Dr Hannes Saal
Department of Psychology
University of Sheffield
Floor G, Cathedral Court
1 Vicar Lane, Sheffield
S1 2LT, UK
Tel: +44 (0)114 222 6504
Other profiles: ORCID, Google Scholar
BSc Cognitive Science (Osnabrueck, Germany), MSc Neuroinformatics (Edinburgh), PhD Neuroinformatics (Edinburgh)
I work on mathematical models of sensory coding and perception; my main research area is the sense of touch, where I use human psychophysics, computational modeling, and applied machine learning in order to elucidate the fundamental computations allowing us to make sense of our environment through touch.
- Laura Edmondson (MSc/PhD student)
- Renjie Ning (MSc student, Dept. Automatic Control and Systems Engineering)
- Giulia Tomassoni (SURE scheme BSc student)
- PSY6309: Mathematical Modelling and Research skills (module organizer)
- PSY6308: Computational Neuroscience 2 - Theoretical Models
- PSY101: Discovering Psychology
- PSY103: Psychology at Sheffield
- PSY159: Critical Skills for Psychologists
- PSY331: Extended essay in Psychology
- PSY346: Research project in Psychology
A list of key publications can be found below. For a full list of publications please click here
- Boundy-Singer ZM, Saal HP & Bensmaia SJ (2017) Speed invariance of tactile texture perception. Journal of Neurophysiology, jn.00161.2017-jn.00161.2017. View this article in WRRO
- Saal HP, Delhaye BP, Rayhaun BC & Bensmaia SJ (2017) Simulating tactile signals from the whole hand with millisecond precision. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of USA. View this article in WRRO
- Graczyk EL, Schiefer MA, Saal HP, Delhaye BP, Bensmaia SJ & Tyler DJ (2016) The neural basis of perceived intensity in natural and artificial touch. Science Translational Medicine, 8(362). View this article in WRRO
- Saal HP, Wang X & Bensmaia SJ (2016) Importance of spike timing in touch: an analogy with hearing?. Current Opinion in Neurobiology, 40, 142-149. View this article in WRRO
- Saal HP, Harvey MA & Bensmaia SJ (2015) Rate and timing of cortical responses driven by separate sensory channels. eLife, 4. View this article in WRRO
- Saal HP & Bensmaia SJ (2015) Biomimetic approaches to bionic touch through a peripheral nerve interface. Neuropsychologia, 79, 344-353.
- Saal HP & Bensmaia SJ (2014) Touch is a team effort: interplay of submodalities in cutaneous sensibility. Trends in Neurosciences, 37(12), 689-697.
- Weber AI, Saal HP, Lieber JD, Cheng J-W, Manfredi LR, Dammann JF & Bensmaia SJ (2013) Spatial and temporal codes mediate the tactile perception of natural textures. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 110(42), 17107-17112.
- Harvey MA, Saal HP, Dammann JF & Bensmaia SJ (2013) Multiplexing Stimulus Information through Rate and Temporal Codes in Primate Somatosensory Cortex. PLoS Biology, 11(5), e1001558-e1001558.