About the Project
The project will involve the following techniques:
• Designing, planning, and running novel paradigms to quantify responsiveness in PDOC
• Functional and structural magnetic resonance imaging
• Electroencephalography (EEG)
• Electromyography (EMG)
• Non-invasive brain stimulation
• Advanced signal processing and statistical analyses.
• Computational modelling
Applicants should have a research-oriented background in cognitive neuroscience, clinical neuroscience, or experimental psychology and should have basic programming skills (e.g., MATLAB). Experience with neuroimaging, non-invasive brain stimulation and data analysis, and working with patients with brain injury is desirable.
The starting date for this PhD is 14th January 2019.
Application deadline is 12th November 2018
The successful applicant will be based at the Centre for Human Brain Health, School of Psychology, University of Birmingham, and will be supervised by Dr Davinia Fernández-Espejo (http://www.daviniafernandezespejo.com/) and co-supervised by Dr Damian Cruse (https://www.damiancruse.com/ ). Our School of Psychology is one of the strongest and most active psychology departments in the UK, and have an excellent reputation for teaching and research with around 800 students studying in a wide range of undergraduate, postgraduate and research programmes. Further information can be found at:
For informal enquiries about the project please contact Dr. Davinia Fernández-Espejo ([Email Address Removed]).
Formal applications must be made via the postgraduate admissions system in the School of Psychology. In order for the application to be processed quickly, candidates should submit a personal statement, CV, 2 references, and transcript of grades.
The on-line application form and guidance notes can be found at the following website: https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/courses/research/psych/psychology.aspx?OpenSection=HowToApply
If you have any questions about this opportunity please contact [Email Address Removed].
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3. Fernández-Espejo D, Owen AM. Detecting awareness after severe brain injury. Nature Reviews Neuroscience 2013;14(11):801-9. pdf
4. Fernández-Espejo D, Soddu A, Cruse D, Palacios EM, Junque C, Vanhaudenhuyse A, Rivas E, Newcombe V, Menon D, Pickard J, Laureys S, Owen A. A role for the default mode network in the structural bases of disorders of consciousness. Annals of Neurology, 2012;72(3):335-43. pdf
5. Fernández-Espejo D, Bekinschtein T, Monti MM, Pickard JD, Junque C, Coleman MR, Owen AM. Diffusion weighted imaging distinguishes the vegetative state from the minimally conscious state. Neuroimage 2011; 54:103-12. pdf
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