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
Published Sep. 4, 2017 9:26 AM - Last modified July 6, 2020 2:02 PM