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 and Fellow of the British Psychological Society.


Kenny studied psychology at Glasgow University (BSc Hons 1984-88), followed by a PhD in Cognitive Science and Psychology from Edinburgh University in 1992. He has held 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.


Kenny is a psychologist and cognitive scientist. His 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 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.

Contact Details

Kenny can be contacted by e-mail at the following addresses:



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