The Social Brain in Action Lab is based within the School of Psychology at Bangor University in picturesque North Wales, and as of 2018, also at the University of Glasgow's renowned Institute of Neuroscience and Psychology.
Under the directorship of Dr. Richard Ramsey and Prof. Emily Cross, research in the SoBA Lab explores how we perceive and interact with other people in a social world. Broadly speaking, research within the SoBA Lab falls within the domains of Social Cognition, Social Neuroscience and Cognitive Neuroscience.
Our current research is funded by a number of national and international organizations, including the European Research Council, the Economic and Social Research Council, the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research, the Ministry of Defense, the Wellcome Trust, the European Commission, and Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol.
For more information about us and our research, please explore the SoBA site!
Our research is made possible by generous funding from a number of national and international sources - for more details on past and current funding, click the image below.
Check out some photos of latest happenings and events in the SoBA Lab and Bangor Social Cognition more broadly! (more photos can be found here)
01/2018 - Now recruiting! We're looking for 2 bright & enterprising PhD students to join our social robots team as Prof. Cross's group makes the big move up to the University of Glasgow ! Information on how to apply can be found here
11/2017 - The Social Robots team is recruiting for PhD students again! Two studentships are available for start dates between Feb - October 2018. Please apply before 31 January 2018 via Bangor's official application site
11/2017 - Dace Apšvalka successfully defends her Ministry of Defence-funded PhD thesis, which examined observational learning using fMRI/MVPA, tDCS, and behavioural measures. Well done, Dr. Apšvalka!
11/2017 - Great big congrats to PhD student Elin, whose first publication on the relationship between the reward value of biological motion and autistic traits is now in press in Cognition
11/2017 - Roll up, roll up! The Robotic Petting Zoo is coming to town! Come interact with our personality-packed robotic critters this winter, in a project dreamed up by our brilliant Artist-in-Residence, Merel Bekking
09/2017 - A great big SoBA Lab welcome to our new lab members Anna, Andrew, and Katie, as well as to our visiting PhD student from Italy, Andrea, and our artist in residence, Merel!
08/2017 - Massive thanks to all speakers and participants who made the trek out to the back of beyond to participate in the 2017 Social Robots Workshop! Check out a lovely bunch of workshop photos taken by Elena, the talented SoBA Lab intern from Uni Osnabrück
08/2017 - Get ready to come one, come all to the Robot Petting Zoo, a new ESRC-IAA art installation featuring the creative genius of Merel Bekking , and social robotics by Ruud & Emily! Premiering this autumn - more details to follow.
07/2017 - The SoBA Lab is busy working on an official lab policy regarding open science (including preregistration of studies and sharing of data, scripts and experimental materials) - our first lab pre-registrations have been submitted and we will post more details on what we are doing to increase the openness, integrity and reproducibility of our research soon
07/2017 - Richard and Emily are delighted to be presenting SoBA Lab research at the 1st Bologna workshop on Social, Cognitive, and Affective Neuroscience, hosted by Bologna's illustrious Department of Psychology
05/2017 - Nice write up of the Social Robots project and Emily's presentation in Brussels by the European Research Council
02/2017 - Come join us in Bangor this August for a workshop on the Emerging Social Neuroscience of Human-Robot Interaction
01/2017 - Dilini Sumanapala successfully defends her PhD thesis on sensorimotor learning among adolescents and young adults - well done, Dilini!
09/2016 - A great big welcome to the newest SoBA Lab recruits , Lina, Kohinoor, Felix & Laura!
5/2016 - Tom Gardner successfully defends his PhD thesis on the impact of familiarity on AON connectivity - well done, Tom!
4/2016 - Inez Greven successfully defends her PhD thesis on person perception - well done, Inez!
3/2016 - Join us at the workshop on Neuroscience Methods in Human-Robot Interaction at RO-MAN 2016 in NYC this August - submission deadline 15 May
1/2016 - A whole new phase of exciting research to get underway in the SoBA Lab with Emily's ERC Starting Grant for the 'Social Robots' project - read Bangor's Press Release
12/2015 - PhD position available with Rich in Social/Cognitive Neuroscience - October 2016 start - details here
12/2015 - Congrats to Inez for publishing her first fMRI paper in SCAN
11/2015 - Emily Butler successfully defends her PhD thesis on automatic imitation. Well done Emily!
9/2015 - Many thanks to all participants who took part in the 2015 Social Cognition Workshop- we hope everyone enjoyed it & found it as stimulating as we did! Check out some meeting photos below!
4/2015 - Born to Dance! - Get your dancing shoes on for this interactive event at the Edinburgh International Science Festival
12/2014 - Congrats to Tom for his first fMRI paper being accepted at Journal of Neuroscience
11/2014 - Félicitations to Louise for passing her viva with no corrections!
7/2014 - People Behind the Science podcast interview with Emily on brains (& dancing)
5/2014 - SoBA research on imitation and robots in the media spotlight
5/2014 - Can neuroscience teach us anything about the aesthetic experience? Join Emily at the AXNS Collective debate in London on 21 May
3/2014 - Perceiving non-human agents at Robots & New Media at UC Berkeley
07/2013 - CONGRATS to Louise for her outstanding, prize-winning poster presentation at IMPRS NeuroCom, Leipzig
12/2012 - Faculty of 1000 love for our knotty knot-tying study
11/2012 - Check out the Brain of a Dancer event on 18 November to experience dance neuroscience in action
09/2012 - Brains and dance at the 2012 McMaster Neuromusic Conference
06/2012 - Excitement all around for Rich and Emily, who have just been named ESRC Future Research Leaders!
02/2012 - The BBC's take on Emily & Riley's dance engaging science collaboration