ELYADAL.ORG is the official İnternet site of the
Critical - Creative Thinking and Behavioral Research Laboratory in
Baskent University, Ankara, Turkey. The lab (will be referred as
ELYADAL) was founded in March, 2002 as a branch in the Faculty of
Economics and Administrative Sciences. Academicians and students in
different disciplines like psychology, political science, business
administration, and economics have convened to conduct scientific
research and produce applications of science pertaining to human
behavior as it is manifested in varying contexts. Our perspective
regarding scientific inquiry can be summarized as "disseminating the
scientific knowledge accumulated by following curiosity through asking
questions and answering them by means of scientific research." ELYADAL,
had played a significant role in the foundation of the
Psychology in Baskent University, is now one of the laboratories of
the same department.
ELYADAL has two branches to organize interests in two broad topics. The first branch is related to make research on, develop programs to train on, and to provide information about critical and creative thinking for students, faculty members, and organizations. The second branch is organized around "behavior", its antecedents and consequences, and research conducted in an interdisciplinary fashion is welcomed.
The process of establishment have started in March 2002. A core group of academicians have called for colleagues and students to participate in the new-founding laboratory. Following a number of meetings with the initial respondents, ELYADAL Research Group has started its activities in April 13th, 2002. In order to test and form the interaction dynamics of the group, three subgroups have been established to work independently on three topics of interest. These topics were chosen so that no group member had previous in-depth knowledge or formal education about them, enabling equidistant amateurship in the beginning. The topics were the number PI in mathematics, the microscopic organism VOLVOX colony in biology, and the BLACK HOLES in physics. The studies of the groups were disseminated by a then-established popular scientific magazine named PiVOLKA (an anagram name including syllables from the three topics). Mini-group studies on natural scientific issues then become a one-step hurdle for the selection of prospective adjoiners and PiVOLKA became a source of dissemination and open forum to students and academicians in other universities as well.
The on-going studies by members of ELYADAL include critical thinking, political and economical psychology research and publications, convention papers, the PiVOLKA magazine, a booklet on academic writing, seminars on varios topics, and a panel study on the demographics and individual differences of students in Baskent University.
ELYADAL is prospected to become a "school" for the undergraduate and graduate students to learn how to pursue their interests in a scientific manner and how to share the knowledge they have acquired.
Dogan Kokdemir, PhD