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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Testing the Motor Simulation Account of Source Errors for Actions in RecallFrontiers in Psychology, vol. 8, 1686Contributions to Journals: Articles
Predictive social perception: Towards a unifying framework from action observation to person knowledgeSocial and Personality Psychology Compass , vol. 11, no. 7, e12312Contributions to Journals: Articles
Understanding the Goals of Everyday Instrumental Actions Is Primarily Linked to Object, Not Motor-Kinematic, Information: Evidence from fMRIPloS ONE, vol. 12, no. 1, 0169700Contributions to Journals: Articles
The Things You Do: Internal Models of Others' Expected Behaviour Guide Action ObservationPloS ONE, vol. 11, no. 7, e0158910Contributions to Journals: Articles
I see what you say: Prior knowledge of other's goals automatically biases the perception of their actionsCognition, vol. 146, pp. 245-250Contributions to Journals: Articles
One Step Ahead: The Perceived Kinematics of Others' Actions Are Biased Toward Expected GoalsJournal of Experimental Psychology: General, vol. 145, no. 1, pp. 1-7Contributions to Journals: Articles
Looking ahead: Anticipatory cueing of attention to objects others will look atCognitive Neuroscience, vol. 7, no. 1-4, pp. 74-81Contributions to Journals: Articles
Response: No need to match: a comment on Bach, Nicholson, and Hudson's "Affordance-Matching Hypothesis"Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, vol. 9, 685Contributions to Journals: Letters
Planning-Related Motor Processes Underlie Mental Practice and Imitation LearningJournal of Experimental Psychology: General, vol. 143, no. 3, pp. 1277-1294Contributions to Journals: Articles
The affordance-matching hypothesis: how objects guide action understanding and predictionFrontiers in Human Neuroscience, vol. 8, 254Contributions to Journals: Articles