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Self and emotion in depression

Project Description

Project title: Self and emotion in depression
Eligibility: Home UK/EU applicants who must be permanently resident in UK/EU
Interviews: 25 March 2019
Start date: September 2019
Value p.a.: Bursary equivalent to UKRI national minimum stipend plus fees (2018/19 bursary rate is £14,777)

A range of research has indicated a bias for information associated with self in attention, perception and memory (Stole, Humphreys, Yankouskaya, & Sui, 2017; Sui & Humphreys, 2015; Zhou, Guo, Ma, Zhang, Liu, Feng, …Zhong, 2017). Similar biases have also been observed with emotional stimuli. Some works from our lab indicate that individuals show self-related bias in attention and memory and they can integrate self and positive emotion information to show even larger self-biases. In a recent work we have shown that individuals with depression show systematically reduced self-biases for both happy and sad emotional stimuli.
The research work will extend this line of research where the PhD candidate will investigate the role of self and emotion in biased information processing in individuals with depression using behavioural experiments, EEG/ERP and TMS. The project will be supervised by Dr Sanjay Kumar and Dr Michael Pilling at Oxford Brookes University. The successful candidate would be expected to present at scientific meetings and publish. There is an additional requirement to undertake up to 6 hours undergraduate teaching/week during semesters and to participate in a teaching skills course without further remuneration.

For further information contact Dr Sanjay Kumar ()

Funding Notes

Applicants should have (or be expecting) a first class or upper second class honours degree from a Higher Education Institution in the UK or MSc or acceptable equivalent qualification in psychology or related cognate discipline. The candidate should be able to work with varied groups of patient populations, if required, and be interested in learning EEG/ERP methods. EU Applicants must have a valid IELTS Academic test certificate with an overall minimum score of 7.0 and no score below 6.0 issued in the last 2 years by an approved test centre. We are prepared to consider alternative acceptable evidence.


How to apply:
Applications should be sent to [email protected] and should include an application form
( and a project proposal (max 2000 words) including background, aims and an outline of how those aims will be addressed. Applicants can liaise with Dr Sanjay Kumar when developing their proposal.

Completion of a DBS check is required on enrolment the cost of this will be covered by the University.

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