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The eyes have it: fetal reactions to visual stimulation

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round
  • Self-Funded PhD Students Only
    Self-Funded PhD Students Only

Project Description

The womb is not entirely dark and hence fetuses can perceive light. It is not clear what fetuses might be able to perceive and in what detail they might be able to “see” which has implications for cognitive development.
This project will look at various stimuli to identify at what gestational age fetuses react to visual stimulation and how prenatal exposure affects postnatal reactions visual stimulation.

Candidates need to fulfill the following criteria:
1) A 2(i) or 1st class degree at undergraduate level ideally with a Masters qualification in Psychology or Allied Discipline.
2) Applicants who do not have English as a first language need an IELTS score of 7 with no elements below 6.5

If interested and for more information please send your CV, academic references and a brief outline specifying why you might be an ideal candidate for this project to:


Reissland, N. & Kisilevsky, B. (Eds) Fetal Development: Research on Brain and Behavior, Environmental Influences, and Emerging Technologies published 2016 by Springer US
Reissland, N., Froggatt, S., Reames, E., & Girkin, J. (2018). Effects of maternal anxiety and depression on fetal neurodevelopment. Journal of Affective Disorders. 241, 460-474. Cite score 4.20
Reid, VM, Dunn, K., Young, RJ., Amu, J., Donovan, T., Reissland, N. (2017). The human fetus preferentially engages with face-like visual stimuli. Current Biology, 27, –4.e1–e3 IF 8.98

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