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PhD Studentship: Perceived Loneliness in Brain and Behaviour

University of East Anglia - School of Psychology

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Norwich
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: These studentships are funded for 3 years and comprise of tuition fees and an annual stipend of £15,500.
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 2nd November 2021
Closes: 25th January 2022
Reference: BengtssonS_U22PSY

Perceived loneliness is characterized by a willingness to get to know new friends, but at the same an elevated unconscious fear of strangers (Cacioppo et al., 2011). This PhD project will investigate the interplay between conflicting conscious and unconscious processes (Bengtsson et al., 2011); how the conflict is reflected in brain activity, by using fMRI, and behaviour. We will further investigate how individuals resolve this conflict. We will evaluate the socioemotional selectivity theory (Carstensen et al., 2006), and the resource theory of mental effort (Shenhav et al., 2017) within this context.  

Primary Supervisor: Associate Professor Sara Bengtsson

Start Date: 1 October 2022

For more information on this project, please visit www.uea.ac.uk

This PhD project is in a School of Psychology competition for funded studentships. These studentships are funded for 3 years and comprise of tuition fees and an annual stipend of £15,500. 

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