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PhD opportunity: 'Skill-Learning in the Elderly: Brain Systems, Eye-movements, and Driver Behaviour'

Posted on 21/01/2013

Learning to direct the eyes to the right place at the right time is an essential skill is for maintaining independence in elderly people that is often taken for granted, and little is understood about how age affects this process. This exciting project will use eye tracking methods to study the effects of age on the ability to learn eye movement skills. It will also use functional neuroimaging to understand how brain systems involved in such learning (particularly the cortico-cerebellarsystem) change as people age. The project will also use driving simulators to study eye movement skills in elderly drivers, and address the failure of oculomotor and visual skills as a key cause of driving accidents in the elderly.

This is a unique opportunity to work at the centre of a collaboration between the Brain, Action and Cognition research group led by Dr Narender Ramnani (Royal Holloway; www.pc.rhul.ac.uk/sites/neurosciencelab), and Professor Andrew Parkes, Chief Scientist at the Transport Research Laboratory (www.trl.co.uk/facilities/driving_simulation). Professor Parkes and Dr Ramnani have excellent track records for research and PhD supervision, and lead well-resourced research labs. Royal Holloway’s Psychology Department is recognised for its excellent research facilities including state-of-the-art eye-tracking facilities, and an on-site, research-dedicated 3T Siemens Trio MRI facility. The nearby Transport Research Laboratory is internationally recognised for its advanced, world-class facilities for studying driver behaviour including a suite of driving simulators.


Tuition fees at the Home/EU rateand a stipend will be covered by a prestigious Crosslands Scholarship andfunding from the Transport research Laboratory. Overseas applicants are alsowelcome to apply but would be required to pay difference between the Home/EUand the OS tuition fees.  We encourage applications from students withgood undergraduate or Masters degrees in disciplines related to behaviour andneuroscience. Applicants are also encouraged to make pre-submission enquiriesto Dr Ramnani (n.ramnani@rhul.ac.uk).The closing date for receipt of applications is 18th February 2013. Interviewswill be held in the week beginning 25th February.


To apply for this post pleasefollow the steps in the link below:



The College is committed toequality and diversity, and encourages applications from all sections of thecommunity.


*please note that this positionis subject to signing of contract.


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