Fully Funded PhD Scholarship in Psychology

University of Sheffield - Psychology

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

Project title: Links between social learning and creativity in toddlers

Primary supervisor:  Dr E Hoicka

Project description:  Theoretical models have considered that both social transmission and innovation are important for cultural evolution. Over the past two decades there has been ample work on social transmission, specifically imitation, in toddlers and young children. However there has been relatively little work on innovation. My lab has recently developed a new tool to measure innovation (specifically divergent thinking) in infants as young as 13 months (Hoicka, Bijvoet-van den Berg, Carberry, & Kerr, 2013). A question remains as to whether social learning and innovation are completely distinct behaviours, or whether they interact. The purpose of this project is to examine the relationship between social learning and innovation.

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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