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Merve Karacaoglu

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M. Karacaoglu
+31 71 527 2727

Research Interests

My research within the Vici project focuses on identifying patients at risk of developing unidentified somatic symptoms, such as pain, itch or fatigue. I am interested in unravelling the risk factors associated with early stage symptoms, and I try to understand how and why certain patient groups acquire chronic somatic symptoms over time. These symptoms can have lifelong debilitating effects for the patients, thereby highly impacting their daily functioning and quality of life. Having more scientific insight on the underlying mechanisms has direct societal implications such as early detection of somatic symptoms in primary care as well as reduced costs of healthcare utilization, not to mention a better quality of life of patients receiving early interventions. My research aims to address this problem by making use of psychological, neurobiological and genetic methods. 


- Research Master, Cognitive Neuropsychology, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, the Netherlands, 2016
- Bachelor of Arts , Psychology, Bilkent University, Turkey, 2014


Ogulmus, C, Karacaoglu, M, Kafaligonul, H, (in press). Temporal Ventriloquism along the Path of Apparent Motion: Speed Perception under Different Spatial Grouping Principles. Experimental Brain Research.

Guest employee

  • Faculteit der Sociale Wetenschappen
  • Instituut Psychologie
  • Gezondheids, Medische- Neuropsychologie

Work address

Pieter de la Court
Wassenaarseweg 52
2333 AK Leiden


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