Dr Tobias Katus

Dr Tobias Katus
Dr Tobias Katus

Dr Tobias Katus



School of Psychology, William Guild Building, Room F12, Kings College, Old Aberdeen, AB24 3FX


2019 - present  Lecturer at the University of Aberdeen
2013 - 2019 Research Fellow at Birkbeck, University of London
2008 - 2013 Research Assistant at the University of Leipzig; PhD in Psychology (summa cum laude)

Internal Memberships

Member of Ethics Committee


Research Overview

I investigate the influence of top-down attention on perception and working memory in the somatosensory modality, in vision, and in multisensory task contexts. My preferred methods involve event-related potentials (ERPs) and behavioral measures. 
  • Capacity and flexibility of working memory control processes
  • Attentional selection of locations, features and conjunctions during tactile encoding
  • Precision of visual working memory
  • Capacity of working memory for locations versus non-spatial features
  • Capacity of multisensory working memory
  • Domain-general versus modality-specific control mechanisms

Current Research

  • Intermodal task-switching
  • Resolution of visual working memory for locations, features and conjunctions


Martin Eimer, Birkbeck, University of London, UK
Anna Grubert, Durham University, UK
Keisuke Fukuda, University of Toronto, CA
Stefanie Becker, University of Queensland, AU

Teaching Responsibilities

Current topics
Tutorials, Critical Reviews, Laboratory Practicals, Supervision
L3 Biology tutorials
L4 Critical review group
MSc methods tutorials
UG and PGT thesis projects

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  • Electrophysiological Evidence for a Sensory Recruitment Model of Somatosensory Working Memory

    Katus, T., Grubert, A., Eimer, M.
    Cerebral Cortex, vol. 25, no. 12, pp. 4697-4703
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Lateralized delay period activity marks the focus of spatial attention in working memory: evidence from somatosensory event-related brain potentials

    Katus, T., Eimer, M.
    Journal of Neuroscience, vol. 35, no. 17, pp. 6689-6695
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Sustained maintenance of somatotopic information in brain regions recruited by tactile working memory

    Katus, T., Müller, M. M., Eimer, M.
    Journal of Neuroscience, vol. 35, no. 4, pp. 1390-1395
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • The Role of Spatial Attention in Tactile Short-Term Memory

    Katus, T. A. H., Andersen, S. K.
    Mechanisms of Sensory Working Memory. Jolicoeur, P., Lefebvre, C., Martinez-Trujillo, J. (eds.). Elsevier, pp. 275-292, 18 pages
    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters
  • Common mechanisms of spatial attention in memory and perception: a tactile dual-task study

    Katus, T., Andersen, S. K., Müller, M. M.
    Cerebral Cortex, vol. 24, no. 3, pp. 707-718
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Nonspatial cueing of tactile STM causes shift of spatial attention

    Katus, T., Andersen, S. K., Müller, M. M.
    Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, vol. 24, no. 7, pp. 1596-1609
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Grey matter abnormalities within cortico-limbic-striatal circuits in acute and weight-restored anorexia nervosa patients

    Friederich, H., Walther, S., Bendszus, M., Biller, A., Thomann, P., Zeigermann, S., Katus, T., Brunner, R., Zastrow, A., Herzog, W.
    Neuroimage, vol. 59, no. 2, pp. 1106-1113
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Maintenance of tactile short-term memory for locations is mediated by spatial attention

    Katus, T., Andersen, S. K., Müller, M. M.
    Biological Psychology, vol. 89, no. 1, pp. 39-46
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
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Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings

Contributions to Journals