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PhD in Psychology: Multimodal understanding of intentional decision in the human brain

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Key facts

Application deadline 10 June 2019
Start date 1 October 2019
Duration 3 years
Level of study Postgraduate research
Award type PhD studentship

Our environment constantly demands decisions, and we can intentionally make decisions to fulfil our goals and desires. How does the human brain decide based on intention? What may influence our intentional decisions? This research aims to address to address these long-standing questions in human cognition.

Your specific project may include:

  1. brain imaging experiments across multiple modalities (functional and diffusion MRI, MR spectroscopy and MEG) to study the neurobiology of decision-making
  2. computational modelling of brain dynamics during the decision process, or
  3. statistical modelling on the individual differences in intentional decision.

You will receive multidisciplinary training in cognitive neuroscience, brain imaging and computational modelling. You will be based at Cardiff University's Brain Research Imaging Centre (CUBRIC) and will be part of a thriving research team. CUBRIC houses state-of-the-art brain imaging facilities and world-leading expertise, with 4 human MRI systems (2 x Siemens Prisma, 1 x Siemens Connectom, 1 x Siemens 7T), MEG, EEG, TMS, tDCS, clinical research units and testing labs.

This 3-year PhD studentship is part-funded by the European Research Council.

Supervisors

Contact

Clair Southard

Administrative contact

Funding details

Tuition fee support Full UK/EU tuition fees
Maintenance stipend Doctoral stipend matching UK Research Council National Minimum

Eligibility criteria

Residency Open to all UK/EU students without further restrictions
Academic criteria

We encourage candidates from different disciplines (eg cognitive/computational neuroscience, psychology, computer science, engineering, mathematics or physics).

As only one studentship is available and a very high standard of applications is typically received, you are likely to have a good first degree (a First or Upper Second Class BSc Honours or equivalent) and/or be distinguished by having relevant research experience.

Contact

Clair Southard

Administrative contact

Consideration is automatic on applying for the Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology. You will also need to include your CV and a personal statement in support of your application.

In the "Research proposal and Funding" section of your online application, please specify the project title and supervisors of this project and copy the project description in the text box provided.

Please select “No, I am not self-funding my research” when asked whether you are self-funding your research.

Please add ‘PhD in Psychology: Multimodal understanding of intentional decision in the human brain’ when asked "Please provide the name of the funding you are applying for".

We reserve the right to close applications early should sufficient applications be received.

We reserve the right to close applications early should sufficient applications be received.

Contact

Clair Southard

Administrative contact

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