Doğa Gülhan


Psychology DepartmentRoyal Holloway, University of Londondoga.gulhan@rhul.ac.uk

Biography

I am currently working as a post-doctoral researcher in psychology and aesthetics, in real-world settings. My doctoral research was on aesthetic experience and judgment of arts with a focus on spatial artworks. I mainly employed visual psychophysics including eye tracking, judgment tasks, and complimentary questionnaires in the real world, laboratory, virtual reality, and online settings. Previously, my master's research involved visual psychophysics and ontology focusing on time and motion perception, after taking courses across departments for two years. My undergraduate study in architecture was mainly on architectural theory, spatial representations, and public spaces.

Education

PhD in Psychology Royal Holloway University of London 2017 - 2021

Thesis: Aesthetic experience and judgment: Exploring three-dimensional arts in laboratory, real-world, online, and virtual reality settingsSupervisors: Prof Johannes Zanker & Dr Szonya Durant

MA in Cognitive Science Bogazici University 2013 - 2017

Thesis: A psychophysical investigation and a philosophical discussion on event-time perceptionAdvisors: Dr Inci Ayhan & Dr Lucas Thorpe

BArch in Architecture Istanbul Technical University 2009 - 2013

Graduation project: Defining public spaces for the buffer zone in Nicosia, Cyprus

Secondary Education Istanbul High School 2004 - 2009

Graduated with both Turkish and German Abitur Diplomas

Experience

Post-doctoral Researcher at Royal Holloway University of London Sept '22 - ongoing

Researcher of the project entitled ‘Aesthetic cognitivism for groups: collective ways of looking and sense-making’ (Principal Investigators: Prof Bahador Bahrami & Prof Manos Tsakiris)

Virtual Reality Lab. Technician at Royal Holloway University of London Oct '19 - Sept '22

Design, code, and conduct VR experiments for faculty members' studies

Teaching Assistant & Course Demonstrator at Royal Holloway University of London Sept '17 - Feb '20

Bachelor’s level course: Psychological research methods and analysis Sept '18 - Feb '19 & Sept '19 - Feb '20Master’s level courses: Statistics for research, Advanced and applied research techniques Sept '17 - Feb '18

Research Project Assistant & Lab. Manager at Bogazici University Jan '15 - Sept '17

Researcher of the project entitled ‘A Psychophysical Investigation of Time Perception’ (Principal Investigator: Dr Inci Ayhan)Primary research works include designing experiments, data collection, analysis, presentationsSetup & management of Bogazici University Vision LaboratoryAdditional works include research collaborations, side-projects, supervision of undergraduates and interns on literature reviews and programming, etc.

Architect at Tamirhane Architectural Office June '13 - Sept '14

Office works on projects of various scales, e.g. from museum and public space to interior design and city design guidelines, by using several design-related software

Architectural Intern Occasional, June '10 - Sept '13

Mostly office-based works including research, presentation preparation, physical and digital modelling, and editorial jobs at e.g. Arkitera Architecture Centre, Teget Architectural Office, İyiofis Architecture

Technical Skills

Programming: MATLAB, C#, Python, Processing, C

Data Analysis: R, jamovi & JASP, SPSS Statistics, OriginPro

Experimental: Psychtoolbox for MATLAB, PsychoPy, Tobii Pro Lab, Psykinematix, online platforms (e.g. Qualtrics, Gorilla, Labvanced, etc.)

2D Design: Adobe CS: Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Premiere, After Effects; Affinity Suite, AutoCAD

3D Design: SketchUp, Unity, Rhinoceros, Blender, Maya, Mudbox, Lumion, Twinmotion

Research Interests

Empirical aesthetics, virtual reality, eye tracking, time and motion perception

Publications

Gulhan, D., Durant, S., & Zanker, J. (2022). Aesthetic judgments of three-dimensional arts in virtual reality and online settings. Virtual Reality, doi: 10.1007/s10055-022-00671-1.

Gulhan, D., Durant, S., & Zanker, J. (2021). Similarity of gaze patterns across physical and virtual versions of an installation artwork. Scientific Reports, 11, 18913, doi: 10.1038/s41598-021-91904-x.

Gulhan, D., & Ayhan, I. (2019). Short-term global motion adaptation induces a compression in the subjective duration of dynamic visual events. Journal of Vision, 19(5):19, 1–22, doi: 10.1167/19.5.19.

[x] Gulhan, D., Durant, S., & Zanker, J. (in submission). Visual experience of installation art in the gallery and aesthetic preference towards artwork “variations”.

[x] Durant, S., & Gulhan, D. (in submission). User visual attention guidance in virtual environments.

[x] Oztok, G. & Gulhan, D. (in preparation) Measuring user attitudes toward pocket parks: Effects of perceived complexity and naturalness on user preference.

Presentations

[21] Gulhan, D. & Durant, S. (2022, August). Use cases of eye-tracking in virtual reality (VR) for basic research. Talk session presented at the European Conference on Visual Perception (ECVP), Nijmegen, the Netherlands, by Szonya Durant.

[20] Oztok, G. & Gulhan, D. (2021, October). Potential restorative effects of virtual parks. Poster session presented at the International Conference on Environmental Psychology (ICEP), Siracusa, Italy. [PDF: Abstract] [PDF: Poster]

[19] Gulhan, D., Durant, S. & Zanker, J. (2021, September). The relation between liking and monetary value of abstract watercolour paintings – an online experiment. Poster session presented at the Conference of the International Association of Empirical Aesthetics (IAEA), Online. [PDF: Abstract] [PDF: Poster]

[18] Durant, S. & Gulhan, D. (2021, September). Visual attention guidance in virtual environments. Poster session presented at the Conference of the International Association of Empirical Aesthetics (IAEA), Online. [PDF: Abstract] [PDF: Poster]

[17] Oztok, G. & Gulhan, D. (2021, September) Effects of complexity and naturalness of pocket park designs on user preference. Poster session presented at the International Conference on Spatial Cognition (ICSC), Rome, Italy. doi:10.1007/s10339-021-01058-x [PDF: Abstract] [PDF: Poster]

[16] Gulhan, D., Durant, S. & Zanker, J. (2021, August). Visual experience of installation art in the gallery and aesthetic preference towards artwork variations. Poster session presented at the European Conference on Visual Perception (ECVP), Online. [PDF: Abstract] [PDF: Poster]

[15] Zanker, J., Gulhan, D., Durant, S., Holmes, T., & Stevanov, J. (2021, August). Mondrian’s travel into space: grand aesthetic vision or artistic imagination? Poster session presented at the European Conference on Visual Perception (ECVP), Online. [PDF: Abstract] [PDF: Poster]

[14] Gulhan, D., Durant, S. & Zanker, J. (2019, December). Experimental aesthetics in virtual reality: Mondrians, unicorns, and squared circles. Poster session presented at the Applied Vision Association (AVA) Christmas Meeting, Cardiff, Wales. [PDF: Abstract] [PDF: Poster]

[13] Gulhan, D., Durant, S. & Zanker, J. (2019, August). A methodological evaluation on simultaneous use of wearable and VR eye tracking in museum: A comparative case study on Piet Mondrian’s room design. Poster session presented at the European Conference on Visual Perception (ECVP), Leuven, Belgium. doi: 10.1177/0301006619863862. [PDF: Abstract] [PDF: Poster]

[12] Zanker, J., Gulhan, D., Stevanov, J. & Holmes, T. (2019, August). Constructing Piet Mondrian’s design of a ‘Salon for Ida Bienert’ in VR. Poster session presented at the European Conference on Visual Perception (ECVP), Leuven, Belgium. doi: 10.1177/0301006619863862. [PDF: Abstract] [PDF: Poster]

[11] Gulhan, D., Durant, S. & Zanker, J. (2019, August). Aesthetic judgments of physical and digital three-dimensional arts in virtual reality and online settings. Poster session presented at the Visual Science of Art Conference (VSAC), Leuven, Belgium. doi: 10.1163/22134913-20190704. [PDF: Abstract] [PDF: Poster]

[10] Zanker, J., Gulhan, D., Stevanov, J., Holmes, T., & Durant, S. (2019, August). Mondrian’s ideas in space explored as a physical and VR reconstruction: ‘Zukunftsräume’ in Dresden. Talk session presented at the European Conference on Visual Perception (ECVP), Leuven, Belgium. [PDF: Abstract]

[9] Gulhan, D., & Zanker, J. (2018, December). Exploring three-dimensional arts in laboratory, real world, and virtual reality settings. Poster session presented at the Applied Vision Association (AVA) Christmas Meeting, London, UK. doi: 10.1177/0301006619828106. [PDF: Abstract] [PDF: Poster]

[8] Gulhan, D., & Zanker, J. (2018, August). Exploring artwork in situ: Empirical aesthetics making use of mobile eye tracking. Poster session presented at the European Conference on Visual Perception (ECVP), Trieste, Italy. doi: 10.1177/0301006618824879. [PDF: Abstract] [PDF: Poster]

[7] Gulhan, D., & Ayhan, I. (2017, August). The perceived duration of global motion in random dot kinematograms (RDKs). Poster session presented at the European Conference on Visual Perception (ECVP), Berlin, Germany. [PDF: Abstract] [PDF: Poster]

[6] Gulhan, D., Alashan, D., & Ayhan, I. (2017, August). The contextual effect of colour preference on the perception of emotionally ambiguous faces. Poster session presented at the European Conference on Visual Perception (ECVP), Berlin, Germany. [PDF: Abstract] [PDF: Poster]

[5] Alashan, D., Gulhan, D., & Ayhan, I. (2017, May). The effect of colour preference on the perception of emotionally ambiguous faces. Poster session presented at 4th International Symposium on Brain and Cognitive Science (ISBCS), Istanbul, Turkey. [PDF: Abstract] [PDF: Poster]

[4] Gulhan, D., & Ayhan, I. (2016, May). The perceived duration of global motion in random dot kinematograms (RDKs). Poster session presented at the Annual Meeting of the Vision Sciences Society (VSS), Florida, USA. doi: 10.1167/16.12.1083. [PDF: Abstract] [PDF: Poster]

[3] Ergin, K. & Gulhan, D. (2016, May). The cheerleader effect on faces and watches. Poster session presented at 3rd International Symposium on Brain and Cognitive Science (ISBCS), Istanbul, Turkey. [PDF: Abstract] [PDF: Poster]

[2] Gulhan, D. (2014). Mimarlık ve tasarım öğrenci yarışmalarında uygulama [Practice in student architectural and design competitions]. Yarışmalar ve Mimarlık Sempozyumu. Ankara: ODTU Press.

[1] Gulhan, D. & Oztok, G. (2014). Yer/mekan tartışmalarında ikna [Persuasion in place/space discourses]. Mimarlıkta Eleştirel Okumalar V. Ankara: Mimarlar Derneği 1927 Press.

Updated: September 2022