Allgemeine Psychologie II


Univ. Prof. Dr. Annett Schirmer

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  • Research in the Schirmer lab examines the effect of nonverbal behaviors on interaction partners. Of particular interest are vocal and tactile behaviors, their processing pathways and effects on intra- and interpersonal processes in the context of health and well-being. Although the main focus is on understanding human exchanges, the lab also explores non-human species such as dogs or fish. Key methods entail behavioral techniques like the tracking of eye and body motion as well as techniques that elucidate underlying biological mechanisms including, for example, the electroencephalogram.

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  • Schirmer, A., Cham, C., Zhao, Z., Croy, I. (in press). What Makes Touch Comfortable? An Examination of Touch Giving and Receiving in Two Cultures. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.

  • Schirmer, A., Lai, O., McGlone, F., Cham, C., & Lau, D. (in press). Gentle stroking elicits somatosensory ERP that differentiates between hairy and glabrous skin. Social, Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience.

  • Lo, C., Chu, S.T., Penney, T.B., & Schirmer, A. (2021). 3D hand motion tracking and bottom-up classification sheds light on the physical properties of gentle stroking. Neuroscience, 464, 90-104.

  • Hoehl, S., Fairhurst, M., & Schirmer, A. (2021). Interactional Synchrony: Signals, Mechanisms, and Benefits. Social, Cognitive, and Affective Neuroscience, 16, 5-18.

  • Schirmer, A. & Adolphs, R. (2017). Emotion perception from face, voice and touch: comparisons and convergence. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 21, 216-228.

  • Brauer, J., Xiao, Y., Poulain, T., Friederici, A.D., & Schirmer, A. (2016). Frequency of maternal touch predicts resting activity and connectivity of the developing social brain. Cerebral Cortex, 26, 3544-52.

  • Schirmer, A., Meck, W.H., Penney, T.B. (2016). The socio-temporal brain: Connecting people in time. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 20, 760-772.

  • Schirmer, A. (2014). Emotion. Sage Publications, Inc.