Action Prediction Laboratory

Action Prediction Laboratory

Members of the Laboratory

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Patric Bach

  • Lecturer
  • patric.bach@plymouth.ac.uk
  • +441752584848

Matthew Hudson

  • Postdoctoral Researcher
  • matthew.hudson@plymouth.ac.uk
  • +441752 587863

Toby Nicholson

  • PhD Student
  • toby.nicholson@postgrad.plymouth.ac.uk

Kimberley Schenke

  • PhD Student
  • kimberley.schenke@plymouth.ac.uk
  • +441752 584845

Bassem Khalaf

  • PhD Student
  • bassem.khalaf@plymouth.ac.uk

Nicholas Lange

  • PhD Student
  • nick.lange@plymouth.ac.uk

Toby Nicholson

CV

I completed my first degree, a BA in Film studies with Media communications at the University of Gloucestershire, in 2003. Following this I worked for a number of private companies within the financial sector, during which I began studying again with the Open University. In 2011 I completed a Masters in Psychology at Plymouth University, during which I worked in the Bach Lab investigating the neural responses to action understanding. Specifically this involved using fMRI to try and locate areas of the brain uniquely involved in understanding the goal of an action, and compare and contrast these with regions involved in processing the movement and the object involved in the action. My interest in this work led me to accept a PhD working in the Bach Lab investigating action prediction. Specifically the project is interested in the role that social cues may have on modulating action prediction. Using the paradigm of representational momentum, my research aims to measure how cues such as eye-gaze, grasp-type, verbal and emotional information effect peoples tendency to predict the actions of others.

Publications

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

Oral Presentations

Nicholson, T., Solbrig, L., Hudson, M., Tipper, S.P. & Bach, P. (2014, September) I feel what you are doing: differential effects of observed and predicted touches. Talk presented at the British Association for Cognitive Neuroscience Conference and Annual meeting, York, UK.

Nicholson, T., Solbrig, L., Hudson, M., Tipper, S.P. & Bach, P. (2014, June) I feel what you are doing: differential effects of observed and predicted touches. Talk presented at ‘Mindfield’ the 5th School of Psychology Postgraduate and Staff Conference, Plymouth, UK.

Nicholson, T., Bach, P. & Roser, M. (2012, June) Where is the goal? Identifying goal processing regions in the action observation network. Talk presented at ‘Beyond the Science of the mind’ the 4th School of Psychology Postgraduate and Staff Conference, Plymouth, UK.

Conference Posters

Nicholson, T., Solbrig, L., Hudson, M., Tipper, S.P. & Bach, P. (2014, May) I feel what you are doing: differential effects of observed and predicted touches. Poster presented at Workshop on Concepts, Actions and Objects (CAOS), Rovereto, Italy. Poster (PDF) Abstract (PDF)

Hudson, M., Nicholson, T. & Bach, P. (2014, May) I expect you to do as I say! Prior intentional attributions bias the perceived kinematics of other’s actions. Poster presented at Workshop on Concepts, Actions and Objects (CAOS), Rovereto, Italy. Poster (PDF) Abstract (PDF)

Nicholson, T., Bach, P. & Roser, M. (2013, May) Action goal understanding is primarily driven by object, not motor, information. Poster presented at Concepts, Actions & Objects, Centre for Mind and Brain Sciences, University of Trento, Rovereto, Italy. Poster (PDF), Abstract (PDF).

Nicholson, T., Bach, P. & Roser, M. (2013, June) Action goal understanding is primarily driven by object, not motor, information. Poster Presented at the 3rd European Workshop on Social Neuroscience, Gent, Belgium. Poster (PDF), Abstract (PDF).