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Music and language processing in autism and amusia


School of Psychology & Clinical Language Sciences

Applications accepted all year round Self-Funded PhD Students Only

About the Project

Music and language are fundamental traits of human existence. They both rely on complex sound sequences to convey meaning. It has been hotly debated whether the two are processed through distinct cognitive modules or using shared mechanisms. This PhD project will explore the cognitive relationship between music and language and how the two are processed in the brain through the lens of two neurodevelopmental conditions: congenital amusia and autism spectrum disorder. Possible topics include how pitch, rhythm, melody, syntax, meaning, or emotion in music and language are processed by individuals with or without autism and amusia.

Funding Notes

Candidates should have a first or strong 2.1 degree in psychology or neuroscience and a distinction or high Merit in a relevant Masters qualification would be advantageous. The candidate should have a demonstrable interest in the topic and strong written and oral communication skills. In addition, advanced knowledge about statistical analysis and/or experience with EEG techniques would be advantageous.

References

http://www.personal.reading.ac.uk/~jk913059/

https://research.reading.ac.uk/caasd-project/

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