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Call for Application for Prospective Ph.D. Students Code: 16167 - Psychology and Social Neuroscience

WHAT 3 three-year funded PhD positions in Cognitive, Social and Affective Neuroscience (CoSAN) programme (https://phd.uniroma1.it/web/pagina.aspx?s=&i=3533&m=&l=EN&p=48&a=.) New: CoSAN programme offers, to at least one of the selected candidates, the possibility to achieve a joint PhD degree in agreement with City University, London (UK). WHO Highly motivated applicants with a deep interest in systems neuroscience and higher-order cognitive, affective and social functions are encouraged to apply. Preferred Degrees: Psychology, Medicine, Neuroscience, Philosophy, Computational Neuroscience, Computer graphics, Computer Science, Biomedical engineering, Statistics, Mathematics. Computer Programming skills are in particularly high demand. Applications are invited from candidates who:

  • hold an Italian diploma di laurea / laurea specialistica / laurea magistrale in any discipline,

  • hold an equivalent second-level degree (generally equivalent to a Master’s Degree) obtained in any country , in any discipline

  • expect to receive their degree award by October 31, 2021


STIPEND Euro €15.343,28 per year; which includes I.N.P.S. - National Insurance Contributions which fellowship recipients are required to pay (around 11,41%). The amount of the scholarship can be increased by 50% for research periods spent abroad, previously authorized by the Ph.D. Coordinator. RESEARCH TOPICS Neural correlates of cognitive, social and affective processes including:

  • Bodily and brain correlates of Intergroup processing, stereotype and prejudice

  • Bodily paths to lie, deception, corruption, (cyber)bullying

  • Neuroleadership

  • Joint attention and joint action in healthy and brain damaged people

  • Intention, action and emotion understanding

  • Pain perception, empathy for pain, existential neuroscience

  • Body awareness and Self-Other distinction in healthy, spinal cord injured, brain damaged people

  • Body Image Disorders in neurological and psychiatric patients

  • Embodiment and agency in Immersive virtual reality

  • Brain and beauty

  • Interoception

  • Autism


  • Non Invasive Brain Stimulation

  • Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS)

  • Transcranial electric Stimulation (tDCS, tACS)

  • Functional Ultrasound Imaging

  • Electroencephalography (EEG), including:

  • Somatosensory Evoked Potentials (SEP)

  • Laser Evoked Potentials (LEP)

  • fMRI

  • Physiological measures

  • Electrocardiography (EKG)

  • Electrogastrography (EGG)

  • Electromyography (EMG)

  • Thermal lmaging

  • Immersive virtual reality (CAVE and Head mounted display)

  • Infrared Eye-tracking and Motion-tracking

  • Brain lesion analysis

  • Computational Modeling

SELECTION PROCEDURE Admission is based on an evaluation of the skills and aptitude of the candidate, and the selection procedure includes two steps: Phase 1. Evaluation of qualifications Phase 2. On site (or video-conference) interview Results and time schedule of the on-site interviews will be available by July the 29th, 2021 On site interviews will be in September 9-10th, 2021 at the Department of Psychology. It is possible, following motivated requests, to conduct Phase 2 interview using video-conferencing facilities. APPLICATION DEADLINES 1. Applications must be submitted by July 20th, 2021, 02:00 p.m. (CEST) 2. Application fee (€ 35, non-refundable) must be payed by July 20th, 2021 at 11.59 p.m. (CEST). HOW TO APPLY General PhD Call: https://www.uniroma1.it/sites/default/files/field_file_allegati/tutorial_inglese_definitivo_37.pdf Psychology and Social Neuroscience PhD Call: https://phd.uniroma1.it/web/concorso37.aspx?i=3533&l=EN INFO https://phd.uniroma1.it/web/pagina.aspx?s=&i=3533&m=&l=EN&p=48&a= http://agliotilab.org/ https://phd.uniroma1.it/web/concorso37.aspx?i=3533&l=EN CONTACT INFO Michela La Padula (organizational manager) - michela.lapadula@uniroma1.it (administrative requests) Salvatore M. Aglioti or Ilaria Bufalari - salvatoremaria.aglioti@uniroma1.it or ilaria.bufalari@uniroma1.it (scientific requests) Coordinator of the Psychology and Social Neuroscience PhD Program: Matteo Candidi: matteo.candidi@uniroma1.it Coordinator of the CoSAN Curriculum Salvatore Maria Aglioti, Director of the Social and Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory, Sapienza University of Rome: salvatoremaria.aglioti@uniroma1.it

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