PhD Studentships in the School Of Psychology, University of Central Lancashire, UK

Sunday, June 30, 2013
Applications are invited for two full-time PhD (via MPhil) studentships in the School of Psychology.

The studentship is tenable for up to 3 years [subject to satisfactory progress] and will cover the cost of tuition fees at UK/EU rates plus a maintenance grant of £13,590 (2012/13 rate). International applicants may apply but will be expected to pay the difference between the UK/EU and International Fee Rate. The successful applicant will start on 1 October 2013.

As a minimum requirement, applicants should have, or expect to receive, a second class (upper division) honours degree (or equivalent qualification) or an MSc in a related discipline.

Applicants are able to apply for one of three projects listed below.
Reference RS/12/03
The Vulnerability of Children’s Cognition: Understanding and Reducing Auditory Distraction

The omnipresence of background sound within our environment renders it inevitable that cognitive activity will sometimes be distracted. Whilst much is known about the attributes of background sound that distract adult cognition, very little is known about the possibly different attributes of sound that disrupt child cognition. For example, assertions have been made that the intensity and/or intelligibility of background speech impairs children's scholastic attainment but little if any data are available to support this claim. The successful candidate will undertake a PhD project designed to elucidate the properties of the sound as well as the focal task-setting that dictate child auditory distraction with a view to making practical recommendations regarding the reduction of such distraction. Informal enquiries to Dr John Marsh (Tel: +44 (0) 1772 893754)

Reference RS/12/04
‘Honour’-Based Violence (HBV) in the UK: Development of a risk assessment manual for use in practice within the Criminal Justice, Health and Education Systems. 

In the UK, Honour-Based Violence (HBV) is a major concern for those working with victims and perpetrators from ethnic minority backgrounds. The risk assessment guides currently used in the UK to evaluate risk of spousal assault and child abuse are inappropriate for use with victims and/or perpetrators of this inimitable type of family- and community-violence. This study responds to calls for the development of clear, structured guidelines on how to better assess risk of HBV, when victims and/perpetrators come into contact with those who are in a position to help, including the police, social workers, psychologists, and teachers. Informal enquiries to Dr. Roxanne Khan, Dr. Nicola Graham-Kevan or Dr. Maz Vanlal

Reference RS/12/05
Visual processing of, and emotional reactivity to, facial and non-facial social stimuli: The role of Ability Emotional Intelligence. 

This studentship offers the opportunity to work with an established multidisciplinary team to examine how emotional intelligence confers a social advantage. The successful candidate will undertake a PhD examining the relationship between emotional intelligence in adults and (1) conversational performance in group-and dyadic interactions, and (2) visual processing of, and reactivity to, social stimuli. Informal enquiries to Dr. Pamela Qualter (Tel: +44 (0)1772 893877).
Requests for an application pack (quoting the above reference numbers) should be directed to the Graduate Research School Office. Tel: 01772 895082 or email

Closing Date: 19 July 2013
Proposed Interview Date: 2 August 2013

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