About the Project
This PhD will build on previous work to further our understanding of children’s representations of word meanings and will consist of a number of related studies. Methods may include natural corpus work, experimental behavioural studies, eye-tracking, and EEG.
As well as this specific project, applications are invited from students interested in pursuing research in any aspect of early language or conceptual development in typically developing infants and young children. Applicants may submit a specific research proposal in one of these areas, or get in touch to explore possible topics for developing a full proposal.
Candidates are expected to hold (or be about to obtain) a 1st class or high 2;1 undergraduate degree or equivalent in Psychology, Linguistics, or a related discipline. A Masters in Psychology, Linguistics or related disciplines is an advantage. Applicants who are considering completing a Masters in Research (MRes Psychology) prior to starting a PhD are also welcome.
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 http://www.internationalphd.manchester.ac.uk
For information on how to apply for this project, please visit the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health Doctoral Academy website (https://www.bmh.manchester.ac.uk/study/research/apply/). Informal enquiries may be made directly to the primary supervisor.
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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Bergelson, E., & Aslin, R. N. (2017). Nature and origins of the lexicon in 6-mo-olds. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 114(49), 12916-12921.
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