Game playing attentional processes - PhD research opportunities - University of Derby

Game playing and modification of attentional biases

Topic headline: Game playing and modification of attentional biases 

Category: PhD research project

Institution: University of Derby

Department: Psychology

PhD supervisor: Dr Frances A. Maratos

Application deadline: Applications accepted all year round

Funding availability: Self-funded PhD student only

Project description

This project would focus on the modification of attentional processes via game playing (for example attentional bias modification paradigms). The research might focus on a) investigations of attentional processes in children (for example, the influence of type of play; or methods of structured game playing to modify processes of emotional attention), or b) investigations of temporal processes of attention in ageing populations (for example, how fast can older individuals process consecutive visual or auditory stimuli? Can processes of temporal attention be improved? Does temporal processing in one domain translate to temporal processing in another further domain?).

There is potential for the PhD student to contribute to all stages of the research, including specific populations and/or specific domains of attention to be investigated. A successful applicant will join a thriving postgraduate community at the Kedleston Road site of the University of Derby, and will have a good (at least upper second) degree in psychology or a closely related subject, good knowledge and use of quantitative research methodologies, and be a well-organised, self-motivated individual.


Initial background reading

Croker, S. & Maratos, F.A. (2011) Visual Processing Speeds in Children. Child Development Research.  doi:10.1155/2011/450178

Bar‐Haim, Y. (2010). Research review: attention bias modification (ABM): a novel treatment for anxiety disorders. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 51(8), 859-870.

Owen et al. (2010) Putting brain training to the test. Nature. 465, 775–778.


PhD study at the University of Derby

The University of Derby is pleased to welcome applications from self-funded or externally sponsored students for programmes of research in this or related areas, beginning from September 2012. Applications are welcome from students wishing to study full time or part time, and from students in employment who have the support of their employers.

The University of Derby provides PhD students with a range of facilities and support, including dedicated office space, PC and IT facilities, and library services, and all PhD students in Psychology are members of the Centre for Psychological Research, an active community of psychological researchers.

At the University of Derby, the Traditional Route PhD is taken by students who already have a Masters level qualification that includes research methods. Students without previous Masters level training in research methods take the New Route PhD, which includes training in research methods.

Have a look at the application process details and fee information.


Enquiry contact details

Dr Frances A. Maratos