Fully funded PhD Studentship Interaction of visual attention and reward mechanisms in healthy adolescence

Due to funding restrictions this studentship is open to UK Residents only or UK citizens currently studying abroad

Starting: 6 January 2014

(Supervisor: Prof. Jane Raymond)

Current research shows that reward learning can have a substantial impact on visual attention and working memory in young healthy adults. The aim of the PhD project is to explore the interaction of these systems adolescents. The project will involve knowledge and techniques from visual attention research (e.g., visual search, attention blink, change detection tasks), human learning (associative learning and simple gambling tasks), and the neural mechanisms controlling how the brain responds to rewards and to visual information. The project will involve using EEG, eye movement analysis, response time measurement, and psychophysics. You will be part of a larger, very active group using other techniques including fMRI, TCS and TMS and will have many opportunities to gain skills in these areas as well.  You will be expected to present your work at lab meetings, School conferences, as well as at major international conferences. 

To be considered for this position you must have a first or upper-second class undergraduate degree in Psychology (or relevant discipline) and a Master’s level degree (or expect to complete prior to the start date of the PhD) in Psychology or Neuroscience. You should be comfortable with statistics and learning computer programming and be enthusiastic about cognitive neuroscience and or human development. The project will involve testing in schools and dealing with teenagers so experience working with this age a group will be an asset. 

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Contact: If you are interested in this studentship, you should first contact Prof. Jane Raymond (j.raymond@bham.ac.uk) with a letter on interest and a CV. Alternatively you may apply on-line by clicking the Apply link below and then follow the links for PhD Psychology.

There is no closing date and the position will be filled when a suitable candidate is found.

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