Dr Tjeerd Jellema


Faculty of Health Sciences

School of Life Sciences


01482 466490

Tjeerd Jellema is a cognitive neuroscientist who researches social cognition in (a)typical development, and in particular in autism spectrum disorder.

His research spans the range from basic science to clinical applications, and is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the European Science Foundation, the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) and the British Academy.


Research Interests

  • Social cognition

  • Motor simulation

  • Neural mechanisms for anticipation and prediction

  • Low-level mindreading

  • Implicit (non-)social learning

Research groups

  • Member of the Cognition and Neuroscience research group


Palumbo L, Burnett H G, Jellema T, 'Atypical emotional anticipation in high-functioning autism', Molecular Autism, 6, 47, DOI: 10.1186/s13229-015-0039-7 (2015)

Burnett H G, Panis S, Wagemans J, Jellema T, 'Impaired identification of impoverished animate but not inanimate objects in adults with high-functioning autism spectrum disorder', Autism Research, 8, pp 52-60, DOI: 10.1002/aur.1412 (2015)

Hudson M, Nijboer T C W, Jellema T, 'Implicit social learning in relation to autistic-like traits', Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 42, pp 2534-2545, DOI 10.1007/s10803-012-1510-3 (2012)

Jellema T, Lorteije J A M, van Rijn S, van ’t Wout M, De Haan E H F, Van Engeland H, Kemner C, 'Involuntary interpretation of social cues is compromised in Autism Spectrum Disorders', Autism Research, 2, pp 192-204, DOI: 10.1002/aur.83 (2009)

Hudson M, Liu C H, Jellema T, 'Anticipating intentional actions: The effect of eye gaze direction on the judgement of head rotation', Cognition, 112, pp 423-434, DOI: 10.1016/j.cognition.2009.06.011 (2009)

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Programmes taught on (2019)

Modules list

  • The Social Brain and Autism

  • Social Psychology and Individual Differences 2

  • Final year research projects

Research PhDs

Tjeerd welcomes applications in the area of social cognition.

Completed and current PhDs and postdocs

First supervisor only

  • Sylwia Macinska, Cognition and Emotion: intertwined or distinct abilities?, funded by the University of Hull

  • Eszter Somos, Exceptional autobiographical memory, funded by the University of Hull, co-supervisor: G Mazzoni

  • Richard Carvey, Rapid Detection of Human Facial Attractiveness in Groups (2017), funded by the University of Hull, co-supervisor: C-H. Liu

  • Manon Krol, Understanding other's actions: an EEG study combined with TMS (2017), funded by the University of Hull, now postdoc at Boston University

  • Martha Del Rosario Peña Sarmiento, Mechanisms underpinning the mere exposure effect (2017), funded by Universidad de los Andes, Colombia and Hull University, co-supervisor: J E Cruz, now lecturer at Fundación Universitaria Konrad Lorenz, Colombia

  • Dan Walters, Understanding Others’ Actions: A theoretical approach (2016), funded by 80th Anniversary University of Hull, co-supervisor: S Burwood

  • Joanna Wincenciak, Perception of facial trustworthiness and emotional actions (2015), funded by 80th Anniversary University of Hull, co-supervisor: N E Barraclough, now lecturer at Glasgow University

  • Letizia Palumbo, Beyond face value: involuntary emotional anticipation in typical development and Asperger’s syndrome (2015), funded by 80th Anniversary University of Hull, now lecturer at Liverpool Hope University

  • Hollie Burnett, (Re-)Conceptualisation in Autism Spectrum Disorders (2010), funded by AHRC-ESF, EUROCORES, now clinical psychologist at NHS Edinburgh

  • Tanja Nijboer, Emotion and consciousness: implicit social learning, postdoc, funded by RUBICON-NWO, now associate professor at Utrecht University.

  • Matthew Hudson, The role of Ssocial cues in the automatic attribution of intentionality (2008), funded by University of Hull, now senior researcher at the University of Turku, Finland

  • Jeannette Lorteije, Real and implied motion processing (2006), funded by Helmholtz Research Institute, NL, co-supervisor: R J A Van Wezel, now assistant professor at the University of Amsterdam

Teaching awards and accolades

  • Innovative Teaching Award 2013, Hull University Union (HUU), Student-Led.

Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

  • BSc, Leiden University

  • PhD, Tilburg University

Awards and accolades

External research awards

  • ESRC, £238,000, 'Investigating biases in the perception of human behaviour and the function of underlying brain mechanisms using immersive virtual reality', Barraclough N E, Jellema T, Ward J (2011-2014)

  • European Science Foundation (ESF), €1,095, research Visit grant to Department of Neuroscience, Parma, Italy (2010)

  • British Academy, Small Research Grant, £2,500, 'Investigating short term adaptation to human behaviour', Barraclough N E, Jellema T (2008-2009)

  • AHRC and European Science Foundation (ESF), EUROCORES program, €632,656, 'Unconscious boundaries of mind; research into the extended mind hypothesis', Jellema T, Wagemans J, Postma A (2007-2010)

  • Universidad de los Andes, Bogota, Colombia, host for M Peña Sarmiento, 'Mechanisms underpinning the forming of preferences during subliminal perception', with Cruz J (2012-2016)

  • Dutch organisation for Scientific Research, NWO, Rubicon, host for T C W Nijboer, 'Emotion and Consciousness: implicit social learning' (2009-2011)

  • Helmholtz Research Institute, The Netherlands, 'Real and implied motion processing', with Van Wezel R J A (2002-2006)