PhD Studentship - Translating Cognitive Science into the Real World: Insights into Autism

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: Translating cognitive science into the real world: Insights into autism

Primary supervisor: Dr Megan Freeth

Project description: What captures attention, and what impact does this have on other aspects of cognition? The answer may be different depending on whether you are autistic or not. The majority of our knowledge of how human cognition works comes from computer-based tasks but my lab has recently been finding that this does not tell us the whole story. We need to complement our computer based studies with studies that are conducted where genuine interactions with social partners can take place. This project will use this approach to investigate whether findings from cognitive science really do translate into real world phenomena.

References:

Freeth, M., Foulsham, T., & Kingstone, A. (2013). What affects social attention? Social presence, eye contact and autistic traits. PLoS One8(1), e53286.

Risko, E. F., Laidlaw, K. E., Freeth, M., Foulsham, T., & Kingstone, A. (2012). Social attention with real versus reel stimuli: toward an empirical approach to concerns about ecological validity. Frontiers in human neuroscience6.

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 £4,194 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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Northern England