|Division||Humanities and Social Sciences Division|
|Section||Behavioural and Social Sciences|
Bekkering investigates which mechanisms in the brain are decisive for human interaction. How do we arrive at goal-directed actions and how do we influence others in that regard?
His research is wide-ranging and he has done pioneering work on such subjects as imitation, learning, language, social cognition, robotics, social cooperation and cognitive development. His research makes use of both traditional psychological methods and neuroscientific techniques.
Bekkering publishes in leading journals but also writes books in the popular science genre, for example on learning in children and robotics.