Schirmer, Annett
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Schirmer, Annett

Associate Professor

Dr. rer. nat. (Leipzig)

I obtained a Diploma in Psychology from the University of Leipzig, Germany in 1999. I completed my doctoral research at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Leipzig and was awarded a Doctor rerum naturalium (Dr. rer. nat.) degree by the University of Leipzig in 2002. After some time spent as a post-doctoral fellow at the Max Planck Institute in Germany and an assistant professor at the University of Georgia in the United States, I joined NUS in 2006.

Research Interests:
  • My research interests focus on the perception of emotions in communication. Using behavioral measures, electrophysiological and neuroimaging techniques (e.g., EEG, fMRI), I investigate the conditions under which listeners are sensitive to emotional signals sent by interaction partners and how these signals affect verbal processing and memory. In this context I also study interindividual differences and their biological and cultural causation.
Recent/ Representative Publications:
  • Schirmer, A., Soh, Y.H., Penney, T.B., & Wyse, L. (2011).
    Perceptual and conceptual priming of environmental sounds.
    Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 23(11), 3241-3253.
  • Schirmer, A., Vijayakumar, R., Teh, K.S., Nithianantham, D., Escoffier, N., & Cheok, A.D. (2010).
    Squeeze me, but don't tease me: Human and mechanical touch enhance visual attention and emotion discrimination.
    Social Neuroscience, 13, 1-12.
  • Escoffier, N., Yeo, D.J.S., & Schirmer, A. (2010).
    Unattended musical beats enhance visual processing.
    Acta Psychologica, 135, 12-16.
  • Schirmer, A. (2010).
    Mark My Words: Tone of Voice Changes Affective Word Representations in Memory.
    PLoS One, e9080.