Action Perception Laboratory




Research funded by ERSC (along with various other organisations)



Join our lab

We are always interested in hearing from people who want to work with us in our lab. There are many ways of doing this, from applying for advertised research assistant positions, applying to study for your PhD, working on a funded summer research bursary scheme, or just volunteering to help with ongoing research projects. We have many different research projects investigating the relationship between our perception of human actions and human behaviour and brain function. We are also very interested to hear about your ideas for research in this field. In the first instance, please contact Nick Barraclough to discuss possible options.

PhD research

There are several different funding sources for PhD positions. The Department of Psychology at York funds a number of PhD positions each year, see this site for details on applying for funding. Other national and international bodies also have funds that you can apply for allowing you study for your PhD. Please contact Nick Barraclough to discuss your options in applying for PhD funding.

Undergraduate research

If you are currently an undergraduate student at the University of York and want to work on a summer research project, join our lab, or participate in discussion of research and attend lab meetings, please contact Nick Barraclough with a statement of interest and include an up-to-date C.V. We would be very happy for you to join us in our research endeavours. We have had many undergraduate researchers working on summer projects over the years. These lab members have been funded by specific schemes from the Nuffield Foundation and the Wellcome Trust.


Take part in experiments

We run experiments testing how humans perceive and make sense of the actions of other individuals. Typically these experiments last from 30 minutes up to 2 hours, and include several breaks during testing. We use a range of techniques but they mostly consist of sitting in front of a computer screen, being presented with a number of movies of human actions, performing a simple judgement task and indicating responses on a keyboard. Sometimes experiments may involve the use of 3D presentation techniques, virtual reality or Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS).

We usually recruit through the Department of Psychology PEEBS system, however we will also additionally test participants on an ad-hoc basis, please contact Nick Barraclough if you wish to take part.

If you are interested in taking part in our research and are a Psychology Student at the University of Hull, please go to the DEAR research participation website there. If you are not taking part in DEAR, but would like to get involved in our research at the University of Hull, please contact Dr Nick Barraclough.