Omer Daglar Tanrikulu

Assistant Professor
Phone: (603) 862-0680
Office: Psychology, McConnell Hall, Durham, NH 03824

To learn more about my research, please visit: unhvisionlab.com

My research focuses on visual perception from a computational perspective.

I am especially interested in perceptual grouping, a ubiquitous process at different levels of vision. For example, the visual system can efficiently group textures, items, features, or objects to extract the statistical properties of visual scenes. Or, in 3D depth perception, the visual system groups different regions of an image and assigns them figural or ground status to determine the relative depth of perceived surfaces.

I have also focused on history effects in vision, such as priming and serial dependence in perceptual judgments. The way our visual system processes incoming visual information can be influenced by the previously encountered visual features or objects, and by prior knowledge encoded in the visual system about the visual world.

I investigate such visual processes by conducting psychophysical experiments. I also conduct experiments in Virtual Reality (VR) to test well-known visual phenomena in a realistic environment using naturalistic stimuli.

I am also interested in philosophy of cognitive science, particularly in the concept of “mental representation.” My most recent philosophical work focuses on the probabilistic nature of mental representations in visual processing. I am also interested in examining how perceptual grouping processes can help us resolve the discrepancy between our rich visual conscious experience and the classic findings in vision science showing the limited capacity of visual working memory.

To see my most recent publications, please visit my GoogleScholar page:
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Courses Taught

  • PSYC 741W: SpcTop/Fund of Cognitive Sci


  • Ph.D., Rutgers University
  • M.S., Bogazici University
  • B.S., Koc University, Turkey

Research Interests

  • Visual perception
  • Cognitive Sciences
  • Vision Science
  • Visual Perception/Processing
  • Philosophy of mind

Selected Publications

  • Tanrıkulu, Ö. D., Froyen, V., Feldman, J., & Singh, M. (2024). Interaction of contour geometry and optic flow in determining relative depth of surfaces.. Atten Percept Psychophys, 86(1), 221-236. doi:10.3758/s13414-023-02807-0

  • Houborg, C., Pascucci, D., Tanrikulu, Ö. D., & Kristjánsson, Á. (2023). The effects of visual distractors on serial dependence.. J Vis, 23(12), 1. doi:10.1167/jov.23.12.1

  • Houborg, C., Kristjánsson, Á., Tanrikulu, Ö. D., & Pascucci, D. (2023). The role of secondary features in serial dependence.. J Vis, 23(5), 21. doi:10.1167/jov.23.5.21

  • Tanrikulu, Ö. D., Pascucci, D., & Kristjánsson, Á. (2023). Stronger serial dependence in the depth plane than the fronto-parallel plane between realistic objects: Evidence from virtual reality.. J Vis, 23(5), 20. doi:10.1167/jov.23.5.20

  • Pascucci, D., Tanrikulu, Ö. D., Ozkirli, A., Houborg, C., Ceylan, G., Zerr, P., . . . Kristjánsson, Á. (2023). Serial dependence in visual perception: A review.. J Vis, 23(1), 9. doi:10.1167/jov.23.1.9

  • Tanrikulu, O. D., Froyen, V., Feldman, J., & Singh, M. (2018). When Is Accreting/Deleting Texture Seen as In Front? Interpretation of Depth From Texture Motion. PERCEPTION, 47(7), 694-721. doi:10.1177/0301006618776119

  • Most Cited Publications