||UK Students, EU Students, International Students
||£14,000 maintenance grant per annum
||24th June 2015
||20th September 2015
Lead Supervisor name: Dr Xun He
We engage with others in various actions almost every day because human beings are evolution-sculpted social animals and constantly influenced by social interaction potentials (Tomasello, 2014, Harvard University Press). Early studies on interpersonal influence have shown that an individual’s behaviour changes when another person is present: simple actions are facilitated and complex actions are impaired (Zajonc, 1965, Science). Recent years have seen more research about social interactions, in which two persons will be tested at the same time, and aspects of the two persons’ tasks are closely integrated. This usually involves people performing the same task, which will lead to enhanced cognition and motivation (Shteynberg, 2015, Pers. Psychol. Sci.), or distributing parts of a complex task among two participants, leading to all parts of the task being processed by each acting person (Sebanz & Knoblich, 2009, Topics Cogn. Sci.).
The past research has investigated how human performance is affected if all or some related task parts are shared. However, addressing most, if not all, social interaction potentials may be ecologically advantageous, even when the task is not shared. Recent findings seem to support this notion as information held in a co-actor’s memory can influence one’s own performance even when the co-actor’s task is irrelevant to oneself (He et al., 2011, Exp. Brain. Res.; He et al., 2014, J. Exp. Soc. Psychol.). This raises an important question: does environmental information have different effects on us when it is differently used by others, even when this information is trivial to our own goal? We aim at answering this intriguing question by studying interpersonal processes, which refer to influences from a co-acting person via an environmental factor that could be irrelevant to the acting person.
What does the funded studentship include?
Funded candidates will receive a maintenance grant of £14,000 per annum (unless otherwise specified), to cover their living expenses and have their fees waived for 36 months. In addition, research costs, including field work and conference attendance, will be met.
Funded Studentships are open to both UK/EU and International students unless otherwise specified.
Closing date: The first call for applications will close on 20th September 2015
For further information on how to apply email firstname.lastname@example.org