Jonathan Schubert successfully defended his PhD thesis last Thursday (Aug 25) at the University of Hamburg. The topic of his thesis was “Spatial processing of touch in sighted and congenitally blind humans” and involved several EEG and behavioral experiments. Congratulations, Jona!
I’ve extended the deadline for the sensorimotor / tactile decision making PhD position (see details here) until July 30. Please spread the word to promising MSc students!
We are looking for a Postdoc to join the large-scale project ICSPACE (intelligent coaching space) in the excellence cluster Citec. The project brings together VR technology and computer graphics, language research, and psychology, aiming to develop VR-based training. The role of the Postdoc will be to develop, coordinate, and run studies that asssess and evaluate … Read more
New paper: Heed T., Backhaus J., Röder B., Badde S. (2016). Disentangling the External Reference Frames Relevant to Tactile Localization. PLoS ONE 11(7):e0158829. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0158829 [ open access pdf ] [ data & scripts ] In this paper, we’ve published work begun by Jenny Backhaus during her time in our lab several years ago. It took … Read more
I am looking for 2 Postdocs to join my new lab in Bielefeld, the Biopsychology & Cognitive Neuroscience group of the Psychology Department. I will be interviewing as soon as possible after the deadline (July 29, 2016). The group investigates sensorimotor and multisensory transformation and integration, with a focus on tactile processing and its relationship with … Read more
Deadline extended until July 30! I am looking for a PhD student to join my new lab in Bielefeld, the Biopsychology & Cognitive Neuroscience group in the Psychology Department. I will be interviewing as soon as possible after the deadline (July 30, 2016). The group investigates sensorimotor and multisensory transformation and integration, with a focus on tactile processing … Read more
I’ve not yet found a satisfying neuroscience methods book to use as an introduction for students. I’ve therefore started a list of introductory papers. My goal is to have a complete list with good-to-read papers that introduce each method, show examples of their use in research, and discuss their weaknesses. Optimally, there will be a … Read more
We’ve just published a commitment to Open Science as a disclaimer about how we intend to publish our work, starting today. It has been becoming increasingly clear that scientific practices in Psychology and Neuroscience will have to undergo important changes towards “Open Science”. Maybe inspired most by the Science publication on the difficulty to replicate … Read more
We welcome José Ossandón, who joins the Reach and Touch Lab as a PostDoc today! José just finished his PhD in the lab of Peter König at the University of Osnabrück and is an expert in eye movement research, with methodological expertise in modeling and EEG analysis (see his page for CV and publications). José’s … Read more
There’s always discussion about peer review. I’m sure your group does the same as mine — for every anonymous peer review we get, we guess who the author might have been. It’s more than just curiosity. Knowing who authored a critique might help in finding a convincing reply by addressing what the reviewer really finds … Read more
Tobias will be attending SfN, which is taking place in Chicago starting this upcoming Saturday. He’ll present a poster at location O15 on Wednesday morning on a study by Steph Badde and himself. In this study, we demonstrate that participants often grossly misperceive where tactile stimuli occurred. For example, when we stimulate their left hand, … Read more
New paper: Brandes, J. & Heed, T. (2015). Reach Trajectories Characterize Tactile Localization for Sensorimotor Decision Making, Journal of Neuroscience 35(40): 13648-13658; doi: 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.1873-14.2015 I’m very happy that this paper is now out. It is the first paper of Janina’s PhD work. She spent a ton of time to optimize the experimental paradigm and, even … Read more
The authors of the replication study that was published in Science this week added some niceties in their paper, stating: It is also too easy to conclude that a failure to replicate a result means that the original evidence was a false positive. Replications can fail if the replication methodology differs from the original in … Read more
In a huge effort, the Open Science Collaboration, headed by Brian Nosek, attempted to replicate >100 studies that were published in 2008 in 3 psychology journals (see paper here). 100 experiments were finished and made it into the report. Of those, a crushingly low number revealed the effects of the first publication. There’s some debate … Read more
Daniel Marigold is an Associate Professor at the Department of Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology at the Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, Canada. His research focuses on the role of vision for walking. One of his main interests is how parietal cortex organizes movements of different effectors, a topic we’ve addressed in the Reach & Touch … Read more
Steph Badde, who received her PhD from the Biological Psychology and Neuropsychology lab, and worked as a PostDoc here since, is starting a PostDoc with Michael Landy in August. She’s packed her bags and gone off to NY. We’re sad to let her go! And wish her exciting times in the States.
We are looking for 1 or 2 Bachelor students for a BSC thesis project. When can babies feel touch? And how does their knowledge about their own body develop? When can a baby guide its hand toward a body part that has been touched? We are assessing the ability of 3-7 month-old babies to respond … Read more
Our new paper, “Oscillatory activity reflects differential use of spatial reference frames by sighted and blind individuals in tactile attention” just came out in NeuroImage. The download is free for 50 days, starting today. You can view our blog post about this paper, too.
For the competition, the 10 best dissertations of the last 2 years are pre-selected by a panel of reviewers. The PhDs (actually, now postdocs) then present their work at a meeting that is usually held in the place the last winner came from, and prizes are awarded to the 3 selected as best by a … Read more
Jonathan Schubert will give a talk at this year’s International Multisensory Research Forum (IMRF), which is taking place in Pisa, Italy from June 13th to 16th. The title of the talk is “Flexible use of spatial reference frames for touch in sighted and congenitally blind individuals” and highlights new insights into the use of anatomical … Read more
This summer term, two of our PhD candidates are holding Psychology classes at Hamburg University. Phyllis Mania is giving an in in-depth course on Biological Psychology for first years. Topics range from sensorimotor processing to many others, like comparative and social neuroscience. Janina Brandes is teaching research practice to 2nd year Bachelor students in “Empirisch … Read more
Funding The position is funded by a project in the Research Collaborative (Sonderforschungsbereich, SFB) 936, “Multi-site communication in the brain”. The principle investigators of the project are Tobias Heed (Hamburg), Peter König (Osnabrück), and Brigitte Röder (Hamburg). The position is attached to the Emmy Noether Group “Reach and Touch” headed by Tobias Heed, within the … Read more
New paper in press: Jonathan Schubert, Verena N. Buchholz, Julia Föcker, Andreas Engel, Brigitte Röder, & Tobias Heed: Oscillatory activity reflects differential use of spatial reference frames by sighted and blind individuals in tactile attention, to appear in NeuroImage. Researchers have recognized rhythmic variations of the EEG signal, termed oscillatory activity, as an important indicator of … Read more
Great news! We got word yesterday that the German Research Foundation (DFG) will fund the Hamburg-based Research Collaborative (“Sonderforschungsbereich”, SFB) 936, Multi-site communication in the brain, for a second 4-year period, from 2015–2019. At the Reach & Touch Lab, Jonathan Schubert & I are currently wrapping up the work of our first funding period’s project … Read more
New paper in press: José Ossandón, Peter König, and Tobias Heed: Irrelevant tactile stimulation biases visual exploration in external coordinates, to appear in Scientific Reports. Humans make rapid eye movements, so-called saccades, about 2-3 times a second. Peter König and his group have studied how we choose the next place to look at. It turns … Read more
Elsevier is offering free download of our TICS paper until June 11. Find the pdf at http://goo.gl/UnkqwD. Feedback and discussion welcome!
New paper in press: Tobias Heed, Johanna Möller, and Brigitte Röder: Movement induces the use of external spatial coordinates for tactile localization in congenitally blind humans, to appear in Multisensory Research. We and others have often found that people who were born blind process touch differently than people who can see. Sighted people automatically compute where a touch … Read more
New paper by Heed, T., Buchholz, V.N., Engel, A.K., and Röder, B. (in press). Tactile remapping: from coordinate transformation to integration in sensorimotor processing, to appear in Trends in Cognitive Sciences. Tactile remapping, the transformation of where a touch is on the skin into a location in space, has often been conceptualized as a serial … Read more
Karima Chakroun was awarded 3rd place for the best MSc thesis of the Psychology department in 2014. Karima conducted her thesis in our lab under Tobias’ supervision. Her topic was ‘„Bauchgefühl“ für den Raum – Taktil-visuelle Kongruenzeffekte bei der räumlichen Wahrnehmung des eigenen Körpers’. Congratulations!