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Annett SCHIRMER

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Ph.D., Leipzig
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Rm 359, Sino Building
schirmer@cuhk.edu.hk
3943 3468
2603 5019

Teaching Areas

2021-2022
  • PSYC2190- Physiological Psychology 
  • PSYC4910- Senior Thesis Research I 
  • PSYC4920- Senior Thesis Research II 

Research Interests

My research falls within the broader area of social and affective neuroscience. More specifically, I investigate the brain basis of nonverbal perception with an emphasis on vocal expression and interpersonal touch.

Although we typically focus on what others say in an interaction, we are nevertheless sensitive to their nonverbal expressions. These expressions can be perceived without little or no awareness and powerfully influence our feeling and thinking. This influence can be studied using behavioral assessments (e.g., eye gaze) as well as measures of brain activity including the electroencephalogram (EEG) and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). Understanding how nonverbal signals shape ongoing and prospective mental processes in perceivers enables us to predict and modify their behavior.

Publications

Representative
  • Schirmer, A. & McGlone, F. (2019). A touching sight: EEG/ERP correlates for the vicarious processing of affectionate touch. Cortex, 111, 1-15.
  • Schirmer, A. (2018). Is the voice an auditory face? An ALE meta-Analysis comparing vocal and facial emotion processing. Social, Cognitive, and Affective Neuroscience, 13, 1-13.
  • 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.
  • Swee, G. & Schirmer, A. (2015). On the importance of being vocal: Saying "ow" improves pain tolerance. The Journal of Pain, 16, 326-334.
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