The Reading Agency and Royal Holloway to offer funded PhD studentship on motivations for reading

The Reading Agency is a UK-wide charity tackling life’s big challenges of social mobility, loneliness, mental health and wellbeing, through the proven power of reading. Every year the organisation reaches 1.4 million people across the UK with the support of 13,817 partner organisations, ensuring that everyone is reading their way to a better life.

We’re delighted to announce that we and Royal Holloway, University of London, have been awarded funding from the South East Network for Social Sciences (SeNSS) and Economic & Social Research Council for a collaborative PhD studentship. The studentship is aimed at investigating and enhancing motivations for reading.

Reading ability influences academic achievement, career prospects and personal wellbeing. But why are some people more motivated to read? This project takes a new perspective on reading acquisition, drawing on complementary strengths of the academic supervisors, Dr. Krishnan (brain and language), Dr. Ricketts (reading and vocabulary), and Dr. Balsters (social decision making).

The student will use models from decision making to capture how much time, effort, and money people are willing to expend on reading and explore the brain basis of motivation using neuroimaging tools (fMRI). This collaboration will also allow us to address whether motivation for reading differs in those with low literacy and explore how environments can be altered to boost motivation.

The successful candidate will be hosted at the Department of Psychology at Royal Holloway and will have access to space, supervision, and project-related resources at The Reading Agency (based in central London).

Find out more

For more details and to express your interest in applying for the project, visit this link 

The Reading Agency

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