Macquarie University – PhD scholarship opportunity 2018

Apply now for a PhD with me on the project ‘The Cognitive Ecologies of Collaborative Embodied Skills: a philosophical study’.

Funded by: ARC (Australian Research Council)

What: A full-time PhD Macquarie University Research Training Program Scholarship (MQRTP)

Who can apply: Available for either an Australian or an international student is available in the Department of Cognitive Science

Closing date: 31 March 2018

This project aims to develop a new theory of embodied collaboration and interaction in expert groups. It asks how individuals with diverse technical and emotional skills coordinate actions and decisions, sometimes acting as if of one mind. How do experts mesh distinct but complementary capacities, or recover together from challenges or adversity? The project combines foundational philosophical and cognitive theory with empirical and ethnographic studies of experts in the real world cognitive ecologies of sport and music.

A number of potential PhD research topics are available within this project, depending on the experience, skills, and interests of the best applicants. The PhD student will work on an independent project within the overall study. It is likely that one project will address foundational issues in the philosophy and cognitive theory of skilled action, while one will work in depth with expert groups in sport or music.

Specifically, we seek to characterise the roles of individuals in collaborative embodied skill, and to determine what disparate group members bring to and do in expert team performance, complementing each other in joint action; to identify cues to collaborative embodied skill which are distributed across entire cognitive ecologies; and to illustrate and explain how shared memories and shared emotions influence control of skilled group action. We aim thereby to make concrete progress in philosophical debates on embodied, enactive, distributed, and group minds; and implement a focus on historical and cultural dimensions of skill, working closely with practitioners in sport and music.

Applicants must meet the entry requirements for the PhD program.

You may have a background in

  • philosophy
  • psychology
  • anthropology
  • sport and exercise science
  • human movement,
  • cognitive science
  • music
  • performance
  • or a related discipline

For the official application information and instructions, click on the ‘Cognitive Science’ tab on this page of scholarship: details and application information.

Please email me for further information and a fuller project description before applying john.sutton@mq.edu.au

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Cognitive Science at Macquarie University is a vibrant, research-focussed department that offers its many doctoral and postdoctoral researchers a world-class intellectual environment. The Department is also home to the ARC Centre of Excellence for Cognition and its Disorders 

This project is associated with the interdisciplinary Centre for Elite Performance, Expertise, and Training CEPET

Funding for PhD students to present at conferences and/or to visit research groups overseas during their candidature is available.

Please quote the allocation reference number 2018311 (domestic) or 2018312 (international) on your application form.