Effects of Cognitive Load and Stress in Virtual and Augmented Reality

MARCS Institute for Brain, Behaviour and Development

Lead Researcher: Associate Professor Gabrielle Weidemann

About the project

Western Sydney University in collaboration with the Human Performance Research Network(opens in a new window) invites applications from high achieving and motivated graduates seeking to undertake a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree to work with Associate Professor John Cass and Associate Professor Gabrielle Weidemann on a project designed to evaluate the cognitive demands of Augmented and Virtual Reality displays on human performance. In addition to evaluating behavioural performance, the project will involve measurement of various physiological indices of stress and cognitive load, including pupil-diameter, eye-movements and cortical blood flow (functional Near Infrared Spectroscopy).

What does the scholarship provide?

  • Domestic candidates will receive a tax-free stipend of $30,000 per annum for up to 3 years to support living costs, supported by the Research Training Program (RTP) Fee Offset.
  • Support for conference attendance, fieldwork and additional costs as approved by the MARCS Institute for Brain, Behaviour and Development.
  • Access to an extensive range of specialised equipment and laboratory facilities.
  • Additional funding to support training and equipment purchases.
  • A rich environment of support and academic expertise via supervisory panels, seminars, colloquia, international and industry collaborations.

Eligibility criteria

The successful applicant should:
  • be an Australian citizen.
  • hold qualifications and experience equal to one of the following (i) an Australian First Class Bachelor (Honours) degree, (ii) coursework Masters with at least 25% research component, (iii) Research Masters degree, or (iv) equivalent overseas qualifications.
  • have demonstrated experience in experimental psychology.
  • have a background in quantitative experimental methods and statistical analyses.
  • be enthusiastic and highly motivated to undertake further study at an advanced level.

Demonstrated skills in computer programming are desirable.

International applicants are not eligible for this scholarship.

How to apply

Follow the step-by-step instructions on the how to apply for a project scholarship(opens in a new window) page.

Incomplete applications or applications that do not conform to the above requirements will not be considered.

For questions and advice about the research project, please contact the Lead Researcher;
Associate Professor Gabrielle Weidemann: g.weidemann@westernsydney.edu.au

For questions and advice about the application process, please contact the Graduate Research School: grs.scholarships@westernsydney.edu.au.

Applications close 30 September 2020

*Applications close at 11.59pm Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST).

Scholarship reference code: 2020_006_MARCS