Welcome to the website of Professor Kenny Coventry
Kenny holds a Chair in Psychology, and is Head of the School of Psychology at the University of East Anglia, UK. He is a chartered psychologist, Fellow of the British Psychological Society, and recipient of the British Psychological Society 2015 Cognitive Prize.
Kenny is a psychologist and cognitive scientist. His main research interest is how different mental abilities in the mind/brain interact. This has been manifest in a long-standing interest in the relationship between language and perception, and the mapping between language and the vision and action systems in particular. A second interest is how cognition and emotion interact in decision making under conditions of uncertainty (specifically during gambling). Finally, partly emanating from his experiences as a musician, he is also interested in how what we hear and what we see interact during musical performance. More information about Kenny’s research and publications can be found here.
After studying psychology at Glasgow University, he completed a PhD in Cognitive Science and Psychology at Edinburgh University (with a thesis on spatial language). This was followed by posts at the University of Dundee, Plymouth University, Northumbria University Newcastle (including Associate Dean Research and Enterprise, and Director of the Cognition and Communication Research Centre), and visiting Professorships at Bremen and Freiburg Universities (collaborating with the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft SFB-TR8 Spatial Cognition Research Centre). He is also a former Fellow of the Hanse Institute for Advanced Studies, Germany.
He took up the post of inaugural Head of the School of Psychology at the University of East Anglia in 2012.
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Kenny can be contacted by e-mail at the following addresses: