Dynamics of Social Interaction

Dynamics of Social Interaction

Programs Available

Bundle MRes Y2 + PhD 

Reference Number


Opening Date

01 Jan 2018 12am AEDT 

Closing Date

15 Nov 2019 12am AEDT 

Scholarship available to



This project is directed toward understanding and modelling the social, cognitive and perceptual-motor dynamics of human and artificial agent (multiagent) interaction. Topics include investigation of 1) the effects social identity (i.e., minority group membership and/or bias) on non-verbal behavior, mimicry and behavioral coordination; 2) how social identities are embodied in the perceptual-motor process that promote or inhibit effective social interaction (i.e., communication strategies and collaborative problem solving); 3) development and implementation of virtual-reality methodologies for advancing social and behavioral research; and 4) the applications of such methodologies for social and multiagent skills assessment, training, and interventions to reduce the consequences of bias.

Applications are open to candidates who have appropriate qualifications and experience in one of the following discipline fields:

  • Psychology
  • Cognitive Science

The successful candidate will receive cross-disciplinary research training and expertise within a growing, internationally recognized areas of scientific significance (i.e., social dynamics, nonlinear analysis and modelling, interactive virtual-reality technologies). The successful candidate will also have a unique opportunity to collaborate with leading international researchers from around the world and present at international conferences.


This scholarship is available to eligible domestic candidates to undertake a direct entry PhD program or MRes Year 2 + 3-year PhD program.

To be eligible for a scholarship, applicants are expected to have a record of excellent academic performance and preferably, additional relevant research experience and/or peer-reviewed research activity in line with the University’s scholarship rating guidelines. Refer to the Rating Scholarship Applicants section for more information about these guidelines.

Scholarship Components

This scholarship provides a full-time living allowance/stipend currently valued at AUD $27,596 per annum, tax exempt (2019 rate) and a tuition-fee offset scholarship.

The MRes Year 2 + PhD scholarship has been approved for a maximum of 4 years.

Contact Details

Name: Rachel Kallen, Michael Richardson
Email: Rachel.kallen@mq.edu.au, michael.j.richardson@mq.edu.au
Phone: +612 9850 6214 , +61 2 9850 9894

How to Apply

For information on how to apply, select the "How to Apply" button below.

Please note, at the start of your application you should select the scholarship type of "HDR Project/Supervisor Specific Scholarship".

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