Matthew Hudson -- Post-doc

Matt is one of the lab's founding members, when he and Patric won an ESRC grant for the Predictive Social Perception project in 2013. Matt investigated how typically developing and autistic people predict other' actions, and whether these predictions reflect top-down changes of one's perceptual action representations in light of the goals attributed to the other person. Matt has a BSc in Psychology & Criminology (University of Teesside, 2001) and an MSc in Evolutionary Psychology (University of Liverpool, 2002). Before joining the lab, he worked as PhD student with Tjeerd Jellema (University of Hull) and tested how, in both typically developing and autistic people, the anticipation of another person’s action is is guided by social cues such as gaze direction and emotional expression. He also held a position as a Research Support Officer at the University of Bangor on a project investigating the development of mirror neurons in humans using fMRI and behavioural measures. He now works with Lari Nummenaa at Aalto University, Finland.

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Kimberley Schenke -- PhD student

Kim worked in the lab from 2011 to 2016, as part of a combined PhD/Teaching and Research Associate position at Plymouth University, supervised by Patric and Natalie Wyer. Her research cut across social and social cognitive neuroscience. She tested, using both behavioral and EEG/ERPs, whether person models, as known from social psychology, can be brought to bear in action observation. She holds a BSc in Psychology (Sheffield Hallam University, 2008) and an MSc in applied cognitive neuroscience (Sheffield Hallam University, 2009). Prior to joining the lab, she worked as a research assistant with Dr. Natalie Wyer (Plymouth University) investigating the cues and consequences of social exclusion. She is now a lecturer at the University of Gloucestershire.



Nicholas Lange -- PhD student

Nick completed his degree in psychology (diploma, MSc equivalent) at the Christian-Albrechts-University of Kiel, Germany, in 2010, with a thesis on the effects of feedback on representational momentum. Heworked as a Research Assistant in Kiel, Germany, on a project exploring the characteristics of apparent motion perception,  and, from 2011, at Plymouth University, on a project investigating unconscious plagiarism, a memory bias. Based on this research, he started a PhD on source misattributions of action memories with Prof Tim Perfect and Dr Patric Bach in October 2013. Nick now works as a post-doc with Chris Berry (Plymouth University) on an ESRC grant with the goal of modelling explicit and implicit memory.



Toby Nicholson -- PhD student

Toby used the representational momentum paradigm, to measure how cues such as eye-gaze, grasp-type, verbal and emotional information guide predictions of the actions of others., thereby laying the groundwork for the research on Predictive Social Perception. Toby joined the lab as a PhD student, after completing a Masters at the ActionPredictionLab that investigated, using fMRI, whether brain responses to action goal understanding overlapped with those involved in motor kinematic processing, or object processing. Before that, he completed a BA in Film studies with Media communications at the University of Gloucestershire, and worked for a number of private companies within the financial sector. He now works as a post-doc at the University of Kent.

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Bassem Khalaf -- PhD student

Coming from Iraq, Bassem joined the lab to work on a PhD project linking mental practice and imitation learning with ideomotor models of action control. He is generally interested in understanding the link between perception and action and how mental rehearsal facilitates motor tasks and makes them more automatic. Prior to his PhD, he taught in Baghdad University, Diyala University, Basrah University, Wasit University, and Al-Mustansiriya University. He now works as a lecturer in Iraq.