Action Prediction Laboratory

Action Prediction Laboratory

Welcome to Patric Bach's Action Prediction Laboratory.

Humans are an overwhelmingly social species and our ability to interact successfully with other people is crucial for our well-being and survival. We are able to understand that someone is thinking and know why they are behaving in a particular manner with remarkable ease and efficiency. A crucial aspect of these social skills is the ability to predict what other people are going to do next. Our research in the Action Prediction Lab aims to ascertain just how we are able to achieve this. Our research encompasses several main areas (click on a heading to find out more):

Contextual Cues

What cues do observers use to influence their perception of an action and thus their prediction of how the action is most likely to continue?

Psychological Processes

What are the cognitive and neural mechanisms by which we are able to anticipate the actions of others? Is it purely a perceptual phenomenon or does it involve a motor simulation of the other persons actions?

Autistic Spectrum Disorders

Are those with autistic spectrum disorders able to anticipate other people’s actions and, if so, are the psychological mechanisms they employ the same as for those in the general population?

Mental Imagery

Is the link between perception and action also present in mental imagery, and does mental practice of actions facilitate subsequent execution of those actions?

Learning Mechanisms

Do we implicitly learn the behaviour of other people and use this information to predict their behaviour in future social interactions?

Memory for Action Events

Which factors contribute to source misattributions of actions when retrieving action events from memory?

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Latest News

Aug 2014

The Action Prediction Lab now has a Twitter account. You can follow us here or the link above.

June 2014

Nick Lange co-organised MINDFIELD: The Annual Plymouth University School of Psychology Conference. Thanks to everyone who attended. Kim, Toby and Matt presented talks. You can read the abstracts here (KS), here (TN) and here (MH).

June 2014

Patric Bach gave a keynote address at the Vision Leads to Action conference at the University of Birmingham. Read the abstract here.
Kim Schenke and Matthew Hudson also presented posters which you can view here (KS) and here (MH).

May 2014

Sadly we must say goodbye to Bassem Khalaf who has returned to work in Iraq. Good luck Bassem!

May 2014

Toby Nicholson and Matthew Hudson presented posters at the CAOS workshop in Rovereto Italy.

View Toby's poster here and Matt's poster here. Thanks to everyone who asked insightful questions and gave helpful comments.

Apr 2014

New Publication

Bach, P., Nicholson, T. and Hudson, M. (2014) The affordance-matching hypothesis: how objects guide action understanding and prediction. Front. Hum. Neurosci. 8:254. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2014.00254


Feb 2014

Congratualtions to Dr. Khalaf

Bassem Khalaf successfully defended his thesis on "The Contribution of Planning-related Motor Processes to Mental Practice and Imitation Learning"

Nov 2013

New Publication

Bach, P., Allami, B., Tucker, M. & Ellis, R.(2014). Planning-related motor processes underlie mental practice and imitation learning. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General.

Oct 2013

New Publication

Bach, P., Fenton-Adams, W., & Tipper, S.P. (2014). Can't touch this: the first-person perspective provides privileged access to predictions of sensory action outcomes. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance. (ESRC)

Sep 2013

Nick Lange joins the lab as a PhD student researching Memory for Action Events

Jun 2013

The Action Prediction Lab website is up and running.

May 2013

Toby Nicholson and Kim Schenke presented at the CAOS meeting in Italy.

Jan 2013

Matthew Hudson joined us a postdoctoral researcher on a grant from the ESRC.