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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Paranormal Investigator Needed

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Starting salary is normally in the range £27,578 to £35,938.  With potential progression once in post to £38,140 a year.

A Research Fellowship is available in the School of Psychology, University of Birmingham (UK), studying the role of cortical hyperexcitability underlying susceptibility to visual hallucinations - specifically out-of-body experiences in the non-clinical population.  The project will involve taking psychophysiological measurements (Electrodermal activity), will employ TDCS procedures of brain-stimulation and is under the supervision of Dr Jason Braithwaite, Lecturer, in the School of Psychology.  The project is funded by The Leverhulme Trust.

The School of Psychology at Birmingham is one of the most successful Psychology departments in the UK, ranking third among all UK Psychology departments in the most recent Research Assessment Exercise (RAE2008). The School boasts outstanding access to the latest Psychophysiological and Neurophysiological equipment (including, Electrodermal activity, Facial EMG, to ERP, fMRI, TMS, TDCS, and computational resources).  An excellent program of seminars and colloquia creates a vibrant research atmosphere. Birmingham is the UK's second largest city and provides a vibrant cultural environment and excellent transport links to London and the rest of Europe.

The successful applicant, in addition to having obtained a PhD in Cognitive Psychology, Neuroscience, Psychology or a related discipline, will have a strong background in the areas of visual attention, visual awareness, and visual emotional processes. Expertise with programming behavioural experiments in E-prime presentation software for both stimulus presentation and event-related procedures is highly desirable.  A background in psychophysiology (such as electrodermal activity) is also desirable, though not essential as full training will be given during the project.  However, a capacity to acquire skills in contemporary psychophysiological measurements / analyses is essential.

To download the details and submit an electronic application online visit: www.hr.bham.ac.uk/jobs

The project supervisor, Jason Braithwaite, has an interest in instances of Anomalous Cognition, hallucinations and delusions in the pathological, clinical and normal populations.  Current research is directed at investigating (i) neurocognitive correlates of Out-of-Body Experiences (OBEs); (ii) Near-Death Experiences; (iii) perspective-taking mechanisms, (iv) embodiment and theories of 'self'; (v) the rubber-arm illusion and (vi) neurocognitive correlates of consciousness including altered states; and (vii) sensed-presence experiences (as stated on hiswork web site).  So definitely a researcher with interests to attract the average Fortean.

 
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