Dr Bert Timmermans

Dr Bert Timmermans
Dr Bert Timmermans
Dr Bert Timmermans

Senior Lecturer

Email Address
Telephone Number
+44 (0)1224 273483
Office Address
S9 William Guild Building
Old Aberdeen Campus
110 St. Machar Drive
AB24 2UB

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School of Psychology



  • Higher Education Academy Fellow 
    2018 - University of Aberdeen 
  • PhD Psychology 
    2006 - Vrije Universiteit Brussel 
  • MSc Cognitive Science 
    1999 - Université Libre de Bruxelles 
  • MSc Psychology 
    1998 - Vrije Universiteit Brussel 

Memberships and Affiliations

Internal Memberships
External Memberships
  • ASSC Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness
  • ESCoP European Society for Cognitive Psychology

Research Overview

  • Social cognition: social interaction, action contingencies & interaction dynamics, gaze & eye tracking, social reward, virtual avatars, social agency. Consciousness: perceptual awareness and metacognition, implicit learning, subliminal perception, agency.

Current Research

Topics & Projects

Here's some of what's currently going on or will be in the near future. Undergraduates, prospective PhD students or postdocs, please enquire — people with skills in Python, Vizard, MatLab, eye tracking, or Cross-Recurrence Quantification Analysis (CRQA) are especially welcome:

  • Social cognition in interaction versus observation
  • Social versus monetary reward in social cognition & motor learning
  • Real-time gaze-based social interaction, analysis of interaction dynamics
  • Ascriptions of self- and other-agency in social interaction
  • Subjective measures of consciousness and metacognition


Apply for a BBSRC EastBio PhD project "Sense of agency in interactions with AI versus humans" (deadline 27 Nov 2023, starting October 2024)

Current SInC lab members:

Former SInC lab members:

  • Antonietta Chaliou (PhD student, psychopathic traits and social facial expressions, with Lynden Miles / PhD 2023)
  • Chris Luke (Postdoc, Dual Interactive eye tracking with Virtual Avatars, 2016-17)
  • Iva Barišić (RA, Dual Interactive eye tracking with Virtual Avatars, 2010-13, Cologne)
  • Sarah Schwarzkopf (RA, visual perspective taking in autism, 2010-12, Cologne)

Funding and Grants

Principal Investigator



Teaching Responsibilities


  • Level 1-3 — Psychology Methodology curriculum coordinator
  • Level 3 — PS3015 Methodology A [course coordinator; GLM/SPSS]
  • Level 3 — PS3522 Methodology B [course coordinator; GLM/SPSS; research project supervisor]
  • Level 3-4 — SX3504 Consciousness [course coordinator; Behavioural Measures]
  • Level 4 — PS4019 / PS4038 Psychology Thesis [supervision]


  • MRes — PS5302 / PS5801 Basic & Advanced Research Methods for Postgraduates [R: ANOVA/Factor Analysis/Logistic regression] 
  • MRes — PS5017 Research Project for Postgraduate Students in Psychology [supervision]
  • MSc Psychological Studies — PS5903 Research Project [supervision]



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