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Sharing Rhymes and Rhythms Across Generations: Mutual Benefits of Music & Reading Aloud Between Children and Individuals with Dementia

Cardiff School of Psychology

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About the Project

Even in the early stages of dementia, those affected face more than recall problems, including enduring issues with communication, often resulting in social exclusion. We propose that engaging in intergenerational interactions can help ease this isolation and improve wellbeing.

The student will address important societal questions across three experiments that involve intergenerational interactions between individuals with dementia and children/infants. The project will be co-funded by Healthcare Research Wales and the ESRC and will involve collaborations with local care homes, including Ty Enfys.

The student will be based in the Cardiff University Centre for Human Developmental Science and will work with the Tiny to Tots research group ( They will be trained in conducting research with infants, children, and individuals with dementia by Dr Sarah Gerson (Cardiff University) and Dr Maggie Ellis (University of St Andrews).

Cardiff University Centre for Human Development Science (CUCHDS) - The Cardiff University Centre for Human Development Science (CUCHDS) provides opportunities for research and training in the study of human development from conception to adulthood.

How to Apply:

Applicants should apply to the Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology with a start date of October 2020:

In the research proposal section of your application, please specify the project title and supervisors of this project and copy the project description in the text box provided. In the funding section, please select ’I will be applying for a scholarship/grant’ and specify that you are applying for advertised funding from Sharing Rhymes and Rhythms Across Generations: Mutual Benefits of Music & Reading Aloud Between Children and Individuals with Dementia.

Full awards (fees plus maintenance stipend) are open to UK Nationals, and EU students who can satisfy UK residency requirements. To be eligible for the full award, EU Nationals must have been in the UK for at least 3 years prior to the start of the course for which they are seeking funding, including for the purposes of full-time education. Full details can been viewed here -

As only one studentship is available and a very high standard of applications is typically received, the successful applicant is likely to have a very good first degree (a First or Upper Second class BSc Honours or equivalent) and/or be distinguished by having relevant research experience.

The deadline for applications is the 3rd February 2020 at 12.00 noon with interviews (either in person or by Skype) being held on or around March and decisions being made by April 2020

Funding Notes

The studentship will commence in October 2020 and will cover your tuition fees (at UK/EU level) as well as a maintenance grant. In 2019-2020 the maintenance grant for full-time students was £15,009 per annum. As well as tuition fees and a maintenance grant, all School of Psychology students receive conference and participant money (approx. £2250 for the duration of the studentship).They also receive a computer, office space and access to courses offered by the University’s Doctoral Academy and become members of the University Doctoral Academy.

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