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General principles of perceptual processing across the senses

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  • Full or part time
    Prof T Freeman
    Dr C Teufel
  • Application Deadline
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  • Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

Project Description

Perception is not exclusively driven by sensory input but is shaped by expectation, knowledge, and experience (so-called priors). In the last two decades, this insight has been formalised in the context of Bayesian models of perception. Using such models, priors can be indirectly estimated by examining systematic biases in perception. This PhD project aims to develop and use novel measures of Bayesian priors to investigate how they vary across individuals and across the senses. In particular, the project focuses on the extent to which certain priors generalise across vision and hearing. Our labs are equipped with state-of-the-art facilities for psychophysical testing of vision and hearing, as well as the measurement of eye and head movements. There will be an opportunity to use computational methods. (for more detail, please contact [Email Address Removed] or [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.

School studentship funding is highly competitive. In view of the limited number of awards and the very high standard of applications received, successful applicants are likely to have a very good first degree (a First or Upper Second class BSc Honours or equivalent).

Funding Notes

The studentship will commence in October 2017, and will cover your tuition fees (at UK/EU level) as well as a maintenance grant. In 2016-17 the maintenance grant for full-time students was £14,296 per annum. As well as tuition fees and a maintenance grant, all School of Psychology students receive conference and participant money (approx. £2250 for the duration of the studentship). Full awards (fees plus maintenance stipend) are open to UK Nationals, and EU students. International students will typically be eligible for a UK/EU equivalent award only.


Students also receive a computer and office space, additional funding for their research, and access to courses offered by the University’s Doctoral Academy and become members of the University Doctoral Academy.

You can apply online - consideration is automatic on applying for a PhD in Psychology, with an October 2017 start date (programme code RFPDPSYA). Please use our online application service and specify in the funding section that you wish to be considered for School funding.

February 28th 2017 with interviews (either in person or by Skype) being held in April/May.

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