[visionlist] 2 PhD studentships on visual perception available at the University of Sussex

Jenny Bosten J.Bosten at sussex.ac.uk
Tue Jan 8 07:33:16 -05 2019

Please circulate the following advertisement to interested undergraduate and Masters students.

2 European research council-funded PhD studentships available at the School of Psychology<http://www.sussex.ac.uk/psychology/>, University of Sussex<https://www.sussex.ac.uk>

Professor Anna Franklin<http://www.sussex.ac.uk/profiles/256540> and Dr. Jenny Bosten<http://www.sussex.ac.uk/profiles/348308> are offering two studentships as part of an ERC-funded project investigating the impact of the visual environment on colour perception.

The first studentship studentship uses cross cultural fieldwork<https://www.sussex.ac.uk/study/fees-funding/phd-funding/view/1017-PhD-Scholarship:The-impact-of-visual-environment-on-colour-perception-(cross-cultural-fieldwork)> as a method:
The PhD will investigate whether people living in different environments (lush jungle vs arid desert or urban) differ in their colour perception as a result of the chromatic properties of those environments.  This will involve conducting colour perception experiments in some of the remotest parts of the world with people from non-industrialised cultures.  The student will need to be confident travelling independently, living in rugged conditions (e.g., camping in the jungle), and communicating with people from different cultures to their own.  The fieldwork will involve being away from home for up to 5 weeks at a time, several times throughout the year (fieldtrips will have a local guide and translator).  Prior experience in taking part in fieldwork or global travel is desirable.

The second studentship uses virtual reality and neuroimaging<https://www.sussex.ac.uk/study/fees-funding/phd-funding/view/1012-PhD-Scholarship:The-impact-of-visual-environment-on-colour-perception-(virtual-reality-and-neuroimaging)> as methods:
This PhD will use virtual reality to manipulate the chromatic scene statistics of people’s visual environments in real-time, and will investigate the impact of these manipulations on human colour perception.  This will involve the programming and set-up of colour manipulations of video data to be presented using a head-mounted display for virtual reality. It will also involve the programming and implementation of psychophysical tasks to be conducted before and after people are immersed in the altered realities.  The project will also aim to identify the region of the brain which computes visual scene statistics and later PhD experiments will involve fMRI, working under the supervision of Dr. Chris Bird<http://www.sussex.ac.uk/profiles/280383>. The student will need to have programming experience, computational skills and be confident with technology.

The students would join the Sussex Colour group<http://www.sussex.ac.uk/psychology/colour/>, with a strong track record of research on colour perception. The School of Psychology is one of the largest centres for the study of psychology in the UK with nearly 50 academic faculty and over 1000 undergraduate and postgraduate students working in a rich and supportive learning environment. Psychology is a diverse discipline and our size means that we span major research areas in social, cognitive, biological, developmental and clinical psychology. Psychology at Sussex was rated 10th in the UK for research in the 2014 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE). 91% of our research at Sussex is ranked as world-leading or internationally significant. Please direct informal enquiries to Jenny Bosten (j.bosten at sussex.ac.uk<mailto:j.bosten at sussex.ac.uk>).

For more information or to apply, please visit:
Cross cultural fieldwork<https://www.sussex.ac.uk/study/fees-funding/phd-funding/view/1017-PhD-Scholarship:The-impact-of-visual-environment-on-colour-perception-(cross-cultural-fieldwork)>
Virtual reality and neuroimaging<https://www.sussex.ac.uk/study/phd/degrees/psychology/psychology-phd>
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