Ecological STUDY OF Brain& BEHAVIOUR

Pathway Leader: Prof Gabriella Vigliocco 


Prof Hugo Spiers (Experimental Psychology, UCL)

Prof Mirco Musolesi (Computer Science, UCL)

Administrator: Mrs Warda Sharif (


Prospective candidates should visit the Ecological Brain website for further information. For general enquiries please write to 

Training Routes

See table below for training routes and institutions available for this pathway.  

ESRC studentships at the UBEL DTP are structured around the following routes: 1+3, +3, 2+3 and +4 funding. Please note that not all routes are available in all institutions or pathways. Click here for further information on funding routes. 

Pathway Institution Training Route  (1+3) (2+3) (+3) (+4)
Ecological Study of Brain and Behaviour UCL Real world approaches to behavioural research     x
Ecological Study of Brain and Behaviour UCL Human centred design in architecture and engineering      x

The Ecological Brain Pathway provides cutting-edge cross-disciplinary PhD training in the study of brain and behaviour in the real-world.

It brings together UCL and Birkbeck supervisors from several disciplines including psychology, neuroscience, architecture, computer science, engineering, education and geography sharing the view that to explain the richness of human experiences it is critical to understand how humans operate in the real-world (from navigating an urban or rural environment to interacting with a friend)

It aims to equip the next generation of scientists with the skills to harness, and further develop, new methods and technologies that allow to measure behaviour and brain functions in the wild, to bring the complexity of natural environments in the lab and to analyse the wealth of data these methods produce.

The Ecological Brain pathway offers a +3 and +3.5 options. Students enrolled can take advantage of a whole range of facilities and technologies (e.g., mobile behavioural and EEG tracking systems; VR systems) available in the supervisors’ departments, including imaging (BUCNI) and the unique Person Environment Activity Laboratory (PEARL) for simulating physical environments in the laboratory

Studentship Competitions

UBEL offers fully funded and co-funded ESRC studentships. Follow link below to discover current opportunities.