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PhD in Cognitive Psychology (H/F)

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Français - Anglais

Date Limite Candidature : mardi 6 décembre 2022

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General information

Reference : UMR5105-GUYOMN0-038
Workplace : GRENOBLE
Date of publication : Tuesday, November 15, 2022
Scientific Responsible name : Olivier Pascalis, David Méary, Rafael Laboissière
Type of Contract : PhD Student contract / Thesis offer
Contract Period : 36 months
Start date of the thesis : 1 January 2023
Proportion of work : Full time
Remuneration : 2 135,00 € gross monthly

Description of the thesis topic

The PhD student will be in charge of data collections and analysis and will participate in the dissemination of the results.
The project, funded by ANR (French National funding agency) entitled « Understanding the link between categorization of native and non-native faces and Ingroup preferences: a developmental approach (IGBDEV)» is consortium between two CNRS Units LPNC (UMR 5105, Olivier Pascalis, LPNC (UMR 5105, Olivier Pascalis, David Méary, Rafael Laboissière) in Grenoble, France and CRAN (UMR 7039, Bruno Rossion et Stéphanie Caharel) in Nancy, France. People have an implicit tendency to perceive and treat other members of their in-group more positively: Ingroup Preference (IGP). Its emergence and development remains unclear. 9- month-olds are doing both perceptual and social categories for individuals. We will explore the interactions between face and speech processing in the context of the development of the IGP. In infants, we will test the hypothesis that hearing the native language in combination with looking at an own-race face versus hearing a non-native language combined with another-race face boosts the IGP. In a second part, we will not only record electroencephalography (EEG) during frequency-tagging, providing implicit quantifiable measures of IGP objectively comparable across development, but also test for evidence of interactions between face and speech processing in the context of the IGP in adults and infants. Our results will be key for understanding how infants represent their social world and determining the factors influencing their representation of others and the emergence of IGP.

Work Context

The Laboratory of Psychology and NeuroCognition (LPNC) is a Cognitive Science Research Unit affiliated to the CNRS (National Institute of Biological Sciences, section 26, Language Sciences, section 34) and to two universities (University Grenoble-Alpes, Grenoble and University of Savoie Mont Blanc, Chambery). This laboratory has an interdisciplinary approach of cognition, which encompasses experimental psychology; computational and mathematical modeling; neuropsychology; cognitive psychiatry; and neuroimaging. The candidate will be part of the developmental team and will be co-supervised by Olivier Pascalis, David Méary and Rafael Laboissière. The candidate will benefit from Bruno Rossion's lab support for the EEG part.

Additional Information

Master 2 in cognitive psychology/ cognitive neuroscience/ neuropsychology.
Experience with behavioural studies in cognitive and/or developmental psychology and electropencephalography. Being fluent in French is important to interact with the participants.

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