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Using visual perception to assess social aspects of crowds

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round
  • Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

Our research is focussed on understanding the way in which vision is used to guide human behaviour. We have recently started trying to understand visual perception in the context of social neuroscience, that is, how we use visual information to guide our interactions with other people. In this project, the student will investigate social perception using the tools of visual psychophysics: the question is how we judge crowds of people. The research will ask questions about whether we view a crowd as a whole, or whether certain members pop out and influence our overall judgment. The project will combine behavioural measurements (‘psychophysics”) and physiological emasurements (eye tracking), and will be carried out at Queen Mary University. The successful candidate will need to be able to work independently, as well being part of a team. You will receive the training needed to carry out your research, including advanced psychophysical techniques, behavioural testing, and modelling. Knowledge of statistics and programming languages (such as Matlab) is desirable. Applications are invited from candidates with, or expecting to be awarded, at least an upper-second class honours degree (or equivalent qualification) in an area relevant to the project (e.g. biology, neuroscience, computer science or psychology). Candidates with a Masters degree are encouraged to apply. International students are required to provide evidence of their proficiency in English language skills. Informal enquiries about the project can be made by email to Dr Isabelle Mareschal ()

Funding Notes

Excellent applicants will be able to apply for a highly competitive ESRC Doctoral Training Centre fellowship. A Masters degree with distinction, or evidence of publications, is desirable for this. There are also a number of funding opportunities that you may be eligible to apply for outside of Queen Mary. If no external funds are secured, students should be able to demonstrate that they can cover the cost of living expenses and tuition fees for a minimum of 3.5 years. However, the School does offer a limited number of tuition fee only scholarships for excellent applicants that we can discuss.

How good is research at Queen Mary University of London in Biological Sciences?

FTE Category A staff submitted: 23.39

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