Sermin Ildirar Kirbas

Marie S. Curie Postdoctoral Fellow

Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development

School of Psychology, Birkbeck, University of London


Dr Tim J. Smith

Prof. Annette Karmiloff-Smith

Research interests

I am interested in the perception of moving images by young children and adults. My project aims to assess systematically the role of editing techniques, cognitive development and viewing experience on the comprehension of moving images and to suggest an infant "age-appropriateness" rating scheme for audio-visual material. I am utilising eye movement and heart rate measures. I am also involved in Tablet Project, which is investigating how the use of touchscreen devices affects young children.  

Curriculum vitae

Postdoctoral Fellow, Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development, Birkbeck College, University of London, United Kingdom (September 2014 – present)

Research Fellow, the Knowledge Media Research Center in Tuebingen, Germany (September 2008-2010)

Research Assistant, Istanbul University, Turkey (September 2003 – present)


Ildirar,S.  Levin, D. Schwan, S. Smith, T (in prep). The Role Of Audio On The Perception Of Continuity By First-Time Viewers

Ildirar, S. & Ewing, L. (under review). Can Kuleshov Effect Create An Illusion Of Continuity  In The Minds Of First-Time Viewers?  Projections: The Journal for Movies and Mind

Ildirar S. Indexing the Events of an Art Film by Audiences with Different Viewing Backgrounds. In (Eds) Making Sense of Cinema: Empirical Studies into Spectatorship Bloomsbury Publishing, USA, 2016

Ildirar, S, Karmiloff Smith, A. K. S., &  Smith T. J. What are the developmental foundations of film cognition? SCSMI Conference, London, June 17-20, 2015

Ildirar, S., & Schwan, S. First-time viewers' comprehension of films: Bridging shot transitions. British Journal of Psychology, 2014

Schwan, S., & Ildirar, S. Watching Film for the First Time How Adult Viewers Interpret Perceptual Discontinuities in Film. Psychological Science, 21(7), 970-976, 2010

Ildirar, S., & Schwan, S. (2010) Watching films for the first time. In K. Sachs-Hombach, & R.Totzke (Eds.), Bilder - Sehen - Denken. Zum Verhältnis von begrifflich-philosophischen und empirisch-psychologischen Ansätzen in der bildwissenschaftlichen Forschung. Köln: Halem, Germany, 2010

Ildirar S, B Ilievski, G Erman, K Tascilar, K Spiess: Humorous anthropomorphisation in an educational video for patients with autoimmune diseases. Journal of Czech and Slovak Psychiatry 2008; 104 (Suppl 2):182