Chair in Psychology
Patric Bach - Action Prediction Lab
School of Psychology, University of Aberdeen
William Guild Building, Kings College
Old Aberdeen AB24 3FX
My lab investigates how people plan their own actions and understand those of others. In particular, I investigate how prior expectations influence how we perceive and understand others' actions, how people are able to mentally rotate into the perspective of other people, and how people are able to control their intentional actions.
We have been awarded £462.995 from the Leverhulme Trust to study how prior expectations about other people shape how we experience their actions, and how their actions in turn changes how we see these people. To do so, we rely on behavioral as well as neuroimaging methods (EEG/fMRI).
Funding and Grants
2020 – 2024. Leverhulme Trust. Social perception as Bayesian hypothesis testing and revision. £462,995.
2013 – 2016. Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). One step ahead: Prediction of other people's behaviour in healthy and autistic individuals. £270,569.
2014 – 2015. British Academy/Leverhulme Trust. Only the winning moves: How causality shapes automatic imitation in children. £9.715.
2016 – 2017. Alzheimer Research UK. The Alzheimer’s Research UK South West (ARUKSW) Brain-image database. Co-investigator (with Dr. Matt Roser). £5.000.
2014 – 2016. South West Alzheimer/Dementia Network. Normal ageing and the precursors of dementia investigated using brain imaging. Co-investigator (with Dr. Matt Roser). £2.800.
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Expectations of efficient actions bias social perception: a pre-registered online replicationRoyal Society Open Science, vol. 10, no. 2, 220889Contributions to Journals: Articles
Editorial: Predictive mechanisms in action, perception, cognition, and clinical disordersFrontiers in Human Neuroscience, vol. 16, pp. 1005905Contributions to Journals: Editorials
Is Implicit Level-2 Visual perspective taking embodied? Spontaneous perceptual simulation of others’ perspectives is not impaired by motor restrictionQuarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, vol. 75, no. 7, pp. 1244–1258Contributions to Journals: Articles
Predictive Action Perception from Explicit Intention Information in AutismPsychonomic Bulletin and Review, vol. 28, no. 5, pp. 1556-1566Contributions to Journals: Articles
Editorial: Behavioral and Neural Bases of Object Affordance Processing and Its Clinical ImplicationsFrontiers in Human Neuroscience, vol. 15, 759377Contributions to Journals: Editorials
Predictive person models elicit motor biases: the face-inhibition effect revisitedQuarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, vol. 74, no. 1, pp. 54-67Contributions to Journals: Articles
Affordance matching predictively shapes the perceptual representation of others’ ongoing actionsJournal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, vol. 46, no. 8, pp. 847-859Contributions to Journals: Articles
Perspective taking as virtual navigation? Perceptual simulation of what others see reflects their location in space but not their gazeCognition, vol. 199, 104241Contributions to Journals: Articles
- [ONLINE] DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cognition.2020.104241
- [ONLINE] View publication in Scopus
Cues to intention bias action perception toward the most efficient trajectoryScientific Reports, vol. 9, 6472Contributions to Journals: Articles
Spontaneous Vicarious Perception of the Content of Another's Visual PerspectiveCurrent Biology, vol. 29, no. 5, pp. 874-880Contributions to Journals: Articles
- [ONLINE] DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cub.2019.01.046
- [ONLINE] deposit in University of Plymouth repository