Adnan Levent

Adnan Levent

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I am a Postdoctoral Teaching Associate in the Department of Psychology at Royal Holloway, University of London. I completed my PhD in Psychology at Birkbeck, University of London under supervision of Prof Eddy Davelaar and Dr Virginia Eatough. I received a bachelor's degree in Philosophy, Psychology and Sociology Teaching from Cukurova University in 2009 and a master's degree in Psychology from Kingston University in 2013.


I hold a Fellowship with the Higher Education Academy and maintain memberships with the British Neuropsychological Society, Federation of European Neuroscience Society, and Society for the Study of Addiction. I am actively engaged in the THESIS (Teaching in Higher Education, Supporting and Inspiring Students) group, as well as the Learnus community, an organization devoted to enhancing learning through insights from brain, mind, and behaviour research. Additionally, I serve as a local group representative for the British Neuroscience Association (BNA).


I mainly teach research methods and statistical techniques employed in psychological studies. I am passionate about equipping students with a comprehensive understanding of research methods and statistics, empowering them to apply these skills to their own research and academic pursuits. I also teach applied cognitive psychology topics. I use innovative and creative strategies to make teaching fun and interactive. My teaching spans across various academic levels, ranging from undergraduate to doctoral programs.

Research interests

My research centers around exploring the potential impact of illegal recreational drug use on cognitive abilities, such as executive functions, retrospective and prospective memory, and identifying risk factors (e.g., executive dysfunction and impaired metacognition) that contribute to the transition from recreational drug use to drug addiction, using both qualitative and quantitative research methods. I am also interested in investigating the effects of legal recreational drugs, such as alcohol and nicotine, on cognition.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

Psychology , PhD, The possible consequences of recreational drug use on cognitive function , Birkbeck, University of London


Award Date: 15 Feb 2023

Academic Practice in Teaching and Learning, Postgraduate Certificate, Royal Holloway, University of London

Jun 2020Dec 2022

Award Date: 9 Dec 2022

Psychology , MSc, Kingston University

Sept 2011Nov 2012

Award Date: 9 Nov 2012

Philosophy, Psychology and Sociology Teaching, Bachelor's Degree + PGCE, Çukurova University

Sept 2004Jul 2009

Award Date: 17 Jul 2009

External positions

Seminar Leader , Birkbeck, University of London

Nov 2020Mar 2022

Research Assistant , Imperial College London

Jan 2017Sept 2017


  • Psychology
  • Psychopharmacology
  • Psychology of memory & learning
  • Cognitive neuroscience

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