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Understanding visual decline in older adults.

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    Dr Andrew Schofield
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  • Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

Hopefully we will all get old one day!

As we age our visual system becomes less effective. Some of these deficits occur within the brain and cannot be corrected with glasses. Students studying in this area might consider the role of inhibition in the visual system and its changes with age using tilt, colour and motion after effects. Alternatively you might study the role of texture processing in visual perception and the effects of age on texture detection.

This project is important because it will help us to understand how vision changes with age and how this might affect people independence and cognitive function. This in tern may help to prolong healthy living in the older population.

The project will use established psychophysical methods and will involve testing elderly participants and young controls.

Funding Notes

Strong applicants from the UK/EU will be considered for competitive internal funding rounds in 2016-17. EU students will not get full financial support. I am also happy to assist good overseas applicants in their search for external funding.

How good is research at University of Birmingham in Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience?

FTE Category A staff submitted: 40.80

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