Knowledge of how we evaluate the actions of other individuals is central to understanding how we interact successfully with different people within our complex social world. My research investigates how we see and interpret the actions of other people. I am interested in the psychological and neural mechanisms underlying the visual processing of actions and how these systems interact with the mirror neuron and mentalising systems, allowing us to perceive, understand and make predictions about the actions and behaviour of other people.
We use a range of different techniques including psychophysics, immersive virtual reality, neuroimaging, computational modelling and compare results with single-unit data from non-human primates.
Current research questions include:
- What are the key action features that guide our decision making?
- How is action perception influenced by Autism?
- How do we predict what action someone is about to do?
- When and why do large groups of people synchronise their behaviours?
Vision and Face Perception group
- AHRC (2014-2018) “Care for the future” Large Research Grant AH/M004457/1, £1,800,000
- Reckitt Benckiser (2012) “Role of visual and olfactory context in action perception” £40,000
- Wellcome Trust (2012) "Investigating how visual fields change size with visual context"
- ESRC (2011-2014) “Investigating biases in the perception of human behaviour using immersive virtual reality” £238,000
- Stephan de la Rosa (Max Planck institute of Biological Cybernetics) Action perception
- Steven Tipper (University of York) Action perception
- Tjeerd Jellema (University of Hull) Action and face perception
- Hauke Egermann (University of York) Audience face perception
- Lisa Peschel (University of York) Audience face perception
Available PhD research projects
I am happy to supervise students who are interested in the psychological and neural mechanisms underlying action perception and social perception more generally.
- D. Kayser, H. Egermann, N.E. Barraclough (2021) Audience facial expressions detected by automated face analysis software reflect emotions in music. Behavior research methods, 1-15 https://doi.org/10.3758/s13428-021-01678-3
- Yukiko Kikuchi, Jennifer Ip, Gaetan Lagier, James C. Mossom, Sukhbinder Kumar, Christopher I. Petkov, Nick E. Barraclough, Quoc C. Vuong (2019) Interactions between Conscious and Subconscious Signals: Selective Attention under Feature-Based Competition Increases Neural Selectivity during Brain Adaptation. Journal of Neuroscience. Vol 29(28), pp 5506-5516 https://doi.org/10.1523/JNEUROSCI.3052-18.2019
- Cole, E.J., Barraclough, N.E., Andrews, T.J. (2019) Reduced connectivity between mentalizing and mirror systems in autism spectrum condition. Neuropsychologia. Vol. 122 pp. 88-97 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2018.11.008
- Cole, E.J., Barraclough, N.E. (2018) Timing of mirror system activation when inferring the intentions of others. Brain Research. Vol. 1700 pp. 109-117 10.1016/j.brainres.2018.07.015
- Cole, E.J., Barraclough, N.E., & Enticott, P. G. (2018). Investigating mirror system (MS) activity in adults with ASD when inferring others' intentions using both TMS and EEG. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. Vol 48(7), pp 2350-2367 https://doi.org/10.1007/s10803-018-3492-2
- Fademrecht, L., Nieuwenhuis, J., Bulthoff, I., Barraclough, N., & de la Rosa, S. (2017). Action Recognition in a Crowded Environment. Iperception, 8(6), https://doi.org/10.1177/2041669517743521
- Cole, E.J., Slocombe, K.E., Barraclough, N.E. (2017) Abilities to explicitly and implicitly infer intentions from action in adults with autism spectrum disorder. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. Vol 48(5) pp 1712-1726 https://doi.org/10.1007/s10803-017-3425-5
- Barraclough, N.E. Page, S.A., Keefe, B.D. (2016) Visual adaptation enhances action sound discrimination. Attention, Perception and Psychophysics. Vol 79:320. https://doi.org/10.3758/s13414-016-1199-z
- Keefe, B.D., Wincenciak, J., Jellema, T., Ward, J.W., Barraclough, N.E. (2016) Action adaptation during natural unfolding social scenes influences action recognition and inferences made about actor beliefs. Journal of Vision. Vol. 16(9):9 pp 1-20 doi:10.1167/16.9.9
- Wincenciak, J., Ingham, J., Jellema, T., Barraclough, N.E. (2016) Emotional actions are coded via two mechanisms: with and without identity representation. Frontiers in Psychology. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2016.00693
Full publications list
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