Interaction Laboratory


The Interaction Laboratory, established in 2019, aims to investigate the role of human-human and human-smart tool interactions in the ontogenesis of the human mind from cultural and evolutionary perspectives.

The laboratory is led by Dr. Tolga Yıldız. You can find Dr. Yıldız's CV by clicking here.

The laboratory offers two recommended courses for third- and fourth-year students in the Istanbul University Psychology Department. Below are the course details:

Interaction Laboratory: Seminar (Elective, Fall Semester) PSKL3067

This elective course provides a comprehensive theoretical background with a developmental perspective on social interaction, human-computer interaction, human evolution, and culture. It is designed for successful undergraduate students interested in pursuing academic graduate education. By completing the course, students will become familiar with current and classical debates on these topics.

To enroll in this course, students must have obtained a grade of BA or above in the course "Biological and Cognitive Development Through The Lifespan." If the number of applicants exceeds the quota, students will be ranked based on their grades, and admission will be granted accordingly. The course is open to third- and fourth-year students. Since the course is based on literature reviews, students are required to have at least an intermediate level of English proficiency.

The course follows a weekly seminar format. Each week, a few students present short summaries of the articles scheduled for discussion, followed by class debates. Additionally, each student must submit a response paper of 400-600 words, addressing the week's assigned sources, at the beginning of each lesson.

The course's requirements for successful completion include delivering well-performed presentations and submitting the weekly papers on time.

Interaction Laboratory: Research (Elective, Spring Semester) PSKL3139

This elective course offers a research-oriented experience with a developmental perspective on social interaction, human-computer interaction, human evolution, and culture. It is designed for successful undergraduate students interested in pursuing academic graduate education. By completing the course, students will directly contribute to an academic publication by the end of the semester.

Enrollment in this course is restricted to students who have achieved a grade of BB or above in the course "Interaction Laboratory: Seminar."

The course follows a weekly laboratory meeting format, where students actively engage in one of the ongoing research projects in the laboratory. The principal investigator assigns weekly goals to each student and evaluates their progress accordingly.

The course's requirements for successful completion include making a substantial contribution to an article that is under review in an academic journal. The level of contribution will determine the student's grade.

**No students will be admitted in the 2023-2024 academic year.**

Graduate Students
Hatice Şeyma Kara (holds an MA from Boğaziçi University)
Neslihan Oğuz (PhD student at The University of British Columbia)

Students who successfully complete both courses at the Interaction Laboratory will receive a letter of recommendation from Dr. Yıldız to support their application to national or international graduate programs.

For any questions or suggestions, you can contact Dr. Yıldız at oykucu@gmail.com. If you wish to arrange a face-to-face meeting, please make an appointment using the same email address. Students who do not pass these courses will be directed to take another elective course in the following year.

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