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Personal Perception in Virtual Environments

  • Full or part time
    Prof J Sui
  • Application Deadline
    Sunday, May 03, 2020
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

What the self is and how the self-representation affects what we think and what we do are long-standing questions in different disciplines. It is also a topic of considerable public interest with relevance to quality of life - e.g., social interactions and mental health. However, our understanding of the nature of self-representation has remained limited, partly because we have lacked the objective measures/tools to analyse self-representations. In this project, we aim to develop a new account of personal perception that embodied representation of the self is a fundamental anchor in social behaviour through objective measures of self-biases which can be used as a proxy for self-representation.

This project aims to use cutting-edge virtual reality technology and adopt classic psychophysics procedures to manipulate complex social scenes and measure social interaction with high precision. The paradigm built in our prior study sets an example of quantifying the complex social factors such as self-reference in social settings.

You will be a key part of our multidisciplinary team. You will be provided with training in all the techniques needed to carry out the project, including data mining techniques, and advanced mathematical analyses to a large datasets.

• Apply for Degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology.
• State name of the lead supervisor as the Name of Proposed Supervisor
• State ‘Psychology PhD Scholarship’ as Intended Source of Funding
• State the exact project title on the application form

When applying please ensure all required documents are attached:
• All degree certificates and transcripts (Undergraduate AND Postgraduate MSc-officially translated into English where necessary)
• Detailed CV
• Details of 2 academic referees

Formal applications can be completed online:
Informal inquiries can be made to Professor Jie Sui () with a copy of your curriculum vitae and cover letter. General enquiries should be directed to the Postgraduate Research School ().

Funding Notes

This PhD studentship will be available for students wishing to start a PhD in September 2020. The studentship is funded for 3 or 3+1 years, situated within the School of Psychology, University of Aberdeen. The School provides an exciting and vibrant research environment for doctoral research programmes. The studentship covers full tuition fees for UK/EU rates and stipend.

Funding is available to UK/EU students only, with the equivalent of a 1st class or 2:1 Honours undergraduate degree in Psychology or related fields.


Sun, Y., Fuentes, L. J., Humphreys, G. W., & Sui, J. (2016). Try to see it my way: Domain-specific embodiment enhances self and friend-biases in perceptual matching. Cognition, 153, 108-117.

Zhou, C., Han, M., Liang, Q., Hu, Y. F., & Kuai, S. G. (2019). A social interaction field model accurately identifies static and dynamic social groupings. Nature human behaviour, 3,847–855

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