The ideal candidate will have a background in either visual cognition, emotion, or clinical psychology research and will have a strong interest in synthesizing these approaches. Experience in running experiments, computer programming skills (Matlab), and knowledge in statistics are highly desirable, as is evidence of excellent communication skills. Candidates will ideally aspire to a career in psychological research and will value opportunities to disseminate knowledge to the public.
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People differ in their biases to attend to emotional information, and this has been found to play a role in a range of psychological disorders. Although lab-based studies reveal important distinctions between attention mechanisms, the field lacks researchers trained to move between the cognitive lab and the clinic. This project bridges these research domains by investigating how differences in what we mean by “attention” determine the relationship between attentional biases and mental health. Outcomes from this project will include understanding of why people often see the same events differently and of whether attentional biases can be changed through experience.