Assistant Professor DEMET ÖZER

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+90 (212) 5336532 - 1624



Koç University
Cognitive Psychology

Master's Degree

Koç University
Cognitive Psychology

Bachelor's Degree

Koç University

Bachelor's Degree

Koç University
Business Administration

Research Areas

  • human communication
  • language and cognition
  • multimodal language production and comprehension
  • spatial language and thinking

Work Experience

2021 / 2022 Koç University
postdoctoral researcher

2020 / 2022 Koç University
part-time instructor


  • Özer, Demet; Karadöller, Dilay ; Özyürek, Aslı ; Göksun, Tilbe (2023), "Gestures cued by demonstratives in speech guide listeners’ visual attention during spatial language comprehension", Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, DOI:
  • Baykal, Gökçe Elif; Leylekoǧlu, Ali; Arslan, Sude; Özer, Demet (2023), "Studying Children's Object Interaction in Virtual Reality: A Manipulative Gesture Taxonomy for VR Hand Tracking", Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings, DOI: 10.1145/3544549.3585865
  • Özer, Demet; Karadöller, Dilay Z.; Özyürek, Aslı; Göksun, Tilbe (2023), "Gestures Cued by Demonstratives in Speech Guide Listeners’ Visual Attention During Spatial Language Comprehension", Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, DOI: 10.1037/xge0001402
  • Emir Özder, Levent; Özer, Demet; Göksun, Tilbe (2022), "Gesture use in L1-Turkish and L2-English: Evidence from emotional narrative retellings", Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, DOI: 10.1177/17470218221126685
  • Göksün, Tilbe; Özer, Demet; Akbiyik, Seda (2021), "Gesture in the aging brain", Gesture in Language: Development Across the Lifespan,
  • Özer, Demet; Göksun, Tilbe (2020), "Gesture Use and Processing: A Review on Individual Differences in Cognitive Resources", Frontiers in Psychology, Vol.11, DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2020.573555
  • Özer, Demet; Göksun, Tilbe (2020), "Visual-spatial and verbal abilities differentially affect processing of gestural vs. spoken expressions", Language, Cognition and Neuroscience, Vol.35, No.7, 896-914 DOI: 10.1080/23273798.2019.1703016
  • Özer, Demet; Göksun, Tilbe; Chatterjee, Anjan (2019), "Differential roles of gestures on spatial language in neurotypical elderly adults and individuals with focal brain injury", Cognitive Neuropsychology, Vol.36, No.5-6, 282-299 DOI: 10.1080/02643294.2019.1618255
  • Özer, Demet; Kranjec, Alexander; Balcı, Fuat; Göksun, Tilbe (2017), "The Effects of Duration Words and Spatial-Temporal Metaphors on Perceived Duration", CogSci 2017 - Proceedings of the 39th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society: Computational Foundations of Cognition, 1477-1482
  • Özer, Demet; Tansan, Merve; Özer, Ege Ekin; Malykhina, Katsiaryna; Chatterjee, Anjan; Göksun, Tilbe (2017), "The effects of gesture restriction on spatial language in young and elderly adults", CogSci 2017 - Proceedings of the 39th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society: Computational Foundations of Cognition, 1471-1476

Courses Offered

Course Name Course Code Period
Psychology of Language PSY456 2022/23 Spring
Human Communication PSY543 2022/23 Spring
Testing and Measurement PSY301 2022/23 Fall
Testing and Measurement PSYC301 2022/23 Fall
Psychology of Learning PSYC233 2022/23 Fall