PhD Studentship – Mapping the Shared Brain

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Website UniofBath University of Bath

Closing date: 14/01/2022


Lead supervisor: Dr Neal Hinvest, Department of Psychology, University of Bath,



This project is being advertised as one that is in competition for a fully funded studentship. The successful candidate would work with the proposed supervisor to put forward an application to the ESRC South-West Doctoral Training Partnership.

Successful human interaction is built upon the formation of shared identities between individuals. The ability to detect the formation of a shared identity between interacting individuals would be hugely significant because it would reveal the psychological framework that underpins social behaviour.

Recent advances in EEG technology and in the emerging ‘social neuroscience’ field indicate that it is now feasible to use EEG to detect neural patterns that indicate the presence of a shared ‘social space’, what we term the shared brain (Gutsell and Inzlicht, 2012; Hatfield, 1993; Nummenmaa et al., 2012). Exploring how the shared brain is formed will elucidate the sub-conscious and conscious processes underlying the formation of a shared identity.

The student will conduct their research under the supervision of Dr Neal Hinvest (Senior Lecturer/Associate Professor in Neuroeconomics)

The Project

The student will be a key part of a multi-disciplinary team that will develop and implement innovative procedures for identifying, via EEG, neural markers of the emergence of the shared brain and how the shared brain is associated with the formation of a social identity between interacting individuals. The project will draw on research and methodologies within cognitive neuroscience and social psychology, and modelling techniques from the discipline of mathematics.

The Successful Candidate should:

  1. Fulfil the entrance requirements for a Department for Psychology PhD (
  2. Have a good understanding of EEG and/or social identity formation. Knowledge may be practical or non-practical but an understanding of the method of EEG, strengths and weaknesses and common analysis techniques will help your application. Given the multidisciplinary nature of the project, a genuine willingness and ability to learn new, relevant, techniques within psychology and mathematics and fill gaps in your knowledge is essential

How to apply:

This project is for October 2022 entry. Full proposals are due 14th January 2022, and interested candidates are advised to contact Dr Hinvest ( as soon as possible in order to allow time to develop a competitive application.

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