Postdoctoral Research Associate in Multisensory Development

Durham, United Kingdom
Grade 7 (£33,199 - £39,609)
20 Sep 2018
End of advertisement period
19 Oct 2018
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Psychology
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Department : Department Of Psychology
Position Type : Academic
Grade 7 (£33,199 - £39,609)

A 24-month fixed-term full time post-doctoral Research Associate position is available at the Department of Psychology at Durham University, UK. The successful candidate will join a research project led by Dr. Dorothy Cowie, Prof. Andrew Bremner and Dr. Marco Gillies, and funded by the UK Economic & Social Research Council. The project aims to understand how humans develop the ability to represent their own bodies. Recent work has shown that in adults, the sense of body ownership is driven both by multisensory information (e.g. synchrony of seen and felt touches to a body), and prior knowledge of the body’s form. We know that there are major changes in both these processes in children. We will examine these developmental changes using both desktop and virtual environments. Typically populations will be 4- to 12-year-olds and adults.

The project will: 

Determine the sensory and featural constraints on body representation for adults and children. 

Determine the developing role of movement cues in body representation. 
The successful candidate will work under the direction of Dr Dorothy Cowie (https://sites.google.com/view/cowie-lab), and in close collaboration with other Psychology and Computer Science researchers on this project. Studies will use a large-scale motion capture laboratory, with an integrated Oculus Rift headset providing immersive virtual reality. Computing support is provided. We also have an extensive database of local volunteer families (see https://www.facebook.com/durhamdevelopmentalgroup).

Closes midday on : 19-Oct-2018