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PhD Studentship: Gaze Direction and Theory of Mind (DohertyM_U20PSY)

University of East Anglia - Psychology

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Norwich
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students
Funding amount: £15,009
Hours: Full Time, Part Time
Placed On: 1st November 2019
Closes: 20th January 2020
Reference: DohertyM_U20PSY

Location: University of East Anglia

Start date: October 2020

No. of positions available: 1

Hours: Full-time/part-time

Supervisor: Dr. Martin Doherty

Project description: Many researchers claim theory of mind is present in infancy. So how come 3-year-olds have difficulty saying where someone is looking from eye direction alone (Doherty & Anderson, 1999)? The aim of this PhD is to explore how explicit gaze judgement and explicit theory of mind abilities relate. The hypothesis is that theory of mind developments around 4 years are new and qualitatively different from what infants are able to do. This specifies the general topic: applicants should provide a more specific proposal after discussion with me. 

Person Specification:

Acceptable first degree in Psychology or relevant other discipline

The standard minimum entry requirement is 2:1.

Masters or equivalent experience

Funding notes: This PhD project is in a School of Psychology competition for funded studentships. These studentships are funded for 3 years and comprise of home/EU tuition fees and an annual stipend of £15,009.

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