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Hi, I’m Caglar!

I’ve received my PhD in Human-Computer Interaction with a minor in Psychology (cognitive emphasis) from Iowa State University, working under the supervision of Dr. Veronica Dark in the Attention and Working Memory Lab in the Department of Psychology. I have a keen interest in studying the effects of technology on human attention and memory, as well as user research and user experience (UX) design. I like to work on UX projects and have been involved in a variety of them. My current academic research interests include investigating the influence of cognitive interference on sustained attention and devising strategies to improve sustained attention by reducing internal interference. Moreover, I am conducting research into the impacts of mobile devices on human cognition, behavior, and learning.

My research has been featured in numerous media channels, including, but not limited to, Today Show, Washington Post, Huffington PostFOX NewsTimes Live, Science Daily, and KCCI. I periodically interview with reporters from various outlets and comment on newly-published studies on the impact of mobile communication devices on our lives as well as discuss the effects of technology on human cognition and behavior. If you’d like to chat with me on the effects of technology on human cognition and behavior, feel free to shoot me an email!


What is new?

- Summer 2017: Having a nice summer vacation in Turkey! Looking forward to Fall 2017!


am currently revamping my website. The new design with more information will be made available soon.


Fareway UX Project


Iowa Caucuses MOOC Usability Study


User-centered Redesign of Blackboard


edX Usability Study