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Risk, uncertainty, and reward experiences

Project Description

Applications are invited for a 3-year PhD studentship funded by the School of Psychology at Bangor University. The position will start in October 2020.

This project focuses on the effects of various kinds of uncertainty on peoples’ reward-seeking behaviours, with a focus on the consumption of alcohol, gambling products and services, food and drugs. Learning more about the situational, social and psychological factors that promote unhealthy consumption could help us to develop better ways to help affected individuals. The project will use experimental (lab-based as well as online) and survey methods, and will suit someone with interests in cognition, behavioural economics, consumer behaviours, and social factors in health.

Facilities: The project is part of ongoing collaboration between in Rogers, Parkinson and Downing labs in the School of Psychology at Bangor University. The School offers access to outstanding research facilities and environment to support cognitive neuroscience, experimental, social and health psychology. Bangor is situated in a beautiful region of North Wales close to Snowdonia National Park, which provides a wonderful natural backdrop to professional life.

Requirements: The successful applicant will have a master’s degree in a relevant discipline (e.g. cognitive psychology and neuroscience, consumer psychology). A strong work ethic and genuine enthusiasm for research and a willingness to work with statistics are essential, as is the ability to work both independently and cooperatively. Programming skills will be beneficial.

General information: PhD students are expected to contribute to teaching in the School.

Further information: In the first instance please contact Dr Robert Rogers (). Please include your CV and brief summary of your research interests.

General enquiries: For general advice about how to apply and eligibility please contact

Apply Now: The online application form is available here

Bangor Doctoral School website:

Funding Notes

Funding is available for three years. The studentship will commence from September 2020. It includes a payment of tuition fees, a maintenance allowance (approximately £15,009 p.a. for 2020/21) for full-time students, updated each year, as well as a generous research allowance per annum. Though targeted at UK/EU students, international students may als be considered. Interested international students must contact the supervisor before applying otherwise your application won't be evaluated.

How good is research at Bangor University in Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience?

FTE Category A staff submitted: 21.60

Research output data provided by the Research Excellence Framework (REF)

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