This PhD opportunity will focus on the relations between personal values, attitudes, and behavior. Personal values are abstract ideals that serve as important guiding principles in people’s lives (e.g., equality, success, protect the environment), and they play an interesting role in supporting intellectual humility in political-social debate, partly because people possess more values in common than they tend to realise.
Extending these past discoveries, a successful PhD applicant will be given the opportunity to develop new quantitative experimental research exploring the cognitive structure of values and their capacity to elicit more civic participation on social, environmental, and technological issues. Depending on the student’s chosen focal area of interest and research methods, this work will be supported also by an academic outside of psychology (e.g., philosophy, political science, computer science) and by collaboration with relevant external organisations, with the aim of providing diverse, interdisciplinary support toward the student’s career pursuits. This opportunity may include a temporary placement in an external organisation, if suitable.
£940 p/a Research Training Support
International student fees may be covered depending on successful application to funding for this purpose from the University of Bath.
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