Prof. Dr. Fiehler

Predictive somatosensory signals during goal-directed movements

Planned research

Project A4 investigates how predictions about the sensory consequences of our own actions shape tactile perception. First, we want to examine how flexibly tactile perception can be modulated by predicted movement demands in reaching and grasping. Second, we aim to test the hypothesis that movement-induced tactile suppression facilitates processing of more relevant sensory signals. Third, we want to identify the cortical network associated with tactile suppression and examine how activation in this network is influenced by the relevancy of movement-related sensory signals and by central motor commands. Fourth, we aim to answer the question whether tactile suppression is caused by a general suppression or by a specific prediction leading to an explicit discount of the sensory consequences of our own actions. 

Current research

Project A4 aims to investigate the mutual interaction of perception and action associated with the concepts of inverse and forward models. First, we want to examine the contribution of different somatosensory stimulus qualities to movement planning by studying saccadic eye and reaching movements to tactile, proprioceptive and kinesthetic targets. Second, we want to determine at the behavioral and brain level how movement planning and execution alter somatosensory perception based on predictive mechanisms by measuring movement-induced sensory suppression while varying the availability of afferent and efferent feedback signals and the expectation of future sensory and motor events.

new project-related publications
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
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
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
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
Klein, L. K., Maiello, G., Fleming, R. W., & Voudouris, D. (2021). Friction is preferred over grasp configuration in precision grip grasping. Journal of Neurophysiology, 2021-02. find paper.
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.
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.
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