Fully Funded PhD Scholarship in Psychology at the University of Sheffield

University of Sheffield

This is one of many projects in competition for the current funding opportunities available within the Department of Psychology

Project title: How negation informs action and/or label learning in infants and toddlers

Primary supervisor:  Dr E Hoicka

Project description:  A current focus in developmental psychology is how children know when to accept information (e.g., Pedagogy Theory; Generics; Trust in Testimony). However the flip side of this question has been ignored but is equally important – how do children know when not to learn. My own research has found that parents offer cues to help toddlers to ignore novel information when joking (Hoicka, Jutsum, & Gattis, 2008). In particular, they show their disbelief through language after making a joke (e.g, Ducks say moo), including using negation (Ducks don’t say moo), but also correcting children with by provided contradicting positive information (Ducks go quack). The purpose of this project is to determine how these different types of language affect children’s rejection of information.

Start date: 1 October 2017

Requirements:  Applicants must have a minimum of a first class or high upper second-class undergraduate honours degree and a distinction or high merit at Masters level in psychology or a related discipline.

For further details and the application process please visit: http://www.shef.ac.uk/psychology/prospectivepg/funding

Closing date for applications is 5pm Wednesday, 1 February 2017

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