Applications are invited to apply for one Department of Psychology, University of York funded PhD studentship under the supervision of Dr. Elena Geangu. The position starts on September 28th, 2020 and will be fully funded.
The department of Psychology is among the world’s top psychology departments, excelling in both teaching and research. We pride ourselves in providing a supportive and vibrant learning environment, which offers our students every opportunity to meet their personal development goals.
Inferring people’s emotions from the expressions of their faces and voices is a major developmental challenge that children have to master. The existent evidence converges to suggest that infants develop the ability to process emotion expressions in a rather short period of time after birth. Less is known, however, about the processes through which infants develop this ability. This project investigates the proposal that infants’ own emotions and how well they are able to regulate them influences how they attend to and process the information around them, including emotional expressions.
For further information and some recent publications on the topic, please check out https://pure.york.ac.uk/portal/en/researchers/elena-geangu(eaf33650-b423-45c5-b5ea-de02eb3f1c83).html
The PhD candidate will focus on:
- establishing the role of emotional reactivity and regulation for the development of emotion expression processing in infancy
- investigating the effect of emotion regulation development on infants’ neural responses to people’s emotion expressions
Some of the key questions of the PhD project:
- How does the increased arousal elicited by different common life events influence infants’ neural sensitivity to emotion vocal and facial expressions?
- How do the characteristics of infants’ emotional reactivity at different points during the first two years of life influence parents’ behavioural responses and their emotional expressivity?
The PhD candidate will be responsible for all aspects of the research project, that is for designing experiments, conducting behavioral and neuroimaging experiments, data analysis, and the dissemination of results.
- Strong 2.1 BSc (Hons) or equivalent degree in psychology, (cognitive) neuroscience, or a related discipline
- Solid knowledge of statistical methods
- Experience with empirical work in psychology and/or (cognitive) neuroscience
- High motivation and strong interest in the topics of developmental social neuroscience
- Strong writing and communication skills
- Knowledge in Matlab coding (or a related language)
- Experience in running EEG, psychophysiology, and behavioral experiments with young children and infants
- Training or practical experience in analyzing EEG, psychophysiology, and behavioral data
- Knowledge of advanced EEG and psychophysiology analysis techniques
Candidates should initially show their interest apply by contacting Dr. Elena Geangu ([email protected]
) prior to sending a full application.
If after contacting Dr. Geangu a candidate wishes to pursue an application, please complete the application process on the University of York website link below.
The deadline for applications is on January 13th, 2020 with interviews to be held on February 13th, 2020.