R&TL member Jonathan Schubert has defended his PhD thesis

September 1, 2016

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!

(expired) Application deadline for PhD position in the Reach & Touch Lab extended until July 30

July 14, 2016

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!

(expired) Interdisciplinary Postdoc position in the Reach & Touch Lab (Bielefeld Biopsychology)

July 14, 2016

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 on the anchors of external reference frames in touch (Plos One)

July 9, 2016

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

(expired) 2 Postdoc positions in the Reach & Touch Lab (in the new Bielefeld-based Biopsychology group)

July 4, 2016

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

(expired) PhD position in the Reach & Touch Lab (in the new Bielefeld-based Biopsychology group)

June 23, 2016

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

Looking for help: assembling a list of neuroscience methods intro papers

June 14, 2016

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

The Reach & Touch Lab commits to Open Science

January 19, 2016

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

José Ossandón joins the Reach & Touch Lab

January 4, 2016

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

Experiences with signing peer reviews

November 3, 2015

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

Poster at SfN 2015: Mislocalizing touch from hands to feet

October 12, 2015

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 on tactile decision making: Brandes & Heed (J Neurosci)

October 7, 2015

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 one thing we should NOT conclude from the Open Science Collaboration’s replication study

September 3, 2015

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

Why science results are often spurious

September 2, 2015

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

Great news: DAAD is funding 3-month visit by Daniel Marigold from Canada

July 29, 2015

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 has left to go to NY

July 29, 2015

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 offering BSc thesis topics on tactile perception in babies for 1 or 2 BSc students

June 22, 2015

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

Schubert et al.’s NeuroImage paper can be downloaded for free until Aug. 4

June 16, 2015

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.    

Steph Badde awarded Best Dissertation Prize by the DGPs’s General Psychology section

June 15, 2015

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 talks at IMRF

June 4, 2015

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

Courses by our PhDs

June 4, 2015

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

We are hiring a PostDoc – apply by June 15, 2015

May 27, 2015

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: Reference frames for tactile attention are reflected in alpha and beta EEG activity

May 26, 2015

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

Research Collaborative (SFB) continues until 2019

May 22, 2015

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: Irrelevant tactile stimulation biases visual exploration in external coordinates

April 27, 2015

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

Free download of our recent publication in Trends in Cognitive Sciences

April 24, 2015

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: Effects of movement on tactile localization in sighted and blind humans

March 6, 2015

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: Tactile remapping: from coordinate transformation to integration in sensorimotor processing

March 5, 2015

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

MSc Thesis prize

January 23, 2015

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!