PhD - Understanding Our Visual World: Scene Processing and Gaze Control

University of East Anglia - Psychology

Start Date: 1st October 2017

No. of positions available: 1

Supervisor: Dr George L Malcolm

Project description: When we open our eyes, how do we make sense of the world around us? Our brain only processes a small portion of available visual information. We must therefore quickly sample and accrue critical properties of the environment to build a rich representation of the surrounding scene. The PhD will investigate this underlying process. The project will explore how predictability, natural sounds, and previous experience affects scene understanding and gaze control, by using a combination of eye tracking, image manipulation and TMS. For a review of the field see Malcolm et al., 2016, Trends in Cognitive Sciences.

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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