PhD Studenship - The Development of Early Executive Functions

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 early executive functions

Primary supervisor: Dr Emma Blakey

Project description: Executive functions are the set of high-level goal-directed thinking skills that develop rapidly during early childhood. While a lot is known about executive function development between the ages of 3 and 5, we know much less about how executive functions develop over the toddler years, known as the 'dark ages' of cognitive development. In some of our recent work, we have found that important developments occur between the ages of 2 and 3 in children's ability to flexibly switch their behaviour. A project in this area would extend this work to look at a wider range of executive functions. Projects could examine how executive functions develop over time during this stage of development, how they predict more complex emerging cognitive skills and/or how they are influenced by socioeconomic factors.

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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Closing date for applications is 5pm Wednesday 24 January 2018

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