Dr. Reyhan Furman

Senior Lecturer in Developmental Cognition

School of Psychology

Darwin Building, DB116

+44 (0) 1772 89 4451


Subject Areas: Psychology

The central focus of Reyhan’s research is to discover how speech and gesture come together to form language throughout development. She is particularly interested in how children’s comprehension and use of bodily actions influence their language learning, and how this multimodal interaction in turn furthers our understanding of cognition and language in general.

Reyhan’s research is cross-disciplinary in nature, drawing on the varied methods and tools of psychology and linguistics such as experimental paradigms, linguistic analysis, and electrophysiological techniques (ERP). Her research is also comparative, focusing on speakers of different languages (monolinguals and bilinguals) and ages (infancy into adulthood).

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  • 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

Professional Experience

  • Senior Lecturer in Developmental Cognition, School of Psychology, University of Central Lancashire, 2015-
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Psychology, University of Alberta, 2013-2015
  • Research Staff, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, 2012-2013

Teaching Activities and Responsibilities

  • Programme Lead for MSc Psychology of Child Development
  • Module Lead for PS3050 (Applying Psychology to the Educational Setting)


Hoang, H., Nicoladis, E., Smithson, L., & Furman, R. (in press). French-English bilingual children’s tense use and shift in storytelling. International Journal of Bilingualism.

Treffers-Daller, J., Daller, M. H., Furman, R., & Rothman, J. (in press). Ultimate attainment in the use of lexical collocations among heritage speakers of Turkish in Germany and Turkish-German returnees. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition.

Özyürek, A., Furman, R., & Goldin-Meadow, S. (2015). On the way to language: Emergence of intermediate forms of segmentation and sequencing in motion event representations without a language model. Journal of Child Language, 42, 32-63.

Furman, R., Küntay, A., Özyürek, A. (2014). Early language-specificity of children’s event representations in speech and gesture: Evidence from caused motion in Turkish. Language, Cognition and Neuroscience, 29, 620-634.

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