I'm a graduate student in Dept. of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at University of Rochester. I'm a member of Computational Cognition and Perception lab.

Research Interests

Our brains are able to cope with knowledge of very diverse types and natures seamlessly. We can reason logically, predict where and when a ball will hit the wall, infer people's motives, recognize objects through vision, touch, sounds and all kinds of sensory information and achieve many more impressive feats. I believe that the ultimate question of cognition lies in the knowledge representations that our brains employ in performing all these amazingly diverse set of acts. My research uses behavioral and computational methods to understand the nature of the representations underlying our cognitive capabilities.

Publications

Erdogan G., Jacobs R. A. (under review) Visual Shape Perception as Bayesian Inference of 3D Object-centered Shape Representations code supplementary materials

Erdogan G., Jacobs R. A. (2016) A 3D shape Inference Model Matches Human Visual Object Similarity Judgments Better Than Deep Convolutional Neural Networks. Papafragou, A., Grodner, D., Mirman, D., & Trueswell, J.C. (Eds.) Proceedings of the 38th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society. code webpage supplementary materials

Erdogan G., Chen, Q., Garcea F. E., Mahon B. Z., Jacobs R. A. (2016) Multisensory Part-Based Representations of Objects in Human Lateral Occipital Complex. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience. Vol. 28, No. 6, Pages 869-881. webpage

Erdogan G., Yildirim I., Jacobs R. A. (2015) From Sensory Signals to Modality-Independent Conceptual Representations: A Probabilistic Language of Thought Approach. PLoS Comput Biol 11(11): e1004610. doi: 10.1371/journal.pcbi.1004610 webpage

Erdogan G., Yildirim I., Jacobs R. A. (2015). An Analysis-by-synthesis Approach to Multisensory Object Shape Perception. Multimodal Machine Learning Workshop. NIPS 2015. webpage

Erdogan G., Yildirim I., Jacobs R. A. (2014). Transfer of Object Shape Knowledge across Visual and Haptic Modalities. In P. Bello, M. Guarini, M. McShane, & B. Scassellati (Eds.), Proceedings of the 36th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society. webpage

Teaching

Spring 2014 - BCS111 Foundations of Cognitive Science
Spring 2015 - BCS153 Cognition
Fall 2015 - BCS183 Animal Minds

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