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PhD Studentship: Neural Mechanisms of Compulsivity in Humans

University of East Anglia - PSY

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Norwich
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: £17,688 tax-free maintenance grant
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 8th December 2022
Closes: 22nd February 2023
Reference: VAGHIM_U23PSY

Dr Matilde Vaghi is recruiting a PhD student to investigate the cognitive and neural processes that underpin compulsive behaviours, which are often seen across a range of mental health disorders such as for example Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. This opportunity should appeal to students interested in cognitive neuroscience, computational psychiatry, neuroimaging, and mental health.

The student will conduct behavioural experiments (in person and online) to elucidate the cognitive footprint of compulsivity and will investigate how brain networks implicated in cognitive control underlie compulsive symptoms. Overall, methods will be aimed at shifting the focus of analysis from groups to single individuals, with the overarching aim of translating information from cognitive neuroscience into clinically relevant applications. Methods will include behavioural experiments, computational modelling, and functional neuroimaging.

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

Those interested candidate should, in the first instance, contact Dr Vaghi by email (M.Vaghi@uea.ac.uk)

This project is in a competition for a Faculty of Social Sciences studentship. This provides tuition fees for Home or International students, a tax-free maintenance grant (currently £17,688) and a research training support grant (currently £750 per year).

For further information, please visit:

Studentships and Stipends: www.uea.ac.uk/research/research-with-us/postgraduate-research/latest-phds-and-research-studentships/postgraduate-research-fees-and-funding/studentships-and-stipends

Maintenance grant levels: www.uea.ac.uk/research/research-with-us/postgraduate-research/latest-phds-and-research-studentships/postgraduate-research-fees-and-funding/stipends-and-fee-levels.

UEA Studentship terms and conditions: www.uea.ac.uk/documents/20142/130807/pgr-studentship-terms-and-conditions.pdf/b38bb426-cd1f-c4b5-38da-22023aca30e4?t=1590662730627.

Overview of UEA

The School of Psychology at the University of East Anglia is a new department which has fast become a thriving centre for neuroimaging and 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 Matilde Vaghi

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