PhD - What Can we Learn from the Perception of Synthetic Faces?

University of East Anglia - Psychology

Start Date: 1st October 2017

No. of positions available: 1

Supervisor: Dr Louise Ewing

Project description: Highly photorealistic computer-generated faces are becoming increasingly common in our environment and their popularity isn’t limited to entertainment. Face researchers can now generate immense, standardized stimulus sets. However critically little is known about how these artificial social stimuli are perceived. Emerging evidence suggests that they might not be “just like real faces”. Does this matter? What distinguishes them from photographs? Does sensitivity vary across typical and atypically developing individuals? This project will directly investigate the extent to which synthetic faces activate specialist face processing mechanisms, employing a range of behavioural and neural (EEG).

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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