Zeynep Başgöze is a native of Ankara, Turkey. She received her BA from Philosophy at Boğaziçi University, Istanbul. She completed her MSc and PhD in Cognitive Science at Middle East Technical University, Ankara. After teaching cognitive psychology in the Psychology departments at Bilkent and Başkent Universities, she decided to focus on research and moved to USA. She worked as a postdoctoral fellow in Psychological and Brain Sciences at Dartmouth College, NH and in Optometry School and Vision Science at University of California, Berkeley, CA. She’s currently a postdoctoral associate at the University of Minnesota Medical School Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. Her research mainly focuses on the changes in the emotional and attentional mechanisms in the brain related to mood disorders. When she doesn’t do research, she enjoys doing ballet and she tries to learn to play the cello.