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Ethan Kutlu


Thanks for visiting my website. My name is Ethan. I am a passionate cognitive scientist specializing in developmental cognitive neuroscience and experimental linguistics. The overarching theme of my work lies in perceptual narrowing in naturalistic and lab-mediated contexts. For naturalistic contexts, I have been examining the impact of multilingualism on speech perception. For lab-mediated contexts, I have been examining the impact of individuation on object recognition. My research uses an interdisciplinary tour de force of various techniques, ranging from behavioral perceptual experiments and social network questionnaires to electrophysiological methods such as event-related potentials (ERPs) and steady state visually evoked potentials (ssVEPs). I have worked with infants and adults as well as minoritized groups of individuals. On this website, you can find summaries of my research, teaching, and outreach activities.

I have two complementary passions: food and photography. I believe cooking is an act of creating a self-sustainable project. We aim to cook things that make us happy and healthy, but oftentimes we sacrifice those with unsustainable practices either by convenience or by prioritizing other things in our lives. Cooking grounds my research and teaching practices as I get to experience patience, practice, and failure in the kitchen almost every day.

Photography, on the other hand, is about control and taming the perfectionist mind. Often times, as observed in many scholars, I experienced the worry of perfection. Is this the best or should I work on it more? Photography teaches me to act fast and be more intuitive as in some cases there is no such view as the one that I have in the present. Through photography, I practice being in the moment, and not trying to control the future. 

A part of my core functions on the basis of activism. I work actively to support Women in Cognitive Science, and am currently working on raising awareness for trans scientists in academia. I serve as the co-chair of the communications committee for the Society for Research in Child Development's Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Expression Caucus, and am open for any other ideas to advance the current situation of minorities all around the world. 

If you are interested in my research, please follow me on ResearchGate, Twitter (@ethankutlu) or contact me directly via email ( For a quick overview of my dissertation work, you can watch my TEDxUF talk below. If you are looking for a scientific consultation regarding linguistics or language learning), I provide free consultations. 

Before I let you go, I'd like to leave you with a few words from Rumi: Listen with ears of tolerance! See through the eyes of compassion! Speak with the language of love.


Educational Background


2015 - 2020


I completed my PhD in linguistics in which I investigated the role of social network diversity in speech perception, particularly in accentedness judgments towards racialized varieties of English.  I collaborated with Dr. Debra Titone and her lab at McGill University (Canada).

2013 - 2015

Master of Cognitive Science

I completed my Master's degree at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. I worked on how Turkish-English simultaneous interpreters use information structures in two typologically different languages.



My research has the ecosystem of an intersection. I use psycholinguist methods to investigate sociolinguistic issues in bilingual communities. To learn more about my research, you can visit the description page.


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