GESTURE-COGNITION-COMMUNICATION LABORATORY

 
 
 

Şeyda Özçalışkan, PhD

Principal Investigator


Şeyda Özçalışkan is an Associate Professor of Psychology. She received her PhD in Developmental Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley, and worked as a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Chicago before joining the faculty in the Psychology Department at Georgia State University.

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Stephanie Baumann, MA

Graduate student


Stephanie graduated from Virginia Tech, with a BA in Political Science and French (minor in Psychology) and an MA in Human Development before joining the lab in 2015. She is working on a project examining the educational role of gesture use in children’s cartoons. Stephanie’s work has been funded by a GSU Scholar Award and fellowship.

Leyla Eghbalzad, MA

Graduate student


Leyla received her BS from GSU in Psychology in 2012 and joined the lab in Fall 2018. She is working on a project examining contributions of child age and SES on the brain development of children with diverse backgrounds, using structural MRI measures. Leyla’s work has been funded by a GSU Brains and Behavior Scholar Award.

Su Ozturk, MA

Graduate student


Su received her BA from Bogazici University in 2010, and her MA in Speech and Language Therapy from Anadolu University in 2013.  She joined the lab in Fall 2017. Su is working on a project examining the gesture-speech link in adults with aphasia. Su’s work has been funded by a GSU Language & Literacy Fellowship

Ebru Pinar, MA

Graduate student


Ebru received her BA in Psychology from Kennesaw University in 2017 before joining the lab in Fall 2017. She is working on a project examining differences in parental verbal and nonverbal input to boys vs. girls at the early ages. Ebru’s work has been funded by a GSU Scholar Award.

Irmak Tutuncu, BA

Graduate student


Irmak received her BA in Psychology from Ege University in 2019 before joining the lab in Fall 2019. She is working on a project examining cross-linguistic similarities and differences observed in co-speech and silent gestures across different languages. Irmak’s work has been funded by a GSU Scholar Award and by the Turkish National Science Foundation.

Dr. Samantha Emerson

Postdoctoral fellow, Boys Town National Research Hospital, Center for Childhood Deafness, Language & Learning




Dr. Valery M. Limia

Grant Writer, Equity Research Group, Inc.





Dr. Lauren J. Stites

Faculty member, University of North Georgia, Psychology Department





Dr. Leslie Hodges

Research Associate, Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia




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