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PhD studentship in Media multi-tasking and individual differences in perception: Promoting healthy digital lives

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About This PhD Project

Project Description

(Reference code: PSY2019_PHD_MS)

Applications are invited for a full-time funded PhD research studentship in the School of Psychology, University of East London. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, 25% of our research in the School of Psychology was recognised as "world leading", and 43% of our research was "internationally excellent". Our research also received the highest 4.00 out of 4.00 ratings for Impact, demonstrating how the research goes beyond academia and has direct benefits to health, quality of life, public policy, and society. The PhD studentships are targeted to support key strategic aims in relation to the University of East London’s Vision 2028.

This project will take a novel approach to promoting healthy digital lives. As new technical advances and increased availability of digital media allow constant connection and interaction with the world around us, concerns have been raised about the impact of so much information and connectivity on our ability to focus.

The research will involve developing an understanding of ways media multi-tasking impacts our cognitive, behavioural and neural profiles, whilst exploring the influence of pre-existing individual differences in perception. This understanding will be applied to the development of an intervention for aspects of executive function found to be at risk from heavy media multi-tasking.

We are looking for an individual with a strong background in psychology, experience of quantitative methods, and a keen interest in the cognitive and behavioural impact of multi-media tasking. Research skills training will be provided, and the studentship offers the potential to make a significant contribution to a strategic new research area in the School of Psychology.

The supervisory team members are Dr Mary Spiller (Director of Studies) ([Email Address Removed]), Professor Volker Thoma and Mr David Dorrington.

The Award

The studentship is open to Home/EU and International applicants and is for a period of three years (subject to satisfactory yearly progress) and provides an annual stipend of £16900.00 p.a., payment of tuition fees, and a training bursary. The holder of the studentship will be expected to complete their doctoral studies and submit their dissertation within 3 years, prepare papers for submission to peer-reviewed journals, and participate in and contribute to research activities of the School of Psychology.


Applicants should hold a BSc/BA/BSc (Hons) in Psychology, second class upper division or above and/or be eligible for Chartered Membership (CPsychol) of the BPS (see Where English is not the applicant’s first language, a minimum IELTS score of 7.0 overall with a minimum of 6.5 in all components is required at MPhil/PhD entry level. Assessment of English language competence must normally have been undertaken no more than 2 years prior to application. Relevant and more recent undergraduate study in a UK Higher Institution may be accepted as sufficient proof of ability.

Application Procedure

Informal enquiries about the studentship should be addressed to the proposed Director of Studies, Dr Mary Spiller ([Email Address Removed]) with the email title ‘PhD Digital Studentship 2019’.

Applicants should apply online via the following link:

When completing your online application please state the project title and reference code in your personal statement. Applications will only be accepted via the online application form. Please also use the reference code in all correspondence. The closing date for completed applications is 23:59 GMT, Monday 19th August 2019. Interviews will be held in first week of September, 2019 for a September 2019 start. The application process is lodged in The Graduate School and queries should be addressed to [Email Address Removed]

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