PhD studentship for research investigating mapping the shared brain

University of Bath

This three year studentship at the University of Bath is to work alongside a project examining how the shared brain is created and associated with the formation of a social identity.

Successful human interaction is built upon the formation of shared identities between individuals. The ability to detect the formation of a shared identity between interacting individuals would be hugely significant because it would reveal the psychological framework that underpins social behaviour.

Recent advances in EEG technology and in the emerging ‘social neuroscience’ field indicate that it is now feasible to use EEG to detect neural patterns that indicate the presence of a shared ‘social space’, what we term the shared brain (Gutsell and Inzlicht, 2012; Hatfield, 1993; Nummenmaa et al., 2012).

Exploring how the shared brain is formed will elucidate the subconscious and conscious processes underlying the formation of a shared identity.

The research project

You will be a key part of a multidisciplinary team that will develop and implement innovative procedures for identifying, via EEG, neural markers of the emergence of the shared brain and how the shared brain is associated with the formation of a social identity between interacting individuals.

The project will heavily involve the usage of complex mathematical techniques used to extract meaningful data out of a broader range of complex signals.

This project is truly multidisciplinary, drawing on research and methodologies within cognitive neuroscience, social psychology, and mathematical modelling.

Research supervision

If successful, you will conduct your research under the supervision of Dr Neal Hinvest, Dr George Stothart and Professor Jonathan Dawes.

You will work in the Department of Psychology, within the Neuroeconomics Research Group (NRG), and alongside the Institute for Mathematical Innovation (IMI).

Award funding

The successful candidate will be supported for three years. Funding includes:

  • a £14,296 (2016/17 rate) per-annum stipend
  • Home/EU tuition fees
  • an annual Training Support Grant

Apply for this studentship

Apply for this studentship through the University of Bath.

The closing date for the receipt of applications is 12.00 noon (GMT) on Thursday 8 December 2016.

Informal enquiries / Project enquiries: Dr Neal Hinvest:

Application enquiries:

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