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Three-year PhD Studentship: The Plasticity of the Self with Dr Manos Tsakiris

Posted on 17/04/2013


Three-year PhDStudentship: The Plasticity of the Self,  Department of Psychology,Royal Holloway, University of London

Supervisor: Dr ManosTsakiris, Lab of Action & Body, Department of Psychology, Royal Holloway,University of London

Project Description:  The question of how our sense of self is maintained orchanged across time is a key topic in psychology. Our self must possesssufficient plasticity, that is, adaptive processes of re-organization, toensure assimilation of changes and a sense of continuity over time. To studythe plasticity of the self, the PhD project will investigate how the experience of a changing body updates or altersour sense of self, by focusing on how people construct a mental representationof their body and self-identity, and on how social cognition processes areaffected when self-representations are updated. The PhD will employ a range ofresearch methods, such as psychophysics, functional neuroimaging andTranscranial Magnetic Stimulation. This PhD position is part of a five-yearresearch grant from the European Research Council on the plasticity of theself. Further details on the project can be found here: http://erc.europa.eu/cordis_search/project_details/97526 

The successful candidate will have the opportunity todevelop his/her own research ideas, and to participate in networkingactivities. The LAB’s current projects and research outputs can be found here: http://www.pc.rhul.ac.uk/sites/lab/

Funding Details: Thestudentship covers Home/EU fees and an annual tax-free stipend of £16,000 perannum for three years, available from September/October2013 untilSeptember/October 2016. The studentships can only fully fund those applicantswho are eligible for Home/EU fees with appropriate qualification.

For Person Specification and Application Processplease visit http://www.pc.rhul.ac.uk/sites/lab/index.php/phd-position/. For an informal discussion on the project please contact Manos Tsakiris (manos.tsakiris@rhul.ac.uk).

Closing date:  12 noon Monday 20TH May  2013

Interviews willbe held in May/June 2013



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