Research Interests

Language and Perception

Kenny’s primary research interest is understanding the mapping between language and perception. To date, much of this work has focussed on spatial communication – how we communicate about locations of objects and places. Examples include both basic research on spatial prepositions, spatial demonstratives, and quantifiers from a multidisciplinary perspective, and applied work to facilitate comprehension of spatial communication (e.g. working with the IPCC to produce accessible visualisations of climate change data). His research in this field has been funded by major research grants from the ESRC, AHRC, EPSRC and the European Union.

To read about this work please view publications here.

Watch a short film about some of this research HERE.

Decision Making Under Conditions of Uncertainty

He also has a long-standing interest in the issue of how people make decisions under conditions of uncertainty. In particular, he has focussed on why people make risky (gambling) decisions, and why some people lose control of their gambling behaviour to the point that it becomes problematic.

To read about this work please view publications here.

To read publications on these topics, please click on “Publications” on the top menu bar.

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