Dr Patric Bach

Dr Patric Bach

Lecturer in Psychology

School of Psychology (Faculty of Health & Human Sciences)




MSc Psychology
PhD Experimental Psychology / Cognitive Neuroscience

I studied Psychology at the Ludwigs-Maximillians-University at Munich, Germany. During my 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).

Teaching interests

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.

Interesting links:

Mind Hacks (brain and psychology news and discussion)
Deric Bownd's Mindblog (new findings in cognitive neuroscience)
The Neurocritic (well sourced critical view on neuroscientific findings)
Neurosceptic (same as above)
Barking up the wrong tree (weird psychological findings)

Research interests

Social Motor Cognition
Gesture Observation and Production
Interactions between 'mirror' and object-based processes during action observation

University of Plymouth Neuroscience Group >
Plymouth Cognition Institute

Research groups

  • Centre for Research in Brain, Cognition and Behaviour (CBCB)
  • Brain

Key publications are highlighted

Nicholson T, Roser M & Bach P 2017 'Understanding the Goals of Everyday Instrumental Actions Is Primarily Linked to Object, Not Motor-Kinematic, Information: Evidence from fMRI' PLOS ONE 12, (1) e0169700-e0169700 , DOI PEARL
Hudson M, Bach P & Nicholson T 2017 'You Said You Would! The Predictability of Other's Behavior From Their Intentions Determines Predictive Biases in Action Perception' J Exp Psychol Hum Percept Perform Author Site , DOI
Hudson M, Nicholson T, Ellis R & Bach P 2016 'I see what you say: Prior knowledge of other’s goals automatically biases the perception of their actions' Cognition 146, 245-250 , DOI PEARL
Joyce K, Schenke K, Bayliss A & Bach P 2016 'Looking ahead: Anticipatory cueing of attention to objects others will look at' Cognitive Neuroscience 7, (1-4) 74-81 , DOI PEARL
Hudson M, Nicholson T, Simpson WA, Ellis R & Bach P 2016 'One step ahead: The perceived kinematics of others’ actions are biased toward expected goals' Journal of Experimental Psychology: General 145, (1) 1-7 , DOI PEARL
Schenke KC, Wyer NA & Bach P 2016 'The Things You Do: Internal Models of Others’ Expected Behaviour Guide Action Observation' PLOS ONE 11, (7) e0158910-e0158910 , DOI PEARL
Bach P, Nicholson T & Hudson M 2015 'Response: No need to match: a comment on Bach, Nicholson, and Hudson's “Affordance-Matching Hypothesis”' Frontiers in Human Neuroscience 9, , DOI PEARL
Bach P, Fenton-Adams W & Tipper SP 2014 'Can't touch this: the first-person perspective provides privileged access to predictions of sensory action outcomes' J Exp Psychol Hum Percept Perform 40, (2) 457-464 Author Site , DOI PEARL
Bach P, Allami BK, Tucker M & Ellis R 2014 'Planning-related motor processes underlie mental practice and imitation learning' J Exp Psychol Gen 143, (3) 1277-1294 Author Site , DOI
Bach P, Nicholson T & Hudson M 2014 'The affordance-matching hypothesis: how objects guide action understanding and prediction' FRONTIERS IN HUMAN NEUROSCIENCE 8, , DOI PEARL
Morrison I, Tipper SP, Fenton-Adams WL & Bach P 2013 '“Feeling” others' painful actions: The sensorimotor integration of pain and action information' Human Brain Mapping 34, (8) 1982-1998 , DOI PEARL
Tipper SP & Bach P 2011 'The face inhibition effect: Social contrast or motor competition?' JOURNAL OF COGNITIVE PSYCHOLOGY 23, (1) 45-51 Author Site , DOI PEARL
Bach P, Bayliss AP & Tipper SP 2011 'The predictive mirror: interactions of mirror and affordance processes during action observation' Psychon Bull Rev 18, (1) 171-176 Author Site , DOI PEARL
Bach P, Griffiths D, Weigelt M & Tipper SP 2010 'Gesturing Meaning: Non-action Words Activate the Motor System' Front Hum Neurosci 4, Author Site , DOI PEARL
Bach P, Peelen MV & Tipper SP 2010 'On the role of object information in action observation: an fMRI study' Cereb Cortex 20, (12) 2798-2809 Author Site , DOI PEARL
Bach P, Gunter TC, Knoblich G, Prinz W & Friederici AD 2009 'N400-like negativities in action perception reflect the activation of two components of an action representation' Soc Neurosci 4, (3) 212-232 Author Site , DOI
Tipper SP & Bach P 2008 'Your own actions influence how you perceive other people: A misattribution of action appraisals' J Exp Soc Psychol 44, (4-2) 1082-1090 Author Site , DOI PEARL
Bach P, Peatfield NA & Tipper SP 2007 'Focusing on body sites: the role of spatial attention in action perception' Exp Brain Res 178, (4) 509-517 Author Site , DOI PEARL
Bach P & Tipper SP 2007 'Implicit action encoding influences personal-trait judgments' Cognition 102, (2) 151-178 Author Site , DOI PEARL
Bach P & Tipper SP 2006 'Bend it like Beckham: embodying the motor skills of famous athletes' Q J Exp Psychol (Hove) 59, (12) 2033-2039 Author Site , DOI PEARL
Bach P, Knoblich G, Gunter TC, Friederici AD & Prinz W 2005 'Action comprehension: deriving spatial and functional relations' J Exp Psychol Hum Percept Perform 31, (3) 465-479 Author Site , DOI PEARL
Gunter TC & Bach P 2004 'Communicating hands: ERPs elicited by meaningful symbolic hand postures' Neurosci Lett 372, (1-2) 52-56 Author Site , DOI PEARL
Nakamura A, Maess B, Knösche TR, Gunter TC, Bach P & Friederici AD 2004 'Cooperation of different neuronal systems during hand sign recognition' Neuroimage 23, (1) 25-34 Author Site , DOI PEARL
Knoblich G, Gunter T, Bach P, Friederici AD & Prinz W 2002 'Action comprehension' BRAIN AND COGNITION 48, (2-3) 238-238 Author Site
Gunter T, Knoblich G, Bach P, Prinz W & Friederici A 2002 'Meaning and structure in action comprehension: Electrophysiological evidence' JOURNAL OF COGNITIVE NEUROSCIENCE 80-80 Author Site
Bach P & Zaefferer D 2010 'Cognitive Foundations of Linguistic Usage Patterns' in Schmid H-J Cognitive Foundations of Linguistic Usage Patterns de Gruyter Mouton 257-274