Gizem Arabaci

Dr Gizem Arabaci

  • Senior Lecturer in Psychology
  • Poole House P332, Talbot Campus, Fern Barrow, Poole, BH12 5BB
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I completed BSc in Psychology and MSc in Clinical Child Psychology. I then completed my PhD and became a lecturer in Bournemouth University.


My PhD research concerned the role of cognitive mechanism (e.g., goal maintenance) and mind wandering on understanding trait level inattention. I am still interested in the link between failures in goal maintenance (e.g., goal neglect and mind wandering) and inattentive traits, with a further attempt to explore the role of cognitive load and motivation.

I have also recently become interested in exploring the link between inattentive traits and aspects of well-being such as anxiety and self-esteem.

Journal Articles


Conference Presentations

  • EPS Conference, Inattention and task switching performance: The Role of Predictability, Working Memory and Goal Neglect., 10 Jul 2019, Bournemouth
  • SciTech Postgraduate Research conference of Bournemouth University, Inattention and Task Switching Performance: The role of predictability, interference, and working memory load., 09 May 2018, Bournemouth, UK
  • 58th Annual Meeting of Psychonomic Society, The relationship between ADHD traits and daily-life and probe-caught spontaneous and deliberate mind wandering on sub-clinical levels., 09 Nov 2017, Vancouver, Canada
  • EPS Conference, The relationship between ADHD symptoms and daily-life and probe-caught spontaneous and deliberate mind wandering in community samples., 12 Jul 2017, Reading
  • Experimental Psychology Society, The relationship between N2, response inhibition and response conflict: The importance of task complexity., 08 Apr 2015, Leeds, UK
  • Graduate Students Psychology Congress, Hemispheric Asymmetry in Colour-Name Matching Task, 01 Jun 2009, Istanbul, Turkey
  • 15th. National Psychology Congress, Hemispheric Asymmetry in Colour-Name Matching Task., 01 Sep 2008, Istanbul, Turkey

Attended Training

  • Introduction to Structural Equation Modelling, University of Reading by Dr Lars-Erik Malmberg, University of Oxford, 01 Mar 2018
  • Perturbing and Enhancing Perception and Action using Oscillatory Neural Stimulation, Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit in Cambridge, UK, 01 Jan 2018
  • Introduction to R: workshop series, Bournemouth University, UK by Dr Claudia von Bastian and Dr Matt Green, Bournemouth Universiy, 01 Mar 2017
  • Introduction to Bayesian Analysis by Prof Zoltan Dienes, Sussex University, 01 Mar 2016
  • Bournemouth SPM Course for fMRI, Bournemouth University, UK by Dr Guillaume Flandin, University Collage London, 01 Mar 2016
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Basic Training (Turkey), 03 Jun 2013
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Training for Children with Anxiety Disorders, 04 Mar 2013
  • Family Counselling Certificate Training, Turkey, 05 Feb 2012


  • PGCE in PG Certificate in Therapeutic Play Skills (The Academy of Play and Child Psychotherapy & Leeds Beckett University, 2020)
  • PhD in Psychology (Bournemouth University, 2018)
  • MSc in Clinical Child Psychology (Anglia Ruskin University, 2014)
  • BSc (Hons) in Psychology (Izmir University of Economics, 2011)


  • Second Place in oral presentation (in SciTech Postgraduate Research conference, 2018)
  • Third Place in Young Psychologists Research Competition (as the research group) (Turkish Psychological Association, 2010)


  • Play Therapy UK & Play Therapy International, trainee member (2019-),
  • British Psychological Society, Graduate Member (2015-2017),