Biography

Professor Kenny Coventry holds a Chair in Psychology, and is Head of the School of Psychology. He joined UEA in 2012 as inaugural Head 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.

For more information about Professor Coventry’s research and for a full publication list, please visit: www.kennycoventry.org/.

All Publications

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Gudde, H., Coventry, K., Engelhardt, P.

(2016)

Language and memory for object location

in Cognition

153.

pp. 99-107

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Tenbrink, T., Andonova, E., Schole, G., Coventry, K. R.

(2016)

Communicative success in spatial dialogue: The impact of functional features and dialogue strategies

in Language and Speech

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(Article)


Finkelmeyer, A., Nilsson, J., He, J., Stevens, L., Maller, J., Moss, R. A., Small, S., Gallagher, P., Coventry, K., Ferrier, I., McAllister-Williams, R. H.

(2016)

Altered hippocampal function in major depression despite intact structure and resting perfusion

in Psychological Medicine

46.

pp. 2157-2168

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Burigo, M., Coventry, K. R., Cangelosi, A., Lynott, D.

(2016)

Spatial language and converseness

in Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology

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(Article)


Markostamou, I., Coventry, K., Fox, C., McInnes, L.

(2015)

Both symbolic and embodied representations contribute to spatial language processing: Evidence from younger and older adults

UEA Repository

(Paper)


Coventry, K. R., Griffiths, D., Hamilton, C. J.

(2014)

Spatial demonstratives and perceptual space: describing and remembering object location

in Cognitive Psychology

69.

pp. 46-70

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(Article)


Lynott, D., Coventry, K.

(2014)

On the ups and downs of emotion: testing between conceptual-metaphor and polarity accounts of emotional valence-spatial location interactions

in Psychonomic Bulletin and Review

21.

pp. 218-26

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Coventry, K., 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

in Psychological Science

24.

pp. 1379-1388

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Nilsson, J., Ferrier, I., Coventry, K., Bester, A., Finkelmeyer, A.

(2013)

Negative BOLD response in the hippocampus during short-term spatial memory retrieval

in Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience

25.

pp. 1358-1371

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Coventry, K.

(2012)

On the Mapping Between Spatial Language and the Vision and Action Systems

Psychology Press

ISBN 978-1-84872-082-4

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Coventry, K., Guijarro-Fuentes, P., Valdés, B.

(2012)

On the first and second language acquisition of spatial language

in Spatial Cognition and Computation

12.

pp. 219-230

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Beigl, M. (ed.), Christiansen, H. (ed.), Roth-Berghofer, T. (ed.), Kofod-Petersen, A. (ed.), Coventry, K. (ed.), Schmidtke, H. (ed.)

(2011)

Modeling and Using Context

Springer

ISBN 978-3-642-24278-6

UEA Repository

(Book)


Tenbrink, T., Coventry, K., Abdonova, E.

(2011)

Spatial strategies in the description of complex configurations

in Discourse Processes

48.

pp. 237-266

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Coventry, K., Guijarro-Fuentes, P., Valdés, B.

(2010)

Spatial language and second language acquisition

Taylor & Francis: Psychology Press

pp. 262-286

ISBN 978-1-84872-924-7

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Burigo, M., Coventry, K.

(2010)

Context affairs scale selection for proximity terms

in Spatial Cognition and Computation

10.

pp. 292-312

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Coventry, K., Cangelosi, A., Newstead, S., Bugmann, D.

(2010)

Talking about quantities in space: Vague quantifiers, context and similarity

in Language and Cognition

2.

pp. 221-241

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Coventry, K., Lynott, D., Cangelosi, A., Monrouxe, L., Joyce, D., Ricahrdson, D.

(2010)

Spatial language, visual attention, and perceptual stimulation

in Brain and Language

112.

pp. 202-213

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Andonova, E., Tenbrink, T., Coventry, K.

(2010)

Function and context affect spatial information packaging at multiple levels

in Psychonomic Bulletin and Review

17.

pp. 575-580

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Coventry, K., Valdés, B., Guijarro-Fuentes, P.

(2010)

Thinking for speaking and immediate memory for spatial relations

Multilingual Matters

pp. 84-101

ISBN 978-1847692771

UEA Repository

(Chapter)


Johnson, A., Coventry, K., Thomson, E.

(2010)

Investigating the role of goals and environmental structure on memory for distance and time in virtual environments

Springer-Verlag

pp. 7-18

ISBN 978-3-642-14748-7

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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.