Professor Patric Bach
Chair in Psychology
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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Predictive Action Perception from Explicit Intention Information in AutismPsychonomic Bulletin and Review, vol. 28, no. 5, pp. 1556-1566Contributions to Journals: Articles
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
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
Perceptual teleology: expectations of action efficiency bias social perceptionProceedings of the Royal Society of London. B, Biological Sciences, vol. 285, no. 1884, 20180638Contributions to Journals: Articles
You Said You Would! The Predictability of Other's Behavior From Their Intentions Determines Predictive Biases in Action PerceptionJournal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, vol. 44, no. 2, pp. 320-335Contributions to Journals: Articles
Intention Insertion: Activating an Action's Perceptual Consequences Is Sufficient to Induce Non-Willed Motor BehaviorJournal of Experimental Psychology: General, vol. 147, no. 8, pp. 1256-1263Contributions to Journals: Articles
Testing the Motor Simulation Account of Source Errors for Actions in RecallFrontiers in Psychology, vol. 8, 1686Contributions to Journals: Articles