Dr Kim Schenke

BSc. Psychology (Sheffield Hallam University)
MSc. Applied Cognitive Neuroscience (Sheffield Hallam University)
Ph.D. Psychology/Social Neuroscience (Plymouth University)

Lecturer in Psychology

+44 (0)1242 714559
Department of Natural and Social Sciences, Francis Close Hall, University of Gloucestershire, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50 4AZ, U.K.

Kim joined the University of Gloucestershire in September 2016, having previously worked as a Teaching and Research Associate at Plymouth University. Kim’s research focus is within (social) cognitive neuroscience, ranging from social mimicry to action prediction. Kim has previously worked on a variety of projects including:

  • investigating the (implicit) creation and use of person-models of observed actors based on their behavioural tendencies, and reactivation of these models when the actors are re-encountered.
  • using virtual reality to improve perceptions of dental encounters
  • exploring perceptions before and after visiting a rocky shore
  • the cues and consequences involved in ostracism
  • investigating (via eye-tracking) whether implementation intentions (“If…then” plans) reduced the attentional biases of social anxiety in terms of saccade eye movements.
  • Investigating the implicit processing of Hidden Covariation Detection


Key Research Interests

Social cognition, social and cognitive neuroscience, action observation and production, action prediction, embodied cognition, anxiety, mimicry, and cognitive rehabilitation research.


Bach, P., & Schenke, K.C. (accepted). Predictive social perception: towards a unifying framework from action observation to person knowledge, Social and Personality Psychology Compass.

Schenke, K.C., Wyer, N.A., and Bach, P. (2016). The things you do: implicit person models guide online action observation.  PLoS One, 11(7), e0158910. http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0158910

Wyer, N.A., and Schenke, K.C. (2016). Just you and I: The role of social exclusion in the formation of interpersonal relationships. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, pp. 20-25. DOI: 10.1016/j.jesp.2016.02.007.

Joyce, K., Schenke, K., Bayliss, A., and Bach, P. (2015). Looking ahead: Anticipatory cueing of attention to objects others will look at, Cognitive Neuroscience, DOI: 10.1080/17588928.2015.1053443.