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)

Tobias Heed


Foto Biopsychology & Cognitive Neuroscience, Department of Psychology, &
Center for Cognitive Interaction Technology (CITEC),
Bielefeld University, Germany
E-Mail: tobias.heed@uni-bielefeld.de


Tobias Heed received a degree in psychology from Philipps-University Marburg, and his PhD in psychology from Hamburg University. After a postdoc in Hamburg's Biological and Neuropsycholoy Lab, he established an Emmy Noether junior research group in 2012. In 2016, he joined Bielefeld University as full professor for Biopsychology & Cognitive Neuroscience.

Current Main Research Interests

Dr. Heed's research revolves around the interactions of touch, movement, and spatial processing as the basis for cognition about the body in the environment, both in adults and during childhood development. He uses a multi-methods approach that includes behavioral experimentation, motion tracking, EEG, fMRI, and modelling.

Five selected publications with particular relevance to the Research Group
  • Badde, S., Röder, B., Heed, T. (2019). Feeling a Touch to the Hand on the Foot. Current Biology, online first. doi:10.1016/j.cub.2019.02.060
  • Maij, F., Medendorp, W. P., Heed, T. (2019). External location of touch is constructed post-hoc based on limb choice. bioRxiv, 549832. doi:10.1101/549832
  • Medendorp, W. P., Heed, T. (2019). "State Estimation in Posterior Parietal Cortex: Distinct Poles of Environmental and Bodily States." OSF Preprints. doi:10.31219/osf.io/wbcr
  • Badde, S., Heed, T. (2016). Towards explaining spatial touch perception: Weighted integration of multiple location codes. Cognitive Neuropsychology, 33, 1-22. doi:10.1080/02643294.2016.1168791
  • Heed, T., Buchholz, V. N., Engel, A. K., Röder, B. (2015). Tactile remapping: from coordinate transformation to integration in sensorimotor processing. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 19, 251-258. doi:10.1016/j.tics.2015.03.001