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I studied Psychology at the Ludwigs-Maximillians-University at Munich, Germany. During my PhD at the Max-Planck-Institute for Cognitive Neuroscience in Munich and Leipzig I tried to uncover commonalities between the understanding of language and actions of other people, in a project with Wolfgang Prinz, Guenther Knoblich, Thomas Gunter and Angela D. Friederici, using electrophysiology (ERPs) and behavioural measures. After that I worked in a 5-year post-doc position in Steve Tipper's lab at Bangor University, Wales, UK to investigate embodied social cognition and how it is affected by attention, using both behavioural methodologies and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). I teach a first-year course on Biological Psychology and a first year course on Contemporary Topics in Cognitive and Biological Psychology (focussing on recent developments in Embodied Cognition). For third-year students, I teach an option on recent developments in Social Cognitive Neuroscience that deals with the brain mechanisms that govern social interactions (covering Mirror Neurons, Neuroeconomics, Theory of Mind, and 'social' areas in the visual brain). In addition, I teach a practical on Evolutionary Psychology, and on Critical Thinking in Science.
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 Abstract
Bach, P., Allami, B., Tucker, M. & Ellis, R. (2014). Planning-related motor processes underlie mental practice and imitation learning. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General. Abstract
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. PDF
Morrison, I., Tipper, S. P., Fenton‐Adams, W. L., & Bach, P. (2012). “Feeling” others' painful actions: The sensorimotor integration of pain and action information. Human Brain Mapping, 34(8), 1982–1998. PDF
Bach, P., Bayliss, A.P., Tipper, S.P. (2011). The predictive mirror: interactions of mirror and affordance processes during action observation. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 18(1), 171-6.
Tipper, S.P., Bach, P. (2011). The face inhibition effect: Social contrast or motor competition? Journal of Cognitive Psychology, 23(1), 45-51.
Bach, P., Griffiths, D., Weigelt, M., Tipper, S.P. (2010). Gesturing meaning. Non-action words activate the motor system. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 4:214.
Bach, P., Peelen, V.M., Tipper, S.P. (2010). On the role of object information in action observation: an fMRI study. Cerebral Cortex. Advance Access.
Bach, P., & Zaefferer, D. (2010). What exactly is the question-assertion distinction based on? An exploration in experimental speech act theory. In: Hans-Jörg Schmid, Susanne Handl (eds). Cognitive Foundations of Linguistic Usage Patterns. Empirical Studies. Berlin, New York (De Gruyter Mouton).
Bach, P., Gunter, T.C., Knoblich, G., Prinz, W., & Friederici, A.D. (2009). N400-like negativities in action perception reflect two components of an action representation. Social Neuroscience.
Tipper, S.P. & Bach, P. (2008). Your own actions influence how you perceive other persons: a misattribution of action appraisals. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology. 44, (4) 1082-1090.
Bach, P., Peatfield, N.A., & Tipper, S.P. (2007). Focusing on body sites: the role of spatial attention in action perception. Experimental Brain Research, 178, 509-517.
Bach, P. & Tipper, S.P. (2007). Implicit action encoding influences personal-trait judgments. Cognition, 102, 151-178.
Bach, P. & Tipper, S.P. (2006). Bend it like Beckham: embodying the motor skills of famous athletes. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 59(12), 2033-2039.
Bach, P., Knoblich, G., Gunter, T.C., Friederici, A.D., Prinz, W. (2005). Action Comprehension: Deriving Spatial and Functional Relations. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception & Performance, 31(3), 465-479.
Nakamura, A., Maeß, B., Gunter, T.C., Knösche, T.R., Bach, P., Kato, T., et al. (2004). Cooperation of different neural systems during hand sign recognition. NeuroImage, 23, 25-34.
Gunter, T. C., & Bach, P. (2004). Communicating hands: ERPs elicited by meaningful symbolic hand postures. Neuroscience Letters, 372(1-2), 52-56.
Nakamura, A., Maess, B., Gunter, T.C., Knösche, T.R., Bach, P., Kato, T., Friederici, A.D. (2002). Visual event-related magnetic fields to hand postures. In: Haueisen, J.; Nowak, H.; Gießler, F.; Huonker, R. (eds.). Proceedings of the 13th International Conference on Biomagnetism (BIOMAG 2002), 481–483.
Bach, P., Knoblich, G., Friederici, A. D., & Prinz, W. (2001). Comprehension of action sequences: The case of paper, scissors, rock. In K. Stenning & J. D. Moore (Ed.), Proceedings of the 23rd Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (S. 39-44). Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.