We invite enthusiastic applicants for a full-funded PhD studentship in Psychology sponsored by the EPSRC. This exciting 3.5 years programme, supervised by Dr Mojtaba Soltanlou and Dr Debbie Gooch in collaboration with the AI-Centre at the University of Surrey.
Learning difficulties (e.g., dyslexia) are one of the most prevalent neurodevelopmental disorders affecting individuals’ academic achievement and broader life outcomes, with consequences for the individual and societies. The objective of this project is to combine artificial intelligence and neuroscientific approaches to better understand the neurocognitive mechanisms of mathematics learning and development in children with dyslexia. This will be achieved through a longitudinal study in which we will examine changes in behavioural and brain responses of individuals with and without dyslexia during mathematics and language processing tasks using simultaneous functional Near-Infrared Spectroscopy (fNIRS) and EEG and apply classification and multi-variate pattern analyses (MVPA). Furthermore, a training study will be used to look at how specific training in calculation skills effects behaviour and neural processes.
The PhD student will receive training in neuroscientific methods, signal processing and modelling. This studentship will allow an opportunity to work in a multidisciplinary team that includes cognitive psychologists, cognitive neuroscientists, computer scientists, and data scientists, in a supportive environment. We are looking for a candidate with a background in cognitive neuroscience, cognitive science, psychology, computer science, or other relevant fields. Previous experience in using EEG, fNIRS, artificial intelligence, classification, multivariate pattern analysis, statistics, modelling, effective written and oral communication skills, and a passion to learn and impact society is advantageous.
Open to UK candidates starting in October 2022.
Applicants are expected to hold a minimum of an upper second-class honour’s degree (65 per cent or above) in psychology (or a related discipline) and a master’s degree in a relevant subject with a pass of 65 per cent or above.
English language requirements: IELTS Academic: 6.5 or above (or equivalent) with 6 in each individual category. More about our English language requirements.
How to apply
Applications should be submitted via the Psychology PhD programme page on the "Apply" tab. Please clearly state the studentship title and supervisor on your application. Once you have completed and submitted your application, please send an email to the primary supervisors confirming you have applied.
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