Potential Areas of Study for PhD's
The academics in RASPH are always interested to hear from suitably qualified students who are considering studying for a PhD. Each academic has listed potential areas of study they would be willing to supervise. Please research your area first and then contact the academic via email. For information regarding current and previous RASPH PhD's please refer to the members page.
· Tax-free stipend (£12,000 per year)
· Tuition fees for home students (£3,010 per year)
· Research Training Support Grant (£1,000 per year).
For further information on application procedures and funding refer to the the School of Psychology admissions.
Prof Eamonn Ferguson
I am interested in supervising PhD students is the following areas:
1. Altruism and human helping behaviour
The above are general idea, but I welcome suggested ideas in all of these areas. For more detail and recent publications please go to my home pages. Please feel free to contact me with informal suggestions at Eamonn.firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr Ellen Townsend
Dr Claire Lawrence
I would be interested in supervising PhD students in projects relating to the following:
1. Individual differences in:
2. Factors influencing the way that aggression and violence is perceived
Dr Martin Hagger
I am interested in supervising PhD/summer internships in the following areas:
1) Telling the difference between plans and goals – most studies do not focus on ‘goal intentions’ when outlining plans to engage in behaviour, but focus on ‘intentions’ alone. The purpose of investigations in this area is to look at how intentions have traditionally focused on plans to do a behaviour alone and neglected peoples goals, and how providing goals can help explain behaviour more effectively (Armitage & Conner, 2001; Gollwitzer, 1999).
(2) Personality and intrinsic motivation – do we have a natural propensity to be intrinsically motivated? The aim is to examine whether people are intrinsically motivated to behave because of the situation or because they have a behavioural trait that predisposes them to do so (Deci & Ryan, 1985).
(3) What is the difference between motivation and attitudes? – are people able to distinguish between attitudes towards something and motivation to do something? Alternatively, are attitudes and motives inextricably linked? The purpose would be to look at this question from a self-determination theory perspective (Hagger, Chatzisarantis, Barkoukis, Wang, & Baranowski, 2005; Hagger, Chatzisarantis, Culverhouse, & Biddle, 2003).
(4) Implicit or explicit motives? There has been a renewed interest in implicit processes in social psychology (Bargh, Chen, & Burrows, 1996). Research into these processes aims to determine the relative contribution of explicit, deliberative, and reflective influences and implicit, automatic, and impulsive influences on behaviour (Strack & Deutsch, 2004). Recently, this has been extended to motivation (Kehr, 2004) and I am interested in supervising projects examining the influence of implicit and explicit forms of intrinsic motivation on behaviour, extending the research in implicit intrinsic motivation that has been done before (Burton, Lydon, D'Alessandro, & Koestner, 2006; Levesque & Pelletier, 2003).
Dr David Clarke
Analysis of causal mechanisms in road accidents
We have an extensive database of highly detailed accident reports developed over many years of research. Some analysis has been done already and reported in a number of journal articles, but there is potential for a lot more investigation based on this rich source of data.
Applications and development of sequence analysis methods
Sequence analysis can be a highly effective way of analysing complex behavioural data and solving practical problems. It is used in animal ethology, and some studies of interpersonal behaviour, but in general is not widely know and used in psychology. There are many interesting real-world problems that have not yet been tackled in this way, and scope to modify, develop and customize the techniques (both quantitative and qualitative) for a range of new uses.
Emotion decision and action
Traditionally, most studies of how people select and plan a course of action have dealt mainly with rational cognitive considerations. But this is now changing. Emotion is a hot topic. Many actions are best explained and predicted according to how someone feels about an action, its consequences, or the person or thing it is directed towards. Sometimes without realising it, we respond to imaginary situations, and lay down plans that will trigger automatically if similar circumstances arise. There are various projects to be done describing and classifying the patterns of emotion, thought and action that recur most often and affect people most forcefully.
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