PhD position in decision-making and motor control in healthy and clinical populations [closing ] at SCIENCE-COMMUNITY.ORG


Country: France;
City: Besancon
Vacancy added:10.04.2021
Employer: Université Bourgogne Franche-Comté (UBFC)
Vacancy type: PhD position;
For whom: For researchers;

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Resumes due: 31.05.2021
How do we translate information from sensory inputs and memory stores into goal-directed actions? In the last 40 years, the fields of cognitive psychology and cognitive neuroscience have focused on the decision-making stage, proposing sophisticated models based on sequential sampling and accumulation-to-threshold assumptions. Very few attempts have been made to understand the complete process. The aim of this research project is to test an integrated theory of deciding and acting in humans recently developed in our lab, which explains conflicting measurements from these traditionally separate fields of research, and provides joint, precise quantitative predictions about them.
The PhD student will perform a series of experiments in healthy subjects designed to test the theory. The experiments will combine behavioral, electrophysiological measurements (EEG and EMG), and stimulation techniques (tDCS, rTMS). The theory will be applied to a variety of mood, personality, and addictive disorders, with the aim of providing new insight into pathological decision-making and impulsive behaviors, and elaborate new remediation strategies.
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