Fully Funded PhD Scholarship in Psychology at the University of Sheffield: The Neurophysiological Basis of Spontaneous Fluctuations in Neuroimaging Signals

University of Sheffield - Department of Psychology

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

Project title: The neurophysiological basis of spontaneous fluctuations in neuroimaging signals 

https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/psychology/prospectivepg/phd/projects

Primary supervisor: Dr M Jones

Co-supervisor: Dr J Berwick

Project description: A technique called blood oxygen level dependent (BOLD) functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) can determine levels of different activity in parts of the living human brain and how malfunctions can occur in disease. Furthermore, this technique has been extended to look at communication between brain regions based on the similarity between ongoing signals (‘brain waves’) in connected parts of the brain. However, these magnetic techniques are based on changes in the oxygen content of the blood rather than direct measures of brain activity. They are used because changes in oxygen content can be observed without performing surgery on the brain in human subjects. There is concern, however, because the manifestation of these ongoing brain waves in blood oxygen content is poorly understood and as such the validity of using them to infer communication between brain structures has been questioned. By directly measuring spontaneous brain activity, neuroimaging signals and blood oxygen content at the same time the proposed research hopes to understand the relationships between them and allow this potentially important aspect of neuroimaging to further our understanding of brain function.

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: https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/psychology/prospectivepg/phd/funding

Closing date for applications is 5pm Wednesday 24 January 2018

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