Key Area Dynamics

We will explore the dynamics of transition and stability in sensory and cognitive systems, ranging from extremely rapid motion of the eyes, to very slow bodily changes during development and aging. Here, we focus on the most basic form of adaptation—dynamic gain regulation—through which sensitivity to signals is continuously adjusted. This simple mechanism provides a key building block for all other Key Areas.

New 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).
Beyvers, M. C., Fraser, L. E., & Fiehler, K. (2022).
Linking Signal Relevancy and Intensity in Predictive Tactile Suppression.
Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 75.
Beyvers, M. C., Koch, I., & Fiehler, K. (2022).
Episodic Binding and Retrieval in Sequences of Discrete Movements – Evidence from Grasping Actions.
Journal of Cognition, 5(1), 41, 1-14.
Cheeseman, J. R., Fleming, R. W., & Schmidt, F. (2022).
Scale ambiguities in material recognition.
iScience, 25(3):103970.
Churan, J., Kaminiarz, A., Schwenk, J. C., & Bremmer, F. (2021).
Coding of interceptive saccades in parietal cortex of macaque monkeys.
Brain Structure and Function, 226(8), 2707-2723.
Churan, J., Kaminiarz, A., Schwenk, J. C., & Bremmer, F. (2021).
Action-dependent processing of self-motion in parietal cortex of macaque monkeys.
Journal of Neurophysiology, 125(6), 2432-2443.
Dillmann, J.*, Sensoy, Ö.*, & Schwarzer, G. (2022). *shared first authorship
Parental perceived stress and its consequences on early social-emotional child development during COVID-19 pandemic.
Journal of Early Childhood Research, 1476718X221083423.
Engel, D., Student, J., Schwenk, J. C., Morris, A. P., Waldthaler, J., Timmermann, L., & Bremmer, F. (2021).
Visual perturbation of balance suggests impaired motor control but intact visuomotor processing in Parkinson’s disease.
Journal of Neurophysiology, 126(4), 1076-1089.
Flachot, A., Akbarinia, A., Schütt, H. H., Fleming, R. W., Wichmann, F. A., & Gegenfurtner, K. R. (2022).
Deep neural models for color classification and color constancy.
Journal of vision, 22(4), 17-17.
Forster, P.-P., Karimpur, H., & Fiehler, K. (2022).
Demand characteristics challenge effects in embodiment and presence.
Scientific Reports, in press.
Forster, P.‑P., Karimpur, H., & Fiehler, K. (2022).
Why we should rethink our approach to embodiment and presence.
Frontiers in Virtual Reality, 3, Article 838369.
Fuehrer, E., Voudouris, D., Lezkan, A., Drewing, K., & Fiehler, K. (2022).
Tactile suppression stems from specific sensorimotor predictions.
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 119(20), Article e2118445119.
Gehb, G., Vesker, M., Jovanovic, B., Bahn, D., Kauschke, C., & Schwarzer, G. (2022).
The Relationship between Crawling and Emotion Discrimination in 9- to 10-Month-Old Infants.
Brain Sciences, 12(4), 479.
Hesse, R., Schaub-Meyer, S., & Roth, S. (2021).
Fast axiomatic attribution for neural networks.
Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems, 34(2), 19513-19524.
Kavroulakis, E., van Kemenade, B. M., Arikan, B. E., Kircher, T., & Straube, B. (2022).
The effect of self- vs. externally generated actions on timing, duration and amplitude of BOLD response for visual feedback processing.
Human Brain Mapping, in press.
Lubinus, C., Einhäuser, W., Schiller, F., Kircher, T., Straube, B. & van Kemenade, B.M. (2022).
Action-based predictions affect visual perception, neural processing, and pupil size, regardless of temporal predictability.
NeuroImage, in press.
McKay, C., Wijeakumar, S., Rafetseder, E., & Shing, Y. L. (2021).
Disentangling Age and Schooling Effects on Inhibitory Control Development: An fNIRS Investigation.
McKay, C., Wijeakumar, S., Rafetseder, E., & Shing, Y. L. (2021).
Disentangling age and schooling effects on inhibitory control development: An fNIRS investigation.
Developmental Science: e13205. 205, 102117.
O’Leary, A., Fernàndez-Castillo, N., Gan, G., Yang, Y., Yotova, A. Y., Kranz, T. M., ... Kircher, T. …, Straube, B., ... Reif, A. (2022).
Behavioural and functional evidence revealing the role of RBFOX1 variation in multiple psychiatric disorders and traits.
Molecular Psychiatry, 1–10.
Preißler, L., Jovanovic, B., Munzert, J., Schmidt, F., Fleming, R.W., & Schwarzer, G. (2021).
Effects of visual and visual-haptic perception of material rigidity on reaching and grasping in the course of development
Acta Psychologica, 221, November, 103457
Prokott, E., & Fleming, R. W. (2022).
Identifying specular highlights: Insights from deep learning.
Journal of vision, 22(7), 6-6.
Ridderbusch, I. C., Wroblewski, A., Yang, Y., Richter, J., Hollandt, M. Hamm, A. O., Wittchen, H.-U., Ströhle, A., Arolt, V., Margraf, J., Lueken, U., Hermann, M. J., Kircher, T. & Straube, B. (2021).
Neural adaptation of cingulate and insular activity during delayed fear extinction: A replicable pattern across assessment sites and repeated measurements.
NeuroImage, 237, 118157.
Rosenblum, L., Grewe, E., Churan, J., & Bremmer, F. (2022).
Influence of Tactile Flow on Visual Heading Perception
Multisensory Research, 35(4), 291-308.
Schmitt, C., Schwenk, J. C. B., Schütz, A., Churan, J., Kaminiarz, A., Bremmer, F. (2021).
Preattentive processing of visually guided self-motion in humans and monkeys.
Progress in Neurobiology, 205, 102117.
Schramowski, P., Turan, C., Andersen, N., Rothkopf, C. A., & Kersting, K. (2022).
Large pre-trained language models contain human-like biases of what is right and wrong to do.
Nature Machine Intelligence, 4(3), 258-268.
Schuetz, I., Karimpur, H., & Fiehler, K. (2022).
vexptoolbox: A software toolbox for human behavior studies using the Vizard virtual reality platform.
Behavior Research Methods, 1-13.
Schultheis, M., Straub, D., & Rothkopf, C. A. (2021).
Inverse optimal control adapted to the noise characteristics of the human sensorimotor system.
Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems, 34, 9429-9442.
Schwarzer, G., Gehb, G., Kelch, A., Gerhard-Samunda, T., Jovanovic, B. (2022).
Locomotion training contributes to 6-month-old infants' mental rotation ability.
Human Movement Science, Volume 85, October 2022, 102979
Storrs, K. R., Anderson, B. L., & Fleming, R. W. (2021).
Unsupervised learning predicts human perception and misperception of gloss.
Nature Human Behaviour, 1-16.
Straube, B., Kuehne, H., van Dam, L., Frey, K., van Kemenade, B.M., Kircher, T., & Ried, L. (2022).
Speech-gesture mismatch detection in individuals with high vs. low schizotypal traits.
International Consortium on Schizotypy Research, ICSR 2022.
Student J, Engel D, Timmermann L, Bremmer F, Waldthaler J (2022).
Visual Perturbation Suggests Increased Effort to Maintain Balance in Early Stages of Parkinson’s to be an Effect of Age Rather Than Disease.
Front. Hum. Neurosci. 16:762380.
Tamura, H., Prokott, K. E., & Fleming, R. W. (2022).
Distinguishing mirror from glass: A “big data” approach to material perception.
Journal of vision, 22(4), 4-4.
Thoma, N., Yu, Z., Ventola, F., & Kersting, K. (2021).
RECOWNs: Probabilistic Circuits for Trustworthy Time Series Forecasting.
Proceedings of the 4th Workshop on Tractable Probabilistic Modeling (TPM 2021).
Tiedemann, H., Morgenstern, Y., Schmidt, F., & Fleming, R. W. (2022).
One-shot generalization in humans revealed through a drawing task.
eLife, 11.
Tiedemann, H., Schmidt, F., Fleming, R.W. (2022).
Superordinate Categorization Based on the Perceptual Organization of Parts.
Brain Sciences, 12, 667.
Trick, S., & Rothkopf, C. A. (2022).
Bayesian Classifier Fusion with an Explicit Model of Correlation.
In International Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Statistics (pp. 2282-2310). PMLR.
Ventola, F., Dhami, D. S., & Kersting, K. (2021).
Generative Clausal Networks: Relational Decision Trees as Probabilistic Circuits.
Proceedings of the 30th International Conference on Inductive Logic Programming (ILP).
Voudouris, D., & Fiehler, K. (2022).
The role of grasping demands on tactile suppression.
Human Movement Science, 83, 102957.
Wroblewski, A., Hollandt, M., Yang, Y., Ridderbusch, I.C., Pietzner, A., Szeska, C., Lotze, M., Wittchen, H.-U., Heinig, I., Pittig, A., Arolt, V., Koelkebeck, K., Rothkopf, C.A., Adolph, D., Margraf, J., Lueken, U., Pauli, P., Herrmann, M.J., Winkler, M.H., Ströhle, A., Dannlowski, U., Kircher, T., Hamm, A.O., Straube, B.* & Richter, J.* (2022). *contributed equally
Sometimes I feel the fear of uncertainty stinging clear: How Intolerance of Uncertainty and Trait Anxiety impact fear acquisition, extinction and the return of fear.
PsyArXiv Preprints
Yu, Z., Dhami, D. S., & Kersting, K. (2021).
Sum-Product-Attention Networks: Leveraging Self-Attention in Probabilistic Circuits.
arXiv preprint
Yu, Z., Ventola, F. G., & Kersting, K. (2021).
Whittle networks: A deep likelihood model for time series.
International Conference on Machine Learning (PMLR), 12177-12186.
Yu, Z., Zhu, M., Trapp, M., Skryagin, A., & Kersting, K. (2021).
Leveraging Probabilistic Circuits for Nonparametric Multi-Output Regression.
Proceedings of the 37th Conference on Uncertainty in Artificial Intelligence (UAI 2021).
Zečević, M., Dhami, D. S., Rothkopf, C. A., & Kersting, K. (2021).
Structural Causal Interpretation Theorem.
arXiv preprint