Zahide Pamir, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology


      Office at Psychology Department: H-254
      Office at UMRAM: TBA
      Phone: +90 312 290 1067
      Personal Website: TBA
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Zahide Pamir is an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at Bilkent University. She completed her doctorate studies in Neuroscience at Bilkent University. Dr. Pamir received her BA degree in Psychology from Bilkent University and her MS degree in Cognitive Science from the Middle East Technical University. Before joining Bilkent, she worked as a postdoctoral research fellow at the Schepens Eye Research Institute of Mass Eye and Ear, Harvard Medical School.


  • PhD in Neurocience, Bilkent University (2014-2017)
  • MS in Cognitive Science, Middle East Technical University (2011-2014)
  • BA in Psychology, Bilkent University (2006-2011)
Former Affiliation: Schepens Eye Research Institute of Mass Eye and Ear, Harvard Medical School    (2017-2022)


Zahide Pamir’s research focuses on underlying mechanisms of neuroplastic changes in the visual brain in typical and abnormal development occurring as a result of changes in sensory input (e.g., sensory deprivation), or brain injury. She uses a combination of behavioral and functional neuroimaging techniques (i.e., fMRI) to develop a greater understanding of perceptual and neural correlates of neuroplastic changes in the brain.

 Selected Publications

  1. Pamir, Z., Bauer, C. M., Bailin, E. S., Bex, P. J., Somers, D. C., & Merabet, L. B. (2021). Neural correlates associated with impaired global motion perception in cerebral visual impairment (CVI). NeuroImage: Clinical32, 102821.
  2. Pamir, Z., Bauer, C. M., Bennett, C. R., Kran, B. S., & Merabet, L. B. (2021). Visual perception supported by verbal mediation in an individual with cerebral visual impairment (CVI). Neuropsychologia160, 107982.
  3. Er, G., Pamir, Z., & Boyaci, H. (2020). Distinct patterns of surround modulation in V1 and hMT+. NeuroImage, 220, 11708.
  4. Pamir, Z., Canoluk, M. U., Jung, J. H., & Peli, E. (2020). Poor resolution at the back of the tongue is the bottleneck for spatial pattern recognition. Scientific Reports10(1), 1-13.
  5. Pamir, Z., & Boyaci, H. (2016). Context-dependent lightness affects perceived contrast.Vision Research124, 24-33.