PhD Studentship: Pragmatic and epistemic benefits of factually erroneous cognitions in the non-clinical population

Department of Philosophy Theology and Religion, University of Birmingham.

Applications close: 15th February 2016.

This award includes funding for one full-time PhD project studentship to begin on 1st October 2016. The award covers tuition fees and a stipend of £15,000 per annum.

The student will examine the potential epistemic benefits of inaccurate cognitions in the non-clinical population in the recent philosophical and empirical literature; co-author with the PI (Professor Lisa Bortolotti, Philosophy) and the Co-I (Dr Michael Larkin, Clinical Psychology) a research article providing an overview of epistemic benefits of inaccurate cognitions in the non-clinical population; co-organise the meetings scheduled in years 3-5 of the project; disseminate preliminary outcomes via participation in national and international graduate conferences and seminars; and contribute to the project Twitter feed, blog, and website.

The student should have an excellent first degree (Philosophy or Psychology), and a Masters degree in Philosophy (with a dissertation in Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Psychology, Philosophy of Psychiatry, or Epistemology). Applications from candidates interested in interdisciplinary research are especially welcome. Candidates must be able to demonstrate competence in philosophical argumentation, an interest in empirically-informed research, and excellent communication skills.

Studentships will be supervised by Professor Lisa Bortolotti (Philosophy) and Dr Michael Larkin (Psychology).

Further details and application process here.

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