PhD studentship Attention and Visual Perception

Applications are invited for a four-year fully funded PhD studentship at the attention and cognitive control laboratory headed by Prof Nilli Lavie at UCL, Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience. The PhD research is funded by the Ministry of Defence- Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL), with the aim to establish individual differences in capacity for perceptual processing, visual detection and short-term memory for visual information both in the wide public and in defence operators; and investigate training programs to improve these capacities.

The PhD research would use behavioural attention and perception experiments, and training methods accompanied with an MRI technique of Voxel-Based Morphometry that has proved successful in discovering structural brain changes that mediate individual differences in various cognitive functions.

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The PhD start date would be October 2013. Applicant should have a first-class degree or equivalent in a relevant discipline (e.g. Psychology, Neuroscience). The PhD work would require good programming skills (e.g. in Matlab) as well as strong written and verbal communication skills.

The terms of the funding require that applicants should have a UK/EU nationality.

Applicants are invited to apply by e-mail to attaching both a CV and a supplementary personal statement explaining why they wish to apply for this studentship. The CV must state the degree class achieved (or the current average grade). The CV should also include the name and contacts for two academic references, who may be approached at the interview stage.

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The closing date for receipt of applications is July 8 2013.

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