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There are a number of staff in the Department of Psychology offering specific PhD projects. If you are interested in applying for a PhD studentship to pursue any of these projects, please contact the individual staff member.
Please contact me if you are interested in social cognitive development in Autism Spectrum Disorder and/or typically developing individuals. Areas include (but are not limited to) facial expression recognition and theory of mind using naturalistic tasks and real-time measures such as response times and eye-movements.
This PhD project would involve working with the Department's electrical brain stimulator to explore effects on memory function and retrieval and expand this field of research.
Homonymous hemianopia is the commonest form of visual disorder following stroke or head injury. In this study the PhD student will develop and evaluate an eye movement based compensatory therapy making use of the range of oculomotor recording equipment and the driving stimulator based in the Department of Psychology at Kingston University, London. Depending on student interest and patient availability, it may be possible to test patients with Hemispatial Neglect.
Please contact me if you are interested in conducting research in eating disorders and dysfunctional eating in the general population. Areas include (but are not limited to):
Addictive behaviours and in particular smoking, problematic internet use and gaming.
This project will utilise social psychological theory to elaborate the ways in which lay people make sense of and orient towards drone technology. This could relate to either the domestic context (eg. in terms of surveillance, online shopping), or in terms of foreign policy and counter-terrorism operations, and will likely use both qualitative and quantitative methods.
Intergroup contact and social change. This project will contribute to a developing line of research within social psychology which suggests that intergroup contact may have negative consequences in terms of the maintenance of inequality in our societies (eg. Dixon, Durrheim, and Tredoux, 2007). It will adopt a qualitative approach by focusing on the meanings which individuals (belonging to minority and majority groups) attach to intergroup contact.