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, receiving his first degree in 1988, followed by a PhD in Cognitive Science and Psychology from Edinburgh University in 1992. He has held posts at  Dundee University, Plymouth University, and Northumbria University Newcastle (where he held the posts of Professor of Cognitive Science, Director of the Cognition and Communication Research Centre, and Associate Dean (Research and Enterprise)).  From 1st October, 2012, he took up his new post at the University of East Anglia.

Kenny is a visiting Professor at Bremen and Freiburg universities in Germany, where he collaborates with the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft SFB-TR8 Spatial Cognition Research Centre. He has also been Fellow of the Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg, Germany.


Kenny’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 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 on the top menu bar.

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