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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

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 Marigold, Lajoie und Heed bei 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 bei 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 Fuchs, Wulff and Heed at bioRxiv
"Online sensory feedback during active search improves tactile localization"

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


Tina Forster (City, University of London) gives a talk ("The electric homunculus: ERP investigations into the role of somatosensory cortex in embodied cognition") in our colloquium: Monday, 18.05.2020, 14:15-15:45, Room C01-142.
Burkhard Pleger (Ruhr-Universität) gives a talk ("The human somatonsensory system: From perception to decision-making") in our colloquium: Monday, 20.04.2020, 14:15-15:45, Room C01-142.
Sarah Verlage (University of Cologne) gives a talk ("Effects of language on space-pitch associations") in our colloquium: Monday, 06.04.2020, 14:15-15:45, Room C01-142. [DEFERRED; new date will be announced here]
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 (Donders) 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.