Prof. Dr.

Katja Fiehler

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 send e-mail visit website


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.

project-related publications
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
Fleming, R. W., & Storrs, K. R. (2019). Learning to see stuff. Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences, 30, 100-108. 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
Gertz, H., Fiehler, K., & Voudouris, D. (2018). The role of visual processing on tactile suppression. PloS one, 13(4), e0195396. 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., 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
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, 1-13. find paper. DOI
Voudouris D & Fiehler K (2021). Dynamic temporal modulation of somatosensory processing during reaching. Scientific Reports, 11: 1928. 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
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.
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., 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
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.
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. 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
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.
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., Goettker, A., Mueller, S., & Fiehler, K. (2016). Kinesthetic information facilitates saccades towards proprioceptive-tactile targets. Vision research, 122, 73-80. DOI find paper