Katja Fiehler

Prof. Dr.

Justus-Liebig University Giessen FB 06 Psychology and Sports-Sciences
Otto-Behaghel-Str. 10F
35394 Giessen, Germany

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My research focusses on the interplay of perception and action. I’m interested in how different sensory information are used for space perception and goal-directed actions, such as reaching and grasping. I also investigate how humans predict the sensory outcome of their actions and how these predictive processes shape perception.

My long-term goal is to better understand how the human brain plans, controls, and adapts natural actions in complex environments. To this end, I combine psychophysics with motion tracking in real and virtual environments and apply EEG and fMRI to uncover the underlying neural processes.

project-related publications
Beyvers, M. C., Fraser, L., & Fiehler, K. (2022). Linking signal relevancy and intensity in predictive tactile suppression. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 75. find paper
former project-related publications
Arikan, B. E., van Kemenade, B. M., Fiehler, K., Kircher, T., Drewing, K., & Straube, B. (2021). Different contributions of efferent and reafferent feedback to sensorimotor temporal recalibration. Scientific Reports, 11(1), 1-15. find paper
Arikan, B. E., Voudouris, D., Voudouri-Gertz, H., Sommer, J., & Fiehler, K. (2021). Reach-relevant somatosensory signals modulate activity in the tactile suppression network. NeuroImage, 236, 118000. find paper DOI
Broda, M.D., Fiehler, K., & Voudouris, D. (2020). The influence of afferent input on somatosensory suppression during grasping. Scientific Reports, 10(1), 1-11. find paper, DATA
Fiehler, K., Brenner, E., & Spering, M. (2019). Prediction in goal-directed action. Journal of vision, 19(9), 10-10. find paper
Fraser, L. E., & Fiehler, K. (2018). Predicted reach consequences drive time course of tactile suppression. Behavioural brain research, 350, 54-64. find paper DOI
Fuehrer, E., Voudouris, D., Lezkan, A., Drewing, K., & Fiehler, K. (2021). Tactile suppression stems from sensation-specific sensorimotor predictions. bioRxiv, 2021.07.04.451060. find preprint
Gertz , H., Lingnau, A., & Fiehler , K. (2017). Decoding movement goals from the fronto-parietal reach network. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 11, 84. find paper DOI
Gertz, H. & Fiehler, K. (2015). Human posterior parietal cortex encodes the movement goal in a pro-/anti-reach task. Journal of Neurophysiology, 114, 170-183. find paper DOI
Gertz, H., Fiehler, K., & Voudouris, D. (2018). The role of visual processing on tactile suppression. PloS one, 13(4), e0195396. find paper DOI
Gertz, H., Hilger, M., Hegele, M.*, & Fiehler, K.* (2016). Violating instructed human agency: An fMRI study on ocular tracking of biological and nonbiological motion stimuli. Neuroimage, 138, 109-122. (*shared last authorship) find paper DOI
Gertz, H., Voudouris, D., & Fiehler, K. (2017). Reach-relevant somatosensory signals modulate tactile suppression. Journal of Neurophysiology, 117(6), 2262-2268. find paper DOI
Göttker, A., Fiehler, K. & Voudouris, D (2020). Contribution of somatosensory information for goal-directed hand and eye movements. Journal of Neurophysiology, 124(4), 1092-1102. find paper, DATA
Khoozani, P. A., Schrater, P. R., Endres, D., Fiehler, K., & Blohm, G. (2019). Models of allocentric coding for reaching in naturalistic visual scenes. In Proceedings of the 2019 Conference on Cognitive Computational Neuroscience, 4 pages.
Khoozani, P. A., Voudouris, D., Blohm, G., & Fiehler, K. (2020). Reaching around obstacles accounts for uncertainty in coordinate transformations. Journal of Neurophysiology, 123(5), 1920-1932. find paper, DATA
Klever, L., Mosebach, M., Fiehler, K., Mamassian, P., & Billino, J. (2021). Crossmodal metaperception: Visual and tactile confidence share a common scale. bioRxiv. find preprint
Klever, L., Voudouris, D., Fiehler, K., & Billino, J. (2019). Age effects on sensorimotor predictions: What drives increased tactile suppression during reaching? Journal of vision, 19(9), 9-9. find paper DOI
Metzger, A., Mueller, S., Fiehler, K., & Drewing, K. (2019). Top-down modulation of shape and roughness discrimination in active touch by covert attention. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics, 81(2), 462-475. find paper DOI
Mueller , S. & Fiehler .K. (2017). Gaze-dependent coding of proprioceptive reach targets after effector movement: Testing the impact of online information, movement timing, and target distance. PLOS ONE, 12(7), e0180782. find paper DOI
Mueller, S. & Fiehler, K. (2014a). Effector movement triggers gaze-dependent spatial coding of tactile and proprioceptive-tactile reach targets. Neuropsychologia, 62, 184-193. find paper DOI
Mueller, S. & Fiehler, K. (2014b). Gaze-dependent spatial updating of tactile targets in a localization task. Frontiers in Psychology, 5, Article 66, 1-10. find paper DOI
Mueller, S., & Fiehler, K. (2016). Mixed body-and gaze-centered coding of proprioceptive reach targets after effector movement. Neuropsychologia, 87, 63-73. find paper DOI
Mueller, S., de Haas, B., Metzger, A., Drewing, K., & Fiehler, K. (2019). Neural correlates of top-down modulation of haptic shape versus roughness perception. Human Brain Mapping, 40(18), 5172-5184. find paper DOI
Straube, B., van Kemenade, B. M., Arikan, B. E., Fiehler, K., Harris, L. R., Leube, D., & Kircher, T. (2017). Predicting the multisensory consequences of one's own action: BOLD suppression in auditory and visual cortices. PLOS ONE, 12(1), e0169131. find paper DOI
Voudouris D., & Fiehler K. (2017b). Spatial specificity of tactile enhancement during reaching. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics, 79(8), 2424-2434. find paper DOI
Voudouris D., & Fiehler K. (2017a). Enhancement and suppression of tactile signals during reaching. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 43(6), 1238. find paper DOI
Voudouris, D. & Fiehler, K. (2021). Dynamic temporal modulation of somatosensory processing during reaching. Scientific Reports, 11(1), 1-12. find paper, DATA
Voudouris, D., Broda, M. D., & Fiehler, K. (2019). Anticipatory grasping control modulates somatosensory perception. Journal of Vision, 19,(5), 4-4. find paper DOI
Voudouris, D., Goettker, A., Mueller, S., & Fiehler, K. (2016). Kinesthetic information facilitates saccades towards proprioceptive-tactile targets. Vision research, 122, 73-80. find paper DOI