Welcome in the Kids Lab 'B hoch 3'!

»We investigate how children and adolescents process touch and how they organize their movements, and how they get a grasp of the world through their sensory input and their motor actions«

The 3 B of the Kids Lab represent our research: The German words Berühren, Bewegen, Begreifen (touch, move, understand). Our skin is the border between our body and the world. Our brain perceives along this border through the sense of touch. When we move, the brain, thus, not only receives visual information, but also tactile information. We investigate how the brain preceives the body and interacts with the world. We aim to understand how development in children and adolescents proceeds normally, to open new doors for treatment of developmental disorders.

We are looking for...

... infants and children to participate in our studies!

Registration and contact

Kids Lab »B hoch 3« from the University of Bielefeld

Tel: 0521 106 44 85
(Dr. Boukje Habets)

The Kids Lab is located in the room E01-120 in the main building. You can find information on how to find it here.

Arbeitseinheit Biopsychologie & Kognitive Neurowissenschaften (AE14)
Fakultät für Psychologie und Sportwissenschaft
Abteilung Psychologie
UHG | Raum E01-120
Universitätstrasse 25
33615 Bielefeld


We use different methods

Image: CITEC/Bielefeld University

We use small, painless touch stimuli to investigate how children localize touch on their body, and how the brain processes touch.

We can record brain activtiy to better understand what happens when a child perceives something, or makes a movement.

Image: CITEC/Bielefeld University
Image: CITEC/Bielefeld University

We measure the forces that children apply during execution of a movement, and record the exact trajectory of the movement.


What to expect when your child participates in a study in our lab

Our research methods do not contain any risk for your child. We do not use all our different methods in each single study. Before your child participates in one of our experiments, we explain in detail which methods we will apply, and how they work. The duration of our experiments are adapted to the age of the child (for instance, about 10 min for infants).

  • We aim to understand normal developmental trajectories.
  • Children we test do not need to have any special abilities to participate.
  • We process all data in an anonymized way to ensure parents’ and children’s privacy


We are always looking for...

infants and children in the age range of 6 months to 16 years to participate in our ongoing studies. We would be happy if your child can take part! As a first step, you can contact us – you do not commit to participation by calling or emailing. You can decide whether your child can participate after you have received detailed information about our studies. We’ll be happy to answer any questions you might have at any time. To get in touch, or to ask us anything, please do not hesitate to call or email!


The team

Head of the Biopsychology and Cognitive Neuroscience Group: Prof. Dr. Tobias Heed (1st row)
Head of the B hoch 3 Kids Lab: Dr. Boukje Habets (2nd row, left)
Staff: Dr. Marie Martel (2nd row, right)

You can find more information about our team here.