Univ.-Prof. Dr. Tobias Heed
Fachbereich Psychologie

Hellbrunnerstrasse 34, 5020 Salzburg

Tel.: +43 (0)662 / 8044 – 5124

Consultation hour: nach Vereinbarung

Twitter:  @HeedLab

Research group: Reach & Touch Lab, B hoch 3 Kids Lab

Education :

  • 1993-1996 Business Administration, Berufsakademie Stuttgart
  • 1996-2002 Psychology, Marburg
  • 2002-2008 PhD in Psychology, Hamburg

Academic positions:

  • 2006-2012 Postdoc, Biological Psychology & Neuropsychology, Hamburg
  • 2012-2016 Emmy Noether Junior Research Group, Hamburg
  • 2016-2021 Professor for Biopsychology and Cognitive Neuroscience, Bielefeld, Germany
  • since 2021 Professor for Cognitive Psychology, PLUS

I am fascinated by how our bodies determine our thinking. In my research, I start at a basic level and ask how the brain manages seemingly simple things like perceiving touch and performing arm reaches. My aim is to tease out how such simple processes lead to more complex phenomena like knowing about the own body, making decisions, understanding space, and merging information from the different senses into an integrated whole. My work focuses on our sense of touch, movements with different body parts, and the integration of the two – movements towards things we feel on our own body. Moreover, we aim to understand how these functions develop during childhood.

Key publications :

Badde, S., & Heed, T. (2016). Towards explaining spatial touch perception: Weighted integration of multiple location codes. Cognitive Neuropsychology, 33(1–2), 1–22.  https://doi.org/10.1080/02643294.2016.1168791

Foster, C., Sheng, W.-A., Heed, T., & Ben Hamed, S. (2022). The macaque ventral intraparietal area has expanded into three homologue human parietal areas. Progress in Neurobiology, 209, 102185.  https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pneurobio.2021.102185

Heed, T., Buchholz, V. N., Engel, A. K., & Röder, B. (2015). Tactile remapping: From coordinate transformation to integration in sensorimotor processing. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 19(5), 251–258.  https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tics.2015.03.001

Medendorp, W. P., & Heed, T. (2019). State estimation in posterior parietal cortex: Distinct poles of environmental and bodily states. Progress in Neurobiology, 183, 101691.  https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pneurobio.2019.101691