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

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Selected Recent Publications

  • Bayer M, Ruthmann K, Schacht A (2017). The impact of personal relevance on emotion processing: evidence from event-related potentials and pupillary responses, Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 2017, nsx075, DOI: 10.1093/scan/nsx075
  • Hammerschmidt W, Sennhenn-Reulen H, Schacht A (2017). Associated motivational salience impacts early sensory processing of human faces. NeuroImage, 156, 466-474. DOI: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2017.04.032
  • 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, 29, 968-979. DOI: 10.1162/jocn_a_01093
  • Rellecke J, Sommer W, Schacht A (2012). Does processing of emotional facial expressions depend on intention? Time-resolved evidence from event-related brain potentials. Biological Psychology, 90(1), 23 - 32. DOI: 10.1016/j.biopsycho.2012.02.002
  • 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
  • Rellecke J, Palazova M, Sommer W, Schacht A (2011). On the automaticity of emotion processing in words and faces: Event-related brain potentials evidence from a superficial task. Brain and Cognition 77: 23-32
  • 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