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PhD studentship in perception of auditory motion during head movement

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  • Full or part time
    Dr T Freeman
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  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

Hearing, like vision, faces a fundamental problem when we move around. Self-movement creates motion in the acoustic image, and this could easily be confused with the actual movement of objects. The PhD project will explore the way the auditory system solves this problem, by studying the perception of moving sounds during head rotation. There will also be opportunities to compare hearing and vision, as well as how these two modalities integrate during head and eye movement. The project will focus on three themes: (1) the role of the motor cues and vestibular cues to head-motion; (2) the stimulus conditions which promote perceptual errors (e.g. spectral content; direction of source motion); (3) the applicability of Bayesian models to understanding auditory motion perception. The main methods to be used will be psychophysics, coupled with online measurement of head movement that we use to control sound source motion. The auditory lab is fully equipped with motion trackers and a 48-speaker array system; associated vision labs are equipped with large and small screen displays, and high-end eye-tracking technology.

Funding Notes

The studentships will commence in October 2016, and will cover your tuition fees (at UK/EU level) as well as a maintenance grant. In 2015-16 the maintenance grant for full-time students was £14,057 per annum. As well as tuition fees and a maintenance grant, you will receive a participant allowance of £300 per annum, and conference funding (£100 in Year 1, £600 in Years 2 and 3). You will also receive a computer and office space. You will become a member of, and have access to courses offered by the University's Graduate College.


Full awards (fees plus maintenance stipend) are open to UK Nationals, and EU students. International students will typically be eligible for a UK/EU equivalent award only.

School studentship funding is highly competitive. In view of the limited number of awards and the very high standard of applications received, successful applicants are likely to have a very good first degree (a First or Upper Second class BSc Honours or equivalent).

The successful candidate will be an enthusiastic and innovative individual. You will have, or expect to gain, a first class/good upper second degree, or a distinction/merit at masters level, in psychology, biology, neuroscience, or engineering/computer science (with good knowledge of motivational theory). Research experience in psychology is desirable but not essential, as are programming skills (e.g., C/Java/Matlab/Python). You will need to have good written and oral communication skills, and be able to work in a team.

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