Arbeitseinheit 14 - Biopsychology & Cognitive Neuroscience

Welcome at the section Biopsychology & Cognitive Neuroscience.
The Biopsychology & Cognitive Neuroscience research group is part of the Cluster of Excellence in Cognitive Interaction Technology CITEC and Bielefeld University.


Our research focuses on how humans perceive touch, construct an understanding of the body, plan actions in response to touch, and choose the body part with which we perform this action. We use a variety of methods to advance our projects. The group started as an Emmy Noether group at Hamburg University, funded by the  German Research Foundation, and has since transitioned into a regular professorship at Bielefeld University.

Get an overview over our work

We’ve summarized our work in several reviews. If you’d like to get an overview over what we do, take a look at these papers:

Towards explaining spatial touch perception: weighted integration of multiple location codes
(Badde & Heed, 2016, Cognitive Neuropsychology, open access)
Tactile remapping: from coordinate transformation to integration in sensorimotor processing
(Heed et al., 2015, Trends in Cognitive Sciences, request pdf)
Using time to investigate space: a review of tactile temporal order judgments as a window onto spatial processing in touch 
(Heed & Azañón, 2014, Frontiers in Psychology, open access)


We are looking for participants
(Babies, Children and Adults)!
Check out our Kids Lab page!
And our facebook page!

Follow the lab on Twitter!


News and Upcoming events

  • Julie Duqué (Cogntion and action Lab, Université Catholique Louvain, Belgium) will give a talk on Monday 29.10.2018 (10:15 - 11:45; room X-E0-230). Feel free to join!


  • Nicholas Holmes (University of Nottingham) will give a talk on Monday 14.05.2018 (10:15 - 11:45; room C01-142). Feel free to join!


  • José Ossandón (University of Hamburg) will conduct a workshop on Bayesian Statistics on Friday 4.05.2018 (10:00 - 15:00). If you are interested to attend, please contact Tobias Heed by April 16!

  • Stefan Debener (University of Oldenburg) will give a talk on Friday 02.02.2018 (10:15 - 12:00; room X-E0-222; X Building !). Feel free to join!



  • Anouk De Brouwer (Cognition & Action Lab, Queen's University, Canada) will give a talk on Monday 30.10.2017 (10:00 - 12:00; room T2-208). Feel free to join!


  • Dirk Wulff (University of Basel & Max Planck Institute for Human Development) will give a talk on Monday 25.09.2017 (10:00 - 12:00; room T2-208). Feel free to join! (Abstract)


  • Our group will take part in the GENIALE Science Festival, from 18.08.17 to 26.08.2017. We will present short experiments for families on "The Body in The Brain". More information on our program here.

  • Meike Schweisfurth (University Medical Center, Göttingen) will give a talk on Monday 22.05.2017 (10:00 - 12:00; room T2-208). Feel free to join! (Abstract)


  • Tobias Heed will participate to Kinder Uni on Friday 17.03.2017. He will explain to children and their parents how the brain and the body are connected and the major research questions our Kids Lab 'B hoch 3' investigates.


  • Our TMS test month starts in March!! You are welcome to join! For more information, please contact Christian Seegelke. (01.03.2017: TMS arrives - Intro session / 03.03.2017: TMS navigation / 13.03.2017: TMS protocols).


  • Arvid Herwig, from Werner Schneider's group will give a talk on Friday 17.02.2017 (10:00 - 12:00; room X-E0-210). Feel free to join!