PhD Scholarship in Vision and Cognitive Neuroscience

La Trobe University

Australian Research Council Funded Project

Project Title: “Determining the neural mechanisms of automatic visuomotor associations”.
Supervisor: Dr. Philippe Chouinard (School of Psychology and Public Health, La Trobe University).
Location: Bendigo or Melbourne campuses, Victoria, Australia. 

This project aims to determine how we select actions to visual cues rapidly, unconsciously and automatically. Learning associations between visual stimuli and motor responses is part of normal development and continues throughout life. Rapid deployment of these actions is often critical for safety yet we have limited knowledge of how the human brain does this. This project will use visual psychophysics and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to characterise the neural architecture underlying these processes and determine how the dorsal and ventral streams of visual processing, specialised for motor control and recognition respectively, interact in vision-based actions as these actions become learned. Outcomes will provide new frameworks for driving improvement in any domain in which goal-directed actions depend on the rapid processing of visual information, including human-machine interfaces for defence, economic development, education, health, science and technology. 

This project is funded by a research grant awarded to Dr. Philippe Chouinard, Prof. Sheila Crewther, and Prof. Melvyn Goodale (Western University, Canada) by the Australian Research Council (DP170103189). 

Applicants should have a high level of achievement, including first class honours or equivalent for an undergraduate degree. 

Benefits of the scholarship
Benefits of the scholarship, for both domestic and international students, include: 

  • A La Trobe Research Scholarship for three years, with a value of $26,288 (AUD) per annum, to support your living costs [2016 rate].
  • A fee-relief scholarship (LTUFFRS) to cover all tuition fees for four years to undertake a PhD at La Trobe University. 

How to apply
Please send Dr Philippe Chouinard an up-to-date CV, a current degree transcript(s) with all completed courses, and the contact information of two academic references by e-mail ( Please include "PhD Scholarship in Vision and Cognitive Neuroscience" in the subject heading. 

Closing date:
Friday, 23 December 2016 

Contact us
To discuss the details of this project and other informal inquiries, please contact Dr Philippe Chouinard (
Further information about Dr Philippe Chouinard’s laboratory and access to infrastructure can be found at

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