Alper Kumcu

Alper Kumcu

School of Psychology
Doctoral Researcher

Contact details

School of Psychology
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Alper Kumcu is currently undertaking doctoral research to explore the relationship between language and the visual world, using eye tracking and behavioural methods. His work will identify the dynamic nature of spatial indexing and the role of mental representations of words in spatial indexing mechanism.

Personal website:


  • MSc in Psychology (distinction) (University of Birmingham, UK)
  • MA in Translation and Interpreting (Hacettepe University, Turkey)
  • BA in Translation and Interpreting (Hacettepe University, Turkey)


Alper Kumcu previously studied Translation and Interpreting at Hacettepe University in Turkey. He started a PhD programme in Linguistics at the same university before undertaking a Masters in Psychology at the University of Birmingham. He worked as a research and teaching assistant at Hacettepe University for five years and gave lectures and seminar talks, mainly on lexicology and computer-assisted translation. He is currently a doctoral researcher in Psychology at the University of Birmingham and is funded by the Council of Higher Education of Turkey: Doctoral Scholarship Programme.

Doctoral research

PhD title
Spatial indexing in verbal memory (provisional)
Dr Robin Thompson


Multimodal language processing, verbal memory, divided attention and the extended mind

Other activities

Alper Kumcu is one of the organisers/hosts of the Language and Cognition Seminars (LanCoS) for the Language Processing Research Group within the School of Psychology. He is a member of the European Society for Translation Studies (EST) and the German Professional Association for Technical Communication and Information-Development (TEKOM). He is also a senior student rep for postgraduate students as of the 2014-15 academic year.


Kumcu, A. (2013). A Transnational and Translational Hi(story): Role of Translation and Interpreting in the Course of Turkish Republic Accession to European Union. In R. Kumar (Ed.), Role of Translation in Nation Building(pp. 73-85), New Delhi: Modlingua. ISBN: 978-81-926798-0-8.

Kumcu, A. (2008). Alice in Translationland: A Comparative Translation Analysis With Regard to Cultural Motifs.  Journal of Translation Studies(18), 123-144. ISSN: 1301-4145.