The Social Brain in Action Lab is based within the School of Psychology at Bangor University in picturesque North Wales.
Under the directorship of Dr. Richard Ramsey and Dr. 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 under the 'join' tab)
1/2016 - A whole new phase of exciting research to get underway in the SoBA Lab later this year with Emily's ERC Starting Grant for the 'Social Robots' project... watch this space!
12/2015 - PhD position available with Rich in Social/Cognitive Neuroscience - October 2016 start - details here
12/2015 - Inez publishes her first fMRI paper in SCAN - well done Inez!
12/2015 - Understanding Self & Others theme issue of Phil Trans Roy Soc B published! Edited by Catmur, Cross & Over, and featuring robot perception work by Cross & Ramsey
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
07/2013 - BBC Coverage of Emily on her soapbox for science
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
02/2012 - SoBA Lab hosts Forsythe Company dancer Riley Watts for some brain on dance collaborative fun (see Bangor video here)