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Numerical cognition: number-space associations across the lifespan

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    Dr S Cleland
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Project Description

There is strong evidence that number has associations with space; in particular, people generally seem to associate small numbers with the left side of space and larger numbers with the right (for example, people are faster to respond to small numbers with their left hand and large numbers with their right hand). There is evidence that this effect emerges relatively early in school-aged children; however, less is known about its trajectory later in life. It is also as yet unclear how it might relate to other cognitive abilities and to life experience. This project will examine how (and whether) associations between space and number change in older adults and how this might link to other cognitive abilities.

To be considered for funding you will need to be UK or EU students, with the equivalent to a 1st class Honours undergraduate degree or a 2.1 Honours undergraduate degree alongside a Masters with Merit or Distinction. International applicants who meet this condition and can pay the difference between the Home and International Fees would also be considered.

Applications must include: 1) An on-line form completed through the applicant portal. 2) a letter of support from the project supervisor. 3) Two academic references – please attach the references to the application or include full referee contact details. 4) A CV outlining your academic qualifications and research experience to date. 5) academic transcripts from previous degree(s).

Funding Notes

These competitive studentships are fully funded for 3 years. Strong students who do not yet have a master’s degree may be considered for “1+3” funding (covering master’s and PhD). The studentship will commence in October 2018, and will cover your tuition fees (at UK/EU level) as well as a maintenance grant. In 2017-18 the maintenance grant for full-time students was £14,533 per annum. You will also receive a computer and office space, and access to research training offered by the School of Psychology and the University of Aberdeen. Further information about research in the School of Psychology is here:

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