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PhD Studentship - Neural Mechanisms Supporting Learning and Decision Making in Humans

University of East Anglia - School of Psychology

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Norwich
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: £15,500 per annum stipend, plus tuition fees
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 2nd November 2021
Closes: 25th January 2022
Reference: GarrettN_U22PSY

Dr Neil Garrett is recruiting a PhD student to investigate the processes that underpin learning and decision making in the human brain. This opportunity should appeal to students interested in neuroeconomics, computational psychiatry, behavioural economics and reinforcement learning.

The student will investigate how the brain integrates information it receives (e.g., a positive COVID test result), how the parameters of these learning processes determine expectations about the future (e.g., how long do I expect to live?), impacts the actions we choose to take (e.g., whether to explore a new career opportunity or not), vary when we come under threat (e.g., a pandemic) and relate to symptoms that emerge in clinical disorders (e.g., depression). The project will incorporate a mixture of behavioural experiments (in person and online), computational modelling and functional neuroimaging.

Applications are invited from strong and motivated candidates, committed to open and transparent science. Interested students can have a background in *any* relevant subject (for example – this is by no means intended as an exhaustive list – Psychology, Computer Science and Economics). Candidates from social and demographic groups that are underrepresented at PhD level are really encouraged to apply.

Those interested should, in the first instance, contact Dr Garrett by email (N.Garrett@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. 

Overview of UEA

The School of Psychology at the University of East Anglia is a new department which has fast become a thriving centre of computational neuroscience research with state-of-the-art facilities (including a new 3T fMRI scanner) alongside outstanding scholars and teaching programs (e.g., BSc in Computational Psychology) that specialise in this exciting field.

Primary Supervisor: Dr Neil Garrett

Start Date: 1 October 2022

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

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