The Dynamics of Perception and Cognition in Immersive Virtual Reality Environments (3 PhD Scholarships)

University of Hull

To celebrate the University's research successes, the University of Hull is offering a full-time UK/EU PhD Scholarship or International Fees Bursary for candidates applying for each of the following projects.

Closing date: Thursday 8th February 2018

Studentships will start on 17th September 2018

Summary of Cluster

The research cluster is exploring how user experience in immersive virtual reality (VR) affects physiology, cognition, perception and emotional state during learning. This interdisciplinary project embraces, brain imaging, medical engineering and VR environments to generate new models of cognitive processes.

Summary of Ph.D. Project 1

Perception, cognition and learning in immersive VR environments

Supervised by Stewart Martin, School of Education.

The project explores how experiences in VR affect cognitive load and learning, through integrating measures of brain activity and other physiological, behavioural and subjective data. The successful student will join an interdisciplinary research cluster team dedicated to advancing our understanding of human learning through technology and have an opportunity to develop professional, experimental research, data acquisition and analytical skills.

Summary of Ph.D. Project 2

Brain imaging and human cognition in VR

Supervised by Aziz Asghar, Centre for Neuroscience, Hull York Medical School.

The project aims to investigate brain activity (acquired using electroencephalography) in response to cognitive tasks presented in VR environments. The potential for translational applications in human learning and memory will be explored in this studentship. Collaboration with other disciplines in the cluster research team will enable the additional development of experimental skills and knowledge in brain imaging and VR.


Summary of Ph.D. Project 3

Field deployable brain monitoring with VR

Supervised by Anthony Bateson, School of Engineering & Computer Science.

The project will aim to integrate fNIRS (and other physiological measures) with EEG, as a means to provide additional non-invasive measurement of neuroimaging activity recorded on the scalp surface. By integrating this technology with VR headsets the Ph.D. student will provide new metrics for the measurement of cognitive load within virtual environments using wearable technologies as part of the cluster research team.

Applicants should have at least a 2.1 undergraduate degree in one or more of the following or related disciplines, together with relevant research experience: educational technology / educational psychology (Project 1); neuroscience / biomedical science / psychology (Project 2); electronic engineering / computer systems engineering (Project 3). It is anticipated that the successful applicant will have a 1st class undergraduate degree or Masters level qualification.

To apply for these Scholarships please click on the Apply button below.

Full-time UK/EU PhD Scholarships will include fees at the ‘home/EU' student rate and maintenance (£14,553 in 2017/18) for three years, depending on satisfactory progress.

Full-time International Fee PhD Studentships will include full fees at the International student rate for three years, dependent on satisfactory progress.

PhD students at the University of Hull follow modules for research and transferable skills development and gain a Masters level Certificate, or Diploma, in Research Training, in addition to their research degree.

Successful applicants will be informed of the award as soon as possible and by 2nd April 2018 at the latest.

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