PD Dr. Oliver Herbort



Department of Psychology (III)

Röntgenring 11

97070 Würzburg, Germany

Room H 13

Phone: +49 931 318 9809


Research Interest


Anticipation in Sequential Movements

Tool Use

Computational Models

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



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

Foerster, A., Wirth, R., Herbort, O., Kunde, W., & Pfister, R. (in press). Lying upside-down: Alibis reverse cognitive burdens of dishonesty. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied

Kirsch, W., Herbort, O., Ullrich, B., & Kunde, W. (in press). On the origin of body-related influences on visual perception. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance.

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). How to point and how to interpret pointing gestures? Instructions can reduce pointer-observer misunderstandings. Psychological Research. pdf. doi:10.1007/s00426-016-0824-8

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.