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Examining the utility of individuating strategies in collaborative recall contexts

Project Description

Applications are invited for a fully-funded three year PhD or four year Masters and PhD studentship to commence in October 2020.

The studentship is funded by the ESRC South Coast Doctoral Training Partnership (SCDTP), a collaboration between the universities of Portsmouth, Southampton and Brighton.

The supervisors are Dr Zarah Vernham (Forensic Psychology, University of Portsmouth), Prof. Lorraine Hope (Applied Cognitive Psychology, University of Portsmouth) and Prof. Par-Anders Granhag (Psychology, University of Gothenburg).

This PhD presents a unique opportunity to the successful candidate to be part of the SCDTP cohort as well as the University’s Department of Psychology and the International Centre for Research in Forensic Psychology.

The research will examine the following questions:
- Can innovative strategies, designed to individuate the activities of group members, enhance the quantity and quality of information disclosed by groups working together?
- Do individuation strategies reduce error exchange (i.e. improve the accuracy of information shared) during collaborative recall?
- What instructions need to be implemented to maximise the utility of individuation strategies for collaborative recall?

To date, there is limited research regarding the best strategies to use when gathering information from groups working together. This is problematic given the number of contexts that involve transient teams operating together to gather information about the same event (e.g. covert teams of security personnel informing terrorist investigations or law enforcement agencies working together to find missing persons). Through a series of experiments, the proposed research will examine strategies designed to individuate group members and explore the utility of such strategies for enhancing the amount and accuracy of information disclosed by groups when group members recall information either collaboratively or individually.

General admissions criteria
All candidates must be a UK resident and hold a good honours degree (2:1 and above) from a recognised higher education institution. Please note, students applying without a Master’s qualification containing a substantial Social Sciences methods component may be required to complete such a Master’s beforehand. The Master’s will be fully funded by the SCDTP and will be run from the University of Southampton.

English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

Specific candidate requirements
Applicants should have at least completed a BA or BSc honours level degree in Psychology or a related discipline from an accredited course and have been awarded a 2.1 or above. The student should have experience of designing experimental studies and be competent in both quantitative and qualitative methods of data analysis. The student should have good writing and interpersonal skills for engaging and recruiting participants, and communicating with other academics and end-users.

How to Apply
The first thing you will need is a University supervisor to support your SCDTP application -- so you’ll need to contact the project supervisors before you submit an application.

The project will require you to discuss possible methods and research design as well as detailing how your skills, background and research interests match the project. It is therefore very important that you discuss the project with the supervisor.

Full instructions are given on the SCDTP application form and there are different word limits depending on whether you are applying for a 1+3 (ie Masters in Social Research Methods plus PhD) or +3 (PhD only).

Please note: you will need to submit an online application to the University of Portsmouth plus an application for funding to the SCDTP. For more details, visit the SCDTP website.

When applying to the University, please quote project code: PSYC4970120

Interview date: TBC Start date: October 2020

Funding Notes

The studentship is available to UK students only and covers tuition fees and an annual maintenance grant of £15,009 (2019/20 rate).

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