Güneş Ünal


Associate Professor

Prep & first-year student advisor 

Vice Chair, Cognitive Science Program

Member, Center for Life Sciences

+90 212 359 70 50 

Office no: #219

  • Postdoc, University of Oxford, 2017
  • PhD, Rutgers University, 2012
  • BA, Boğaziçi University, 2008 


Courses Taught: 
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Introduction to Neuroscience: Brain and Behavior
  • Neuroscience
  • Advanced Neuroscience
  • Physiological Psychology
  • Learning
  • Experimental Psychology
  • Selected Topics in Psychobiology: Contemporary Questions & Techniques in Neuroscience
  • Theories in Pyschology


Research Interests: 
  • The limbic system
  • Basal forebrain
  • Neuronal oscillations
  • Animal models of anxiety and depression
  • Neuromodulatory systems


Recent Publications: 


Guven EB, Pranic NM, Unal G (2022) The differential effects of brief environmental enrichment following social isolation in rats. Cogn Affect Behav Neurosci DOI: 10.3758/s13415-022-00989-y.  


Unal G (2021) Social isolation as a laboratory model of depression. In AA Moustafa (Ed.), Mental health effects of COVID-19 (pp. 133–151). Cambridge, MA: Academic Press.


Unal G (2021) Investigation of fear and anxiety processes with rodent behavioral models. In G Unal and I Ayhan (Eds.) Experimental approaches to cognitive and behavioral processes in psychology (pp. 51–109). Ankara: Nobel Akademik Yayıncılık.


Unal G, Moustafa AA (2021) The neural substrates of different depression symptoms: Animal and human studies. In AA Moustafa (Ed.) The nature of depression: An updated review (pp. 5979). Cambridge, MA: Academic Press. 


Ecevitoglu A, Soyman E, Canbeyli R, Unal G (2020) Paw preference constitutes a vulnerability factor for behavioural despair and affects spatial reference memory in male rats. Behav Process DOI: 10.1016/j.beproc.2020.104254.


Atesyakar N, Canbeyli R, Unal G (2020) Low cognitive competence as a vulerability factor for behavioral despari in rats. Behav Process DOI: 10.1016/j.beproc.2020.104103.


Ecevitoglu A, Canbeyli R, Unal G (2019) Oral ketamine alleviates behavioral despair without cognitive impairment in Wistar rats. Beh Brain Res DOI: 10.1016/j.bbr.2019.112058.


Unal GCanbeyli R (2019) Psychomotor retardation in depression: a critical measure of the forced swim test. Beh Brain Res DOI: 10.1016/j.bbr.2019.112047.


Unal G (2019) The cortico-hippocampal circuit: the brain's center for mapping & declarative memory. Journal of Ankara University Faculty of Medicine 72(1):13-23.


Viney TJ, Salib M, Joshi A, Unal G, Berry N, Somogyi P (2018) Shared rhythmic subcortical GABAergic input to the entorhinal cortex and presubiculum. eLife DOI: 10.7554/eLife.34395.


Unal G, Crump MG, Viney TJ, Éltes T, Katona L, Klausberger T, Somogyi P (2018) Spatio-temporal specialization of GABAergic septo-hippocampal neurons for rhythmic network activity. Brain Struct Funct 223:2409-2432.


Samarth P, Ball JM, Unal G, Pare D, Nair SS (2017) Mechanisms of memory storage in a model perirhinal network. Brain Struct Funct 222:183–200.


Bocchio M, Fisher S, Unal G, Ellender TJ, Vyazovskiy V, Capogna M (2016) Sleep and serotonin modulate paracapsular nitric oxide synthase expressing neurons of the amygdala. eNeuro DOI: 10.1523/ENEURO.0177–16.2016.


Unal G, Joshi A, Viney TJ, Kis V, Somogyi P (2015) Synaptic targets of medial septal projections in the hippocampus and extra-hippocampal cortices of the mouse. J Neurosci 35(48):15812–15826.


Unal G, Pare J-F, Smith Y, Pare D (2014) Cortical inputs innervate calbindin-immunoreactive interneurons of the basolateral amygdaloid complex. J Comp Neurol 522:1915–1928.


Unal G, Pare J-F, Smith Y, Pare D (2013) Differential connectivity of short- vs. long-range extrinsic and intrinsic cortical inputs to perirhinal neurons. J Comp Neurol 521:2538–2550.


Unal G, Apergis-Schoute J, Pare D (2012) Associative properties of the perirhinal network. Cereb Cortex 22:1318–1332.