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Neuroimaging of social perception in Autism Spectrum Disorders

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  • Full or part time
    Dr E von dem Hagen
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  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

People with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) have difficulties in social communication, including perceiving emotions. Using a combination of psychophysics, neuroimaging, and virtual reality tools, this project will study cortical mechanisms underlying whole-person representations of emotion in ASD, by characterising the processing and integration of emotion signals from the face and body. Cutting-edge virtual reality tools will be employed to create original, carefully controlled social stimuli. These will be used to probe whole-person representations in a series of psychophysical and neuroimaging tasks of emotion processing. Together, these tasks promise not only to decipher basic perceptual processes that fuel whole-body representations, but also the neural correlates that underpin them.

The PhD project is supervised by an interdisciplinary team with backgrounds in psychology/neuroscience (E. von dem Hagen, C. Teufel, S. Quadflieg (Bristol)), and psychiatry (J. Hall). We are looking for an enthusiastic, motivated, and innovative individual with an excellent degree in medicine, biology, psychology, neuroscience, physics, engineering/computer science, or related discipline. The successful candidate will be based at the Cardiff University Brain Research Imaging Centre (CUBRIC) (, which is part of the School of Psychology (

For further details of this project, please contact Elisabeth von dem Hagen [Email Address Removed]

Funding Notes

The studentship will commence in October 2019 and will cover your tuition fees (at UK/EU level) as well as a maintenance grant. In 2018-19 the maintenance grant for full-time students was £14,777 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).They 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.


We welcome applications from both UK and EU applicants. Full awards (fees plus maintenance stipend) are open to UK Nationals, and EU students who can satisfy UK residency requirements. To be eligible for the full award, EU Nationals must have been in the UK for at least 3 years prior to the start of the course for which they are seeking funding, including for the purposes of full-time education. Please note that negotiations regarding ‘Brexit’ will not affect recruitment of EU students for studentships starting in October 2019.

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