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The impact of visual environment on colour perception (virtual reality and neuroimaging)

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    Dr J Bosten
    Dr A Franklin
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  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

The PhD studentship is part of a 5-year interdisciplinary European Research Council-funded project investigating the impact of the visual environment on colour perception. This PhD will use virtual reality to manipulate the chromatic scene statistics of people’s visual environments in real-time, and will investigate the impact of these manipulations on human colour perception. This will involve the programming and set-up of colour manipulations of video data to be presented using a head-mounted display for virtual reality. It will also involve the programming and implementation of psychophysical tasks to be conducted before and after people are immersed in the altered realities. The project will also aim to identify the region of the brain which computes visual scene statistics and later PhD experiments will involve fMRI, working under the supervision of Dr, Chris Bird. The student will need to have extensive programming experience, computational skills and be confident with technology. The student would join a research group (The Sussex Colour Group, with a strong track record of research on colour perception.

The School of Psychology is one of the largest centres for the study of psychology in the UK with nearly 50 academic faculty and over 1000 undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Psychology is a diverse discipline and our size means that we span major research areas in social, cognitive, biological, developmental and clinical psychology. Psychology at Sussex was rated 10th in the UK for research in the 2014 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE). 91% of our research at Sussex is ranked as world-leading or internationally significant.

Please direct informal enquiries to Jenny Bosten ([Email Address Removed]).

Funding Notes

A stipend of £14.777 p.a. for 3 years
UK/EU PhD fees and research and training costs are also covered.

Eligibility requirements for potential candidates:
• This award will only pay fees at the Home/EU rate.
• Candidates must have, or expect to obtain, a First or a high Upper Second Class Honours undergraduate degree, or equivalent qualification, and/or a Master's degree in Informatics, Computer Science, Psychology or a discipline where skills relate to the project (e.g., in the Cognitive Science, Neuroscience, Physical Sciences or Biological sciences).
• Only full time students will be accepted.


Guidance for applicants:
• Please submit your application online at for the 'PhD in Psychology' programme for September 2019.
o In the 'Supervisor suggested by applicant' section of your application form, please put name of supervisor(s)
o In the 'Proposed source of funding' section of your application form, please put ‘ERC’
o Please include a personal statement that outlines your interest in the research area, summarises your skills and research background, and presents any ideas you have for the project. Your statement should not exceed 2 pages including references, be set at minimum 10-font type with margins a minimum of 1cm.

• Frequently Asked Questions relating to applying for a PhD in Psychology at the University of Sussex can be found at

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