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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Can't Touch This: The First-Person Perspective Provides Privileged Access to Predictions of Sensory Action OutcomesJournal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, vol. 40, no. 2, pp. 457-464Contributions to Journals: Articles
"Feeling" others' painful actions: The sensorimotor integration of pain and action informationHuman Brain Mapping, vol. 34, no. 8, pp. 1982-1998Contributions to Journals: Articles
The face inhibition effect: Social contrast or motor competition?Journal of Cognitive Psychology, vol. 23, no. 1, pp. 45-51Contributions to Journals: Articles
The predictive mirror: Interactions of mirror and affordance processes during action observationPsychonomic Bulletin and Review, vol. 18, no. 1, pp. 171-176Contributions to Journals: Articles
On the role of object information in action observation: An fMRI studyCerebral Cortex, vol. 20, no. 12, pp. 2798-2809Contributions to Journals: Articles
Gesturing meaning: Non-action words activate the motor systemFrontiers in Human Neuroscience, vol. 4Contributions to Journals: Articles
N400-like negativities in action perception reflect the activation of two components of an action representationSocial Neuroscience, vol. 4, no. 3, pp. 212-232Contributions to Journals: Articles
Your own actions influence how you perceive other people: A misattribution of action appraisalsJournal of Experimental Social Psychology, vol. 44, no. 4, pp. 1082-1090Contributions to Journals: Articles
Focusing on body sites: The role of spatial attention in action perceptionExperimental Brain Research, vol. 178, no. 4, pp. 509-517Contributions to Journals: Articles
Implicit action encoding influences personal-trait judgmentsCognition, vol. 102, no. 2, pp. 151-178Contributions to Journals: Articles