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PhD Studentship - Understanding Social Attitudes: Psychological and Neural Processes Underlying Attitude Formation and Change (Locke Welborn_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: 5th November 2019
Closes: 20th January 2020
Reference: Locke Welborn_U20PSY

Location: University of East Anglia 

Start date: October 2020 

Closing date: 20 January 2020 

No. of positions available: 1





Supervisor: Dr B. Locke Welborn 

Project description: Understanding others’ social attitudes is critical for navigating the varied social spaces we encounter in everyday life. What are the psychological and neural mechanisms that support the representation of social attitudes, both our own as well as those of other people? This PhD project will employ behavioral and neuroimaging (fMRI) methods to explore the encoding, representation, and use of social attitudes. Approaches such as representational similarity analysis (RSA) and multivariate pattern analysis (MVPA) will be help decode the functional underpinnings that structure attitudes and shape their deployment in reasoning, persuasion, and social influence. A special focus will be the putative overlap between own attitudes and those of others, a source of both valuable social knowledge as well as potentially debilitating biases. 

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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