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Understanding the mechanisms underlying cognitive training effects

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round
  • Self-Funded PhD Students Only
    Self-Funded PhD Students Only

Project Description

Can the repetitive practice of cognitive tasks – as in ‘brain training’ programs – effectively enhance cognitive abilities such as reasoning? Even after more than 10 years of intensive research efforts, this question is still highly controversial, with prior studies and meta-analyses yielding inconsistent results. However, one robust and replicable finding is that trainees strongly improve in the tasks they practiced. In this project, the PhD student will investigate the mechanisms underlying those improvements during training and examine whether and how they can explain the presence or absence of gains in novel tasks.

Funding Notes

Self funding or sponsored students only. No University funding available at this time

NB The University has some tuition fee scholarship under competition - application deadline is 23 January 2019 at 5pm

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