ZiF Research Group

Cognitive Behavior of Humans, Animals, and Machines:

Situation Model Perspectives

October 2019 – July 2020

Convenors: Werner Schneider (Bielefeld, GER), Helge Ritter (Bielefeld, GER)

Katja Fiehler


Foto Team Perception & Action, Experimental Psychology,
Department of Psychology,
Justus-Liebig University of Giessen, Germany
E-Mail: katja.fiehler@psychol.uni-giessen.de


Katja Fiehler studied psychology at the Technical University Dresden. She received her PhD from the Max-Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Leipzig in 2005 before she started her work on perception-action coupling as a PostDoc and Assistant Professor at the University of Marburg. In 2011, she was awarded a Heisenberg-Professorship from the German Research Foundation (DFG) to build up her research group on Perception & Action at the University of Giessen. Dr. Fiehler has been full professor in Experimental Psychology since 2016.

Current Main Research Interests

Dr. Fiehler's group is interested in spatial coding for action and predictive mechanisms in goal-directed movements. By combining psychophysical experiments with eye and hand movement tracking in the lab and in virtual reality she wants to understand how humans represent objects in space to guide eye and hand movements and how they predict the sensory consequences of their actions. In addition, she investigates the underlying cortical mechanisms by using fMRI.

Five selected publications with particular relevance to the Research Group
  • Karimpur, H., Morgenstern, Y., & Fiehler, K. (2019). Facilitation of allocentric coding by virtue of object-semantics. Scientific Reports. in press. doi: 10.1038/s41598-019-42735-4
  • Voudouris, D., Broda, M., & Fiehler, K. (2019). Anticipatory grasping control modulates somatosensory perception. Journal of Vision. in press.
  • Lu, Z., Klinghammer, M., & Fiehler, K. (2018). The role of gaze and prior knowledge on allocentric coding of reach targets. Journal of Vision, 18(4), 22.
  • Klinghammer, M., Blohm, G., & Fiehler, K. (2017). Scene configuration and object reliability affect the use of allocentric information for memory-guided reaching. Frontiers in Neuroscience, 11, 204. doi:10.3389/fnins.2017.00204
  • Klinghammer, M., Blohm, G., & Fiehler, K. (2015). Contextual factors determine the use of allocentric information for reaching in a naturalistic scene. Journal of Vision. 15(13), 24.