I am a researcher with a background in computational neuroscience and visual perception. Before forming the Computational Neuroscience and Visual Perception laboratory, I conducted research on various aspects of human visual perception, including faces, symmetry, depth, motion, and visual crowding. In my work, I have used a wide range of methods, including behavioral testing, eye-tracking, VR, fMRI, EEG, and MEG, which has given me insight into the strengths and limitations of different imaging techniques and response types in different sensory tasks.
I received my PhD in Behavioral and Cognitive Neurosciences from the University of Groningen and worked as a post-doctoral researcher in the Boston University Biomedical Engineering Department in collaboration with the Martinos Imaging Center at MIT. I hold a B.S. in Computer Engineering from Bilkent University and an M.S. in Cognitive Science from the Informatics Institute at the Middle East Technical University. Currently, I am an Assistant Professor at the University of Twente.
As a researcher, my passion is to use technology to make acquiring new skills – whether they be motor, cognitive, or social – more accessible to everyone. My research efforts have the potential to redefine the way we approach learning and skill acquisition, from learning a new language, to operating a machine, to overcoming trauma. Through virtual reality training and brain-computer interfaces, I am developing systems that can provide personalized feedback and support for learners of all ages and abilities.
I believe that interdisciplinary research is key to making progress in this field, and I am committed to bringing together expertise from engineering, psychology, and education sciences to identify and overcome the challenges of educational activities. With a focus on universal accessibility and inclusivity, my goal is to make a meaningful impact on the way we learn and grow as individuals.
Malak, C., & Yildirim, F. (2022, November 16). Masking Emotions: How Does Perceived Gaze Direction Affect Emotion Recognition in Masked Faces? – An Eye-Tracking Study. https://doi.org/10.31234/osf.io/3fd5h
Yorgancıgil, E., Yildirim, F., Urgen, B. A., & Erdogan, S.B (2022) An Exploratory Analysis of the Neural Correlates of Human-Robot Interactions with functional near infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS). Frontiers in Human Neuroscience (https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fnhum.2022.883905/full).
Rijnders, B., Korkmaz, E.E. & Yıldırım, F. (2022). CNN for a Connectivity Based Epilepsy Diagnosis with Resting-state EEG. Medical and Biological Engineering and Computing, https://doi.org/10.1007/s11517-022-02560-w
Katircilar, D., Yildirim., F. (2022) Harmonicity of Sound Alters Roughness Perception. (Under Review, Preprint available https://psyarxiv.com/qb523/).
Yorgancıgil, E., Urgen, B. A., & Yildirim, F. (2021). Uncanny Valley Effect is Amplified with Multimodal Stimuli and Varies Across Ages. (Under Review, Preprint available https://doi.org/10.31234/osf.io/dtvjp).
Senguler, B., Ozilgen, S. & Yildirim, F. (2021) How Food Cognition Affects Evaluation Behavior: A functional Food Development Study (Submitted).
Turk, D.D. & Yildirim, F. (2022) Attention towards Facial Regions Varies between Emotion Types but not between Attachment Styles (Under Review, Preprint available https://psyarxiv.com/268vw/).
Canatan, N., Demircan A., Yildirim, F., Sener S. (2022) The False Memory
Effect Within and Across Languages and The Role of Instruction. (Submitted).
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I generally teach methological topics such as programming, virtual reality, cognitive neuroscience and sensors to behavioral science students.