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: What are the psychological benefits of engaging with another person’s imagination?

Primary supervisor: Prof P Totterdell

Project description:

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.

Relevant paper:

Kidd, D. C., & Castano, E. (2013). Reading literary fiction improves theory of mind. Science, 342, 377-380.

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: www.shef.ac.uk/psychology/prospectivepg/funding

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

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PhD

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Northern England