Prof. Dr.

Katja Fiehler

Prof. Dr. Katja Fiehler

Prof. Dr. Katja Fiehler

I’m interested in how sensory information is used for spatial perception and goal-directed movements. In particular, my work centers on reaching and saccadic eye movements to visual, tactile, proprioceptive and kinesthetic targets.

My goal is to better understand how the brain transforms sensory information into a movement by focusing on reference frames for spatial perception and action and how they depend on the sensory modality and the task. At a higher level, I’m examining how attention and working memory interact with sensorimotor processes.

Contact details
Justus-Liebig University Giessen
FB 06 Psychology and Sports-Sciences
Otto-Behaghel-Str. 10F
35394 Giessen, Germany
+49 (0)641 99 26 144
+49 (0)641 99 26 119

  • Fraser, L. E., & Fiehler, K. (2018). Predicted reach consequences drive time course of tactile suppression. Behavioural brain research, 350, 54-64. find paper
  • Gertz , H., Lingnau, A., & Fiehler , K. (2017). Decoding movement goals from the fronto-parietal reach network. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience , 11, 84. DOI find paper
  • 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. DOI find paper
  • Gertz, H., Fiehler, K., & Voudouris, D. (2018). The role of visual processing on tactile suppression. PloS one, 13(4), e0195396. find paper
  • 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) DOI find paper
  • Gertz, H., Voudouris, D., & Fiehler, K. (2017). Reach-relevant somatosensory signals modulate tactile suppression. Journal of Neurophysiology , 117(6), 2262-2268. DOI find paper
  • 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
  • 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. DOI find paper
  • Mueller, S. & Fiehler, K. (2014a). Effector movement triggers gaze-dependent spatial coding of tactile and proprioceptive-tactile reach targets. Neuropsychologia, 62, 184-193. DOI find paper
  • Mueller, S. & Fiehler, K. (2014b). Gaze-dependent spatial updating of tactile targets in a localization task. Frontiers in Psychology, 5, Article 66, 1-10.DOI find paper
  • Mueller, S., & Fiehler, K. (2016). Mixed body-and gaze-centered coding of proprioceptive reach targets after effector movement. Neuropsychologia, 87, 63-73. DOI find paper
  • 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. DOI find paper
  • Voudouris D., & Fiehler K. (2017b). Spatial specificity of tactile enhancement during reaching. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics, 79(8), 2424-2434. DOI find paper
  • Voudouris D., & Fiehler K. (2017a). Enhancement and suppression of tactile signals during reaching. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance. 43(6), 1238. DOI find paper
  • 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. DOI find paper

former project-related publications

  • Beets, I.A.M., Rösler, F., & Fiehler, K. (2010). Non-visual motor learning improves visual motion perception: Evidence from violating the two-thirds power law. Journal of Neurophysiology, 104, 1612-1624.
  • Fiehler, K., Bannert, M.M., Bischoff, M., Blecker, C., Stark, R., Vaitl, D., Franz, V.H. & Rösler, F. (2011). Working memory maintenance of grasp-related information in the human posterior parietal cortex. Neuroimage, 54, 2401-2411.
  • Fiehler, K., Burke, M., Engel, A., Bien, S., & Rösler, F. (2008). Kinesthetic working memory and action control within the dorsal stream. Cerebral Cortex, 18, 243-253.
  • Fiehler, K., Burke, M., Röder, B., Bien, S., & Rösler, F. (2009). The human dorsal action control system develops in the absence of vision. Cerebral Cortex, 19, 1-12.
  • Fiehler, K., Rösler, F., & Henriques, D.Y.P. (2010). Interaction between gaze and visual and proprioceptive position judgments. Experimental Brain Research. 203, 485-498.
  • Jones, S.A.H., Fiehler, K., & Henriques, D.Y.P. (2012). A task-dependent effect of memory and target-hand on proprioceptive localization. Neuropsychologia, 50(7), 1462-1470.
  • Reuschel, J., Drewing, K., Henriques, D.Y.P., Rösler, F., & Fiehler, K. (2010). Optimal integration of visual and proprioceptive movement information along angular trajectories. Experimental Brain Research, 201, 853-862.
  • Reuschel, J., Rösler, F., Henriques, D.Y.P., & Fiehler, K. (2012). Spatial updating depends on gaze direction even after loss of vision. The Journal of Neuroscience, 32(7), 2422-2429.