After being awarded a Diploma in Psychology by the University of Trier in Germany in 2003, he moved to the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Leipzig, Germany, where he wrote his doctoral thesis on how gesture and language interact in the brain.
After completing this dissertation, he joined the Synaesthesia Group at the University of Sussex to work on a project on mirror-touch synaesthesia.
Dr Holle joined the University of Hull as a lecturer in psychology in 2012 and was promoted to senior lecturer in 2015 and reader in 2019.
No preconscious attentional bias towards itch in healthy individuals
Becker, J. M., Holle, H., van Ryckeghem, D. M., Van Damme, S., Crombez, G., Veldhuijzen, D. S., …van Laarhoven, A. I. (2022). No preconscious attentional bias towards itch in healthy individuals. PLoS ONE, 17(9), Article e0273581. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0273581
Can contagious itch be affected by positive and negative suggestions?
Meeuwis, S. H., Skvortsova, A., van Laarhoven, A. I. M., Holle, H., & Evers, A. W. (in press). Can contagious itch be affected by positive and negative suggestions?. Experimental Dermatology, https://doi.org/10.1111/exd.14663
Human but not robotic gaze facilitates action prediction
Tidoni, E., Holle, H., Scandola, M., Schindler, I., Hill, L., & Cross, E. S. (2022). Human but not robotic gaze facilitates action prediction. iScience, 25(6), Article 104462. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.isci.2022.104462
Dr Henning Holle's research is driven by a strong interest in the interaction of the senses. For his research, he uses behavioural and neuroscience techniques (e.g., TMS, fNIRS, EEG, fMRI).
Previous work has focused on interaction between the senses of vision and audition (Holle et al. 2008, 2010, Neuroimage) as well as vision and touch (Holle et al. 2014, Neuroimage). This line of research is currently is continuing by studying how visual information arising from gesture interacts with auditory information arising from speech (Zhao et al. 2018).
Another line of reserach investigates how itch, a relatively understudied tactile sensation, interacts with the sense of vision (Holle et al. 2012, Etty et al., 2022) and audition (Swithenbank et al. 2016).
The role of inhibitory and excitatory motor processes in planned scratch responses
Experimental Psychology Society
1 September 2020
A multisensory approach to itch
British Skin Foundation
1 September 2015
An attentional bias approach to understanding and reducing the psychosocial burden of psoriasis
1 January 2019
Dr Holle is always very interested to hear from students, based at Hull or elsewhere, who are keen to get involved in research relating to itch perception, touch or gesture.
He usually has a number of ongoing projects that require data collection. This research experience would suit students who are considering applying for PhD funding and wish to develop their research skills / publication record.
- Olivia Jones (Primary Supervisor). 2013 - 2017. Exploring the Process of Itch and its Dimensionality: Investigations Using Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation. Funded by the University of Hull.
- Wanying Zhao (Primary Supervisor). 2014 - 2017. Exploring the role of inferior frontal and posterior temporal cortices in gesture-speech integration. Funded by the Chinese Science Council and the Hull-China Partnership.
Current PhD supervisions
- Sarah Etty (Primary Supervisor). 2019 - 2022. An attentional bias approach to Psoriasis. Funded by the Psoriasis Association.
- Erin Minton-Branfoot (Primary Supervisor. 2020 - 2023. Gestures as a stepping stone into rapid second language acquisition. Funded by the ESRC.