[visionlist] PhD opportunity: Neuromuscular-cognitive interactions in decision making

Simon Kelly spkell at gmail.com
Thu Mar 3 11:19:03 -04 2022

One 4-year PhD position (to start September 2022) is available to work on a
project examining interactions between neuromuscular and cognitive
processes in perceptual decision making using an innovative approach
combining human neurophysiology and computational modelling. This project
will be co-supervised by Elaine Corbett and Simon Kelly.

Successfully interacting with one’s environment requires a rich interplay
of perceptual judgement and neuromuscular control, with each taking account
of the other in real time. Miscalculations in this accounting, as happens
in demanding sensorimotor tasks (e.g. sports), cognitive and motor
disorders, or with age-related decline, can have serious consequences. In
this project, we will develop a new decision paradigm to investigate how
people adjust sensorimotor processes to meet changing neuromuscular
demands. A recently developed computational framework for jointly modelling
behavioural and neurophysiological signatures of sensorimotor decision
formation [1-2] will allow us to parse the sensory, cognitive and motor
processes involved at the cortical level. The project will involve EEG,
EMG, and computational modelling.

The Kelly lab is based in the School of Electrical and Electronic
Engineering in University College Dublin, Ireland, and is affiliated with
the Trinity College Institute of Neuroscience. It has strong collaborative
links to basic and clinical cognitive neuroscience research groups
employing a range of methods, both locally and internationally. The
successful candidate will have ample opportunities for wider collaborations
and the learning of new skills.

Interested candidates should submit their CV and a brief research statement
describing their background and research interests and how they align with
the project and the broader interests of the Kelly/Corbett research group
before the deadline of March 31 2022. Please submit by email directly to
Elaine (elainecorbett at gmail.com). Please feel free to get in touch in
advance for more details or advice.

[1] Kelly, S.P., Corbett, E.A., & O’Connell, R.G. (2021).
Neurocomputational mechanisms of prior-informed perceptual decision making
in humans. Nature Human Behaviour. 5-4, 467-481.

[2] Corbett, E.A., Martinez-Rodriguez, L.A., Judd, C., O’Connell R.G., &
Kelly, S.P (2021). Multiphasic value biases in fast-paced decisions.
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