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PhD Studentship: Exploring a Bilingual Advantage in Cognitive Control

University of Bristol - School of Psychological Science

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Bristol
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students
Funding amount: £14,777 ; Maintenance £4,260 Fees per annum
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 17th April 2019
Closes: 1st June 2019

The project:

This three-year research project funded by the Leverhulme Foundation explores the psychology of bilingualism. Being able to speak multiple languages conveys considerable economic, societal and cultural benefits. However, via the constant mind/brain training involved in maintaining multiple languages, bilingualism may also convey to the individual significant advantages in setting and maintaining goals, as well as switching between various goals and activities (“cognitive control”). Whether such an advantage for bilinguals over monolinguals is genuine is currently highly controversial, however. In this project, we aim to advance and potentially resolve the issue via experimental studies which dynamically track an individual’s responses to particular tasks which require cognitive control, and we will explore a variety of different aspects of cognitive control.

How to apply:

Please make an online application for this project at Please select Psychology_(PhD) on the Programme Choice page. You will be prompted to enter details of the studentship in the Funding and Research Details sections of the form.

Candidate requirements: Candidates for the funded PhD studentship must demonstrate outstanding qualities and be motivated to complete a PhD in 3 years. An undergraduate degree in psychology or a related discipline is essential; prior experience in experimental research, and a broad understanding of the psychology of language is highly desirable.

Funding: Leverhulme Foundation Research Project Grant

Contacts: Prof Markus Damian,

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