PhD Scholarship in Psychology: Evolution and the Baldwin Effect

University of Sheffield - Department of Psychology

Fully Funded PhD Scholarship in Psychology at the University of Sheffield

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

Project title: Evolution and the Baldwin Effect

Primary supervisor: Dr JV Stone
Co-supervisor: Dr S Wilson

Project description: Evolution by Darwinian natural selection is the equivalent of the standard model in physics. However, for over one hundred years, controversy has raged over the extent to which the Baldwin effect contributes to biological evolution. The Baldwin effect relies on the presence of within-lifetime adaptation to increase fitness, which may increase the rate of evolution. To a naive observer, this looks like Lamarckism, but it is not. This project will use computational experiments to investigate the Baldwin effect on uncorrelated fitness functions (where computational studies suggest it is of benefit) and on correlated fitness functions (where little data is available).

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.

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

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