Welcome to the website of Elkan Akyürek, Professor at the Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Groningen, The Netherlands.


September 2020

• We have a new “dr.” in our midst: Aytaç just passed his PhD defense with flying colors. Congratulations once again!

July 2020

• Some very good news from Ivory today: Her PhD project got funded by the Chinese Scholarship Council. Congrats!

June 2020

• A new preprint is available from the Publications section. It is Joost’s first submitted manuscript, presenting some evidence for a Bayesian perspective on time estimation.

May 2020

• I just heard that our manuscript “A functional spiking-neuron model of activity-silent working memory in humans based on calcium-mediated short-term synaptic plasticity” was accepted for publication by PLOS Computational Biology. Many thanks to my co-authors Matthijs Pals, Terrence Stewart,  and Jelmer Borst!

March 2020

Acta Psychologica just accepted Gülşen’s first paper on “Adaptive event integration in the missing element task” for publication. Spoiler alert: It’s not very likely!

January 2020

• Off to a good start of the new year: Michael’s paper “Drifting codes within a stable coding scheme for working memory” has been accepted for publication in PLOS Biology! You can still find the preprint on bioRxiv.

December 2019

• We attended the NVP Winter Conference with pretty much the whole team again. From left to right: Güven, Ahmet, Shuyao, Elkan, Yining, Aytaç, Joost, and Gülşen. Happy holidays!

November 2019

• The Journal of Neuroscience has accepted our paper on “Unimodal and bimodal access to sensory working memories by auditory and visual impulses” for publication. Nice! If you’re curious, the preprint remains publicly available on bioRxiv, here.

• Yet another bioRxiv preprint has been added to the Publications section. This one resulted from a collaboration with Jelmer Borst and features a spiking-neuron model of activity-silent working memory.

• The team is growing again: Yining “Ivory” Chen has joined this month. Her research project will be co-supervised by Sebastiaan Mathôt. Welcome aboard!

October 2019

Jefta Saija just successfully defended his PhD thesis. Well done and congratulations dr. Saija!

• Funded by a grant from the Chinese Scholarship Council, Shuyao Wang has just joined the team. Welcome!

September 2019

• I have added another brand-new bioRxiv preprint to the Publications section. In this paper, we report some very intriguing results from a series of attentional blink experiments, which have implications for models of conscious awareness as well.

August 2019

• I have added two new preprints to the Publications section. These are manuscripts that have been made public through the bioRxiv server, while they undergo peer review at a scientific journal. Check them out for an early bird’s view on some of our latest work.

May 2019

• Ahmet, Aytaç, Gulşen, Güven, and I will attend the ESCoP conference in Tenerife in September. We’re scheduled for 3 talks and 2 posters, so come see us there!

April 2019

• I just received some great news: Joost de Jong, a second-year BCN master student, got his research proposal for a PhD project funded by our Faculty! Starting in the Fall, his PhD will be co-supervised by me and Hedderik van Rijn.

• Proof that master theses can be both fun and productive: Psychophysiology has agreed to publish the paper that Eria Wijnja and I wrote on the EEG study she did for her master’s!

• Have you always wondered about color and contrast effects on temporal integration in rapid serial visual presentation? So did we, and Acta Psychologica just accepted our latest paper on this topic! You can find all the details in the Publications section.

March 2019

Job opportunity in my lab: Applications are now invited for a postdoctoral researcher to work on the ORA project (see below). If you have a PhD -or will soon get one- in Cognitive Neuroscience, or a related field, and have experience with EEG, you may be just the person for the job! More details here. *expired*

October 2018

• Together with Mark Stokes at the University of Oxford and Nikolai Axmacher at the Ruhr-University Bochum, I’ve been awarded an Open Research Area (ORA) collaborative research grant! The grant will allow us to study hidden brain states that underlie efficient representation in working memory, for the coming three years. I will be looking for a new postdoc to join the team soon!

September 2018

• I’ve been a member of the excellent European Society for Cognitive Psychology (ESCoP) for many years now. So I was very proud to learn that the society has awarded its Early Career Publication Award to Michael for his Nature Neuroscience paper. Well done once again, Mr. Wolff!

May 2018

• A new PhD student, Ahmet Altinok, just joined us. Welcome to the team!

April 2018

• Michael’s Nature Neuroscience paper on decoding hidden working memory brain states has won the Snijders-Kouwer Award at the Heymans Symposium. Congratulations to Michael on this achievement and on giving a memorable acceptance speech over Skype!

• The Mindwise blog just posted a cool story on the cocoa flavanols paper of Aytaç, highlighting its main findings. You can find it right here.

February 2018

• Some good news for chocolate lovers will appear soon in Psychopharmacology: Together with David Field from Reading, Aytaç, Jefta, and I discovered that consuming cocoa flavanols can boost your attentional search abilities.  So you know what to eat next time you’re looking for that one little brick…

January 2018

• After the nice NVP Winter Conference last month, I will attend another gathering in the Netherlands: I just heard that I will be giving a talk on working memory and temporal integration at the International Meeting of the Psychonomic Society in Amsterdam in May.

November 2017

• Together with our colleagues at Leiden University, BCN Master student Anna Leonte and I investigated the effects of GABA consumption on temporal and spatial attention; the results will appear soon in Brain and Cognition.

• We’ll be attending the Winter Conference of the NVP (Dutch Psychonomic Society) in force this year– we are scheduled for no fewer than three oral presentations!

October 2017

• More reinforcements: Gulşen Balta has now also joined the team. Welcome!

September 2017

Güven Kandemir officially started as a PhD in my group. Welcome aboard!

August 2017

• More good news: Psychological Research has accepted Jefta‘s paper on “Visual and auditory temporal integration in healthy younger and older adults” for publication.

July 2017

• I just published my 40th paper, entitled “What you see is what you remember: Visual chunking by temporal integration enhances working memory” in the Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience!

• Giving a presentation in a church is perhaps a little odd for a scientist, but I nevertheless enjoyed it at the 2017 Heymans Symposium. I showcased Michael’s work on hidden brain states:

June 2017

• More attention for Michael’s recent paper in an interview that appeared in our University newspaper, the “Universiteitskrant” (you may have to click the link twice for it to load properly).

May 2017

• A nice and insightful commentary article by Rademaker & Serences was just published in Nature Neuroscience, accompanying Michael’s paper on hidden states underlying working memory.

• Together with Michael and Aytaç, I will attend both the ECVP and the bi-annual ESCoP conference again this year, and present some of my recent work on the event-related potential correlates of temporal integration.

April 2017

• The very first paper of Aytaç “The effects of Kanizsa contours on temporal integration and attention in rapid serial visual presentation” was just accepted for publication in Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics!

March 2017

Nature Neuroscience just formally accepted Michael‘s paper “Dynamic hidden states underlying working memory guided behaviour” for publication!

Consciousness and Cognition is clearly on a roll, now also accepting our paper spearheaded by Luca Simione from Rome “Illusions of integration are subjectively impenetrable: Phenomenological experience of Lag 1 percepts during dual-target RSVP” for publication.

February 2017

• The journal Consciousness and Cognition accepted our paper “Distortions of temporal integration and perceived order caused by the interplay between stimulus contrast and duration” for publication as part of a Special Issue on brain potentials associated with consciousness!