Dr Tobias Loetscher

Position/s:Postdoctoral Fellow
School of Psychology
Phone: +61 8 82012547
Email:
Location: Social Sciences North (215)
Postal address: GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Research and supervision

Research expertise

  • Cognitive science
  • Neurosciences
  • Psychology

Research interests

Together with Prof Mike Nicholls I am investigating the neural mechanisms that control spatial attention in the healthy brain, and how these mechanisms are altered after brain damage. The long-term goal of my research is to develop effective treatments of attentional disorders such as spatial neglect.

Supervisory interests

  • Attention
  • Brain and cognitive function
  • Cognition
  • Experimental eye research
  • Laterality
  • Neuropsychology
  • Rehabilitation

RHD research supervision

Current

Associate supervisor: Brain and cognition (2);

Publications

Refereed journal articles
  • Leggett, N., Thomas, N., Loetscher, T. and Nicholls, M. (2013). The life of p: "just significant" results are on the rise. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 66(12) pp. 2303-2309. [Link]
  • Loetscher, T. and Lincoln, N. (2013). Cognitive rehabilitation for attention deficits following stroke. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 5 pp. 1-58. [10.1002/14651858.CD002842.pub2.]
  • Nicholls, M., Thomas, N. and Loetscher, T. (2013). An on-line means of testing asymmetries in seating preference reveals a bias for airplanes and theaters. Human Factors: The Journal of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, 55(4) pp. 725-731. [10.1177/018720812471680]
  • Nicholls, M., Thomas, N., Loetscher, T. and Grimshaw, G. (2013). The Flinders Handedness survey (FLANDERS): A brief measure of skilled hand preference. Cortex, 49 pp. 2914-2926. [Link]
  • Thornton, T., Loetscher, T., Yates, M. and Nicholls, M. (2013). The highs and lows of the interaction between word meaning and space. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 39(4) pp. 964-973. [10.1037/a0030467]
  • Badawy, R.A.B., Loetscher, T., Macdonell, R. and Brodtmann, A. (2012). Cortical excitability and neurology: Insights into the pathophysiology. Functional Neurology, 27(3) pp. 131-145. [Link]
  • Lenggenhager, B., Loetscher, T., Kavan, N., Pallich, G., Brodtmann, A., Nicholls, M., et al. (2012). Paradoxical extension into the contralesional hemispace in spatial neglect. Cortex, 48(10) pp. 1320-1328. [10.1016/j.cortex.2011.10.003]
  • Nicholls, M., Thomas, N.A.M., Loetscher, T., Wignall, S.J., Yates, M., Forte, J., et al. (2012). The relationship between vertical stimulation and horizontal attentional asymmetries. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 65(12) pp. 2384-2396. [10.1080/17470218.2012.688979]
  • Thomas, N.A.M., Loetscher, T. and Nicholls, M. (2012). Central fixations with rightward deviations: saccadic eye movements on the landmark task. Experimental Brain Research, 220(1) pp. 29-39. [10.1007/s00221-012-3113-9]
  • Yates, M., Loetscher, T. and Nicholls, M. (2012). A generalized magnitude system for space, time, and quantity? A cautionary note. Journal of Vision, 12(7) pp. 9. [10.1167/12.7.9]

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Refereed journal articles
  • Nicholls, M., Thomas, N. and Loetscher, T. (2013). An on-line means of testing asymmetries in seating preference reveals a bias for airplanes and theaters. Human Factors: The Journal of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, 55(4) pp. 725-731. [10.1177/018720812471680]
  • Loetscher, T. and Lincoln, N. (2013). Cognitive rehabilitation for attention deficits following stroke. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 5 pp. 1-58. [10.1002/14651858.CD002842.pub2.]
  • Leggett, N., Thomas, N., Loetscher, T. and Nicholls, M. (2013). The life of p: "just significant" results are on the rise. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 66(12) pp. 2303-2309. [Link]
  • Nicholls, M., Thomas, N., Loetscher, T. and Grimshaw, G. (2013). The Flinders Handedness survey (FLANDERS): A brief measure of skilled hand preference. Cortex, 49 pp. 2914-2926. [Link]
  • Thornton, T., Loetscher, T., Yates, M. and Nicholls, M. (2013). The highs and lows of the interaction between word meaning and space. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 39(4) pp. 964-973. [10.1037/a0030467]
  • Badawy, R.A.B., Loetscher, T., Macdonell, R. and Brodtmann, A. (2012). Cortical excitability and neurology: Insights into the pathophysiology. Functional Neurology, 27(3) pp. 131-145. [Link]
  • Lenggenhager, B., Loetscher, T., Kavan, N., Pallich, G., Brodtmann, A., Nicholls, M., et al. (2012). Paradoxical extension into the contralesional hemispace in spatial neglect. Cortex, 48(10) pp. 1320-1328. [10.1016/j.cortex.2011.10.003]
  • Yates, M., Loetscher, T. and Nicholls, M. (2012). A generalized magnitude system for space, time, and quantity? A cautionary note. Journal of Vision, 12(7) pp. 9. [10.1167/12.7.9]
  • Loetscher, T., Nicholls, M., Brodtmann, A., Thomas, N.A.M. and Brugger, P. (2012). Disentangling input and output-related components of spatial neglect. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 6 pp. 176. [10.3389/fnhum.2012.00176]
  • Nicholls, M., Thomas, N.A.M., Loetscher, T., Wignall, S.J., Yates, M., Forte, J., et al. (2012). The relationship between vertical stimulation and horizontal attentional asymmetries. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 65(12) pp. 2384-2396. [10.1080/17470218.2012.688979]
  • Thomas, N.A.M., Loetscher, T. and Nicholls, M. (2012). Central fixations with rightward deviations: saccadic eye movements on the landmark task. Experimental Brain Research, 220(1) pp. 29-39. [10.1007/s00221-012-3113-9]
  • Thomas, N.A.M., Loetscher, T., Clode, D. and Nicholls, M. (2012). Right-wing politicians prefer the emotional left. PLoS One, 7(5) pp. e36552. [10.1371/journal.pone.0036552]
  • Nicholls, M., Forte, J., Loetscher, T., Orr, C., Yates, M. and Bradshaw, J. (2011). Near, yet so far: The effect of pictorial cues on spatial attention. Brain and Cognition, 76(3) pp. 349-352. [10.1016/j.bandc.2011.04.006]
  • Nicholls, M., Lew, M., Loetscher, T. and Yates, M. (2011). The importance of response type to the relationship between temporal order and numerical magnitude. Attention, Perception & Psychophysics, 73(5) pp. 1604-1613. [10.3758/s13414-011-0114-x]
  • Loetscher, T., Nicholls, M., Towse, J., Bradshaw, J. and Brugger, P. (2010). Lucky numbers: Spatial neglect affects physical, but not representational, choices in a Lotto task. Cortex, 46 pp. 685-690. [10.1016/j.cortex.2009.06.010]
  • Loetscher, T., Bockisch, C., Nicholls, M. and Brugger, P. (2010). Eye position predicts what number you have in mind. Current Biology, 20(6) pp. 264-265. [10.1016/j.cub.2010.01.015]
  • Brugger, P., Schubiger, M. and Loetscher, T. (2010). Leftward bias in number space is modulated by magical ideation. Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology, 23(2) pp. 119-123. [10.1097/WNN.0b013e3181d74901]
  • Nicholls, M., Chapman, H.L., Loetscher, T. and Grimshaw, G. (2010). The relationship between hand preference, hand performance, and general cognitive ability. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 16 pp. 585-592. [10.1017/S135561771000084]
  • Nicholls, M.E.R., Rademacher, M. and Loetscher, T. (2010). Miss to the right: The effect of attentional asymmetries of goal-kicking. PLoS One, 5(8) pp. 1-6. [10.1371/journal.pone.0012363]
  • Loetscher, T. and Brugger, P. (2009). Random number generation in neglect patients reveals enhanced response stereotypy, but no neglect in number space. Neuropsychologia, 47 pp. 276-279. [10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2008.08.005]
  • Loetscher, T., Bockisch, C. and Brugger, P. (2008). Looking for the answer: The mind's eye in number space. Neuroscience, 151 pp. 725-729. [10.1016/j.neuroscience.2007.07.068]
  • Loetscher, T., Schwarz, U., Schubiger, M. and Brugger, P. (2008). Head turns bias the brain's internal random generator. Current Biology, 18(2) pp. 60-62. [10.1016/j.cub.2007.11.015]
  • Brugger, P., Loetscher, T., Graves, R. and Knoch, D. (2007). Semantic, perceptual and number space: Relations between category width and spatial processing. Neuroscience Letters, 418(2) pp. 133-137. [10.1016/j.neulet.2007.03.012]
  • Brugger, P., Surbeck, W. and Loetscher, T. (2007). Pseudoneglect in representational space: Effects of magical ideation. Acta Neuropsychologica, 5(1/2) pp. 1-7. [Link]
  • Loetscher, T. and Brugger, P. (2007). Exploring number space by random digit generation. Experimental Brain Research, 180 pp. 655-665. [10.1007/s00221-007-0889-0]
Journal articles
  • Loetscher, T., Regard, M. and Brugger, P. (2006). Misoplegia: Review of the literature and a case without hemiplegia. Journal of Neurology Neurosurgery and Psychiatry, 77(9) pp. 1099-1100. [DOI:10.1136/jnnp.2005.087163]
Conference publications
  • Brugger, P., Frey, M., Fehr, M. and Loetscher, T. (2012). From number lines to time lines: How "numerical" is the mental number line. In 5th International Conference on Spatial Cognition, Rome, Italy. 5th International Conference on Spatial Cognition. Rome, Italy. Sep 2013.
  • Yates, M., Vicario, C., Loetscher, T. and Nicholls, M. (2012). Prismatic lenses influence the magnitude of numbers selected in a random number generation task. In 5th International Conference on Spatial Cognition, Rome, Italy. 5th International Conference on Spatial Cognition. Rome, Italy. Sep 2012.
  • Loetscher, T., Baumann, H., Tamagni, C., Nicholls, M. and Brugger, P. (2012). Neglect of early relative to late events after right-hemisphere damage. In 39th Australian Experimental Psychology Conference, Sydney, Australia. 39th Australian Experimental Psychology Conference. Sydney, Australia. Apr 2012.
  • Loetscher, T., Tamagni, C., Baumann, H., Nicholls, M. and Brugger, J. (2012). Impaired memory for early relative to late events in spatial neglect. In 5th International Conference on Spatial Cognition, Rome, Italy. 5th International Conference on Spatial Cognition. Rome, Italy. Sep 2012.
  • Thomas, N., Loetscher, T. and Nicholls, M. (2012). Central fixations with rightward deviations: Saccadic eye movements in pseudoneglect. In 39th Australian Experimantal Psychology Conference, Sydney, Australia. 39th Australian Experimental Psychology Conference. Sydney, Australia. Apr 2012.
  • Thomas, N., Loetscher, T. and Nicholls, M. (2012). Central fixations with rightward deviations: Saccadic eye movements on the landmark task. In 3rd Annual North Sea Meeting on Brain Asymmetry, Ghent, Belgium. 3rd Annual North Sea Meeting on Brain Asymmetry. Ghent, Belgium. Oct 2012.
  • Yates, M., Vicario, C., Loetscher, T. and Nicholls, M. (2012). Prismatic lenses influence number choices in a random number generation task. In 39th Australian Experimental Psychology Conference, Sydney, Australia. 39th Australian Experimental Psychology Conference. Sydney, Australia. Apr 2012.
  • Loetscher, T., Baumann, H., Tamagni, C., Nicholls, M. and Brugger, P. (2011). Neglect of early relative to late events after right-hemisphere damange. In Mid-Year Meeting of the International Neuropsychology Society, Auckland, New Zealand. Mid-Year Meeting of the International Neuropsychology Society. Auckland, New Zealand. Jul 2011.
  • Yates, M., Loetscher, T. and Nicholls, M. (2011). The truth about left handers. In EPC Meeting, Auckland, New Zealand. EPC Meeting. Auckland, New Zealand. Apr 2012.

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