PhD Studentship: Exploring the Role of Similarity in Self-regulation Style in Empathy, Pro-social Behaviour and Perceived Support
Short info about job
Company: University of Roehampton
Department: Department of Psychology
Hours: Full Time
Type / Role: PhD
Phone: +44-113 1330413
Fax: +44-1407 1115905
Detail information about job PhD Studentship: Exploring the Role of Similarity in Self-regulation Style in Empathy, Pro-social Behaviour and Perceived Support. Terms and conditions vacancy
The Department of Psychology will fund two studentships for key research projects in 2018. Successful candidates will engage in full time PhD study from January 2018 and integrate into the life of the Department, working with academic colleagues and students.
Exploring the role of similarity in self-regulation style in empathy, pro-social behaviour and perceived support.
Funding is available for UK/EU and International* students at Home/EU rates for three years full-time study. The Bursary includes tuition waiver for PhD and annual stipend at £16,296 (rates as at 2016/17). *(see end note)
In many types of social relationships people find it easier to empathise with some people rather than others. This project will explore whether a similarity in people’s self-regulation style is a factor in this.
Self-regulation in terms of a so-called regulatory focus relates to a) concerns people have, b) whether they are sensitive to gains or losses, and c) how they react to events. People with a promotion focus are concerned with ideals and accomplishments, are sensitive to gains, and display dejection after negative events. In contrast, people with a prevention focus are concerned with safety and responsibilities, are sensitive to losses, and display agitation after negative event. When two individual share the same predominant focus, this is called interpersonal regulatory fit, which often has positive effects (e.g., feeling valued, motivational benefits).
The project will examine:
1) If people feel more empathy with another who is distressed when they share the same self-regulatory style as that person?
2) Do people in distress perceive themselves to be more supported when they feel that they share the same self-regulatory style as their helper?
- To manage several experimental studies and potentially a longitudinal and/or a field study.
- To write their PhD thesis for publication in peer reviewed journals.
- To disseminate their research in the scientific community.
Dr Karl-Andrew Woltin. Prof. Kai Sassenberg (External Supervisor), Dr John Rae (Director of Studies).
Further informal queries applicants may contact Dr Karl-Andrew Woltin ([email protected]).
The Applicant should have a Master’s degree in Psychology (or equivalent, such as substantive experience as a Research Assistant) and demonstrate excellent statistical, critical thinking, and writing skills. The Applicant should be motivated to pursue a career in research and be able to work independently and to deadlines.
The application process.
To apply, please email the following to [email protected] with RPS Psychology Studentship AND the first three words of the project title in the subject heading.
1) A copy of your CV, including copies of your academic qualifications.
2) A cover letter stating the reasons you are applying and outlining your expertise and relevant skills. Please also address, in two paragraphs, why you are interested in this specific research project and which research methods you would use to conduct the research.
3) A completed Application Form for PhD Study (RDB1) downloadable at http://www.roehampton.ac.uk/Courses/Graduate-School/Application-Packs/.
4) Note that references are to be submitted by your referees separately to this email address, by the deadline.
Application closing date: 12 midday, Friday 3 November 2017
Interviews to be held: November 2017
Start date for post: 6th January 2018
Prospective students should visit https://www.roehampton.ac.uk/graduate-school/funding/ for details on funding and how to apply.