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 From Kou Murayama:

Applications are invited for a three-year fully funded SEDTC-CASE PhD
studentship for a project examining the social contagion of motivation
between adolescent peers through their social (friendship) networks at
schools, supervised by Kou Murayama and Patricia Riddell (University of
Reading). This is an interdisciplinary project combining
developmental/educational psychology, network science, and neuroimaging;
thus, the studentship will provide the student with great training
opportunities to acquire these multidisciplinary research skills and

The studentship is partially funded by Queen Anne’s School, our local
collaborative partner, and thus the student will also have the valuable
experience of collaborating with the school, learning how the knowledge
gained through academic research is translated in a school environment.
Applicants who are interested in developmental  / educational / social
psychology, developmental / social neuroscience, and/or multivariate
statistical analysis are encouraged to apply.

The project will be supported by the Motivation Laboratory in the
University of Reading (PI: Kou Murayama;, which
conducts a number of cutting edge studies on human motivation with various
research methodologies.

Staff in the Motivation Lab has published a number of high impact papers in
internationally renowned academic journals and many of these have attracted
media attention.

Housed in state-of-the-art facilities (including fMRI), the School has
established itself as a leading centre for research in the UK and beyond.
The School of Psychology & Clinical Language Sciences was ranked in the top
20 (15th) in the UK within its unit of assessment in the 2014 Research
Excellence Framework based on research power. The successful candidate will
join a thriving postgraduate research community of more than 80 PhD
students who benefit from excellent support and resources from the School
of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences (


Candidates should have a first or strong 2.1 degree in psychology or
neuroscience and a distinction or high Merit in a relevant Masters
qualification would be advantageous. The candidate should have a
demonstrable interest in the topic and strong written and oral
communication skills. In addition, advanced knowledge about statistical
analysis and/or experience with fMRI techniques would be advantageous.

Candidates may not be eligible for the full award if they do not meet UK
residency requirements. For full details of eligibility, please check the
ESRC’s guidelines

 Funding Details:

 * Start date September/October 2016

* The award is for 3 years

* The studentship covers the full cost of UK tuition fees, plus a
maintenance stipend in line with RCUK rates (provisional £14,254 for full
time award holders in 2016/2017) per annum, for EU/UK students who fulfil
the UK residency requirements (see above).

 How to apply:

 Please submit an application for a PhD in Psychology/Clinical Language
Sciences at

 *Important note* Please quote the reference ‘GS16-009’  in the
‘Scholarships applied for’ box which appears within the Funding Section of
your on-line application.

Application Deadline:  January 25, 2016

Further information on the position can be obtained by emailing Dr. Kou
Murayama ([log in to unmask]). Advice on applying for this
studentship can also be obtained by emailing [log in to unmask]

* This post is also advertised at


Tom A.B. Snijders
Professor of Statistics and Methodology, Dept of Sociology, University of
Emeritus Fellow, Nuffield College, University of Oxford

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