[visionlist] Technical Support Position, Functional Imaging Laboratory, Department of Psychiatry, University of Cologne, Germany

Leonhard Schilbach leonhard.schilbach at gmx.de
Thu Jul 8 20:29:45 GMT 2010

Technical Support Position, Functional Imaging Laboratory, Department of Psychiatry, University of Cologne, Germany 
Application Deadline: July 30th, 2010 
Applications are invited for a technical support position at the Functional Imaging Laboratory, Department of Psychiatry, University Hospital of Cologne commencing in October 2010 or earlier. 

The Project
The position is made available as part of a VokswagenFoundation funded project entitled, "Being addressed as you: Conceptual and empirical investigations of a second-person approach to other minds". This interdisciplinary project at the intersections of psychiatry, cognitive psychology, social neuroscience and philosophy attempts to explore a new and radically different approach to the 'problem' of other minds. The project is based on the assumption that social cognition is fundamentally different when we are actively engaged with others in online interaction, entertaining a second-person perspective, rather than merely observing them from a first- or third-person point of view. The focus of the project will be to provide neuroscientific evidence for an interactive account of social cognition.

The project will involve the design and development of novel MRI-compatible methodologies (eye-tracking & face-tracking) and the design of studies to investigate real-time social interaction. These paradigms will be used to study populations of healthy controls and individuals with high-functioning autism in different age groups (children, adolescents, adults).
Successful applicants will have a background in a field related to social neuroscience or experimental psychology. Technical aptitude, programming skills and previous experience of psychophysical testing, eyetracking, facetracking and virtual reality are highly desirable.

How to Apply
Please send applications to Dr Schilbach via email in PDF format (leonhard.schilbach AT uk-koeln.de). Dr Schilbach can also be contacted for informal enquiries about the project. The application deadline is July 30th, 2010.

Leonhard Schilbach, MD

Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy
University of Cologne, 

leonhard.schilbach at uk-koeln.de

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