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Selda Eren-Kanat

Dr. Selda Eren-Kanat

Visiting Assistant Professor

Porter 213


B.S. (2002) Middle East Technical University

M.Sc. (2006) Middle East Technical University

Ph.D. (2011) Middle East Technical University


Research Area

Cognitive Modeling

Dr. Eren-Kanat started her research career as a member of a robotics lab in Turkey, and contributed to the development of a cognitive architecture for a mobile robot as part of a EU FP6 project. During her Ph.D. research, she developed a neurocognitive model of the formation of visual object and category representations. She is currently involved in two lines of research. The first one focuses on how categories affect object recognition. The second one is about prospective memory, specifically how intention representations are encoded and retrieved.


  1. Eren-Kanat, S., Ball, B.H., & Brewer, G. A. (2018). Progress Report: Assessing the Impact of Einstein-McDaniel Paradigm on the Prospective Memory Literature. Manuscript submitted for publication.
  2. Eren-Kanat, S., & Hohenberger, A. (2018). The Regulatory Effect of Prototypes on False Recognition. Manuscript in preparation.
  3. Eren-Kanat, S., Ball, B.H., & Brewer, G. A. (2013). IFARM: A Model of Intention Formation and Retrieval. Poster session presented at the 9th Context and Episodic Memory Symposium (CEMS 2013), Philadelphia.
  4. Kanat, S. (2012). IFARM: A Model of Intention Formation and Retrieval. Poster session presented at the Third Annual Cognitive Science Conclave, Tempe, Arizona.
  5. Ball B. H., Wingert K., Eren, S., & Brewer, G. A. (2012). Self-Controlled Encoding Processes Benefit Future Intention Fulfillment. Poster session presented at the 53rd Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Minneapolis, Minnesota.
  6. Eren-Kanat, S., & Hohenberger, A. (2012). Visual object representations: Effects of feature frequency and similarity. Doctoral Dissertation, Middle East Technical University.
  7. Eren-Kanat, S., & Hohenberger, A. (2011). Formation of visual object representations in the convergence-divergence zone framework: An empirical study on the effects of discrete feature similarity and repetition frequency on object familiarity. Paper presented at the 12nd Annual Meeting of the European Congress of Psychology, Istanbul, Turkey.
  8. Eren, S., & Hohenberger, A. (2010). Feature repetition effects on object familiarity: Evidence from an old/new recognition task. In S. Ohlsson & R. Catrambone (Eds.), Proceedings of the 32nd Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 754-759). Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society.
  9. Eren, S., & Hohenberger, A. (2009). Encoding of affordance-relevant object features affects responses in future contexts. Proceedings of the 16th Meeting of the European Society for Cognitive Psychology (p. 12). European Society for Cognitive Psychology.
  10. Eren, S. (2008, July). Object representations in long-term memory as feature sets derived from affordances. Paper presented at the 29th International Congress of Psychology, Berlin, Germany.
  11. Eren, S. (2007, August). Object individuation in Turkish preschoolers and adults: Effects of proximity and alignment. Paper presented at the 13th European Conference on Developmental Psychology (ECDP), Jena, Germany.
  12. Eren, S. (2006). Towards learning affordances: Detection of relevant features and characteristics. Master’s Thesis, Middle East Technical University.


Courses Taught

Cognitive Psychology

Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences

Departmental Social Media

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