Postdoctoral Research Associate in Multisensory Development

Durham University - Department of Psychology

Fixed Term (36 months)

Closing Date:  10 July 2017 (Midday)

Job Description

A 36-month fixed-term full time post-doctoral Research Associate position is available at the Department of Psychology at Durham University, UK. The successful candidate will join a research project led by Dr. Dorothy Cowie, Prof. Andrew Bremner and Dr. Marco Gillies, and funded by the UK Economic & Social Research Council.

The project aims to understand how humans develop the ability to represent their own bodies. Recent work has shown that in adults, the sense of body ownership is driven both by multisensory information (e.g. synchrony of seen and felt touches to a body), and prior knowledge of the body’s form. We know that there are major changes in both these processes in children. We will examine these developmental changes (typically in 4- to 12-year-olds and adults), using both desktop and virtual environments.

The project will:

  • Determine the sensory and featural constraints on body representation for adults and children.
  • Establish the degree of plasticity in own-body representation.
  • Determine the developing role of movement cues in body representation.

The successful candidate will work under the direction of Dr Dorothy Cowie (, and in close collaboration with other Psychology and Computer Science researchers on this project. Studies will use a large-scale motion capture laboratory, with an integrated Oculus Rift headset providing immersive virtual reality.

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