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Brain Training for Addictions

Brain training strategies (i.e. computerised cognitive training), such as cognitive control training and attentional bias modification, show promise as treatments for addictions. However, the training strategies developed to date tend to have small effects, and more research is needed to discover which are the most promising training methods, and how we can improve their design to deliver better outcomes for people suffering from addictions. This exciting clinically focused PhD will explore strategies that may increase the efficacy of brain training for addictions, such as gamification of training paradigms, enhancing the personal salience of training stimuli, and combining cognitive training with neuroplasticity enhancing strategies like physical exercise or tDCS. The successful candidate will be under the supervision of Prof Murat Yücel, Dr Rebecca Segrave and Dr Rico Lee. The candidate will join a world-leading research group with expertise in neuroimaging, psychopathology, and brain training, and have the oppourtunity to develop skills in each of these areas. Please include: - a cover letter with a brief outline (1 page) of your interests and suitability for the research; - a curriculum vitae including academic transcript(s) and any published works; and - names and contact details of 2 academic referees.
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Please forward expressions of interest and direct questions to: Dr Rebecca Segrave. Email:
School of Psychological Sciences
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Clayton Campus

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