Merve Akca

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Room V01-01
Visiting address Forskningsveien 3A Harald Schjelderups hus 0373 Oslo
Postal address Postboks 1133 Blindern 0318 OSLO
Other affiliations Faculty of Humanities (Student)

Academic interests

  • Music cognition and psychology
  • Selective attention mechanisms
  • Musician advantage in executive functions
  • Multisensory integration
  • Music and memory

PhD Project

In my doctoral research project, I am investigating the functioning of certain higher order cognitive processes in expert musicians. In particular, I study the dynamics of temporal selective attention and working memory in relation to musical expertise. I am also interested in investigating the neural correlates of music centred around the interaction between auditory, visual and motor information processing.  


I hold a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Izmir University of Economics in Turkey and a Master of Science degree in Psychology with a special focus on Social Psychology and Cognitive Neuropsychology from Lund University in Sweden. I wrote my master’s thesis on retrieval-induced forgetting effects as functions of age in prospective and retrospective memory.  

Outside academia, I have a wide range of interests. I am very fond of fine-arts, and especially painting and music are my greatest passions. I am also a self-taught multi-instrumentalist. In addition to these, the atmosphere of music festivals and concerts charm me a lot. I believe that facial and bodily expressions of a passionate musician are worth seeing. My hobbies have definitely led me to become more interested in psychology of music and aesthetics.

Tags: Music Cognition, Music Psychology, Musical Memory, Multisensory integration


  • Akca, Merve; Laeng, Bruno & Godøy, Rolf Inge (2020). No Evidence for an Auditory Attentional Blink for Voices Regardless of Musical Expertise. Frontiers in Psychology.  ISSN 1664-1078.  10 . doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2019.02935 Full text in Research Archive. Show summary
  • Akca, Merve (2018). Time course of selective attention for instrumental timbres and human voice, In Tom Ziemke; Mattias Arvola; Nils Dahlbäck & Erik Billing (ed.),  PROCEEDINGS OF THE 14TH SWEDISH COGNITIVE SCIENCE SOCIETY CONFERENCE.  The University of Skövde.  ISBN 978-91-983667-3-0.  Paper published at the proceedings.  s 10 - 11

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  • Akca, Merve (2018). Retrieval-Induced Forgetting Effects in Retrospective and Prospective Memory in Normal Aging.
  • Akca, Merve (2018). Time course of selective attention for instrumental timbres and human voice.

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