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Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Associate position to work collaboratively on a programme of research funded by a recent Leverhulme grant awarded to Dr Lauren Stewart, ‘Investigating Involuntary Cognition via Spontaneous Musical Imagery’.

The position is for 23 months, to start from August 2013 (some room for negotiation).
Spontaneous, involuntary cognitions such as the ‘tune in the head’ phenomenon are both vivid and prevalent. They are valuable hallmarks of our inner mental life, yet they have been typically regarded as beyond the reach of scientific investigation. Building on pilot work carried out in collaboration with the BBC radio station, 6Music, the proposed project will apply a combination of experimental psychology, computational and cognitive neuroscience approaches to address fundamental questions concerning the content, possible function and neurobiological origins of spontaneous musical imagery in order to formulate a causal model of this most prevalent form of spontaneous involuntary cognition. Research will be conducted primarily at Goldsmiths. More information about our recent work can be found here:
For more information about this role and to apply, see here:,5645725998&key=75641567&c=363421992276&pagestamp=seiehgfvtwmpmqlhhd