Stephanie Badde

Stephanie Badde

Assistant Professor
Stibel Family Assistant Professor of Brain and Cognitive Science
Psychology Building, Room 314
490 Boston Avenue, Medford, MA


Dr. Badde is the Stibel Family Assistant Professor of Brain and Cognitive Science at Tufts University. She has a background in psychology and mathematics, earned her PhD (Dr. rer. nat.) at the University of Hamburg and completed post-doctoral fellowships at the University of Hamburg and New York University before joining Tufts in 2020.

Dr. Badde's research addresses how we combine information from the different senses with prior information into a coherent picture of ourselves, our bodies, and the world around us. She is especially interested in the mechanisms that govern the perception of touch and the body as well as the influences of cognitive and developmental processes on these mechanisms. In her research, Dr. Badde combines psychophysics with mathematical and computational modeling. Additionally, the lab uses neuroscientific methods, eye- and posture tracking, and machine learning approaches.

Graduate and undergraduate students interested in working in the lab are encouraged to contact Dr. Badde directly.



Selected Publications and Presentations

* equal contributions

Badde, S., Ley, P., Rajendran, S. S., Shareef, I., Kekunnaya, R., & Röder, B. (2020). Sensory experience during early sensitive periods shapes cross-modal temporal biases, eLife, e61238. DOI

Badde, S., Myers, S.F., Yuval-Greenberg, S., Carrasco, M. (2020). Oculomotor freezing reflects tactile temporal expectation and aids tactile perception. Nature Communications, 3341. DOI 

Badde, S.*, Navarro, K. T.*, & Landy, M. S. (2020). Modality-specific attention attenuates visual-tactile integration and recalibration effects by reducing prior expectations of a common source for vision and touch. Cognition, 197, 104170. DOI

Hense, M.*, Badde, S.*, Köhne, S., Habich, S., Dziobek, I. & Röder, B. (2019). Visual and posture influences on tactile spatial processing in adults with autism spectrum disorders. Autism Research, 12(12), 1745-1757. DOI

Badde, S., Röder, B., & Heed, T. (2019). Feeling a touch to the hand on the foot. Current Biology, 29(9), 1491-1497. DOI

Vetter, P.*, Badde, S.*, Phelps, E., & Carrasco, M. (2019). The eyes react to emotional faces in the absence of awareness, eLife, e43467. DOI

Hense, M., Badde, S., & Röder, B. (2019). Tactile motion biases visual motion perception in binocular rivalry. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics, 81(5), 1715-1724. DOI

Badde, S., Röder, B., & Bruns, P. (2018). Task-irrelevant sounds influence both temporal order and apparent-motion judgments about tactile stimuli applied to crossed and uncrossed hands. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics, 80(3), 773-783. DOI

Möller, J., Peregrinova, L., Badde, S., Oddo, S., Unterhorst, K., & Stirn, A. (2018). Childhood abuse and neglect in intimately pierced individuals. International Journal of Culture and Mental Health, 11(3), 237-247. DOI

Schubert, J. T., Badde, S., Röder, B., & Heed, T. (2017). Task demands affect spatial reference frame weighting during tactile localization in sighted and congenitally blind adults. PloS one, 12(12), e0189067. DOI 

Biller, A., Pflugmann, I., Badde, S., Diem, R., Wildemann, B., Nagel, A. M., ... & Kleesiek, J. (2016). Sodium MRI in multiple sclerosis is compatible with intracellular sodium accumulation and inflammation-induced hyper-cellularity of acute brain lesions. Scientific reports, 6, 31269. DOI

Heed, T., Backhaus, J., Röder, B., & Badde, S. (2016). Disentangling the external reference frames relevant to tactile localization. PloS one, 11(7), e0158829. DOI

Badde, S., & Heed, T. (2016). Towards explaining spatial touch perception: Weighted integration of multiple location codes. Cognitive neuropsychology, 33(1-2), 26-47. DOI

Biller, A., Badde, S., Nagel, A., Neumann, J. O., Wick, W., Hertenstein, A., ..., & Kleesiek, J. (2016). Improved brain tumor classification by sodium MR imaging: prediction of IDH mutation status and tumor progression. American Journal of Neuroradiology, 37(1), 66-73. DOI

Badde, S., Heed, T., & Röder, B. (2016). Integration of anatomical and external response mappings explains crossing effects in tactile localization: A probabilistic modeling approach. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 23(2), 387–404. DOI

Badde, S., Röder, B., & Heed, T. (2015). Flexibly weighted integration of tactile reference frames. Neuropsychologia, 70, 367–374. DOI

Röder, B., Heed, T., & Badde, S. (2014). Development of the spatial coding of touch: ability vs. automaticity. Developmental Science, 17(6), 944-945. DOI

Badde, S., Röder, B., & Heed, T. (2014). Multiple spatial representations determine touch localization on the fingers. Journal of Experimental Psychology Human Perception and Performance, 40(2), 784–801. DOI

Badde, S., Heed, T., & Röder, B. (2014). Processing load impairs coordinate integration for the localization of touch. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics, 76(4), 1136-1150. DOI

Kleesiek, J., Badde, S., Wermter, S., & Engel, A. (2013). Action-driven perception for a humanoid. In J. Filipe & A. Fred (Eds.), Agents and artificial intelligence (pp. 83-99). Heidelberg, Germany: Springer. DOI

Kleesiek, J., Badde, S., Wermter, S., & Engel, A. (2012). What do objects feel like? In Proceedings of the international conference on agents and artificial intelligence (ICAART). DOI

Purmann, S., Badde, S., Luna-Rodriguez, A., & Wendt, M. (2011). Adaptation to frequent conflict in the Eriksen flanker task. Journal of Psychophysiology, 25(2), 50-59. DOI

Purmann, S., Badde, S., & Wendt, M. (2009). Adjustments to recent and frequent conflict reflect two distinguishable mechanisms. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 16(2), 350-355. DOI