Learning about and from other people is important for making decisions about whom to trust and whether to engage with people in the future. Do changes or dysfunction in learning and memory affect how we learn from people and how we decide to engage in activities with others?
We are looking for a highly motivated PhD candidate with an interest in pursuing fundamental experimental psychology in populations with neurological damages and/or psychopathology.
The PhD position is embedded in the Brain and Cognition program group (department of Psychology) at the University of Amsterdam and will be supervised by Dr. Karin Foerde, Dr. Tim Ziermans, and Prof.dr. Jaap Murre.
The aim of the project is to understand: 1) What are the effects of dopaminergic dysfunction (e.g., among individuals with Parkinson’s disease or psychopathology) on social learning and decision making? 2) How does anticipated effort and enjoyment of social and non-social activities affect decisions to engage socially and can episodic memory-based interventions ameliorate potential deficits? These questions will be addressed using a combination of large-scale online testing and in-person testing of individuals with dopaminergic disturbances, (individuals with Parkinson’s disease, individuals with psychosis, and older adults).What you are going to do
- Complete and defend a PhD thesis within the official appointment duration of four years
- Gain knowledge of the field through literature survey, discussion with team members, and internal lab meetings
- Conduct online studies and in-person studies with patients
- Present data at scientific meetings
- Assist in teaching undergraduates and Master’s students and co-supervise junior scientists (technicians, MSc/BSc students)