Currently I am a IMPRS Doctoral student at the Centre for Integrative Neuroscience in the Vision and Cognition lab of Prof. Dr. Andreas Bartels
My research uses functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to investigate the neural underpinnings of visual processing and the role of predictive coding. I am specifically interested in understanding how top-down information (i.e. expectation) is fed back from higher brain areas for the integration with bottom-up sensory processing in earlier visual areas. During the experiments, participants view high-level visual stimuli that trigger top-down processing (i.e. prediction) while I record their brain activity. I use multi-voxel pattern analysis (MVPA) to classify patterns of blood-oxygen-level dependent (BOLD) activity in the visual cortex. My research aims to uncover the neural mechanisms in the human brain that make it possible to see the world around us and to construct the continuous and unified perception of our environment.
PhD student at the Department of Physiology of Cognitive Processes, Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics
Here I run my fMRI experiments.I completed my 3T Safety training and got the Advanced User status at the MPI for Biological Cybernetics.
Since January 2017 I am an Exchange scholar at Innovative Neuroimaging Research Group, Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, University of Tübingen working with Prof. Dr. Birgit Derntl.
Besides my main PhD research topic I am working on a project focuses on sex hormone related functional connectivity with Dr Lydia Kogler and Prof Birgit Derntl.
Gizem Altan, Andreas Bartels (October-2017): Neural Basis of Real and Implied Motion, 18th Conference of Junior Neuroscientists of Tübingen (NeNa 2017): Brain scaling in evolution & Evolution of systems, Schramberg, Germany.
Gizem Altan, Marieke Rohde, Marc O Ernst (November-2015):Sensorimotor Adaptation to Temporal Feedback Delay of Visual Scene and its Generalization, 16th Conference of Junior Neuroscientists of Tübingen (NeNa 2015): Communicating the challenges of science, Schramberg, Germany.
Marieke Rohde, Gizem Altan, Marc O Ernst (June-2014), Sensorimotor adaptation to delayed visual feedback of the whole field of view, 15th International Multisensory Research Forum (IMRF 2014), Amsterdam, The Netherlands
NeNa is an annual event organized by Tübingen University doctoral students. The conference is largely for neuroscientists from various disciplines. Interested students are encouraged to join and help make NeNa a fun and interactive conference.