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Bert Timmermans


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    Research Interests:

    While we can easily think about people, who they are, why they do what they do, etc., most of the time we don't need to engage in such thoughts or inferences before we are able to interact with someone. In fact, if you start thinking about exactly what you both are doing and why, social interaction will soon break down. I'm interested in what social interaction brings to the table, how embodiment and being a two-agent system creates new dynamics that determine how the interaction will develop, and which individual cognitive processes are changed by this interaction. In particular, does the experience of others' reactions modify our behaviour in the long run via reward processing, does it change the way we feel about our own actions and our sense of agency? In parallel, I've been studying how subjective ratings of visual awareness reflect conscious content, and am specifically interested in the difference between conscious and unconscious processes, in particular as the latter play a more central role in social interaction.


    • 2019– Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor), University of Aberdeen
    • 2013–2019 Lecturer (Assistant Professor), University of Aberdeen
    • 2012 Volkswagen Foundation Fellow, Social Cognition Group, UH Cologne
    • 2010–2011 Marie Curie Fellow, Social Cognition Group, UH Cologne
    • 2007–2009 Research Fellow, CO3 Group, Université Libre de Bruxelles
    • 2000–2006 Research & Teaching Assistant, Social Psychology Lab, VUB


    • 2006 PhD in Psychology, Vrije Universiteit Brussel
    • 1999 Master in Cognitive Sciences, Université Libre de Bruxelles
    • 1998 MSc in Psychology, Vrije Universiteit Brussel

    Grants & Awards

    • 2019–2020 Carnegie Trust Research Incentive Grant
    • 2015–2019 Marie Curie Career Integration Grant (EU FP7)
    • 2014 Principal's Interdisciplinary Fund / Principal's Excellence Fund
    • 2010–2013 Volkswagen Foundation Grant (European Platform for Mind Sciences, Life Sciences, and Humanities), with Leonhard Schilbach, Tobias Schlicht & Nikolaus Steinbeis
    • 2009–2011 Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowship (EU FP7)


    • 2019–2023 EU COST action CA18106 “The neural architecture of consciousness” (PI Kristian Sandberg, Aarhus University)
    • 2015–2018 HARMONIA grant, Polish National Science Centre "Cognitive and neuronal mechanisms of metacognitive awareness" (PI Michał Wierzchoń, Jagiellonian University of Krakow)

    External positions

    International PhD co-supervisor, Max-Planck-Institut fur Psychiatrie

    Aug 2019 → …

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    Research Output 2000 2019

    Motor response influences perceptual awareness judgements

    Siedlecka, M., Hobot, J., Skóra, Z., Paulewicz, B., Timmermans, B. & Wierzchon, M., 1 Oct 2019, In : Consciousness and Cognition. 75, 9 p., 102804.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Discrimination (Psychology)
    4 Downloads (Pure)

    Multi-scale coordination of distinctive movement patterns during embodied interaction between adults with high-functioning autism and neurotypicals

    Zapata-Fonseca, L., Dotov, D. G., Fossion, R. Y. M., Froese, T., Schilbach, L., Vogeley, K. & Timmermans, B., 11 Jan 2019, In : Frontiers in Psychology. 9, 7 p., 2760.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
    Autistic Disorder
    Interpersonal Relations
    Research Personnel
    81 Downloads (Pure)

    Responses improve the accuracy of confidence judgements in memory tasks

    Siedlecka, M., Skóra, Z., Paulewicz, B., Fijalkowska, S., Timmermans, B. & Wierzchon, M., 2019, In : Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory and Cognition. 45, 4, p. 712-723 12 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
    Automatic Data Processing
    2 Citations (Scopus)
    7 Downloads (Pure)

    Sensitivity to social contingency in adults with high-functioning autism during computer-mediated embodied interaction

    Zapata-Fonseca, L., Froese, T., Schilbach, L., Vogeley, K. & Timmermans, B., 8 Feb 2018, In : Behavioral Sciences. 8, 2, 14 p., 22.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
    Autistic Disorder
    Interpersonal Relations
    Autism Spectrum Disorder
    8 Downloads (Pure)

    Initiating Both Joint and Nonjoint Attention Improves Memory for Other Race Faces

    Timmermans, B., El Amin, D. & Luke, C., 1 Jun 2017, In : i-Perception. 8, Suppl. 1, p. 5-6 2 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalAbstract

    Open Access

    Activities 2011 2019

    Social interaction: joint attention, action contingencies, and agency

    Bert Timmermans (Speaker)
    12 Jun 2019

    Activity: Talk, presentation, public lecture, public engagement, outreach and knowledge exchangeInvited talk

    COST Action CA18106 "The neural architecture of consciousness" (Event)

    Kristian Sandberg (Chair), Christian Lambert (Member), Christoph Teufel (Member), Bert Timmermans (Member), Stephen Fleming (Member), Hugo Critchley (Member), Manuel Schabus (Member), Axel Cleeremans (Member), Andrea Vranic (Member), Blaz Rebernjak (Member), Milan Brazdil (Member), Manon Grube (Member), Talis Bachmann (Member), Henry Railo (Member), Tiina Parviainen (Member), Catherine Tallon-Baudry (Member), Boris Gutkin (Member), Guido Hesselmann (Member), Melanie Wilke (Member), Konstantinos Ionannidis (Member), Lorina Naci (Member), Liat Lavi (Member), Roy Salomon (Member), Inga Griskova-Bulanova (Member), Claude Bajada (Member), Martin Dresler (Member), Elisabeth Norman (Member), Johan Storm (Member), Michal Bola (Member), Michal Wierzchon (Member), Adrian Opre (Member), Irina Macsinga (Member), Jovana Bjekic (Member), Sladjana Arsic (Member), Igor Farkas (Member)
    5 Apr 20194 Apr 2023

    Activity: MembershipMembership of research network

    External examiner to PhD Aisha Sahai

    Bert Timmermans (Examiner)
    17 Jul 2019

    Activity: Examination, Supervision, Teaching, or TutoringExamination

    Social interaction: rewarding contingencies in joint attention and motor learning

    Bert Timmermans (Speaker)
    20 Mar 2019

    Activity: Talk, presentation, public lecture, public engagement, outreach and knowledge exchangeInvited talk

    Ivana Konvalinka

    Bert Timmermans (Host)
    20 Feb 201922 Feb 2019

    Activity: Hosting a visitorHosting an academic visitor