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Miri Besken is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at Bilkent University. Â Prior to completing her Ph.D in Psychology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, she obtained a BS in Psychology from Middle East Technical University and an MA in Developmental Psychology from KoÃ§ University. Before coming to Bilkent University, she worked as a postdoctoral fellow at Heinrich Heine UniversitÃ¤t in Dusseldorf, Germany. Her research interests lie in the intersection of memory, learning and metacognitive processes with a focus on healthy young adults and aging population.
Dr. Besken’s research interests lie at the intersection of learning and memory. People process countless stimuli every day and remember only an incomplete and imperfect version of this information. The limited contents of people’s minds determine who they are, how they define ourselves, the way that they tell their life stories, which new information they will attend to and what decisions they will make. In order to examine what and how they remember, Dr. Besken pursues several interrelated research projects that focus on the topics below:
Metamemory: Beliefs, heuristic and control processes in memoryÂ
Encoding factors in memory
Besken, M., & Mulligan, N. W. (2013). Easily perceived, easily learned? Perceptual interference produces a double dissociation between metamemory and memory performance. Memory & Cognition, 41, 897-903.
Susser, J., Mulligan, N. W. & Besken, M. (2013). The effects of list composition and perceptual fluency on judgments of learning (JOLs). Memory & Cognition, 41, 1000-1011.