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Reference : UMR8590-DENFOR-001
Workplace : PARIS 06
Date of publication : Monday, June 7, 2021
Scientific Responsible name : Denis Forest
Type of Contract : PhD Student contract / Thesis offer
Contract Period : 36 months
Start date of the thesis : 1 September 2021
Proportion of work : Full time
Remuneration : 2 135,00 € gross monthly
Description of the thesis topic
Identifying positive (joy, pleasure) and negative (fear, anxiety) emotions is essential for the management of psychiatric conditions and for experimental neuroscience research. However, there is no consensus about their exact definition, and the terms fear and anxiety, joy and pleasure, are often used as synonyms. At the crossroads of the neurobiology of emotions and the philosophy of neuroscience, the aim of the dissertation will be to answer the following question: how can neuroscience advance the categorisation and understanding of emotional states, and how can animal models contribute to this? Through a translational approach based on data from the neuroscientific literature, on the conceptual analysis method specific to philosophy and on a dialogue with psychiatrists, the goal will be to offer a precise characterization of these different emotional states.
Research will take place at the IHPST (13 rue du Four 75006 Paris). This research unit is specialized in philosophy of science; it includes 8 researchers, 4 research Directors, 3 University Professors and 4 associate Professors. One of its main lines of research is philosophy of biology and medicine.
The co-supervisor of the Dissertation will be Nicolas Heck, member of the Paris Seine Laboratory of Neuroscience, Paris (NPS, UMR8246), and Associate Professor at Paris Sorbonne University.
Constraints and risks
The project may include an experimental part which will be carried out at the Paris Seine Laboratory of Neuroscience and will involve experiments on a mouse model.
The candidate should have a Master's degree. The successful candidate should have knowledge of both philosophy of science and neurobiology. The candidate's background should demonstrate strrong skills in the understanding of animal models, of the experimental approach, and a good knowledge of neurophysiology. An internship in a biology laboratory would be an asset. In order to carry out this project, the candidate will also have to demonstrate a good command of the philosophy of emotions. The completion of a dissertation on the theme of philosophy of science will be considered.
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