The eXperimental Cognitive Information Technologies (xCIT) research group from the University of Luxembourg invites applications from PhD candidates to work an interdisciplinary project focusing on behavioural interventions to enhance cognitive abilities.
Research over the past decade shows that certain behavioural interventions in particular action video game play may improve a broad range of cognitive abilities that can impact real-
world outcomes. Here we ask why those interventions are effective and how to best characterize the cognitive consequences of such interventions.
The successful PhD candidate will review the literature on cognitive training and cognitive assessment with the goal of identifying relevant cognitive tasks.
These cognitive tasks will be implemented in the lab and then used in a large-scale online study to construct a battery for cognitive assessment meant to serve as a standard to evaluate the efficacy of cognitive training interventions.
Finally, we will conduct an intervention study testing multiple cognitive training programs. In addition, during the development of the battery as well as during the intervention study (pre / post) functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) will be used to investigate the brain activity of the participants while performing the cognitive tasks to further clarify and understand the underlying constructs and neuronal underpinnings, and relate those to behavioural performance and training achievements.
The ultimate goal of this project is to use individual differences approach on large behavioural data sets and brain imaging to improve our understanding of how to improve cognition and design efficient intervention to do so.
The successful PhD candidate will be jointly supervised by Prof. Pedro Cardoso-Leite (expert in experimental psychology, ATTRACT fellow, University of Luxembourg) and by Dr.
Jöran Lepsien (expert in cognitive neuroscience and attention, Max Planck Institute of Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig Germany).
Although the PhD student will be required to spend at least 75% of his time at the University of Luxembourg, it is expected that he will spend several stays at the Max Planck Institute in Leipzig.
The University offers highly competitive salaries and ample opportunities for training activities towards professional development.
You will work in an exciting international environment and will have the opportunity to participate in the development of a dynamic and growing centre.
The University of Luxembourg is an equal opportunity employer.