Dr Reyhan Furman
Senior Lecturer in Developmental Cognition
School of Psychology and Computer Science
Reyhan is currently a Senior Lecturer in Developmental Cognition in the School of Psychology and Computer Science . Reyhan works primarily on language development, and the central focus of her research has been to discover how children’s understanding and use of bodily actions influence their language learning.
Reyhan has published numerous articles in journals such as Developmental Psychology, Cognition, Language, Cognition and Neuroscience, Journal of Child Language, Journal of Pragmatics, and Bilingualism: Language and Cognition. Her research is cross-disciplinary in nature, drawing on the varied methods and tools of psychology and linguistics such as experimental paradigms and corpus analysis. Her research is also comparative, focusing on speakers of different languages (monolinguals and bilinguals) and ages (infancy into adulthood).
In her current role, Reyhan is the course leader/programme director for the MSc in Psychology of Child Development. She teaches on various modules at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
Before joining UCLan, Reyhan worked as a postdoctoral fellow in Psychology at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada, and as research staff at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics in Nijmegen, the Netherlands. Reyhan graduated from Boğaziçi University in Istanbul, Turkey with a double major with Honours in Psychology, and Guidance and Psychological Counselling, followed by a MA in Psychology. She then completed her PhD in Linguistics at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, and Radboud University in the Netherlands.
- Ph.D. Linguistics, Radboud University Nijmegen, 2012
- M.A. Psychology, Bogazici University, 2000
- B.A. Psychology, Bogazici University, 1998
- B.A. Guidance and Psychological Counselling, Bogazici University, 1998
- Huygens PhD Scholarship Programme 2010-2011 - Nuffic, The Dutch Minister for Education, Culture and Science
- Language and Gesture Development
- Cognitive Development
- Multimodal Communication
Reyhan's ongoing research examines multimodal language development in typically-developing children. She also extends this work to uncover the relationship between speech and gesture with a focus on how they interact in children with developmental/language delays or impairments compared to typically developing children. She is especially interested in the role gestures play in the word learning of children from disadvantaged backgrounds with poor language outcomes or those with atypical language development. Another strand of Reyhan's research focuses on bilingual language development. She is interested in the multimodal language comprehension and use of bilingual children. For instance, she has explored how monolingual and bilingual children benefit from a speaker’s gestures in their comprehension of ambiguities in speech. Another current project focuses on bilingual babies’ language development and examines whether their pointing gestures predict their language skills. Reyhan is happy to supervise students who are interested in these or related topics for their undergraduate project, MSc or PhD research. Please contact her via email to discuss opportunities to carry out research in these areas.
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- Furman, R. (2019). Do you see what I mean: Bilingual and monolingual children use iconic gestures in speech disambiguation. 21st Conference of the European Society for Cognitive Psychology, Tenerife, Spain.
- Furman, R., Marentette, P., & Nicoladis, E. (2018). Do bilingual and monolingual children use iconic gestures in speech disambiguation? 8th International Society for Gesture Studies Conference, Cape Town, South Africa.
- Warmington, M., Furman, R., Granville, J., Eggleston, A., & Kirk, E. (2018). The relationship between pointing and language development in monolingual and bilingual infants. 8th International Society for Gesture Studies Conference, Cape Town, South Africa.
- Marentette, P., Furman, R., Suvanto, M., MacLurg, A., & Nicoladis, E. (2018). Intra-individual differences in iconic gesture use in children’s narratives. 8th International Society for Gesture Studies Conference, Cape Town, South Africa.
- Sekine, K., Schoel, C., Mulder, K., Holler, J., Kelly, S., Furman, R., & Özyürek, A. (2018). Neural integration of semantic information from speech and iconic gesture in children. 8th International Society for Gesture Studies Conference, Cape Town, South Africa.
- Furman, R., Nicoladis, E., & Marentette, P. (2016). Predicting individual differences in children’s iconic gesture use. 7th International Society for Gesture Studies Conference, Paris, France.
- Marentette, P., Furman, R., MacLurg, A., Suvanto, M., & Nicoladis, E. (2016). Children’s use of depiction in autobiographical and fictional narratives. The 9th Annual Embodied and Situated Language Processing Conference, Pucon, Chile.
- Furman, R., Miller, N., & Nicoladis, E. (2015). Convergence in motion encodings in French-English bilingual children. The 10th International Symposium on Bilingualism, New Jersey, USA.
- Taşçı, S., Furman, R., Özyürek, A., & Küntay, A. (2015). Linguistic typology affects development of multimodal communication about caused motion: Evidence from Turkish toddler-mother talk. Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research on Child Development. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
- Furman, R., Marentette, P., & Nicoladis, E. (2015). How do young children use iconic gestures in speech disambiguation. 37th Annual Meeting of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Sprachwissenschaft, Leipzig, Germany.