Dr Gethin Hughes

Senior Lecturer
Department of Psychology
Dr Gethin Hughes



I completed my PhD at Goldsmiths, University in London in 2008, having also obtained my BSc and MSc at the same institution. I then completed an 18-month post-doc at the University of Oxford followed by 3 years at Université Paris Descartes before joining the Department of Psychology, University of Essex in September 2012.

Research and professional activities

Research interests

Sense of Agency

Much of my research focuses of the sense of agency - the feeling that we are in control of our actions, and the effects that they have on the environment. The majority of my work in this area uses implicit measures of sense of agency, such as intentional binding and sensory attenuation. Intentional binding refers to the fact that our experience of the temporal distance between actions and outcomes is shifted, such that we feel them to be closer together in time. Sensory attenuation refers to the fact that outcomes that are generated by our actions show reduced neural activity. My other research interests include investigating how we monitor and control our actions, and how we make decisions about which actions to perform. The majority of my research is conducted using Electroencephalography (EEG).

Teaching and supervision

  • Brain and Behaviour (PS411)

  • The Neuroscience of Human Nature (PS495)

  • Special Topics in Neuroscience and Neuropsychology (PS939)

  • Advanced Brain and Behaviour (PS943)


Journal articles (20)

Hughes, G., (2018). The role of the temporoparietal junction in implicit and explicit sense of agency. Neuropsychologia. 113, 1-5

Gooding, PLT., Callan, MJ. and Hughes, G., (2018). The Association Between Believing in Free Will and Subjective Well-Being Is Confounded by a Sense of Personal Control. Frontiers in Psychology. 9 (MAY), 623-

Moreton, J., Callan, MJ. and Hughes, G., (2017). How much does emotional valence of action outcomes affect temporal binding?. Consciousness and Cognition. 49, 25-34

Desender, K., Van Opstal, F., Hughes, G. and Van den Bussche, E., (2016). The temporal dynamics of metacognition: Dissociating task-related activity from later metacognitive processes. Neuropsychologia. 82, 54-64

Hughes, G., (2015). ERP and behavioral evidence of increased sensory attenuation for fear-related action outcomes. Biological Psychology. 111, 8-13

Hughes, G. and Waszak, F., (2014). Predicting faces and houses: Category-specific visual action-effect prediction modulates late stages of sensory processing. Neuropsychologia. 61 (1), 11-18

Roussel, C., Hughes, G. and Waszak, F., (2014). Action prediction modulates both neurophysiological and psychophysical indices of sensory attenuation. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. 8 (1 FEB), 115-

Jones, A., Hughes, G. and Waszak, F., (2013). The interaction between attention and motor prediction. An ERP study. NeuroImage. 83, 533-541

Bussche, EVD., Vermeiren, A., Desender, K., Gevers, W., Hughes, G., Verguts, T. and Reynvoet, B., (2013). Disentangling conscious and unconscious processing: a subjective trial-based assessment approach. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. 7 (NOV), 769-

Hughes, G., Desantis, A. and Waszak, F., (2013). Attenuation of auditory N1 results from identity-specific action-effect prediction. European Journal of Neuroscience. 37 (7), 1152-1158

Hughes, G., Mathan, S. and Yeung, N., (2013). EEG indices of reward motivation and target detectability in a rapid visual detection task. NeuroImage. 64 (1), 590-600

Hughes, G., Desantis, A. and Waszak, F., (2013). Mechanisms of intentional binding and sensory attenuation: The role of temporal prediction, temporal control, identity prediction, and motor prediction.. Psychological Bulletin. 139 (1), 133-151

Roussel, C., Hughes, G. and Waszak, F., (2013). A preactivation account of sensory attenuation. Neuropsychologia. 51 (5), 922-929

Desantis, A., Hughes, G. and Waszak, F., (2012). Intentional Binding Is Driven by the Mere Presence of an Action and Not by Motor Prediction. PLoS ONE. 7 (1), e29557-e29557

Waszak, F., Cardoso-Leite, P. and Hughes, G., (2012). Action effect anticipation: Neurophysiological basis and functional consequences. Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews. 36 (2), 943-959

Hughes, G. and Yeung, N., (2011). Dissociable correlates of response conflict and error awareness in error-related brain activity. Neuropsychologia. 49 (3), 405-415

Hughes, G., Schutz-Bosbach, S. and Waszak, F., (2011). One Action System or Two? Evidence for Common Central Preparatory Mechanisms in Voluntary and Stimulus-Driven Actions. Journal of Neuroscience. 31 (46), 16692-16699

Hughes, G. and Waszak, F., (2011). ERP correlates of action effect prediction and visual sensory attenuation in voluntary action. NeuroImage. 56 (3), 1632-1640

Bussche, EVD., Hughes, G., Humbeeck, NV. and Reynvoet, B., (2010). The relation between consciousness and attention: An empirical study using the priming paradigm. Consciousness and Cognition. 19 (1), 86-97

Hughes, G., Velmans, M. and De Fockert, J., (2009). Unconscious priming of a no-go response. Psychophysiology. 46 (6), 1258-1269

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