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Realising the benefit of bilateral cochlear implants.


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Cardiff School of Psychology
Prof J Culling
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Existing data on the spatial unmasking from bilateral cochlear implants (BCIs) indicates that the benefit is at most a 4 dB improvement in speech reception threshold. We have developed a model of speech reception in noise which predicts SRTs for normally hearing listeners with great accuracy. The model also correctly predicts the benefit measured from existing BCI studies, but shows that benefits can be much larger (>10 dB) if different spatial configurations are examined, or if the listener adopts an optimal head orientation. Can these benefits be demonstrated in practice? Can listeners be trained to better exploit head orientation?
The School of Psychology is one of the largest and most successful in the UK (http://www.cf.ac.uk/psych/). The School’s excellent standard of research and teaching has been recognised in every Research Assessment Exercise. It has its own brain-imaging centre (http://www.cf.ac.uk/psych/cubric/), enhancing the international-leading research in behavioural neuroscience, cognitive ergonomics, forensic, social and developmental psychology.

Cardiff is the youngest capital city in Europe and the fastest growing in the UK. It plays host to many national and international sporting events at the Millennium Stadium (http://www.millenniumstadium.com/). Culturally, the city is thriving, with the Wales Millennium Centre (http://www.wmc.org.uk/) in Cardiff Bay. Cardiff is in very close proximity to the beautiful Welsh countryside (http://www.breconbeacons.org/), has a two hour rail link to London and a (cheap) one hour air link to Paris and Amsterdam (http://www.cardiffairportonline.com/)


Funding Notes:

The studentship provides an initial stipend of £15,500 per annum (in addition it provides annual EU level fees, as well as a contribution to research and travel expenses).

Non-EU applicants must fund the remainder of the overseas fee, currently £9,484, subject to annual increase.

A potential student will require at least a 2:1 undergraduate degree in psychology, or a related discipline.



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