About the Project
According to the flow parsing hypothesis (FPH), proposed by Rushton and (co-Supervisor) Warren, the brain is engaged in a continual process of identifying optic flow in the retinal motion field and attempting to filter it out so that remaining motion can be attributed to external sources. We propose that flow parsing plays a key role in the process of natural face recognition during observer movement.
1. To understand the interaction between movement of the viewed face / body and movement of the observer and how this aids our theoretical understanding of face recognition
2. To explore the role of optic flow parsing in face processing
3. To investigate the practical implications of observer movement on face learning and establish new standards in ecologically valid tests of face processing ability
Training/techniques to be provided:
Training in appropriate experimental methods will be provided by the supervisory team. The PhD student will be using the recently established VR2 facility in the Division of Neuroscience and Experimental Psychology. Training on this equipment and facilities will be provided by the lead VR2 technician (Mr Graham Bell). Candidates without programming experience will also have the opportunity to learn these skills to generate experimental code/stimuli but this is not compulsory.
Candidates are expected to hold, or about to obtain, a minimum upper second class undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in psychology, cognitive neuroscience, neuroscience, computer science or another related discipline (including some engineering). A Masters degree in a relevant subject would be an advantage.
This 3-year full-time PhD is open to candidates able to provide evidence of self-arranged funding/ sponsorship and could commence from January 2020 onwards.
Any enquiries relating to the project and/or suitability should be directed to Dr Lander ([Email Address Removed]). Applications are invited on an on-going basis but early expression of interest is encouraged.
For international students we also offer a unique 4 year PhD programme that gives you the opportunity to undertake an accredited Teaching Certificate whilst carrying out an independent research project across a range of biological, medical and health sciences. For more information please visit www.internationalphd.manchester.ac.uk
As an equal opportunities institution we welcome applicants from all sections of the community regardless of gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation and transgender status. All appointments are made on merit.
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