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Neuroimaging of retrieval mechanisms in human long-term memory

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

Project Description

Applications are invited from talented and enthusiastic students who are interested in studying human episodic memory and its underlying neurocognitive mechanisms. The project will examine the neural processes and computations that are carried out by the human brain when it retrieves information from long-term memory. How do we manage to retrieve one single event from among the vast amount of information that is stored in episodic memory? Do memories change when we actively use them? And what are the mechanisms underlying memory failures (i.e. forgetting)? The lab is using state-of-the-art neuroimaging (pattern-based fMRI) and electrophysiological (EEG/MEG) methods that allow us to directly observe the neural reactivation of individual memories, and to understand how these neural processes give rise to the subjective experience of remembering.

Applicants should have a research-oriented background in cognitive neuroscience, experimental psychology, or computer science. Experience with neuroimaging and/or programming skills is desirable. Successful candidates will have access to all research facilities in the lab, including an MRI scanner, EEG, neurostimulation (tACS/tDCS) and behavioural testing equipment.

The lab is based in the School of Psychology, University of Birmingham. We are one of the largest and most active psychology departments in Britain. The School ranked 4th in the UK in the recent Research Excellence Framework. Research in the lab will be conducted in close collaboration with the Birmingham University Imaging Centre (BUIC). Further information on relevant research in the School can be found at


For informal enquiries about the project please contact Dr Maria Wimber (). Note that all formal applications must be made via the postgraduate admissions system in the School of Psychology


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

FTE Category A staff submitted: 40.80

Research output data provided by the Research Excellence Framework (REF)

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