Annette Bolte, Prof. Dr. rer. nat.

Professor VCF

Annette Bolte

Contact information

Faculty of Science, Department of Psychology
Institute of General Psychology, Biopsychology and Methods of Psychology

Technische Universität Dresden
Zellescher Weg 17, 01069 Dresden

Phone: +49 (0)351 463-33259

Research Statement

In the CRC I investigate how volitional control processes and the underlying neural mechanism are modulated by emotions and reward processes. Furthermore I am interested in the cognitive mechanisms of intuitive judgments and implicit learning processes. In particular I investigate effects of emotional states on the ability to make intuitive judgments and on the spreading of activation in semantic memory.

Scientific Education

2008Habilitation (Psychology), Technische Universität Braunschweig; oral examination: 2008; mentor: Prof. Dr. Dirk Vorberg
1999Dr. rer. nat. (Psychology), Universität Osnabrück; oral examination: 1999; supervirsor: Prof. Dr. Julius Kuhl
1994Diploma (Psychology), Universität Osnabrück; supervisor: Prof. Dr. Julius Kuhl
1988 – 1994Study of Psychology, Universität Osnabrück

Professional Experience

Since 08/2011Senior Lecturer (tenured) / (Privatdozentin)
08/2010 – 07/2011Interim Professor for General Psychology, Technische Universität Dresden
10/2008 – 07/2010Senior Lecturer, Technische Universität Dresden
04/2002 – 03/2008Research Associate (Postdoc), Technische Universität Brauschweig
04/2000 – 03/2002Post-doctoral fellow, Max-Planck-Institute for Psychological Research, Munich (Perception & Action Group; Director: Prof. Wolfgang Prinz)
05/1995 – 03/2000Doctoral student, Universität Osnabrück

Other Scientific Activities, Honors, Awards

  • Travel grants 2004 and 2005 (German Research Foundation (DFG); U.S. National Institute of Justice)
  • Departmental services: Member of the study commission; mentoring interns; Technische Universität Dresden, study coordinator of the Master's Programme Cognitive-Affective-Neuroscience
  • Reviewer of national and international journals (Cognition and Emotion; Experimental Psychology, Cognitive Psychology)

Selected Publications

Bolte, A. & Goschke, T. (2010). Thinking and emotion: Affective modulation of cognitive processing modes. In B. Glatzeder, V. Goel, & A. von Müller (Eds.), Towards a theory of thinking: Building blocks for a conceptual framework (pp.261-277). Springer Verlag: Berlin Heidelberg.

Bolte, A. & Goschke, T. (2008). Intuition in the context of object perception: Intuitive gestalt judgments rest on the unconscious activation of semantic representations. Cognition, 108, 608-616.

Goschke, T. & Bolte, A. (2007). Implicit learning of semantic category sequences: Response-independent acquisition of abstract sequential regularities. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 33, 394-406.

Bolte, A. & Goschke, T. (2005). On the speed of intuition: Intuitive judgments of semantic coherence under different response deadlines. Memory & Cognition, 33, 1248-1255.

Bolte, A., Goschke, T. & Kuhl, J. (2003).Emotion and intuition: Effects of positive and negative mood on implicit judgments of semantic coherence. Psychological Science,14, 416-421.

Goschke, T. & Bolte, A. (2012). On the modularity of implicit sequence learning: Independent acquisition of spatial, symbolic, and manual sequences. Cognitive Psychology, 65, 284-320.