Ayse Ilkay Isik

Main research areas

  • Neural correlates of aesthetic experience
  • Visual perception
  • Neuroimaging methods
  • Automatized actions



Academic Education

2013-2015   Master of Science (Master of Interdisciplinary Neuroscience) Goethe-University, Frankfurt am Main

2012            Exchange semester at Maastricht University, The Netherlands

2008-2013   Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) Bilkent University, Ankara

2004-2008   Milli Piyango High School, Bursa, Turkey


since 2016 PhD student, Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics

2015-2016 Research Assistant, Institute of Medical Psychology, Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main




Isik A.I., Naumer M.J., Kaiser J., Buschenlange C., Wiesmann S., Czoschke S., et al (2017). Automatized smoking-related action schemata are reflected by reduced fMRI activity in sensorimotor brain regions of smokers. NeuroImage Clin 15: 753-760.


Awards & Grants

Awards & Grants

2013-2015    DAAD, German Academic Exchange Service, Master Scholarship

2008-2013    Bilkent University, Ankara, Comprehensive Scholarship

2008-2013    Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK) Grant to Support Scientists at Undergraduate Level





  • Exploring Network Interactions During Aesthetic Experiences

    How does the brain support aesthetic experiences with visual stimuli such as artwork, landscapes, architecture or dance? Recent work in our group suggests that finding a painting to be aesthetically moving involves a change away from the typical ...

  • Aesthetic Appreciation Across Multiple Visual Domains

    Individuals can be aesthetically engaged by objects from widely different visual aesthetic domains, such as paintings, mountain vistas, or buildings. The goal of this project is to understand whether aesthetic appreciation of different visual domains ...