About the Project
First, the student will carry out behavioural studies to examine how people respond to an online stress task, compared to a stress task carried out face to face. They will then examine whether people with a history of early life stress differ in their responses to this social stress. Last, they will carry out a Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy study to test whether levels of GABA in the anterior cingulate cortex differ between those who are highly stress-reactive, compared to those who are more relisient.
Throughout the project the student will have the opportunity to work in a thriving academic environment with opportunities to expand their PhD studies throughout.
Candidates are expected to hold (or be about to obtain) a minimum 2:1 undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in a related area / subject. Candidates with an interest in neuroimaging are particularly encouraged to apply.
For information on how to apply for this project, please visit the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health Doctoral Academy website (https://www.bmh.manchester.ac.uk/study/research/apply/). Informal enquiries may be made directly to the primary supervisor. On the online application form select PhD Cognitive Neuroscience
For international students we also offer a unique 4 year PhD programme that gives you the opportunity to undertake an accredited Teaching Certificate whilst carrying out an independent research project across a range of biological, medical and health sciences. For more information please visit http://www.internationalphd.manchester.ac.uk
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2. He Z, Zhao J, Shen J, Muhlert N, Elliott R, Zhang D. (2020). The right VLPFC and downregulation of social pain: A TMS study. Human Brain Mapping. 41 (5): 1362-71.
3. Crawford B, Muhlert N, Macdonald G, Lawrence A. (In press). Individual differences in social reward and threat expectancies linked to grey matter volumes in key regions of the social brain. Scientific Reports.
4. Mayes AR, Hunkin, NM, Isaac C, Muhlert N. (2019) Are there distinct forms of accelerated forgetting, and if so, why? Cortex, 110, 115-26.
5. BM Coad, M Postans, CJ Hodgetts, N Muhlert, KS Graham, AD Lawrence. (In press). Structural connections support emotional connections: Uncinate Fasciculus microstructure is related to the ability to decode facial emotion expressions. Neuropsychologia.
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