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PhD Studentship: The Computational Cognitive Neuroscience of Scene Recognition

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 equivalent to UKRI studentship rates
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 8th December 2022
Closes: 22nd February 2023
Reference: PENNYW_U23PSY

Why is it you remember some places you’ve been but not others? Why do some aspects of these memories persist longer than others? e.g. identities of people/objects in a scene rather than their relative locations. How are these processes affected as we age or dement? This PhD project will take a Computational Cognitive Neuroscience [1] perspective on these questions. Our research team (Penny – Computational Modelling, Malcolm – Scene Processing, Renoult – Recognition Memory) are building a computational model of recognition memory for visual scenes (based on [2] and [3]). You will use it to identify the computational processes underlying people’s memories, using behavioural data from [4]. We will then map brain activity, using high-resolution fMRI data from [4],  onto these computational processes. Follow-up behavioural and brain imaging experiments will be designed by yourself in collaboration with the research team.

This PhD project is in a competition for a Faculty of Social Sciences funded studentship. The studentship covers full tuition fees for Home or International students, a tax-free maintenance grant equivalent to UKRI studentship rates (currently £17,688) and a research training support grant (currently £750 per year).

For further information, please see 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 and information on 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.

Please also see the 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.

PRIMARY SUPERVISOR: Prof Will Penny

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