PhD - Interval Timing as Optimal Inference

University of East Anglia - Psychology

Start Date: 1st October 2017

No. of positions available: 1

Supervisor: Dr Garry Cai

Project description: How time intervals are maintained in and retrieved from memory is a current issue of debate. Recently it has been suggested that interval timing follows a Bayesian inference process whereby people incorporate the perceived interval and their prior experience (e.g., previous experienced intervals) to make an optimal “guess”. This project will develop a mechanistic account of this approach and use it to model a wide range of timing behaviours, including timing biases in both time reproduction (e.g., under-reproduction) and comparison (e.g., shortened bisection point) and the cross-dimensional interaction between time and other physical dimensions (e.g., space).

Person specification: Applications for all studentships are invited from suitably qualified graduates. Candidates should typically hold, or expect to hold, a first degree with a minimum of 2:1 and a Master’s degree with research methods training appropriate to the discipline, with a dissertation mark of at least 65%. Candidates applying for a 1+3 studentship should hold or expect to hold a relevant undergraduate degree. Candidates who have studied outside of the UK should typically hold, or expect to hold, qualifications at an equivalent level to those mentioned above. Candidates will be interviewed as part of the selection process. EU and International applicants may be required to provide evidence of competence in the English Language.

Funding notes: The Studentships cover tuition fees (UK/EU rates), a tax-free maintenance grant (currently £14,296 per year), and a research training support grant. International students are welcome to apply; a small number of studentships will be available to cover full international fees.

To be considered for a Studentship, you should make an application for admission indicating the intention to be considered for a funded studentship under the Postgraduate Studentships Scheme.

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