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PhD Studentship: The neural mechanisms of perception

A research volunteer being scanned in the Centre's new, state of the art 7T scanner.

Applications are invited for a 3-year funded PhD studentship in the Wellcome Centre for Human Neuroimaging under the supervision of Dr. Peter Kok, PI of the Visual Perception group.


One of the most intriguing questions in contemporary neuroscience is how the brain gives rise to our visual perception of the world. A major insight from the past decades is that visual perception is strongly influenced by our prior knowledge and expectations. However, the neural mechanisms underlying this process are largely unknown.

Dr Peter Kok’s research in the Visual Perception Team uses a combination of state-of-the-art neuroimaging techniques (MEG, 7T fMRI) to shed light on this.

The successful candidate will conduct experiments probing, for example, time-resolved decoding of the neural dynamics underlying integrating of expectations with sensory inputs (using MEG) and/or layer-specific responses in visual cortex and hippocampal subfield contributions to generating expectations (using 7T fMRI).


Deadline for applications: 30th August 2021

Apply now.