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Exploring the Interdependence between Time Perception and Causality


   Cardiff School of Psychology


About the Project

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 ).

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.


Funding Notes

Applications from Home and International students are welcome. Studentships are awarded on a competitive basis in competition with other projects in the Open School competition. The number of international studentships is limited.
The studentship commences in October 2023, covers 3 years tuition fees and maintenance, with submission deadline of 4 years. The 2022/23 full-time maintenance grant was £17,668 p.a. School of Psychology students receive conference and participant money (~£2,250), computer, office space, access to courses and become members of the Doctoral Academy.
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