Fully Funded PhD Scholarship: Perceptual Face Training in Developmental Prosopagnosia and Alexithymia

Closing date: 30 June 2019

This scholarship is funded by Swansea University's Department of Psychology.

Subject areas: Psychology, Neroscience

Individuals have been identified who have severe difficulties recognising human faces (prosopagnosia); other individuals have trouble identifying facial expressions of emotion (e.g. alexithymia). The question remains about whether such socially debilitating cognitive impairments can be remediated. The PhD candidate will be primarily responsible for using an innovative online face-training programme to attempt to improve face recognition ability in prosopagnosic individuals and to improve the ability to recognise facial expressions of emotion in individuals with alexithymia.

This PhD project involves in-lab and online behavioural testing, including standardised neuropsychological tasks, questionnaires, and the training programme itself. In addition to behavioural outcomes we will also measure electroencephalography (EEG) to examine brain-activity changes in the response to faces as a result of the training programme. The student will have access to Department of Psychology testing facilities including behavioural testing rooms and a purpose-built EEG lab. For more information about our relevant previous research please visit our lab website

The student will be jointly supervised by Dr Jodie Davies-Thompson and Dr John Towler, and by Dr Jeremy Tree as the third supervisor.

For more details please see here: https://www.swansea.ac.uk/postgraduate/scholarships/research/psychology-phd-perceptual-face-training.php

Entry Requirements

Candidate should have a 2.1 or above undergraduate degree and/or a Master's degree or equivalent in psychology, neuroscience or computer science.

The candidate should preferably have some previous experience in research on face recognition. It would be desirable for the candidate to have experience in at least one neuroimaging technique (e.g. EEG, fMRI). It would also be desirable for the candidate to have experience with experimental software (e.g. E-prime, SuperLab) and statistical packages (e.g. SPSS, R, Matlab).

For details on the University’s English Language entry requirements, please visit – http://www.swansea.ac.uk/admissions/englishlanguagerequirements/

Administrative contacts and how to apply

To apply, please complete the ‌College of Human and Health Sciences PGR Scholarship Application and return it to the PGR Academy:

Email: 
Susan Williams (susan.r.williams@swansea.ac.uk)

Post:
College of Human and Health Sciences
Room 221, Vivian Tower
Swansea University
Singleton Park
Swansea
SA2 8PP
UK

Informal enquiries about this scholarship are welcome and may be directed to Dr Jodie Davies-Thompson (j.davies-thompson@swansea.ac.uk) or Dr John Towler (j.r.towler@swansea.ac.uk).

Application deadline is 5pm, 30 June 2019.

Funding notes

This scholarship covers the full cost of UK/EU tuition fees and an annual stipend of £15,009 per annum.

There will be additional funds available for research expenses.

Funding information

Funding applies to:
EU applicants (including UK)
Application deadline:
30 June 2019
Please see our website for how to apply: