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Harnessing strengths: assessing and improving cognitive control in autism

Principal supervisor: Dr Ana Remington (UCL IOE)

Co-supervisor: Professor Nazanin Derakhshan (Bbk)

Applicants are sought for a funded PhD studentship at UCL Institute of Education and Birkbeck, University of London. You will work on an exciting project to investigate attention and working memory in autism: looking at how we can develop novel learning interventions that train and capitalize on individual abilities. The project offers a great opportunity to use both behavioural and neural techniques to investigate this issue.

Candidate Requirements:

The successful candidate will be based within a vibrant research team at the Centre for Research in Autism and Education (CRAE). CRAE’s mission is to improve the research evidence for effective interventions, education and outcomes for children and young people with autism (see for further information). The student will also be strongly connected to Professor Derakhshan’s Affective and Cognitive Control Lab at Birkbeck.

Key References:

[1] Berggren, N., & Derakshan, N. (2013). Attentional control deficits in anxiety: Why you see them and why you don’t. Biological Psychology, 92, 440-446.

[2] Lavie,N., Hirst,A., DeFockert, J.W., & Viding,E. (2004) Load theory of selective attention and cognitive control. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 133, 339–354.

[3] Owens, M., Koster, E.W.H., & Derakshan, N. (2013). Improving attention control in dysphoria through cognitive training: Effects on working memory capacity and filtering efficiency. Psychophysiology, 50, 297-307.

[4] Remington, A., Swettenham, J., & Lavie, N. (2012) Selective attention, perceptual load and conscious awareness in Autism Spectrum Disorder. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 121, 544 -551.

Further details about the project may be obtained from:

Principal supervisor: Dr Ana Remington (

Co-supervisor: Professor Nazanin Derakhshan (

Further information about PhDs at UCL Institute of Education is available from:

Application forms and details about how to apply are available from:

Isabelle Jerome, Bloomsbury DTC Co-ordinator, Doctoral School, Institute of Education

Closing date for applications is: