Fellowship & Grant details

Fellowship posted by Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research (28/12/2012 03.09)

European Research Council funded fellowship Biological predispositions for recognition of animacy studied by Near Infrared Spectroscopy (NIRS) techniques

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Predispositions for newly hatched/born vertebrates, including humans, to attend to and preferentially learn about conspecifics, are pervasive and can be of vital biological importance. Such predispositions are, however, very poorly understood. Studying them, and their physiological, genetic, molecular and neural bases, is crucial for an understanding of typical and atypical human development. Indeed, some have suggested that lack of such predispositions may contribute to autism. The aim of the project is to investigate in human infants and newborn the behavioural and neural bases of animacy, in particular, with respect to the underlying neural mechanisms, using NIRS techniques.

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Research Fields

Neurosciences - Other

Eligibility criteria

a)a Ph.D. in psychology, neuroscience or related disciplines is requested, awarded by an Italian university or a formally recognized foreign university;

b)possession of the appropriate scientific and professional experience required to carry out the research described in article 1

c)excellent experience in methods to investigate signals from and/or in using NIRS techniques ;

d)an advanced level of competence in English.

Selection process

The selection procedure will consist in verifying each candidate’s previous education, experience and approach to research, and in making a comparative assessment of all candidates’ research profiles, scientific/professional curricula and qualifications.

Programme Description
Number of awards per year1
Eligible destination country/ies for fellowsItaly
Eligibility of fellows: country/ies of residenceAll
Eligibility of fellows: nationality/iesAll
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Fellowship's Details
Career StageExperienced researcher or 4-10 yrs (Post-Doc)
Research ProfilesNot defined
Maximum duration of fellowship36
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Funding organisation / Contacts
Università degli Studi di Trento

Public research
Trento - Italy
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