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General Psychology II


Univ. Prof. Dr. Annett Schirmer


Dr. Xiaoqin Cheng

Vanessa Kaufmann, MSc

Hände berühren sich
  • The effect of nonverbal behaviors on interaction partners with a particular emphasis on auditory and tactile communication. ​

  • With respect to the auditory modality, the focus is on emotion signaling in terms of signal properties and perceiver processes. 

  • With respect to the tactile modality, the focus is on friendly social touch, its physical properties, signaling pathways and representation in the brain.

  • Across modalities, the lab explores dynamic processes between interaction partners including, for example, their rhythmic synchronization.

  • The goal is to understand how nonverbal communication shapes interaction outcomes and contributes to health and well-being.

Externally Funded Projects

FWF-Grant "Who benefits from social touch: Toucher, touchee or both?"

  • Electroencephalogram (EEG)

  • Motion tracking

  • Peripheral nervous system recordings (e.g., heart rate)

  • Eye tracking

  • Social touch robot development

Lab Website

Publication Highlights

External Collaboration Partners
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