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  Raising EAL learners’ attainment (REAL)
  Dr N Flynn, Prof S Graham
Application Deadline: 2 March 2020

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Apply to the University of Reading for a place to study by Monday 20 January 2020. Apply for SeNSS studentship funding by 12.00pm on Monday 2 March 2020.
  Investigating face perception in developmental prosopagnosia
  Dr K Gray
Applications accepted all year round

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Developmental prosopagnosia (DP) is a neurodevelopmental condition associated with impairments recognising familiar faces and discriminating between unfamiliar faces.
  The influence of adventurous play and outdoor activities on child anxiety
  Dr H Dodd
Applications accepted all year round

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PhD Type

When children are given opportunities to take risks in their play or take part in adventurous outdoor activities such as climbing or kayaking, it is likely that they learn about fear, coping and uncertainty.
  Targeting key symptoms and mechanisms in adolescent depression
  Dr F Orchard
Applications accepted all year round

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Depression is the biggest cause of disability worldwide and is usually experienced for the first time during adolescence. Long-term implications of experiencing depression at this age are serious, and existing evidence-based treatments for depression are only moderately effective.
  Treating eating disorders in young people
  Dr P Jenkins
Applications accepted all year round

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"Eating disorders are serious psychiatric illnesses affecting both adults and young people, and are associated with a number of severe health consequences.
  Smart textiles to support rehabilitation and daily living activities post stroke
  Prof R McCrindle
Applications accepted all year round

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"The aim of this PhD is to investigate how smart textiles and/or other wearables can be used to assist people who have had a stroke with their communication, rehabilitation, and/or reengagement in daily living activities and hobbies.
  How do prenatal steroids elevate autism risk?
  Dr N Vasudevan
Applications accepted all year round

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"Autism and autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a devastating disorder that affects 1% of the population and is the most costly condition in the UK.
  Individual differences in emotion regulation
  Dr C Van Reekum
Applications accepted all year round

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Individuals vary greatly in how well they can regulate their emotions, and difficulties in emotion regulation have been linked to disorders such as depression.
  Auditory cognition and human factors
  Dr P Beaman
Applications accepted all year round

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Expressions of interest are invited on any topics related to either auditory cognition and working memory or to human factors as they relate to energy conservation and climate change.
  Anxiety and motivation in Autism – are social behavioural features driven by social anxiety rather than by a reduced reward response to social stimuli?
  Prof B Chakrabarti
Applications accepted all year round

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Social behavioural difficulties are commonly reported by individuals with Autism Spectrum Conditions (ASC). One of the leading theories suggests that these difficulties are brought about by a reduced reward response to social stimuli, i.e.
  Bilingual Language Processing: Investigating the similarities and differences between native and non-native sentence comprehension
  Dr I Cunnings
Applications accepted all year round

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A considerable literature has investigated whether non-native speakers of a language process their non-native language in the same way as native speakers.
  The cognitive Neuroscience of Attention and Working Memory, and Causal Functional Connectivity.
  Dr E Feredoes
Applications accepted all year round

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PhD Type

Our lab uses cutting-edge combinations of neuroimaging and analytic techniques to investigate aspects of human cognition. Specifically, we’re interested in the following.
  Supporting Behaviour Change - using research in cognitive and social psychology that has identfied strategies that improve the transition from an individual’s intentions and their actual behaviours
  Prof J Ellis
Applications accepted all year round

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There are many areas of human activity where it is important to bring about a change in behaviour e.g., eating a healthier diet, taking more exercise.
  Music and language processing in autism and amusia
  Dr F Liu
Applications accepted all year round

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Music and language are fundamental traits of human existence. They both rely on complex sound sequences to convey meaning. It has been hotly debated whether the two are processed through distinct cognitive modules or using shared mechanisms.
  Reward Processing and Depression using Neuroimaging
  Prof C McCabe
Applications accepted all year round

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PhD Type

In our research group we are interested in how the brains response to reward and aversion might be a biomarker for risk to depression in adults and adolescents.
  The Economics of Superstars: Wages in Sport - understanding using primary data the changes over the postwar period in sport for its foremost performers
  Dr J Reade, Dr S Jewell
Applications accepted all year round

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The work of Sherwin Rosen (1981) established a literature on the economics of superstars - an attempt to explain the very high premia top performers in a given field are able to attract.
  Moving together in time: the effects of coordinated movements on physical performance, social cognition and overall wellbeing
  Dr J Honisch
Applications accepted all year round

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PhD Type

Our Social Cognition and Movement Rehabilitation Lab (SCMR) investigates various topics on the role of non˗verbal behaviours in everyday conversations, social-cognitive effects of interpersonal synchrony (two or more individuals moving together in time) and explores movement interventions (e.g.
  Basic and Applied Motivation science - the function and nature of human motivation
  Dr K Murayama
Applications accepted all year round

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PhD Type

Applications are invited for a PhD student position on motivation science, a new emerging interdisciplinary area that examines the nature of human motivation.
  How our emotion affects cognition: From neuroscience, lifespan and psychendocrinological perspectives
  Dr M Sakaki
Applications accepted all year round

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There is no doubt that emotion and stress affect human cognitive processing, such as memory, attention and decision making. However, the exact effects of emotion on cognition are still unclear as emotion sometimes enhances cognitive processing but sometimes impairs cognitive processing.
  Psychological intervention, cognitive training, functional rehabilitation and well-being in clinical populations with brain degeneration
  Dr A Ho
Applications accepted all year round

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The concept of human well-being is a fundamental aspect of our existence and is often particularly vulnerable upon diagnosis and/or progression of long-term neurological conditions for which there is no cure, such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and Huntington’s disease.
  See what you want to see: Does people’s motivational state determine what attracts their attention?
  Dr J Vogt
Applications accepted all year round

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PhD Type

The Self-Regulation, Attention, and Emotion Lab examines various topics at the intersection of self-regulation, emotion, and social cognition research.
  Co-designing alcohol Interventions
  Dr R Dhital
Applications accepted all year round

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PhD Type

Background Alcohol use has been identified as the cause of approximately 3.3 million deaths worldwide every year, approximately 5.9% of all deaths (WHO, 2014).
  Sensory Navigation: Reading the Sensescape of a City
  Dr Carolina Vasilikou, Prof L Shao
Applications accepted all year round

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PhD Type

Sensory navigation proposes to introduce a novel way of experiencing the city centre of Reading, through the senses, including the visual, thermal, acoustic, visual and olfactory environment.
  FoodBioSystems DTP - Investigation into sustainability labelling of food and implications for the consumer and the food industry
  Dr A Mauchline, Prof M Dean
Application Deadline: 6 March 2020

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PhD Type

Research Group. FOODBIOSYSTEMS BBSRC DTP. There is a real challenge to produce enough food in a sustainable way to feed the growing global population.
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