PhD - Computational and Neurobiological Mechanisms of Salience Assignment

University of East Anglia - Psychology

Start Date: 1st October 2017

No. of positions available: 1

Supervisor: Dr Thomas Fitzgerald

Project description: Deciding what to pay attention to is a fundamental problem for any agent. This ‘salience assignment’ is essential for guiding current behaviour and for enabling accurate learning. It is also thought to be a key abnormality in psychotic patients. This topic examines the computational and neurobiological processes underlying salience assignment in humans to improve our understanding of normal cognition and psychosis. Potential methodologies include EEG, fMRI, behavioural studies, and computational modelling.

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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