[Comp-neuro] Funded PhD in Psychology (New insights into ADHD through behavioural and modelling studies)

Eirini Mavritsaki Eirini.Mavritsaki at bcu.ac.uk
Tue Apr 25 13:14:02 CEST 2017

Please note the deadline of application is 10th of May 2017

New insights into ADHD through behavioural and modelling studies
Applications are invited for a 3-year PhD studentship within the Department of Psychology, Faculty of Business Law and Social Sciences, Birmingham City University. Applicants need to demonstrate ability and commitment, including excellent communications skills in written and spoken English.

Project Synopsis:
There are many limitations on the behaviour of complex neural systems, but one primary constraint is to filter incoming input in order that actions can be programmed to behaviourally relevant stimuli. A major challenge for current-day researchers is to understand how (and why) these limitations arise, especially in conditions such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) where the attentional system is dysfunctional. The main aim of this project is to identify and understand the differences in visual attention between children diagnosed with ADHD and typically functioning children. In addition, to investigate the role of diet in ADHD. This Ph.D. thesis aims to do this by using a novel interdisciplinary approach, behavioural and computational modelling study.  The student can choose to work in both or just one approach (either computational or behavioural work).

The successful applicant will join the Centre for Applied Psychological Research (CAP Research) within the Department of Psychology at Birmingham City University. This centre is part of a vibrant and rapidly expanding research community, which offers applicants with an excellent opportunity to develop their research career. The applicant will have the opportunity to gain teaching experience, to participate in research seminars and to co-supervise undergraduate projects.

For more information please contact Dr Eirini Mavritsaki (Eirini.mavritsaki at bcu.ac.uk<mailto:Eirini.mavritsaki at bcu.ac.uk>).

Candidate Qualification and Specifications:

?  The applicant should hold a good undergraduate honours degree (First or 2:1) in psychology or a related area to the topic.

?  A demonstrated understanding of research methods is essential (as evidenced by degree transcript grades for research methods and dissertation modules).

?  The applicant will be expected to undertake and pass Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks.

?  The applicant should enjoy working with children.

?  For applications that involve computational modelling the student needs to have experience in C++ and/or Matlab.


?  A Masters' degree in research methods, psychology or a computational modelling.

?  For applications that involve behavioural work, itis desirable to have experience (voluntary or paid) in schools or experience working with children.

?  Access to a car and a valid driving licence.

?  For applications that involve computational modelling, it is desirable to have Computational modelling experience.

Application Process (Deadline of application 10th of May)
You can find further details on studying for a PhD and details of how to apply by clicking on the following link http://www.bcu.ac.uk/social-sciences/courses/research-degrees.
Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions about the application or to express an interest.

Eirini Mavritsaki, PhD, CPsychol
Senior Lecturer in Cognitive Psychology
Director of Research in the School of Social Sciences

Department of Psychology
Faculty of Business Law and Social Sciences
Birmingham City University
The Curzon Building
4 Cardigan Street
B4 7BD
eirini.mavritsaki at bcu.ac.uk<mailto:eirini.mavritsaki at bcu.ac.uk>
0121 331 6361

Office Hours
Appointment only: Tuesdays 11:00-12:00
Drop-in: Fridays 09:00-10:00

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