Fully funded PhD position Department of Psychology, University of York (UK)
Project: Cognitive ageing and lexical retrieval during language production in context Supervisors: Dr. Angela de Bruin and Prof. Beth Jefferies Application deadline: 13 January 2020
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The PhD candidate will focus on how age affects lexical retrieval during language production in context. Healthy older adults might have more difficulties retrieving words during language production than younger adults. For example, older adults need more time when they have to name pictures. Most research on this topic has focused on the production of single words. However, language production is rarely limited to individual words. Instead, we usually produce language in sentences in dialogue and are influenced by the (semantic) information present in the context.
This PhD project aims to study how age affects lexical retrieval during language production in context. The project will assess how age effects on lexical retrieval differ between language production in context versus production of isolated words. The project will furthermore examine how semantic cues available from the context can hinder versus facilitate lexical retrieval in older and younger adults. These questions will be addressed in behavioural and fMRI experiments.The PhD candidate will be responsible for all aspects of the research project, that is for designing experiments, conducting behavioural and neuroimaging experiments, data analysis, and the dissemination of results.
– Strong 2.1 BSc (Hons) or equivalent degree in psychology, (cognitive) neuroscience, (psycho-/neuro-)linguistics, or a related discipline
– Solid knowledge of statistical methods
– Experience with empirical work in (psycho-/neuro-)linguistics, psychology and/or (cognitive) neuroscience
– High motivation and strong interest in the topics of language and cognitive ageing
– Strong writing and communication skills