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Schacht, Annekathrin, Prof. Dr.

Professor of Affective Neuroscience and Psychophysiology

  • since 2016: Professor of Affective Neuroscience and Psychophysiology, Institute of Psychology, University of Goettingen

  • 10/2010-09/2016: Junior Professor (tenure track), Courant Research Centre ´Text Structures´, University of Goettingen

  • 2011: Habilitation (venia legendi) in Psychology (HU Berlin)

  • 2010: Visiting Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience, Institute of Psychology, Humboldt-Universitaet zu Berlin

  • 2010: Invited Junior Professor of Affective Neuroscience, Swiss Center for Affective Sciences (CISA), University of Geneva

  • 2009: Visiting Professor of Psychology of Motivation and Emotion (substitution), Department of Psychology, University of Potsdam

  • 2008: Dissertation (Dr. rer. nat., HU Berlin)

  • 2004-2008: Research Scientist, Biological Psychology / Psychophysiology (Prof. Dr. Werner Sommer), Institute of Psychology, HU Berlin

Major Research Interests

Our main research activities focus on the interplay of cognition and emotion in several domains of human information processing, including faces and written and spoken language. Our work aims to identify the specification of the origins, dynamics, and boundary conditions of emotion effects within and between different stimulus domains and modalities, as well as to better define the emotional outcomes of cognitive operations. In order to answer our research questions, we employ a combination of well-established experimental paradigms with several psychophysiological measures, including event-related brain potentials (ERPs), eye movements, electrodermal and respiratory activity, facial muscle activity (via EMG recordings), and changes of pupil diameter.
Research areas:
- Affective and motivational impacts on visual sensory processing
- Emotion-cognition interplay in the processing of written and spoken language
- Face processing, including emotional expressions, attractiveness, and face identity
- Audiovisual integration of social signals in human communication

Homepage Department/Research Group


Selected Recent Publications

  • Rossi V, Vanlessen N, Bayer M, Grass A, Pourtois G, Schacht A (2017). Motivational salience modulates early visual cortex responses across task sets. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience. doi: 10.1162/jocn_a_01093

  • Bayer M, Rossi V, Vanlessen N, Grass A, Schacht A, Pourtois G (2016). Independent effects of motivation and spatial attention in the human visual cortex. Soc Cogn Affect Neurosci 2016 nsw162. doi: 10.1093/scan/nsw162

  • Grass A, Bayer M, Schacht A (2016). Electrophysiological correlates of emotional content and volume level in spoken word processing. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 10. DOI:10.3389/fnhum.2016.00326

  • Künecke J., Sommer W, Schacht A, Palazova M (2015). Embodied simulation of emotional valence: Facial muscle responses to abstract and concrete words. Psychophysiology, 52, 1590-1598. DOI: 10.1111/psyp.12555

  • Schacht A, Adler N, Chen P, Guo T, Sommer W (2012). Association with Positive Outcome induces Early Effects in Event-related Brain Potentials. Biological Psychology, 89, 130-136. DOI: 10.1016/j.biopsycho.2011.10.001

  • Schacht A, Sommer W. (2009). Emotions in Word and Face Processing: Early and Late Cortical Responses. Brain and Cognition, 69, 538-550. DOI: 10.1016/j.bandc.2008.11.005


Prof. Dr. Annekathrin Schacht
University of Goettingen
Affective Neuroscience and Psychophysiology
Gosslerstrasse 14
37073 Goettingen

phone: +49-(0)551-39 20625
fax: +49-(0)551-39 13570
email: schacht@psych.uni-goettingen.de

GGNB Affiliation
Sensory and Motor Neuroscience
Systems Neuroscience
Neurosciences (IMPRS)