PhD Studentship - The Development of Flexible Cognition in Children and Adults

University of Sheffield

Fully Funded PhD Scholarship in Psychology at the University of Sheffield

This is one of many projects in competition for the current funding opportunities available within the Department of Psychology

Project title: The development of flexible cognition in children and adults

Primary supervisor: Dr D Carroll

Project description: The ability to switch flexibly between different rules is a crucial skill that emerges gradually during the preschool and early school years, and underpins many more complex behaviours. In recent work, we have found that the same processes that lead young children to make errors on flexible switching tasks also cause adults to respond more slowly on comparable tasks, suggesting that the same processes are at work in both preschool children and adults. The PhD student will be involved in a project that studies the cognitive skills that underpin flexible cognition across development, and examines how these core cognitive skills emerge and interact. This project will involve working with children as young as two years of age, as well as with adults.

Start date: 1 October 2018

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.

Funding: Tuition fees £4194 per year Living Expenses £14,500.00

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For further details and the application process please visit:

www.sheffield.ac.uk/postgradapplication

Closing date for applications is 5pm Wednesday 24 January 2018

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