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Qualifications:Ph.D., Leipzig
Office:Rm 359 Sino Building
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Tel:3943 3468
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Teaching Areas

  • PSYC2190 Physiological Psychology
  • PSYC7010 Seminar in Cognition

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.


Schirmer, A., & Adolphs, R. (in press). Emotion perception from face, voice and touch: comparisons and convergence. Trends in Cognitive Sciences.

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.

Escoffier, N., Herrmann, C. S., & Schirmer, A. (2015). Auditory rhythms entrain visual processes in the human brain: Evidence from evoked oscillations and event-related potentials. NeuroImage, 111, 267-276.

Swee, G., & Schirmer, A. (2015). On the importance of being vocal: Saying "ow" improves pain tolerance. The Journal of Pain, 16, 326-334.