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AISB opportunities Bulletin Item

Two Full time PhD Studentships on Cognitive Modelling, Institute of Psychology, Health and Society , University of Liverpool, UK

We are seeking two exceptional and highly motivated individuals who wish to develop their research 
skills and build a career in cognitive psychology and computational modelling, and who will make 
an active contribution to the research in the Department of Psychological Sciences at the 
University of Liverpool. You will work on CHREST (, a cognitive architecture 
that has already been successfully used to simulate phenomena in a number of domains, including 
the psychology of expertise and the acquisition of language.
CHREST is a symbolic cognitive architecture aimed at explaining the complex interaction between 
perception, attention, memory, learning and decision making. Learning is essential in the 
architecture and is modelled as the development of a network of nodes (chunks) that are connected 
in various ways. CHREST has often been used to model learning using large corpora of stimuli 
representative of the domain, such as masters games for the simulation of chess expertise and 
child-directed speech for the simulation of childrens development of language. The architecture 
contains a number of capacity parameters (e.g. capacity of visual short-term memory) and time 
parameters (e.g. time to learn a chunk). This makes it possible to derive precise and quantitative 
predictions about human behaviour.
You will work in an interdisciplinary environment and will receive training in cognitive modelling, 
programming, statistics, cognitive psychology and methodology. The possible topics of research 
include, but are not limited to expert behaviour, language acquisition, implicit learning, 
short-term memory, concept formation, formal analyses of CHREST and comparison of CHREST with 
alternative cognitive models or architectures.
Ideally you will have achieved a first or upper second class degree in psychology, computer 
science, neuroscience, cognitive science or a related discipline. You will be able to demonstrate 
a knowledge of and enthusiasm for the development and testing of cognitive architectures. 
Experience with cognitive models and familiarity with one or several programming languages would 
be an advantage. 
Your research will be supervised by Professor Fernand Gobet, whose research focuses on the 
development of CHREST, the methodology of cognitive modelling, the psychology of expertise and 
the acquisition of language. The studentships will normally start on  October 2013 and the 
stipend is 13,590 tax-free per annum.
Informal enquiries can be made by contacting Professor Fernand Gobet by email at:
Formal applications should be made using the Universitys online form, which can be found at: 
Your application should be received by July 20th 2013 and should comprise a University of 
Liverpool postgraduate application form, official transcripts of degrees awarded to date, an 
up-to-date CV and a proposal detailing your ideas for your PhD research. Further details about 
how to apply for this studentship, including details about the proposal, can be found at