Birte Thissen

Research Interests

    • Flow-Research, Flow-experiences during reading or writing (conditions of emergence, associated personality traits, neurological background)
    • immersion in reading
    • dissociation
    • clinical and general Media Psychology


Academic Education

2013-2015Master of Science in Psychology, Heinrich Heine University, Düsseldorf, Germany 
2013Semester abroad at the Universidad de Salamanca, Spain
2010-2013Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Westfälische Wilhems-University, Münster, Germany

Professional Experience

since 10/2015PhD student at the Max-Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
2014-2015Tutor for communication-trainings in the paedriatic department of the University Hospital Düsseldorf, Germany



Thissen, B. A. K., Menninghaus, W., & Schlotz, W. (2018). Measuring Optimal Reading Experiences: The Reading Flow Short Scale. Frontiers in Psychology, 9:2542.  doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2018.02542


  • Flow in reading

    Based on Csikszentmihalyi’s theory of „flow“ (1972), we conduct a series of studies on textual variables and readers’ characteristics, which, in their interaction, increase the likelihood of ...