ceyda sayali | Post doc
Upon finishing her undergraduate degrees in Psychology and Philosophy at Koc University in Istanbul, Ceyda became the lab managers of Ilke Oztekin and Fuat Balci's labs, where she ran behavioral experiments on working memory and time perception. During that time, she developed an interest in the cognitive neuroscience of cognitive control, which led her to her Ph.D. work with David Badre at Brown University on cognitive effort avoidance as it's commonly associated with the cost of cognitive control. However, just like any graduate student would know, some of us seek cognitively effortful tasks despite their costs. For her current postdoctoral research with Roshan Cools, Ceyda aims to understand under what circumstances people seek cognitively effortful tasks, and what neural mechanisms and individual differences mediate this preference.