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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Implicit action encoding influences personal-trait judgmentsCognition, vol. 102, no. 2, pp. 151-178Contributions to Journals: Articles
Bend it like Beckham: Embodying the motor skills of famous athletesQuarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, vol. 59, no. 12, pp. 2033-2039Contributions to Journals: Articles
Action comprehension: Deriving spatial and functional relationsJournal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, vol. 31, no. 3, pp. 465-479Contributions to Journals: Articles
Communicating hands: ERPs elicited by meaningful symbolic hand posturesNeuroscience Letters, vol. 372, no. 1-2, pp. 52-56Contributions to Journals: Articles
Cooperation of different neuronal systems during hand sign recognitionNeuroimage, vol. 23, no. 1, pp. 25-34Contributions to Journals: Articles
Comprehension of action sequences: The case of paper, scissors, rockProceedings of the 23rd Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. Stenning, K., Moore, J. D. (eds.). pp. S39-44.Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Conference Proceedings