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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 of our work

If you would like to get an overview of what we do, take a look at these review papers:

State estimation in posterior parietal cortex: Distinct poles of environmental and bodily states
(Medendorp & Heed, 2019, Progress in Neurobiology, open access)
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, pdf anfordern)
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

We are reopening the labs! If you are interested to participate in one of our experiments, please have a look at the Forschungsportal. 

Our team is welcoming a new member: Postdoc Marlou Perquin!

Our team is welcoming Postoc Sarah Verlage (arriving from University of Cologne)!

Our team is welcoming two new members:
Postoc Celia Foster (arriving from MPI Tuebingen) and PhD student Carolin Schonard (arriving from Uni Chemnitz)!

Publications & Funding

New article by Maij, Seegelke, Medendorp and Heed in eLife
"External location of touch is constructed post-hoc based on limb choice"  Blog post. 

New article by Fuchs, Wulff and Heed in Journal of Experimental Psychology
"Online sensory feedback during active search improves tactile localization"

New article by Marigold, Lajoie und Heed in Plos ONE
"No effect of triple-pulse TMS medial to intraparietal sulcus on online correction for target perturbations during goal-directed hand and foot reaches"

New article by Medendorp und Heed in Progress in Neurobiology
"State estimation in posterior parietal cortex: Distinct poles of environmental and bodily states"

The article by Badde, Röder und Heed, recently published in Current Biology, was featured in the news section on the Bielefeld University website!

New preprint by Martel et al. at bioRxiv
"Protracted development of visuo-proprioceptive integration for uni-and bimanual motor coordination"

New article by Badde, Röder and Heed in Current Biology
"Feeling a Touch to the Hand on the Foot"

New preprint by Ossandón, König & Heed at bioRxiv
"Spatially modulated alpha-band activity does not mediate tactile remapping and fast overt orienting behavior"

New DFG-funded project by Seegelke and Heed
Assessment of parallel movement plans by probing spatial attention


Sarah Verlage gives a talk ("Effects of language on space-pitch associations") in our Zoom colloquium: Monday, 11.05.2020, 14:15-15:45. Please contact Tobias Heed to receive the Zoom login Information.
Celia Foster gives a talk ("Decoding the viewpoint and identity of faces and bodies") in our Zoom colloquium: Monday, 27.04.2020, 14:15-15:45. Please contact Tobias Heed to receive the Zoom login Information.
Regine Zopf (Macquarie University Sydney) gives a talk ("Not just any body: How associations between the visual and somatosensory body influence touch perception, motor planning and embodiment") in our colloquium: Friday, 17.01.2019, 10:15-11:45, Room X-E0-228.
Martin Rolfs (Humboldt Universität Berlin) gives a talk ("The fate and function of vision during saccades") in our colloquium: Monday, 09.12.2019, 10:15-11:45, Room X-E0-228.
David Franklin (LMU) gives a talk ("Feedforward and feedback learning in human sensorimotor control") in our colloquium: Monday, 18.11.2019, 10:15-11:45, Room X-E0-228.
Benedikt Ehinger (Uni Stuttgart) gives a talk ("Unfold your potentials – analysis of naturalistic EEG data") in our colloquium: Monday, 21.10.2019, 10:15-11:45, Room X-E0-228.
Wilfried Kunde (Uni Würzburg) wird einen Vortrag ("Effect-based action control") in our colloquium: Monday, 01.07.2019, 10:15-11:45, Room X-E0-228.
Felix Blankenburg (Freie Universität Berlin) gives a talk ("From Tactile Perception via Working Memory to Decision Making and Action") iin our colloquium: Monday, 24.06.2019, 10:15-11:45, Room C01-148 UHG.
José Ossandón (University of Hamburg) gives a talk ("Behavioral and neurophysiological mechanisms of overt visual search") in our colloquium: Monday 06.05.2019, 10:15-11:45, Room C01-148 UHG.