About the Project
Is the placebo effect larger in children?
How does cognitive development in general (for example, meta-cognition) influence the placebo effect?
Are the mechanisms underlying the placebo effect different in adults and children?
This research will provide novel insights into the link between perceived effects of placebos and underlying cognitive processes across development.
A first degree (at least a 2.1) ideally in psychology with a good fundamental knowledge of cognition and quantitative research methods.
English language requirement
IELTS score must be at least 6.5 (with not less than 6.0 in each of the four components). Other, equivalent qualifications will be accepted. Full details of the University’s policy are available online.
Experience of fundamental quantitative research processes
Competent in research planning, execution, and reporting
Knowledge of psychology research ethics and methods, and quantitative data analysis using appropriate software (e.g., SPSS, R)
Good written and oral communication skills
Strong motivation, with evidence of independent research skills relevant to the project
Good time management
Experience of working with children A masters degree in a relevant area
Please quote project code SAS0089 in your enquiry and application.
• Completed application form
• 2 academic references, using the Postgraduate Educational Reference Form (Found on the application process page)
• A personal research statement (This should include (a) a brief description of your relevant experience and skills, (b) an indication of what you would uniquely bring to the project and (c) a statement of how this project fits with your future direction.)
• Evidence of proficiency in English (if appropriate)
Kuhn, D. (2000). Metacognitive development. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 9,178-181.
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