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The psychology of language: Real time processing of inferences and implications

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  • Full or part time
    Dr L Bott
  • Application Deadline
    No more applications being accepted
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

Inferences and implications are fundamental to successful communication. Jokes, metaphor, hyperbole, idioms and other figurative expressions all require that we think past the literal meaning of words and consider the intentions of the speaker. But how do we do this? What are the cognitive mechanisms that underpin our ability to infer and imply meaning? This PhD will use modern psycholinguistic techniques to understand the real time processing of figurative language.

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.

Funding Notes

The studentship will commence in October 2019 and will cover your tuition fees (at UK/EU level) as well as a maintenance grant. In 2018-2019 the maintenance grant for full-time students was £14,777 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 and office space, additional funding for their research, and access to courses offered by the University’s Doctoral Academy and become members of the University Doctoral Academy.

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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.

You can apply online - consideration is automatic on applying for a PhD in Psychology, with an October 2019 start date (programme code RFPDPSYA).

Please use our online application service at http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/applying and specify in the funding section that you wish to be considered for School funding.

Please specify that you are applying for this particular project and the supervisor.

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