PhD Studentships, Prof Oliver Turnbull, School of Psychology, Bangor University, UK

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Applications are invited for a three-year, fully funded, full-time PhD studentship in the School of Psychology, Bangor University under the supervision of Prof Oliver Turnbull. The studentship is available from October 1st 2010 (or as soon as possible thereafter) and includes payment of UK / EU level tuition fees, a maintenance allowance of approximately £13,590 and a research allowance of £750 per year for 3 years.

The last half-century has produced a vast literature on episodic memory systems, and their (hippocampally-mediated) biological underpinnings. There has also been a substantial literature on other memory systems, such as semantic or procedural skills, that are independent of episodic memory. However, despite a century-long anecdotal history (beginning with Claparade), the role for emotion-based learning systems, the role of emotion-mediated memory, has been far less investigated.

The proposed study will study the (previously un-investigated) issue of how emotions are modified in the patchy and distorted recall of these amnesic patients. In particular, the study seeks to establish whether specific classes of emotion are better recalled, do specific emotions prime each other, and whether these patterns of memory error relate to pre-morbid personality.

All of these issue bear on important emotion-related questions, especially on the relationship between emotions, and how these are developed and maintained throughout the life-span. However, studying this through the lens of amnesia represents a highly novel research strategy. Moreover, the topic has substantial clinical implications - perhaps most obviously in relation to dementia.

Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed and appointment is subject to a clear enhanced CRB check. The closing date for applications is Friday, 16th July, 2010.

Informal enquiries should be made to Prof Oliver Turnbull:

How to Apply
Applicants must have a first or upper second-class honours degree in Psychology or a related subject and we would normally expect applicants to have completed a Masters degree. International students are welcome to apply. However, our studentships only cover fees at the UK/EU level. The School offers a fee bursary of up to £4500 p.a. for exceptional international students.

Applicants should complete an application form which should be saved and returned to: or:

Ms Catrin Roberts
PhD Admissions and Events
School of Psychology, Bangor University
Penrallt Road
Gwynedd, LL57 2AS

Disclaimer: Every effort has been made to ensure the above information is current and correct. However, applicants should contact the appropriate administering body before making an application, as details do change frequently.


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