[visionlist] 2 PhD studentships at Aberdeen, Scotland

Sahraie, Prof. Arash a.sahraie at abdn.ac.uk
Fri Mar 13 07:26:36 PDT 2009

Please see below ads for two fully funded postgraduate studentship at the School of Psychology, University of Aberdeen, Scotland.
Two out of the four advertised topics are in Vision, the successful candidates will be working with Dr. Amelia Hunt and myself.  To apply please do so online at  http://www.abdn.ac.uk/sras/postgraduate/apply.shtml
Please do NOT send me the application directly.

Prof. Arash Sahraie
Chair in Vision Sciences
College of Life Sciences and Medicine
University of Aberdeen
Aberdeen, Scotland AB24 3FX
Tel: (+44) 01224 27 3919

Funded PhD Studentships: School of Psychology, University of Aberdeen

We invite applications for one three year PhD studentship, and one four year teaching assistant post to include a part time PhD. Both will start in October 2008, and be funded by the University of Aberdeen. Successful applicants will join a thriving research community in the School of Psychology which includes around 40 PhD students. Four projects are available for these studentships, please see the topics listed A-D below.

Applicants must have, or expect to obtain, a first or upper second class honours degree in Psychology or cognate discipline. Both studentships will include Home/EU student fees, an annual stipend, and a contribution towards conference attendance and consumables. The annual stipend is £13,290. For the 4 year teaching assistantship the teaching workload will not exceed 300 hours per year. Unless applicants already have a relevant Masters degree, they will be expected to attend research training in the first year of their PhD. If you have a strong preference for the 3 year PhD 4 year teaching assistant post please specify this in your application.

Applications should take the form of (1) a full academic CV including detailed information about grades obtained (or an academic transcript), and a description of past research experience (including dissertation/thesis work) (2) a covering letter explaining which of the four projects A-D is of interest, and (3) a University Postgraduate Application Form: please download from http://www.abdn.ac.uk/sras/postgraduate/apply.shtml. Please include the names and full contact information for two academic referees. These should be sent electronically to: Michaela Schumann: m.schumann at abdn.ac.uk. Please contact Michaela if you have further questions about the application process.

Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed.
Closing date for applications: 27th March 2009.

Project B: Constructing a stable visual world across eye movements.
Supervisors: Dr Amelia Hunt & Prof Arash Sahraie

How does the brain produce the experience of a stable, integrated visual world based on input that is constantly interrupted, distorted, and shifted as the eyes move around? Interest in this research question has undergone a recent resurgence as human psychophysics has converged with neurophysiology results showing that planned motor commands can influence visual perception. An accurate prediction of the expected perceptual consequences of eye movements could play a central role in keeping track of the locations of objects when they shift from one place to another on the retina. The specific focus of the project will be the role of selective attention in achieving stable representations across eye movements. The student would receive intensive training in experimental design, psychophysics techniques, and collecting and analyzing eye movement data, and would master a fast-changing literature that covers a large range of aspects of experimental psychology and neuroscience.

Project D: Processing of emotional faces and bodies after occipital brain damage
Supervisors: Prof Arash Sahraie, Dr Amelia Hunt & Dr Mary-Joan MacLeod

Approximately 12% of stroke survivors suffer from disturbances of vision. In majority of cases this leads to loss of sight, referred to as hemianopia. In healthy adults there are differences in manual responses and eye-movements for detection of briefly presented emotional faces and bodies, with eye-movements providing a more sensitive and accurate response mode. In hemianopic patients, it has been established that there are differences between manual and saccadic localisation of small light targets. The proposed project will investigate the localisation of emotional stimuli formed by expressions of fear and anger as well and body postures conveying threat in hemianopic patients using explicit manual and eye-movement techniques as well as implicit methodologies.

The University of Aberdeen is a charity registered in Scotland, No SC013683.

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