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The relationship between social cognition, bodily movement and functions of the neurobiological basis for social alignment

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round
  • Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About This PhD Project

Project Description

Applications are invited for a fully-funded Ph.D. to begin in October 2019. The candidate will work with Dr. Hila Z. Gvirts on the relationship between social cognition, bodily movement and functions of the neurobiological basis for social alignment.

Project description

Traditionally, social neuroscience studies have been mainly restricted to neural recordings during the observation of social interactions. The ‘second-person’ neuroscientific approach to the study of social interactions postulates that social cognition may be different when we interact with others in ecological settings, rather than just observing them. At present, the neurobiological basis of social alignment is unclear. This Ph.D. project aims to improve the understanding of the neurobiological mechanism that underlies social alignment. This aim will be achieved using functional near infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) and psychopharmacology studies. Research will be conducted at the School of Psychology at Ariel University, Israel.

Candidate Required:

Relevant background in Psychology/Cognitive Neuroscience/Clinical Neuroscience/ Neuroimaging/Computer Science or a related field English language proficiency

Desirable (but not essential):

Strong background in computational sciences, image and signal processing, and statistics Experience in behavioral experimental methods Experience in Machine Learning/Deep Learning

Application package

Applicants should send their complete application package via email. This should include: Motivation letter Complete CV with publication list Recommendation letters (preferably directly sent by the mentor)
The successful candidate will receive the following:
- 5000 NIS upon arriving.
- 5000 NIS as their monthly scholarship
- After your proposal is approved, you will receive an extra 1000 (a total of 6000 NIS per month)

For more information and applications
Dr H Gvirts

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