Fully Funded PhD Scholarship in Psychology at the University of Sheffield: Efficient coding in touch
University of Sheffield - Department of Psychology
|Funding for:||UK Students, EU Students|
|Funding amount:||Not specified|
|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: Efficient coding in touch
Primary supervisor: Dr Hannes Saal
Co-supervisor(s): Dr S Wilson
Project description: Efficient coding models can successfully explain the emergence of different features detectors along the visual pathway, such as center-surround receptive fields, simple and complex cells, and even higher-level visual neurons. However, whether this approach also works to explain the tuning of somatosensory neurons is currently unknown. Indeed, a unified understanding of somatosensory cortical neurons, similar to the simple/complex cell dichotomy in the visual system, does not exist at present, with only a vague understanding of what features these neurons are responsive too. This project will explore cortical feature tuning in the somatosensory system through the lens of efficient coding.
This PhD project is suitable for applicants with a background in computational neuroscience or robotics.
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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