Dr. Xaver Fuchs

About me

I am an experimental psychologist and neuroscientist. I did my PhD on phantom limbs and body perception. My main topics are perceptual and cerebral own-body representation, touch perception, and pain. I strive to learn more about human behavioral and neuroscience research in this field and beyond. My main methodological focus is on experimental design, and assessment and analysis of behavioral data using psychophysical methods.

Apart from doing research, I am a bass player & musical composer as well as convinced cyclist and nature lover. πŸŽΈπŸš²πŸ”πŸ’š

I am married to my favorite human, Marta, an English-Italian artist, neuroscientist and cellist. We live in Salzburg, Austria.


I spend the first years of my childhood in the 1980s in a commune in the (western) German countryside that my parents and friends founded during the 60s/70s hippie movement. When I was in elementary school, my family moved to Darmstadt where I spent my youth and finished school.

I studied psychology at University of Marburg, Germany. During that time I also intensified making music and founded the music label quadratisch rekords with friends. After my studies I did my PhD at the Central Institute of Mental Health in Mannheim, Germany, under the supervision of Prof. Herta Flor.

I then went to Bielefeld, Germany, for my Postdoc in Prof. Tobias Heed’s Reach and Touch Lab. In 2021 I took a position as a Senior Scientist in Tobias’s new lab at the University of Salzburg, Austria.