuzluğun Elektrofizyoloji ile Ilişkisi" by Derya Sürekli Marmara University





Academic Year 1998-1999



Fall Semester



November 12, 17:30

"Turing Test: 50 Years Later" by Pınar Saygın


November 26, 17:30

"Turkish Compounds" by Ayşenur Birtürk Middle East Technical University


December 3, 17:30

"Rules of Thought vs. Processes of the Brain" by Arto Siitonen


December 17, 17:30

"Morphology-Syntax-Semantics Interface" by Cem Bozşahin Middle East Technical University


December 24, 17:30

"Acquisition of Turkish Morphology Using Inductive Logic Programing Techniques" by Yasemin Altun



Spring Semester



February 24, Time

"The Role of Heuristics in Discovery" by Samet Bağçe Middle East Technical University


March 17, 12:40

"Language, Linguistics and Other Cognitive Sciences" by Ümit Turan Middle East Technical University


March 24, 12:40

"'Linguistic Category Model' by Semin in Causal Attributions" by Seda Usubütün Middle East Technical University


April 7, 12:40

"Discourse Markers" by Bilge Say Middle East Technical University


April 14, 12:40

"Focus = Distributivity" by Sarah Kennelly Universiteit Utrecht


April 21, 12:40

"Parallel Texts" by Gül Durmuşoğlu-Köse Anadolu University


May 5, 12:40

"Nominal Compounds in Turkish" by Wolf König Middle East Technical University


May 12, 12:40

"Aphasia" by Oğuz Tanrıdağ GATA


May 26, 12:40

"Topic TBA" by Yılmaz Kılıçaslan Edinburgh University - Cognitive Science


July 16, 12:40

"Nominative Objects of Adpositions" by Alan Libert University of Newcastle, NSW




Academic Year 1997-1998



Fall Semester



Perceptual Restoration and Dynamic Attending in the Perception of Rhythm

by Hasan Gürkan Tekman (Psychology, Uludağ Uni.)

on 22nd of October


Incremental Constraint-based Parsing

by Zelal Güngördü

on 5th of November


Resolution of Dropped Pronouns in a Phrase Structure Grammar

by Meltem Turhan (Computer Engineering, METU) & Onur Şehitoğlu (Computer Engineering, METU)

on 19th of November


Grammatical Functions and the Predicate-Argument Structure

by Cem Bozşahin (Cognitive Science, METU)

on 26th of November


An Information-Based Approach to Punctuation

by Bilge Say (Cognitive Science, METU)

on 3rd of December


Ki: Complementizer or Anaphor?

by Şükriye Ruhi (Foreign Language Education, METU)

on 10th of December


Bursting, Spiking and Syncronized Action in Chaotic Model Neurons

by Ayşenur Birtürk (Computer Engineering, METU)

on 17th of December



Spring Semester



Prefixes in Turkish

by Wolf König (Foreign Language Education, METU)

on 4th of March


Cloning and the Problem of Personal Identity

by Erdinç Sayan (Philosophy, METU)

on 11th of March


Island Effects in Turkish

by Ayşenur Birtürk (Computer Engineering, METU)

on 15th of April


Emotional Intelligence and 'Descartes` Error'

by Nuray Luk Yılmaz (Foreign Language Education, METU)

on 20th of May


The Quantification/Aspect Interface in Turkish

by Sarah Kennelly (Linguistics, Utrecht Uni.)

on 3rd of June





Academic Year 1996-1997



Spring Semester



Scrambling in Turkish and its Effects on Binding

by Ayşenur Birtürk (Computer Engineering, METU)


Flexible Constituency

by Cem Bozşahin (Cognitive Science, METU)


An Algebraic View of Scrambling in Turkish

by Cem Bozşahin (Cognitive Science, METU)


PAL: A Constructivist Model of Cognitive Activity

by Armağan Yavuz (Computer Engineering, Bilkent Uni.)


An Overview of Contemporary Semantic Formalisms: DRT and Situation Theory

by Meltem Turhan (Computer Engineering, METU)



by Elvan Göçmen (Computer Engineering, METU)