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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 over our work

We’ve summarized our work in several reviews. If you’d like to get an overview over what we do, take a look at these papers:

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, request pdf)
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!
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News and upcoming events

Publications & Funding

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 Heed, Lajoie and Marigold at osf
"No effect of triple-pulse TMS medial to intraparietal sulcus on online correction for target perturbations during goal-directed hand and foot reaches"

New preprint by Medendorp and Heed at osf
"State Estimation in Posterior Parietal Cortex: Distinct Poles of Environmental and Bodily States"

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


  • Wilfried Kunde (Uni Würzburg) gives a talk ("Effect-based action control") in our colloquium: Monday, 01.07.2019, 10:15-11:45, Room C01-148 UHG.


  • Felix Blankenburg (Freie Universität Berlin) gives a talk ("From Tactile Perception via Working Memory to Decision Making and Action") in 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.


  • Gernot Horstmann (Uni Bielefeld) gives a talk ("Behavioral and neurophysiological mechanisms of overt visual search") in our colloquium: Monday, 15.04.2019, 10:15-11:45, Room C01-148 UHG.


  • Julie Duqué (Cogntion and action Lab, Université Catholique Louvain, Belgium) gives a talk in our colloquium: Monday,29.10.2018, 10:15 - 11:45; Room X-E0-230.


  • Nicholas Holmes (University of Nottingham) gives a talk in our colloquium: Monday, 14.05.2018, 10:15 - 11:45; Room C01-142.