About the Project
The PhD has two main objectives: First, to create an original virtual reality environment, which will also be a useful methodological tool for other researchers. Second, to conduct rigorous, controlled, laboratory experiments using this novel virtual reality environment to research what types of disclosure are most beneficial for different types of individuals and how group size may influence this association.
This project will significantly improve our understanding of how self-disclosure on social media affects well-being.
Eligibility and How to Apply:
Please note eligibility requirement:
• Academic excellence of the proposed student i.e. 2:1 (or equivalent GPA from non-UK universities [preference for 1st class honours]); or a Masters (preference for Merit or above); or APEL evidence of substantial practitioner achievement.
• Appropriate IELTS score, if required.
• Applicants cannot apply for this funding if currently engaged in Doctoral study at Northumbria or elsewhere.
For further details of how to apply, entry requirements and the application form, see
Please note: Applications that do not include a research proposal of approximately 1,000 words (not a copy of the advert), or that do not include the advert reference (e.g., SF20/…) will not be considered.
Deadline for applications: Open
Start Date: October 2020 or March 2021
Northumbria University takes pride in, and values, the quality and diversity of our staff. We welcome applications from all members of the community. The University holds an Athena SWAN Bronze award in recognition of our commitment to improving employment practices for the advancement of gender equality.
Please direct enquiries to Dr Genavee Brown ([Email Address Removed])
Brown, G. & Michinov, N. (2017). Cultural differences in garnering social capital on Facebook: French people prefer close ties and Americans prefer distant ties. Journal of Intercultural Communication Research, 46 (6), 579-593.
Brown, G., Michinov, N., & Manago, A. M. (2017). Private message me s’il vous plait: Preferences for personal and masspersonal communications on Facebook among American and French students. Computers in Human Behavior, 70, 143-152).
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