Annett Schirmer

Office: Block AS5 04-10
Tel.: 6516 8703
Fax.: (65) 6773 1843
Mailing address: National University of Singapore
Department of Psychology
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
9 Arts Link
Singapore 117570


Ph.D.              2002    University of Leipzig, Germany
Diplom Psych. 1999    University of Leipzig, Germany

Professional Experience

2009 – present   Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, National University of Singapore
2006 – 2009      Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, National University of Singapore
2005 – 2006      Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Georgia/Athens, USA
2002 – 2005      Research Scientist, Max Planck Institute for Human Cognition and Brain Sciences, Leipzig, Germany


2012  NUS Humanities and Social Sciences Faculty Research Fellowship
2011  NUS Graduate School for Integrative Sciences and Engineering Teaching Excellence Award
2010  NUS Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Teaching Excellence Award
2007  NUS Young Investigator Award

Annett Schirmer authored a textbook on emotions. The book presents classical and modern emotion theories and reviews relevant insights from behavioral, physiological, and neuroscientific research in human and non-human animals. The book is available here. Sage Publications, Inc. ISBN: 9781452226255

Research Publications

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

Brauer, J., Xiao, Y., Poulain, T., Friederici, A.D., & Schirmer, A. (in press). Frequency of maternal touch predicts resting activity and connectivity of the developing social brain. Cerebral Cortex.

Reece, C.E., Ebstein, R., Cheng, X., Ng, T., & Schirmer, A. (2016). Data set demonstrating an absence of touch effects on social orienting in adults. Data in Brief, 8, 904-909.

Reece, C.E., Ebstein, R., Cheng, X., Ng, T., & Schirmer, A. (2016). Maternal touch predicts social orienting in young children. Cognitive Development, 39, 128-140.

Schirmer, A. (2016). Editorial of the Special Issue on Emotion and Time Time Perception: In the Heat of the Moment. Timing & Time Perception, 4, 1-6.

Schirmer, A., Ng., T., Escoffier, N., & Penney, T.B. (2016). Emotional voices distort time: behavioral and neural correlates. Timing & Time Perception, 4, 79-98.

Schirmer, A., Escoffier, N., Cheng, X., Feng, Y., & Penney, T. B. (2016). Detecting temporal change in dynamic sounds: on the role of stimulus duration, speed, and emotion. Frontiers in Psychology, 6, 2055.

Schirmer, A., Wijaya, M., Liu, S. (2016). The Midas effect – How somatosensory impressions shape affect and other-concern. In: Affective Touch and the Neurophysiology of CT-afferents. H. Olausson, J. Wessberg, I., Morrison, F. McGlone (Eds.) Springer.

Swee, G. & Schirmer, A. (2015). On the Importance of Being Vocal: Saying “Ow” Improves Pain Tolerance. The Journal of Pain, 16, 326-334.

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.

Schirmer, A., Reece, C., Zhao, C., Ng, E., Wu, E., & Yen, S.-C. (2015). Reach out to one and you reach out to many: Social touch affects third party observers. British Journal of Psychology, 106, 107-32.

Schirmer, A. (2013). Sex differences in emotion. In: Handbook of Human Affective Neuroscience. J. Armony & P. Vuilleumier (Eds.) Oxford University Press, 591-610.

Schirmer, A., Jesuthasan, S., & Mathuru, A. (2013). Tactile stimulation reduces fear in fish. Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, 7:167.

Schirmer, A., Penney, T.B., & Seow, C.S. (2013). Humans process dog and human facial expressions in similar ways. PLOS One, 8, e74591.

Escoffier, N., Zhong, J., Schirmer, A., & Qiu, A. (2013). Emotions in voice and music: same code, same effect? Human Brain Mapping, 34, 1796-1810.

Ferdenzi, C., Delplanque, S., Barbosa, P., Court, K., Guinard, J.-X., Guo, T., Roberts, S.C., Schirmer, A., Porcherot, C., Cayeux, I., Sander, D., Grandjean, D. (2013). Affective semantic space of scents. Towards a universal scale to measure odor-related feelings. Food Quality and Preference, 30, 128-138.

Schirmer, A. Chen, C.-B., Ching, A., Tan, L., & Hong, R.Y. (2013). Vocal emotions influence verbal memory: Neural correlates and inter-individual differences. Cognitive, Affective and Behavioral Neuroscience, 13, 80-93.

Ferdenzi, C., Roberts, C., Schirmer, A., Delplanque, S., Porcherot-Lassallette, C., Cayeux, I., Velazco, M.-I., Sander, D., Scherer, K.R., & Grandjean, D. (2013). Variability of Affective Responses to Odors: Culture, Gender and Olfactory Knowledge. Chemical Senses, 38, 175-186.

Schirmer, A., Fox, M., & Grandjean, D. (2012). On the spatial organization of sound processing in the human temporal lobe: A meta-analysis. Neuroimage, 63, 137-147.

Schirmer, A., Soh, Y.H., Penney, T.B., & Wyse, L. (2011). Perceptual and conceptual priming of environmental sounds. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 23, 3241-53.

Ferdenzi, C., Schirmer, A., Roberts, C., Delplanque, S., Porcherot-Lassallette, C., Cayeux, I., Velazco, M.-I., Sander, D., Scherer, K.R., & Grandjean, D. (2011). Affective dimensions of odor perception: A comparison between Swiss, British and Singaporean populations. Emotion, 11, 1168-81.

Schirmer, A. (2011). How emotions change time. Frontiers in Integrative Neuroscience, 5:58. doi:10.3389/fnint.2011.00058.

Lui, M.A., Penney, T.B., & Schirmer, A. (2011). Emotion effects on timing: Attention versus pacemaker accounts. PloS One, e21829.

Min, C.S. & Schirmer, A. (2011). Perceiving verbal and vocal emotions in a second language. Cognition and Emotion, 25, 1376-92.

Schirmer, A., Vijayakumar, R., Teh, K.S., Nithianantham, D., Escoffier, N., & Cheok, A.D. (2011). Squeeze me, but don’t tease me: Human and mechanical touch enhance visual attention and emotion discrimination. Social Neuroscience, 6, 219-30.

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.

Schirmer, A. & Escoffier, N. (2010). Emotional MMN: Anxiety and heart rate correlate with the ERP signature for auditory change detection. Clinical Neurophysiology, 121, 53-59.

Schirmer, A. & Li, Q. (2009). Electrophysiological correlates of vocal emotional processing in male and female listeners. In: Linguistic Insights 97. M. Gotti (Ed.) Peter Lang Publishing Group: Bern, 193-210.

Schirmer, A., Escoffier, N., Li, Q.Y., Li, H., Strafford-Wilson, J., & Li, W.-I. (2008). What grabs his attention but not hers? Estrogen correlates with neurophysiological measures of vocal change detection. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 33, 718-727.

Schirmer, A., Escoffier, N., Zysset, S., Koester, D., Striano, T., & Friederici, A.D. (2008). When vocal processing gets emotional: On the role of social orientation in relevance detection by the human amygdala. NeuroImage, 40, 1402-1410.

Schirmer, A., Escoffier, N., & Friederici, A.D. (2008). Out of the spotlight: Neurophsyiological mechanisms underlying the perception of unattended vocal expressions. In: Proceedings of the 4th Speech Prosody Conference, Campinas, Brazil, 211-216.

Schirmer, A. & Simpson, E. (2008). Brain correlates of vocal emotional processing in men and women. In: Emotions in the Human Voice (Volume 1, Foundations). K. Izdebski (Ed.) Plural Publishing: San Diego, 76-86.

Schirmer, A., Escoffier, N., & Simpson, E. (2007). Listen up! Processing of intensity change differs for vocal and nonvocal sounds. Brain Research, 1176, 103-112.

Schirmer, A. (2007). Processing words in context: Insights from event-related potentials and functional magnetic resonance imaging. In: Communicating Skills of Intention. T. Sakamoto (Ed.) Hituzi Shobo: Tokyo, 165-174.

Schirmer, A., Lui, M., Escoffier, N., Maess, B., Chan, M., & Penney, T.B. (2006). Task and sex modulate the brain response to emotional incongruity in Asian listeners. Emotion, 6, 406-417.

Schirmer, A. & Kotz, S.A. (2006). Beyond the right hemisphere: Brain mechanisms mediating vocal emotional processing. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 10, 24-30.

Schirmer, A., Kotz, S.A., & Friederici, A.D. (2005). On the role of attention for the processing of emotions in speech: Sex differences revisited. Cognitive Brain Research, 24, 442-452.

Schirmer, A., Striano, T., & Friederici, A.D. (2005). Sex differences in the pre-attentive processing of vocal emotional expressions. Neuroreport, 16, 635-639.

Schirmer, A., Tang, S.L., Penney, T.B., Gunter, C.T., & Chen, H.C. (2005). Brain responses to segmentally and tonally induced semantic violations in Cantonese. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 17, 1-12.

Schirmer, A. (2004). Timing speech: A review of lesion and neuroimaging findings. Cognitive Brain Research, 21, 269-287.

Schirmer, A., Zysset, S., Kotz, S.A., & von Cramon, D.Y. (2004). Gender differences in the activation of inferior frontal cortex during emotional speech perception. NeuroImage, 21, 1114-1123.

Schirmer, A. & Kotz, S.A. (2003). ERP evidence for a gender specific Stroop effect in emotional speech. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 15, 1135-1148.

Alter, K., Rank, E., Kotz, S.A., Töpel, U., Besson, M., Schirmer, A., & Friederici, A.D. (2003). Affective encoding in the speech signal and in event-related brain potentials. Speech Communication, 40, 61-70.

Schirmer, A., Kotz, S.A., & Friederici, A.D. (2002). Sex differentiates the role of emotional prosody during word processing. Cognitive Brain Research, 14, 228-233.

Schirmer, A. & Kotz, S.A. (2002). Sex differentiates the Stroop-effect in emotional speech: ERP evidence. In: Proceedings of the 1st Speech Prosody Conference, Aix-en-Provence, France, 631-634.

Schirmer, A., Alter, K., Kotz, S.A., & Friederici, A.D. (2001). Lateralization of prosody during language production: A lesion study. Brain and Language, 76, 1-17.

Alter, K., Rank, E., Kotz, S.A., Toepel, U., Besson, M., Schirmer, A., & Friederici, A.D. (2000). Accentuation and emotions – two different systems? In: Proceedings of the ISCA Workshop on Speech and Emotion, Belfast, Northern Ireland, 138-142.

Alter, K., Schirmer, A., Kotz, S.A., & Friederici, A.D. (1999). Prosodic phrasing and accentuation in speech production of patients with right hemisphere lesions. In: Proceedings of the 6th European Conference on Speech Communication and Technology, Budapest, Hungary, 223-226.