Professor Patric Bach

Professor Patric Bach
Professor Patric Bach

Professor Patric Bach

Chair in Psychology


Patric Bach - Action Prediction Lab
School of Psychology, University of Aberdeen
William Guild Building, Kings College
Old Aberdeen AB24 3FX


Research Overview

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.

Current Research

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 Outcomes

    Bach, P., Fenton-Adams, W., Tipper, S. P.
    Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, vol. 40, no. 2, pp. 457-464
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • "Feeling" others' painful actions: The sensorimotor integration of pain and action information

    Morrison, I., Tipper, S. P., Fenton-Adams, W. L., Bach, P.
    Human Brain Mapping, vol. 34, no. 8, pp. 1982-1998
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • The face inhibition effect: Social contrast or motor competition?

    Tipper, S. P., Bach, P.
    Journal of Cognitive Psychology, vol. 23, no. 1, pp. 45-51
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • The predictive mirror: Interactions of mirror and affordance processes during action observation

    Bach, P., Bayliss, A. P., Tipper, S. P.
    Psychonomic Bulletin and Review, vol. 18, no. 1, pp. 171-176
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • On the role of object information in action observation: An fMRI study

    Bach, P., Peelen, M. V., Tipper, S. P.
    Cerebral Cortex, vol. 20, no. 12, pp. 2798-2809
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Gesturing meaning: Non-action words activate the motor system

    Bach, P., Griffiths, D., Weigelt, M., Tipper, S. P.
    Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, vol. 4
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • N400-like negativities in action perception reflect the activation of two components of an action representation

    Bach, P., Gunter, T. C., Knoblich, G., Prinz, W., Friederici, A. D.
    Social Neuroscience, vol. 4, no. 3, pp. 212-232
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Your own actions influence how you perceive other people: A misattribution of action appraisals

    Tipper, S. P., Bach, P.
    Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, vol. 44, no. 4, pp. 1082-1090
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Focusing on body sites: The role of spatial attention in action perception

    Bach, P., Peatfield, N. A., Tipper, S. P.
    Experimental Brain Research, vol. 178, no. 4, pp. 509-517
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Implicit action encoding influences personal-trait judgments

    Bach, P., Tipper, S. P.
    Cognition, vol. 102, no. 2, pp. 151-178
    Contributions to Journals: Articles


Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings

Contributions to Journals