About the Project
This project will focus on three questions:
1. What are the statistics of tactile input when manipulating objects and exploring the environment using our sense of touch? This part of the project will involve tracking finger movements, measuring contact events, and reconstructing peripheral neural responses using a large-scale spiking model of the nerve, while participants explore a variety of haptic stimuli.
2. To what extent is the structure of cortical somatotopic maps determined by the statistics of tactile input? This part will explore computational models for the development of cortical maps, with the aim of learning realistic maps of the human hand from the tactile data collected in part 1.
3. Finally, touch is an active sense, and how we choose to interact with objects and our environment determines the tactile feedback we receive. How does this relationship determine the development of cortical representations? This final part of the project will explore the effect that different movement patterns have on the resulting cortical representations.
This PhD project is suitable for applicants with a background in computational neuroscience and modelling and/or an interest in psychophysics.
NB The University has some scholarships under competition - application deadline is 29 January 2020 at 5pm. More details can be found - View Website
Start dates are October and March yearly
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