Research Associate In Perception/Learning/Decision-Making

Durham (County) (GB)
11 Apr 2017
End of advertisement period
10 May 2017
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Psychology
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Research Associate
Durham University
Department Of Psychology Position Type :  Research
Grade 7 (£32,004) 

Research Associate in Perception/Learning/Decision-making

A 36 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 Marko Nardini and Dr Ulrik Beierholm and funded by the Leverhulme Trust. The project aims to understand how humans learn new sensory and motor mappings and new perceptual priors for perception and action under uncertainty. We will address this question using a combination of behavioural testing, computational modelling and eye-tracking. The project will:

Develop new computer-based tasks to test naïve participants' abilities to learn to perceive and act efficiently in novel environments.
Develop new computational ideal observer/ ideal learner models to compare with human performance.
Determine when participants learn flexible, probabilistic solutions via simpler decision rules by testing how learning generalises (e.g. to altered cue reliabilities).
Ask (via modelling and behavioural manipulations) what role limitations (e.g. in attention or memory) play during human learning.
Relate learning to novel eye-tracking measures, e.g. those indexing surprise in response to feedback.

The focus of the post-doc position is on development of tasks for adult participants and development of computational models. The grant also includes a PhD studentship applying similar methods to younger age groups to understand human development. The post-doc position does not require any developmental experience or aptitude, but will include some collaboration on the related developmental research (e.g. via use of similar tasks, modelling, analysis).
Closes midday on :  10-May-2017