[visionlist] Vision and Decision Making PhD positions at Dept. Psychology University of Waterloo CANADA

Two (2) PhD positions are available in the Department of Psychology at the University of Waterloo for research on the effects of probability on perceptual experience, behavioral performance, and decision making (possible starting dates Sep 2017 or Jan 2018).We have demonstrated distinct perceptual consequences to varying the probability with which visual stimuli appear and how discrimination accuracy relates to reward. Continuing work looks to explain these relationships via biases in eye movements and local changes in early sensory cortical networks, the research uses eye tracking, scalp EEG/ERP, and some computational modelling.A companion project concentrates on the neural substrates for learning and updating our mental models of environmental statistics. This research has participants with and without focal brain injury playing simple games that require them to perceive, use, and update environmental representations. The research explores the basis for performance and performance decrements with behavioral measures, eye tracking, anatomical lesion mapping, and fMRI.Inquiries about these opportunities can be directed to Britt Anderson (britt@uwaterloo.ca). James Danckert (jdancker@uwaterloo.ca) is the primary collaborator and potential co-supervisor. Preference is given to those with either Canadian citizenship or permanent residency. However, applications from highly qualified citizens of other countries will also be considered.The lab page for Britt Anderson is: http://ift.tt/2qEuREU lab page for James Danckert is: http://ift.tt/2pDvxfh information on the Psychology Department at the University of Waterloo can be found at: http://ift.tt/2qE1ClJ .
— Britt Anderson


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