PhD in working memory, Royal Holloway Univ
PhD opportunity: Working Memory: Perceptual, Attentional, and Motoric Factors
Prerequisites and necessary skills: First degree or Masters in psychology (experience of cognitive psychological research in particular would be desirable); demonstrable statistical data analysis skills.
Our Perception and Memory lab seeks a student to undertake a Ph.D. in the area of working/short-term memory. We are interested in particular in exploring whether there are specific memory systems dedicated to short-term retention or whether, instead, such retention is an emergent feature of more general-purpose perceptual, attentional, and motor processes. Some more specific questions that might underpin the PhD could be (but need not be restricted to): Can verbal serial recall performance-the classic test of short-term memory-be explained solely in terms of the action of perceptual-auditory and vocal-motor systems and attentional perceptual-motor mapping mechanisms? Does the disruption of short-term memory by distracting information result from perceptual-motor interference rather than interference 'within' a specific memory system? What is the role of perceptual, attentional, and motor processes in long-term sequence learning such as that involved in new word learning and Hebb sequence learning?
If you are interested in these or similar themes as the basis for a PhD and believe you would be in a competitive position to apply for one of a limited number of College PhD studentships, please contact Rob Hughes directly (Rob.Hughes@rhul.ac.uk) to discuss the possibility of putting together an application.