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Understanding social attitudes: psychological and neural processes underlying attitude formation and change (Locke WelbornU20PSY)

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Monday, January 20, 2020
  • Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

Project Description

Understanding others’ social attitudes is critical for navigating the varied social spaces we encounter in everyday life. What are the psychological and neural mechanisms that support the representation of social attitudes, both our own as well as those of other people? This PhD project will employ behavioral and neuroimaging (fMRI) methods to explore the encoding, representation, and use of social attitudes. Approaches such as representational similarity analysis (RSA) and multivariate pattern analysis (MVPA) will be help decode the functional underpinnings that structure attitudes and shape their deployment in reasoning, persuasion, and social influence. A special focus will be the putative overlap between own attitudes and those of others, a source of both valuable social knowledge as well as potentially debilitating biases.

For more information on the supervisor for this project, please go here: https://people.uea.ac.uk/b_welborn?_ga=2.119681614.771778909.1572865668-803291149.1554884023

This is a PhD programme.

The start date of the project is October 2020.

The mode of study is full-time/part-time. The length of studentship is 3 years for a full-time student and 6 years for a part-time student.

Funding Notes

This PhD project is in a School of Psychology competition for funded studentships. These studentships are funded for 3 years and comprise of home/EU tuition fees and an annual stipend of £15,009.

Entry requirements:

Acceptable first degree in Psychology or relevant other discipline.

The standard minimum entry requirement is 2:1.

Masters or equivalent experience.

References

i) Rovenpor, D. R., O’Brien, T., Roblain A., De Guissmé, L., Chekroun P., & Leidner, B. (2019). Intergroup conflict self-perpetuates via meaning: Exposure to intergroup conflict increases meaning and fuels a desire for further conflict. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 116(1), 119-140.

ii) Rovenpor, D. R. & Isbell, L. M. (2018). Do emotional control beliefs lead people to approach positive or negative situations? Two competing effects of control beliefs on emotional situation selection. Emotion, 18(3), 313-331.

iii) Isbell, L. M., Lair, E. C., & Rovenpor, D. R. (2013). Affect-as-Information about processing styles: A cognitive malleability approach. Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 7, 93-114.

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