Welcome to the Cognitive Computational Neuroscience Lab (Ürgen Lab) at Bilkent University. We are part of the Department of Psychology and Interdisciplinary Neuroscience Graduate Program, and physically located at Aysel Sabuncu Brain Research Center. We are also affiliated with the National Magnetic Resonance Research Center (UMRAM). Directions to our lab is here.

Broadly speaking, we investigate the neural and computational mechanisms that underlie visual perception and cognition in humans using behavioural experiments, neuroimaging (fMRI and EEG), and computational modeling. We also have an interdisciplinary research program between cognitive sciences and social robotics. You can find more about our research under Research and about our published work under Publications. If you are interested in joining our team, please visit Join the Lab link.

We also have presence on social media. You can follow us on Twitter.


May 2021: Our lab’s senior students Ada Dilek Rezaki, Murat Batu Tunca, Tuvana Karaduman, and Gaye Aşkın presented their senior projects on 7 May 2021 on Zoom. They did a great job despite the pandemic. Congrats!

May 2021: Our lab’s senior students Gaye Aşkın, Tuvana Karaduman, and Deniz Erdil are awarded TUBİTAK 2209A grants for their senior projects! Their projects investigate how we perceive social robots using animations and focusing on gender, trust, and pain perception.

February 2021: Hilal Nizamoğlu gave a talk at COG_IST event about biological motion perception and attention. Here is the talk link.

February 2021: Sena Er and Hüseyin Orkun Elmas are awarded TUBİTAK BIDEB fellowships to support their graduate studies! Congratulations!

January 2021: Ada Dilek Rezaki and Faruk Tayyip Yalçın are awarded TUBITAK STAR undergraduate fellowships! Congratulations!

January 2021: Our conference paper with İmge Saltık and Deniz Erdil on mind perception and social robots is accepted to HRI 2021! Here is the link to our paper: https://dl.acm.org/doi/10.1145/3434074.3447161

November 2020: Our lab is awarded a new TUBITAK 1001 project! We will investigate inter-generational and individual differences in attributing mental states to social robots.

November 2020: Burcu Ayşen Ürgen gave an invited talk at Growing Up in Science Event in Turkey. Here is the talk link.

August 2020: New paper in European Journal of Neuroscience! Our collaborative work is titled “A parietal region processing numerosity of observed actions: An fMRI study“.

May 2020: 4 posters presented at the 7th International Symposium on Brain and Cognitive Science (ISBCS), which was held virtually on twitter. The poster videos can be accessed from Saltik and Urgen, Elmas et al, Cerrahoglu et al and Sarigul et al.

April 2020: New paper in Cortex! It is titled “Predictive processing account of action perception: Evidence from effective connectivity in the action observation network“.

March 2020: 2 papers accepted as Late Breaking Reports at HRI 2020. They can be accessed from Urgen et al and Sarigul et al.

November 2019: Burcu is awarded TUBITAK 3501 CAREER (2019-2022) grant titled “Behavioral and neural investigation of perception of biological motion and actions in humans”.

June-July 2019: Our lab hosted 9 interns this summer. Here is a blog post about their experience in our lab.

April 2019: New paper in Cortex! It is titled “Distinct representations in occipito-temporal, parietal, and premotor cortex during action perception revealed by fMRI and computational modeling“.