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Adolescent social cognitive development

  • Full or part time
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    Applications accepted all year round
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    Awaiting Funding Decision/Possible External Funding

Project Description

My research focuses on cognitive development during adolescence and its neural correlates.

A major area of interest is adolescent social cognitive development. Techniques I use to investigate this include behavioural social cognition tasks, game theory paradigms and social network analysis, as well as functional magnetic resonance imaging to explore neural correlates.

Recently, I have also begun to investigate psychological interventions to promote adolescent wellbeing which use mental imagery-based cognitive behavioural techniques.

More information can be found here:

Funding Notes

Self-funded students may wish to apply.

There are a number of currently open competitive studentship schemes at the University of Birmingham, and students are welcome to discuss their eligibility for these with the supervisor or the PG Admissions Tutor.


Burnett, S., Sebastian, C., Cohen Kadosh, K & Blakemore, S. J. (2011). The social brain in adolescence: Evidence from functional magnetic brain imaging. Neuroscience and Biobehavioural Reviews, 35(8), 1654-64.

Burnett Heyes, S., Rong-Jih, Y., Block, P., Hiu, C. F., Holmes, E. A. & Lau, J. Y. F. (in press). Relationship reciprocation modulates resource allocation in adolescent social networks: Developmental effects. In press at Child Development.

Burnett Heyes, S., Lau, J. Y. F. & Holmes, E. A. (2013). Mental imagery, emotion and psychopathology across child and adolescent development. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, 5, 119-133.

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FTE Category A staff submitted: 40.80

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