- Type of research degree
- Application deadline
- Ongoing deadline
- Country eligibility
- International (open to all nationalities, including the UK)
- Additional supervisors
- Dr Marc de Kamps
- School of Computing
Experiments have shown that attention can influence neuronal representations. When human subjects are warned that an object will appear at a certain location in the visual field, it can be shown that the firing rate of neurons in visual cortex that correspond to that location will increase slightly. It is believed that such modulations of the neuronal representations of visual percepts lead to faster reaction times and lower search effort in a complex visual scene. Spatial-based attention is relatively well understood. When subjects are primed for a feature (such as colour) it can be shown that neuronal representations coding for that feature are affected across the visual field.<br /> <br /> This form of attention and the neuronal mechanisms behind it are less well understood. Yet, another form of attention is object-based attention. Here neurons that contribute to specific visual shapes are primed, regardless of where they are in the visual field. In a system for translation-invariant object recognition, it is hard to understand how this form of attention is implemented. In earlier work, we have modelled each of these forms of attention in isolation. Using the simulator we created to do this, you will create an integrated model that combines all neuronal mechanism into a single integrated network model. You will apply the resulting model to publicly available visual search data and to 'pop-out' phenomena. There is a possibility to contribute to running psychological experiments in this area.<br /> <br /> The earliest start date for this project will be 1 October 2020.
<p>Formal applications for research degree study should be made online through the <a href="https://www.leeds.ac.uk/info/130206/applying/91/applying_for_research_degrees">University's website</a>. Please state clearly in the research information section that the research degree you wish to be considered for is ‘An Integrated Neuronal Model for Visual Search Tasks’ as well as <a href="https://engineering.leeds.ac.uk/staff/390/Dr_Marc_de_Kamps">Dr Marc de Kamps</a> as your proposed supervisor.</p> <p>If English is not your first language, you must provide evidence that you meet the University's minimum English language requirements (below).</p> <p><em>We welcome applications from all suitably-qualified candidates, but UK black and minority ethnic (BME) researchers are currently under-represented in our Postgraduate Research community, and we would therefore particularly encourage applications from UK BME candidates. All scholarships will be awarded on the basis of merit.</em></p>
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<p><strong>Self-Funding Students are welcome to apply.</strong></p> <p><strong>UK students</strong> – The <a href="https://phd.leeds.ac.uk/funding/138-leeds-doctoral-scholarships-2021-january-deadline">Leeds Doctoral Scholarship (January deadline)</a> and the <a href="https://phd.leeds.ac.uk/funding/53-school-of-computing-scholarship">School of Computing Scholarship </a>are available to UK applicants. <a href="https://phd.leeds.ac.uk/funding/60-alumni-bursary">Alumni Bursary</a> is available to graduates of the University of Leeds.</p> <p><strong>Non-UK students</strong> – The <a href="https://phd.leeds.ac.uk/funding/53-school-of-computing-scholarship">School of Computing Scholarship </a> is available to support the additional academic fees of international applicants. The <a href="https://phd.leeds.ac.uk/funding/48-china-scholarship-council-university-of-leeds-scholarships-2021">China Scholarship Council - University of Leeds Scholarship</a> is available to nationals of China. The <a href="https://phd.leeds.ac.uk/funding/73-leeds-marshall-scholarship">Leeds Marshall Scholarship</a> is available to support US citizens. <a href="https://phd.leeds.ac.uk/funding/60-alumni-bursary">Alumni Bursary</a> is available to graduates of the University of Leeds.</p>
<p>For further information regarding your application, please contact Doctoral College Admissions by email: <a href="mailto:EMAIL@leeds.ac.uk">p</a><a href="mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org">email@example.com</a>, or by telephone: +44 (0)113 343 5057.</p> <p>For further information regarding the project, please contact Dr Marc de Kamps by email: <a href="mailto:M.deKamps@leeds.ac.uk">M.deKamps@leeds.ac.uk</a> </p>
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