Kenny Coventry


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Personal profile


Professor Kenny Coventry holds a Chair in Psychology. He joined UEA in 2012 as inaugural Head of School following posts at Dundee, Plymouth, and Northumbria Universities. His main research interest is the relationship between language and perception, which has been funded by major grants from the ESRC, AHRC, EPSRC, and European Commission. He is a Chartered Psychologist (CPsychol), a Fellow of the British Psychological Society (FBPSsS), and recipient of the 2015 British Psychological Society Cognitive Prize.

Indicative Publications

Coventry, K. R., Griffiths, D., & Hamilton, C. J. (2014). Spatial demonstratives and perceptual space: Describing and remembering object location. Cognitive Psychology, 69, 46-70. 

Coventry, K. R., Christophel, T., Fehr, T., Valdés-Conroy, B., & Herrmann, M. (2013). Multiple routes to mental animation: Language and functional relations drive motion processing for static images. Psychological Science, 24 (8), 1379-138.

Coventry, K. R., Valdés, B., Castillo, A., & Guijarro-Fuentes, P. (2008). Language within your reach. Near-far perceptual space and spatial demonstratives. Cognition, 108, 889-895.

Coventry, K. R., & Garrod, S. C. (2004). Saying, Seeing and Acting. The psychological semantics of spatial prepositions. Psychology Press, Taylor & Francis: Hove and New York.

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Key Research Interests

Professor Coventry's main research interest is how different supposed 'modules' in the mind/brain map onto one another. This has been manifest in a long-standing interest in the relationship between language and the vision and action systems. His research on this topic has been continuously funded by external grants since 2001 (from the ESRC, AHRC, EPRSC, and European Commission). A second main research interest is how cognition and emotion interaction in decision making under conditions of uncertainty (specifically during gambling). 

Current Grants

Coordinator, Marie Sklodowska-Curie European Training Network Deictic Communication (DCOMM) (2016-20). €3.46 Million. 

PI, Marie Curie Initial Training Network Lanpercept (2012-16). €4.15 Million. 

Project information

Key Responsibilities

Professor Coventry is Head of the School of Psychology.

Teaching Interests

Professor Coventry contributes to MSc Cognitive Neuroscience; PSY-4003Y Psychology of the Individual:  Development, Personality, Brain and Cognition


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