Lehrstuhl für Psychologie III

    PD Dr. Oliver Herbort



    Department of Psychology (III)

    Röntgenring 11

    97070 Würzburg, Germany

    Room H 13

    Phone: +49 931 318 9809




    Research Interest


    Action Planning

    Tool Use

    Computational Models

    Interpretation of pointing gestures

    Project supported by the German Research Council: Anticipatory planning processes for simple object manipulation. (DFG HE 6710/2-1).


    Please contact me directly, if you are interested in an Internship (Praktikum), Bachelor-Thesis, Projektarbeit, or Master-Thesis. Possible topics include action planning, tool-use and object manipulation in virtual and real environments, and communication with pointing gestures.



    Note. The PDFs below are for your personal scholary use only, and not for reproduction, distribution or commercial use.

    Grießbach, E., Incagli, F., Herbort, O., & Cañal-Bruland, R. (2021). Body dynamics of gait affect value-based decisions. Scientific Reports, 11(1), 11894. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-021-91285-1

    Herbort, O., Krause, L.-M., & Kunde, W. (2021). Perspective determines the production and interpretation of pointing gestures. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 28(2), 641-648. https://doi.org/10.3758/s13423-020-01823-7  pdf.

    Kirsch, W., Kunde, W., & Herbort, O. (2021). Impact of proprioception on the perceived size and distance of external objects in a virtual action task. Psychonomic Bulletin and Review, 28, 1191–1201.  https://link.springer.com/content/pdf/10.3758/s13423-021-01915-y. pdf

    Krause, L.-M., & Herbort, O. (2021). The observer’s perspective determines which cues are used when interpreting pointing gestures. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 47(9), 1209-1225. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/xhp0000937 pdf.

    Raßbach, P., Grießbach, E., Cañal-Bruland, R., & Herbort, O. (2021). Deciding while moving: Cognitive interference biases value-based decisions. Acta Psychologica, 221, 103449. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.actpsy.2021.103449

    Dignath, D., Herbort, O., Pieczykolan, A., Huestegge, L., & Kiesel, A. (2019). Flexible coupling of covert spatial attention and motor planning based on learned spatial contingencies. Psychological Research, 83(3), 476-484. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00426-018-1134-0

    Herbort, O., & Kunde, W. (2019). Precise movements in awkward postures: A direct test of the precision hypothesis of the end-state comfort effect. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 45(5), 681-696. https://doi.org/10.1037/xhp0000639 pdf. video.

    Herbort, O., Kirsch, W., & Kunde, W. (2019). Grasp planning for object manipulation without simulation of the object manipulation action. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 45(2), 237-254. https://dx.doi.org/10.1037/xhp0000602

    Herbort, O. & Kunde, W. (2019) Emergence of anticipatory actions in a novel task. Experimental Brain Research, 237(6), 1421-1430. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00221-019-05516-z

    Huestegge, L., Herbort, O., Gosch, N., Kunde, W., & Pieczykolan, A. (2019). Free-choice saccades and their underlying determinants: Explorations of high-level voluntary oculomotor control. Journal of Vision, 19(3), 14. https://doi.org/10.1167/19.3.14

    Kirsch, W., Kunde, W., & Herbort, O. (2019). Intentional binding is unrelated to action intention. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 45(3), 378-385. pdf.

    Herbort, O., Büschelberger, J., & Janczyk, M. (2018). Preschool children adapt grasping movements to upcoming object manipulations: Evidence from a dial rotation task. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 167, 62-77. pdfdoi: 10.1016/j.jecp.2017.09.025

    Herbort, O., & Kunde, W. (2018). How to point and to interpret pointing gestures? Instructions can reduce pointer-observer misunderstandings. Psychological Research,  82(2), 395-406. pdf. doi:10.1007/s00426-016-0824-8

    Wirth, R., Foerster, A., Herbort, O., Kunde, W., & Pfister, R. (2018). This is how to be a rule breaker. Advances in Cognitive Psychology, 14(1), 21-37. pdf. doi: 10.5709/acp.0235-2 

    Foerster, A., Wirth, R., Herbort, O., Kunde, W., & Pfister, R. (2017). Lying upside-down: Alibis reverse cognitive burdens of dishonesty. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied, 23(3), 301-319. pdf doi: 10.1037/xap0000129

    Kirsch, W., Herbort, O., Ullrich, B., & Kunde, W. (2017). On the origin of body-related influences on visual perception. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 43(6), 1222-1237. pdf.

    Herbort, O., Mathew, H. & Kunde, W. (2017). Habit outweighs planning in grasp selection for object manipulation. Cognitive Psychology. 92, 127-140. pdf. doi:10.1016/j.cogpsych.2016.11.008

    Janczyk, M., Büschelberger, J., & Herbort, O. (2017). Larger between-task crosstalk in children than in adults: Behavioral results from the backward-crosstalk paradigm and a diffusion model analysis. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology 155, 95-112. doi: 10.1016/j.jecp.201611.007

    Kunde, W., Schmidts, C., Wirth, R., & Herbort, O. (2017). Action effects are coded as transitions from current to future stimulation: Evidence from compatibility effects in tracking. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance. 43. 477-486. pdf. doi: 10.1037/xhp0000311

    Mathew, H., Kunde, W. & Herbort, O. (2017). Inverting the planning gradient - Adjustment of grasps to late segments of multi-step object manipulations. Experimental Brain Research, 235(5), 1397-1409. doi:10.1007/s00221-017-4892-9

    Herbort, O. & Kunde, W. (2016). Spatial (mis-)interpretation of pointing gestures to distal referents. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 42(1), 78-89. doi: 10.1037/xhp0000126

    Belardinelli, A., Herbort, O., & Butz, M. V. (2015). Goal-oriented gaze strategies afforded by object interaction. Vision Research 106, 47-57. doi: 10.1016/j.visres.2014.11.003

    Herbort, O. (2015). Too much anticipation? Large anticipatory adjustments of grasping movements to minimal object manipulations. Human Movement Science 42, 100-116. doi:10.1016/j.humov.2015.05.002

    Herbort, O. & Butz, M. V. (2015). Planning grasps for object manipulation: Integrating internal preferences and external constraints. Cognitive Processing 16(1),  249-253. doi: 10.1007/s10339-015-0703-z

    Herbort, O., (2014). Intelligente Bewegungen: Wie vorausschauendes Verhalten alltägliche Bewegungen einfacher macht. In-Mind Magazine, 2. Link

    Herbort, O., Butz, M.V., & Kunde, W. (2014). The contribution of cognitive, kinematic, and dynamic factors to anticipatory grasp selection. Experimental Brain Research 232(6), 1677-1688. doi: 10.1007/s00221-014-3849-5

    Herbort, O., & Rosenbaum, D. A. (2014). What is chosen first, the hand used for reaching or the target that is reached? Psychonomic Bulletin and Review 21(1), 170-177. doi: 10.3758/s13423-013-0488-y

    Rosenbaum, D. A., Herbort, O., van der Wel, R., & Weiss, D. J. (2014). What's in a grasp? American Scientist 102(5), 366-377. doi: 10.1511/2014.110.366

    Ehrenfeld, S., Herbort, O., & Butz, M. V. (2013). Modular neuron-based body estimation: Maintaining consistency over different limbs, modalities, and frames of reference. Frontiers in Computational Neuroscience. doi: 10.3389/fncom.2013.00148

    Ehrenfeld, S., Herbort, O., & Butz, M. V. (2013). Modular mulitmodal arm control models. In G. Baldassarre, & M. Mirolli (Eds.) Computational and Robotic Models of the Hierarchical Organization of Behavior (pp. 129-154). Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-3-642-39875-9_7

    Herbort, O. (2013). Optimal versus heuristic planning of object manipulations: A review and a computational model of the continuous end-state comfort effect. New Ideas in Psychology, 31, 291-301. doi: 10.1016/j.newideapsych.2013.01.003

    Lohmann, J., Herbort, O., & Butz, M.V. (2013). Modeling the temporal dynamics of visual working memory. Cognitive Systems Research, 24, 80-86. doi: 10.1016/j.cogsys.2012.12.009

    Sigaud, O., Butz, M., Pezzulo, G., & Herbort, O. (2013). The anticipatory construction of reality as a central concern for psychology and robotics. New Ideas in Psychology 31(3), 217-220. doi: 10.1016/j.newideapsych.2012.12.004

    Herbort, O. (2012). Where to grasp a tool? Task-dependent adjustments of tool transformations by tool users. Zeitschrift für Psychologie, 220(1):37-43. doi: 10.1027/2151-2604/a000089 (supplementary video file)

    Herbort, O., & Butz, M. V. (2012). Too good to be true? Ideomotor theory from a computational perspective. Frontiers in Psychology, 3, 494. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2012.00494

    Herbort, O., & Butz, M. V. (2012). The continuous end-state comfort effect: Weighted integration of multiple biases. Psychological Research, 76(3), 345-363. doi: 10.1007/s00426-011-0334-7

    Herbort, O., Koning, A., van Uem, J., & Meulenbroek, R. G. J. (2012). The end-state comfort effect facilitates joint action. Acta Psychologica, 139(3), 404-416. doi:10.1016/j.actpsy.2012.01.001

    Kirsch, W., Herbort, O., Butz, M.V., & Kunde, W. (2012). Influence of motor planning on distance perception within the peripersonal space. PLoS ONE 7(4): e34880. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0034880

    Herbort, O., & Butz, M. V. (2011). Habitual and goal-directed factors in (everyday) object handling. Experimental Brain Research 213(4), 371-382. doi: 10.1007/s00221-011-2787-8 

    Butz, M. V., Thomaschke, R., Linhardt, M. J., & Herbort, O. (2010). Remapping motion across modalities: Tactile rotations influence visual motion judgments. Experimental Brain Research 207(1), 1-11. doi: 10.1007/s00221-010-2420-2

    Herbort, O., & Butz , M. V. (2010). Planning and control of hand orientation in grasping movements. Experimental Brain Research, 202(4), 867-878. doi 10.1007/s00221-010-2191-9

    Herbort, O., Butz, M. V., & Pedersen G. (2010). The SURE REACH model for motor learning and control of a redundant arm: From modeling human behavior to applications in robots. In J. Peters and O. Sigaud (Eds.), From motor to interaction learning in robots (pp 85-106). Berlin Heidelberg: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-3-642-02565_10

    Herbort, O., & Butz, M. V. (2009). Anticipatory planning of sequential hand and finger movements. Journal of Motor Behavior, 41(6), 561-569. doi: 10.3200/35-09-003-RA

    Lohmann, J., Herbort, O., Wagener, A., & Kiesel, A. (2009). Anticipation of time spans: New data from the foreperiod paradigm and the adaptation of a computational model. In G. Pezzulo, M. V. Butz, O. Sigaud, G. Baldassarre (Eds.), Anticipatory Behavior in Adaptive Learning Systems: From psychological theories to artificial cognitive systems (pp. 170-187). Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-3-642-02565-5

    Butz, M. V., & Herbort, O. (2008). Context-dependent predictions and cognitive arm control with XCSF. Proceedings of the 10th Annual Conference on Genetic and Evolutionary Computation, 10, 1357-1364. (best paper award)

    Butz, M. V., Herbort, O., Pezzulo, G. (2008). Anticipatory, goal-directed behavior. In G. Pezzulo, M. V. Butz, C. Castelfranchi, & R. Falcone (Eds.), The Challenge of Anticipation: A Unifying Framework for the Analysis and Design of Artificial Cognitive Systems (pp. 85-113). Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.

    Butz, M. V., Reif, K., & Herbort, O. (2008). Bridging the gap: learning sensorimotor-linked population codes for planning and motor control. Proceedings of the International Conference on Cognitive Systems 2008.

    Herbort, O., Butz, M. V., & Hoffmann, J. (2008). Multimodal goal representations and feedback in hierarchical motor control. Proceedings of the International Conference on Cognitive Systems.

    Butz, M. V., Herbort, O., & Hoffmann, J. (2007). Exploiting redundancy for flexible behavior: Unsupervised learning in a modular sensorimotor control architecture. Psychological Review, 114(4), 1015-1046. doi: 10.1037/0033-295X.114.4.1015

    Source code, demonstration software and tutorial, documentation (9,8MB).

    Butz, M. V., Lenhard, A., & Herbort, O. (2007). Emergent effector-independent internal spaces: Adaptation and intermanual learning transfer in humans and neural networks. Proceedings of the International Joint Conference on Neural Networks 2007, 20, 1970-1975.

    Herbort, O., & Butz, M. V. (2007). Encoding complete body models enable task dependent optimal behavior. Proceedings of the International Joint Conference on Neural Networks 2007, 20, 1639-1944.

    Herbort, O., Ognibene, D., Butz, M. V., & Baldassarre, G. (2007). Learning to select targets within targets in reaching tasks. Proceedings of the 6th International IEEE Conference on Development and Learning 2007, 6, 7-12.

    Hoffmann, J., Berner, M., Butz, M. V., Herbort, O., Kiesel, A., Kunde, W., Lenhard, A. (2007). Explorations of Anticipative Behavioral Control (ABC): A report from the cognitive psychology unit of the University of Würzburg. Cognitive Processing, 8(2), 132-142. doi: 10.1007/s10339-007-0166-y

    Hoffmann, J., Butz, M. V., Lenhard, A., Herbort, O., & Kiesel, A. (2007). Spekulationen zur Struktur ideomotorischer Beziehungen (Speculations about the structure of ideomotor relations). Zeitschrift für Sportpsychologie, 14(3), 95-103.

    Herbort, O., Butz, M. V., & Hoffmann, J. (2005). Towards an adaptive hierarchical anticipatory behavioral control system. In C. Castelfranchi, C. Balkenius, M. V. Butz, & A. Ortony (Eds.), From reactive to anticipatory cognitive embodied systems: Papers from the AAAI fall symposium (p. 83-90), Menlo Park, CA: AAAI Press.

    Herbort, O., Butz, M. V., & Hoffmann, J. (2005). Towards the advantages of hierarchical anticipatory behavioral control. In K. Opwis & I.-K. Penner (Eds), Proceedings of KogWis?05 the German Cognitive Science Conference (p.77-82). Basel: Schwabe.

    Oertel, K., Schultz, R., Blech, M., Herbort, O., Voskamp, J., & Urban, B. (2005). EmoTetris for recognition of affective states. In G. Salvendy (Ed.), Proceedings of HCI International 2005. Mawhaw, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc.
    Herbort, O., & Vogt, J. (rejected). Universal rejection as an editing policy to avoid the publication bias: State-of-the-art and future directions. Journal of Universal Rejection.

    Movie 1