[Comp-neuro] Funded PHD in VR/neuroscience at Sussex

Anil Seth A.K.Seth at sussex.ac.uk
Fri Jun 21 00:06:28 CEST 2013

Applications are invited for a fully-funded 3.5 year PhD studentship funded by the European Research Council to join a team within the Psychiatry group, the Brighton and Sussex Medical School (BSMS) and the Sackler Centre for Consciousness Science, University of Sussex. The aims of the research project are to examine the effects of heart-timing on the processing of fear and threat stimuli and the implications for human-machine interaction.

The studentship will be based at BSMS Psychiatry and the Sackler Centre for Consciousness Science, University of Sussex. Prof Hugo Critchley and Prof Anil Seth will supervise. The studentship will suit candidates with a computer science or similar strong technical background with a keen interest in cognitive neuroscience and related disciplines. It will involve implementation of heart-timing manipulations of stimuli in virtual and augmented reality (VR/AR) settings to explore effects on fear processing, fear-learning (conditioning) and safety-learning (extinction).The student will work within a team of basic and clinical neuroscientists focusing on mind-brain-body interactions using integrative approaches including behavioural psychophysiology and brain imaging. The project offers a range of training opportunities through which the student will be able to acquire skills in cognitive and behavioural neuroscience, autonomic psychophysiology and related areas of computational science, psychology and neurobiology. This will provide the student with critical skills and a depth and breadth of experience to make them a highly competitive candidate for a postdoctoral research position.  For more about the ‘Cardiac Control of Fear in the Brain’ project see http://www.bsms.ac.uk/about/news/fear-controlling-research-win-european-grant/<http://www.findaphd.com/common/clickCount.aspx?theid=45836&type=75&url=http%3a%2f%2fwww.bsms.ac.uk%2fabout%2fnews%2ffear-controlling-research-win-european-grant%2f>. More about the Sackler Centre for Consciousness Science is here http://www.sussex.ac.uk/sackler/<http://www.findaphd.com/common/clickCount.aspx?theid=45836&type=75&url=http%3a%2f%2fwww.sussex.ac.uk%2fsackler%2f>.

More details are available at http://www.findaphd.com/search/ProjectDetails.aspx?PJID=45836&LID=207
The studentship is limited to UK/EU applications.

Anil K. Seth, D.Phil.
Professor of Cognitive and Computational Neuroscience
Co-Director, Sackler Centre for Consciousness Science
University of Sussex
a.k.seth at sussex.ac.uk<mailto:a.k.seth at sussex.ac.uk>

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