A common feature of our world is that causes precede their effects. Indeed, we frequently infer causal relations based on close temporal succession. Surprisingly, however, recent work in our group indicates that the relationship between causality and time perception is bi-directional. Specifically, we have shown that inferred causality can impact on how we perceive temporal succession. In other words, assuming that two events are causally linked can lead to illusory changes in time perception.
The current PhD project will examine the perceptual, cognitive, and computational mechanisms underlying this effect. The successful candidate will receive training in, and work with state-of-the-art facilities for psychophysical and cognitive testing. Depending on the candidate’s interests, there will be an opportunity to learn about, and use computational methods. (for more detail, please contact [Email Address Removed]).
We are looking for an enthusiastic, motivated, and innovative individual with an excellent degree in psychology, biology, neuroscience, or engineering/computer science. Some research experience in experimental psychology and programming skills (e.g., C/Java/Matlab/Python) are desirable but not essential as long as you have the enthusiasm and aptitude to learn.
The studentship will commence in October 2022 and will cover your tuition fees (at UK level) as well as a maintenance grant. In 2021-22 the maintenance grant for full-time students was £15,609 per annum. As well as tuition fees and a maintenance grant, all School of Psychology students receive access to courses offered by the University’s Doctoral Academy and become members of the University Doctoral Academy.
As only one studentship is available and a very high standard of applications is typically received, the successful applicant is likely to have a very good first degree (a First or Upper Second class BSc Honours or equivalent) and/or be distinguished by having relevant research experience.
In addition to training in the skills needed to conduct high quality research, the School of Psychology provides all doctoral research students with opportunities for training and experience in teaching. We believe that teaching experience provides an important component of the training offered to postgraduate students and it is also encouraged by Research Councils and other sponsors as part of students’ professional training.
Postgraduate students who teach are also remunerated for the time they spend teaching.
Applicants should apply to the Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology with a start date of October 2022
How to apply:
You can apply online - consideration is automatic on applying for a PhD in Psychology, with an October 2022 start date (programme code RFPDPSYA).
Please use our online application service at
In the research proposal section of your application, please specify the project title and supervisors of this project and copy the project description in the text box provided.
In the funding section, please select 'I will be applying for a scholarship/grant' and specify that you are applying for advertised funding from Exploring the Interdependence between Time Perception and Causality
Deadline for applications is the 11 March 2022 with interviews taking place in April 2022