Dr. 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

 

Vita

Academic Education

05/2020PhD in Psychology, Goethe Universität Frankfurt am Main, ("Flow beim Lesen")
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 01/2021Researcher,  Faculty of Psychology and Movement Science in the Department of Educational Psychology and Motivation at the University of Hamburg, Germany
05/2020–12/2020Researcher at the Max-Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
2015–2020PhD 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

 

Publication

Thissen, B. A. K., Menninghaus, W., & Schlotz, W. (2020). The pleasures of reading fiction explained by flow, presence, identification, suspense, and cognitive involvement. Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts, Advance online publication. doi:10.1037/aca0000367

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

 

Projects

  • 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 ...