Back to search results

PhD Studentship: Navigation and Large-scale Spatial processing in Autistic Spectrum Disorder

University of Hertfordshire

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Hertfordshire
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students
Funding amount: £17,688 per annum (standard RCUK rate) plus home tuition fees at the UK rate. A successful international/EU applicant would be required to pay the difference from home fees.
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 8th December 2022
Closes: 3rd January 2023

Applications are invited for a three-year full-time PhD Studentship in Psychology at the University of Hertfordshire (UH).

Project detail:

Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) can be characterised by a cognitive bias to process local features and egocentric perspectives, affecting performance on small-scale, spatial tasks. More recently, the behavioural impact of these cognitive differences, using large-scale navigation tasks has shown both a superiority and a deficit in navigation. Inconsistencies are perhaps expected given the heterogenous nature of ASD and the multiple cognitive processes involved in navigation, however the lack of a consistent theoretical framework within the field may also contribute to these inconsistencies. Arguably, one of the most robust spatial memory theories is the Cognitive map theory, proposing that the hippocampus combines landmark and self-motion cues to form an allocentric representation of space. These contradictory findings suggest that the cognitive map in ASD is qualitatively rather than quantitively different from a population without ASD. The aim of this PhD is therefore to carry out a set of systematic experiments examining the characteristics of the Cognitive Map in ASD.

The candidate will work within a multi-disciplinary team to use immersive, virtual reality paradigms, eye-tracking technology and Bayesian analysis, to investigate how children and adults with varying ASD traits use landmark, goal and self-motion cues to guide navigation. Successful candidates will have an opportunity to do some teaching or project supervision, for which training will be provided.

Supervisors:

Principal supervisor: Dr Rebecca Knight (r.knight4@herts.ac.uk)

Remaining supervisory team: Dr Caroline Whyatt (c.whyatt@herts.ac.uk) and Dr Shazia Akhtar (s.akhtar8@herts.ac.uk)

Entry Requirements:

Applicants should have at least a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in Psychology or a similar field. A Master’s degree in Psychology and familiarity with Virtual Reality methods is desirable but not essential. In addition, applicants should have excellent personal, oral and written communication skills, as well as confidence in scientific research methods.

Opportunities for further training will be available, for example through our Researcher Development Programme.

Funding information:

The studentship will provide a tax-free stipend over 3 years (full-time), currently £17,688 per annum (standard RCUK rate) plus home tuition fees at the UK rate. A successful international/EU applicant would be required to pay the difference from home fees.

For further information about the PhD topic, please email Dr Rebecca Knight (r.knight4@herts.ac.uk) using the subject line “Navigation in ASD PhD Studentship Application”.

Closing date: 3rd January 2023

Interviews will take place the week beginning: 16th January 2023.

How to apply

To apply for the studentship please download the application form. Completed applications should be emailed to the Doctoral College Admissions Team, using the following format in the email subject line: “LMS_ Navigation in ASD PhD Studentship_YOUR NAME”.

With your application, you will also need to provide:

  • two academic references
  • copies of qualification certificates and transcripts
  • certification of English language competence (minimum IELTS 6.5 or equivalent) for candidates for whom English is not their first language.
We value your feedback on the quality of our adverts. If you have a comment to make about the overall quality of this advert, or its categorisation then please send us your feedback
Advert information

Type / Role:

Subject Area(s):

Location(s):

PhD tools
 

PhD Alert Created

Job Alert Created

Your PhD alert has been successfully created for this search.

Your job alert has been successfully created for this search.

Ok Ok

PhD Alert Created

Job Alert Created

Your PhD alert has been successfully created for this search.

Your job alert has been successfully created for this search.

Manage your job alerts Manage your job alerts

Account Verification Missing

In order to create multiple job alerts, you must first verify your email address to complete your account creation

Request verification email Request verification email

jobs.ac.uk Account Required

In order to create multiple alerts, you must create a jobs.ac.uk jobseeker account

Create Account Create Account

Alert Creation Failed

Unfortunately, your account is currently blocked. Please login to unblock your account.

Email Address Blocked

We received a delivery failure message when attempting to send you an email and therefore your email address has been blocked. You will not receive job alerts until your email address is unblocked. To do so, please choose from one of the two options below.

Max Alerts Reached

A maximum of 5 Job Alerts can be created against your account. Please remove an existing alert in order to create this new Job Alert

Manage your job alerts Manage your job alerts

Creation Failed

Unfortunately, your alert was not created at this time. Please try again.

Ok Ok

Create PhD Alert

Create Job Alert

When you create this PhD alert we will email you a selection of PhDs matching your criteria.When you create this job alert we will email you a selection of jobs matching your criteria. Our Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy apply to this service. Any personal data you provide in setting up this alert is processed in accordance with our Privacy Notice

Create PhD Alert

Create Job Alert

When you create this PhD alert we will email you a selection of PhDs matching your criteria.When you create this job alert we will email you a selection of jobs matching your criteria. Our Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy apply to this service. Any personal data you provide in setting up this alert is processed in accordance with our Privacy Notice

 
 
 
More PhDs from University of Hertfordshire

Show all PhDs for this organisation …

More PhDs like this
Join in and follow us

Browser Upgrade Recommended

jobs.ac.uk has been optimised for the latest browsers.

For the best user experience, we recommend viewing jobs.ac.uk on one of the following:

Google Chrome Firefox Microsoft Edge