PhD studentship in auditory cognitive neuroscience supervised by Dr Ediz Sohoglu
In contemporary neuroscience, the brain is increasingly seen as a ‘prediction machine’, exploiting prior knowledge to predict or anticipate upcoming sensory signals. Nowhere is this more evident than during the perception of speech: hearing the sequence of phonemes “snoo...” sets up a strong prediction for “…ker” because “snooker” is the most frequent word that follows. As a result, “snooker” is recognised more quickly than other similar sounding words such as “snooper”.
However, there are multiple ways by which predictive computations could be implemented in the brain and evidence favouring one implementation over another is lacking, particularly in naturalistic conditions (e.g. when listening to continuous speech rather than isolated words).
This project aims to establish how predictive computations are instantiated in human cortex during comprehension of naturalistic speech (from audiobooks). To achieve this, the student will use cutting-edge EEG analysis methods to relate information in the continuous speech signal to recorded brain responses. The student will be trained in the use of such methods but previous experience of programming and signal processing is desirable.
For informal discussion and to request further details about the project, please email Dr Ediz Sohoglu ([email protected]
• This award will only pay fees at the Home/EU rate.
• International students may apply but must fund the difference between the Home/EU fees and International Fees (approximately £16,000 per year).
• Candidates must have, or expect to obtain, a First or a high Upper Second Class Honours undergraduate degree, or equivalent qualification, and/or a Master’s degree in Psychology, Neuroscience or a related discipline (e.g. Neuroscience, Engineering, Computer Science).
• Previous experience of computer programming, functional brain imaging (EEG, fMRI) or signal processing is desirable.
• Candidates who demonstrate suitability for, and express interest in, the additional Doctoral Tutor role will be preferred.
• The University of Sussex believes that the diversity of its staff and student community is fundamental to creative thinking, pedagogic innovation, intellectual challenge, and the interdisciplinary approach to research and learning. We celebrate and promote diversity, equality and inclusion amongst our staff and students. As such, we welcome applications from all, regardless of personal characteristics or background.
• Please read our Psychology PhD FAQS at http://www.sussex.ac.uk/psychology/pgstudy/psychologyphdstudentships
before you start your application.
• Please submit your application online for ’PhD in Psychology’ for entry in September 2020.
• In the ’Supervisor suggested by applicant’ section of your application, please put Dr Ediz Sohoglu.
• In the ’Proposed source of funding’ section of your application, please put ’Psychology Doctoral Research Scholarship’
• You should upload a document summarising any teaching experience you have and illustrating your suitability for a Doctoral Tutor role.
• International students who are liable to pay overseas fees should also explain their plan to cover the difference between home and overseas fees.