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Self and emotion in depression

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    Dr S Kumar
    Dr Michael Pilling
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Project Description

Oxford Brookes University
Faculty of Health and Life Sciences,
Department of Psychology, Health and Professional Development

3 Year, full-time funded PhD studentship
Eligibility: Home UK/EU applicants who must be permanently resident in UK/EU
Closing date: 14 November 2019
Interviews: 10 December 2019
Start date: January 2020
Bursary p.a: £15,009 for 3 years.
University fees and bench fees at the Home/EU rate will be met by the University for the 3 years of the Studentship.
Supervisors: Dr Sanjay Kumar & Dr Michael Pilling

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 studies 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 study (under preparation) we have shown that individuals with depression show systematically reduced self-biases for both happy and sad emotional stimuli.
The research will extend this line of investigation. The PhD candidate’s research project 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 ([Email Address Removed])

Applicants should have (or be expecting) a first class or upper second class honours degree from a Higher Education Institution in the UK or acceptable equivalent qualification in psychology or related cognate discipline (knowledge of research design and statistics is essential). 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 of English Language ability.

Funding Notes

How to apply:
Applications should be sent to [Email Address Removed] and should include the following form
( Applications should include the application form, a CV, copies of degree certificates 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.

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