|Location:||Newcastle upon Tyne|
|Funding for:||UK Students, EU Students|
|Funding amount:||£18,662 and research training support grant of £5,000 per annum.|
|Placed On:||13th November 2023|
|Closes:||31st December 2023|
Funding will cover tuition fees at the Home (UK) rate only, an annual stipend (living expenses) of £18,622, and research training support grant of £5,000 per annum.
Are you interested in learning why we sometimes behave impulsively despite our best intentions? This project will examine potential mechanisms for our tendency to engage in impulsive behaviours when stressed or fatigued.
Recent failed replications have raised concerns regarding the legitimacy of ego-depletion as a mechanism for impulsivity. Therefore, it is crucial that alternative mechanisms of impulsivity are explored to understand the development of maladaptive coping strategies in response to social stressors.
During this PhD, you will examine alternative theories which account for lapses in self-control. This may include shifts in motivations and attention which undermine inhibition (Inzlicht et al., 2014) or the role of compulsive behaviours in reducing negative affect. You will design experiments which test these theories using cardiovascular (ECG, ICG, blood pressure) and neuroscience methods (EEG), in addition to building computer-simulated environments in virtual reality to ensure robust replication of the protocols you develop during this project.
In addition to becoming an expert in embedding physiological measures and virtual reality within psychological experiments, you will also receive training on advanced statistical analyses and open science practices. You will also be working with a diverse team of supervisors who specialise in both basic and clinical research, giving you the opportunity to interact with a range of experts to ensure findings are clinically relevant to maximise their impact.
Number Of Awards
Application Closing Date
31 December 2023
Newcastle University, Faculty Medical Sciences
Dr Zachary Petzel (lead supervisor; School of Psychology), Professor Mark Freeston (co-supervisor; School of Psychology), Dr Rich Davison (co-supervisor; School of Computing)
You must have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 honours degree or international equivalent in a subject relating to psychology or neuroscience. Further qualification such as an MRes or MSc is advantageous.
This studentship is only available to applicants with a Home fee status (UK and EU applicants with pre-settled/settled status and meet the residency criteria).
Applicants whose first language is not English require an IELTS score of 6.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each subsection.
How To Apply
For application information and contact details please see https://www.ncl.ac.uk/postgraduate/fees-funding/search-funding/?code=ph041.
For further details, please contact:
Dr Zachary W Petzel
School of Psychology
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6264
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