Fully Funded PhD Scholarship in Psychology at the University of Sheffield
University of Sheffield
|Funding for:||UK Students, EU Students|
|Placed on:||29th November 2016|
|Closes:||1st February 2017|
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This is one of many projects in competition for the current funding opportunities available within the Department of Psychology
Project title: What are the psychological benefits of engaging with another person’s imagination?
Primary supervisor: Prof P Totterdell
People frequently and intentionally choose to engage with the fruits of other people’s imagination. These encounters often occur through different forms of art, such as literature, visual art, drama, video games, and music. Clearly these encounters provide pleasure but do they also provide other universal psychological benefits, such as meaning, hope, and support for our better selves? Recent research (Kidd & Castano, 2013), for example, has indicated that reading literary fiction can enhance a person’s understanding of others. This doctorate will involve conducting a series of quantitative studies to evaluate such ideas.
Kidd, D. C., & Castano, E. (2013). Reading literary fiction improves theory of mind. Science, 342, 377-380.
Start date: 1 October 2017
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: www.shef.ac.uk/psychology/prospectivepg/funding
Closing date for applications is 5pm Wednesday, 1 February 2017
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