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Characterising the role of functional knowledge in real-world scene processing: Temporal dynamics and relationships with scene’s contents

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  • Full or part time
    Dr Sarah spotorno
    Dr J Brooks
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  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

Viewers are highly proficient in processing real-world scenes and this is a key ability in everyday life. However, what information is gathered and represented from a scene, and when, is still not fully understood. Research has been focused on how the scene’s contents (background and objects) are processed, without considering, until recently, the role of functional knowledge, which concerns what actions can be performed in the scene. This programme of research will examine how functional knowledge and knowledge about the scene’s contents are related, the time course of their use during scene processing and the nature of information that is needed to understand action possibilities within a scene. To this purpose, a combination of experimental behavioural research, eye tracking and EEG/ERP methodologies will be used. Experience in experimental research in psychology, good programming skills and an interest in visual cognition will be highly beneficial.

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Please quote FNS GS 2019-13 on your application.

Informal enquiries to Dr S Spotorno [Email Address Removed], Project Lead or Dr Masi Noor, [Email Address Removed] - Postgraduate Research Co-ordinator for Psychology.

Studentship available from September 2019.

Applicants should ideally hold, or be predicted to achieve, a first class undergraduate degree or equivalent in Psychology or related disciplines (minimum requirement 2:1). An MSc in Psychology or related disciplines is desirable.

Keele University values diversity, and is committed to ensuring equality of opportunity. In support of these commitments, Keele University particularly welcomes applications from women and from individuals of black and ethnic minority backgrounds for this post. The School of Psychology and Keele University have both been awarded Athena Swan awards and Keele University is a member of the Disability Confident scheme. More information is available on these web pages:

Funding Notes

Funding support is provided as follows:
100% UK/EU tuition fees for 3 years commencing Academic year 2019/2020 (UK/EU fees are £4,327 per annum for 2019/20).
Stipend support for three years at Research Council rates (2019/20 stipend £15,009 per annum). Some support for conference attendance and research activities will be available.
Overseas students are eligible but need to pay the difference between UK/EU fees (£4,327 per annum for 2019/20) and overseas fees.

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