Annette Sterr

Prof Annette Sterr

Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuropsychology



Annette studied Psychology and Biology at the University of Konstanz where she obtained her PhD in 1998. She was a lecturer (2000-2002) and reader (2002-2003) in the School of Psychology at the University of Liverpool before she joined the University of Surrey as a chair in Cognitive Neuroscience in 2003. She was head of Psychology from 2008-2011, and served as associate dean international from 2009-2011. At present she is leading the Brain and Behaviour Research group.

Research interests

My research focuses on clinical neuroscience brain plasticity with particular emphasis on functional brain organization, neurological rehabilitation, and most recently sleep. A second strand of studies aims to understand the neuromodulatory effects of glucose and hormones on cognition.

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My publications


Szameitat, P.D., K. Alter, A.J. Szameitat, D. Wildgruber, and A. Sterr, Differentiation of emotions in laughter at the behavioral level. Emotion, 2009. in press.

Szameitat, D.P., A.J. Szameitat, K. Alter, A. Sterr, and C.J. Darwin, Acoustic profiles of distinct emotional expressions in laughter. Joural of the Acustical Society of America, 2009. in press.

Szameitat, A.J., D.P. Szameitat, J. Rummel, and A. Sterr, Detrimental Behavioral and Emotional Consequences of Brief Delays in Human-Computer Interaction. International Journal of Human-Computer Studies, 2009. in press.

Sterr, A. , S. Shen, C. Kranczioch, W. Hou, and B. Sorger, Neural activities induced by tracking isometric grip force changes through visual feedback. Neuroscience Letters, 2009. 457: p. 61-65.

Kranczioch, C., S. Mathews, P.J. Dean, and A. Sterr, On the equivalence of executed and imagined movements: Evidence from lateralized motor and nonmotor potentials. Hum Brain Mapp, 2009.

Hou, W., S. Shen, A. Szameitat, Y. Jiang, J. Zheng, M. VanLoon, and A. Sterr, A behavioural study of the effects of visual feedback on fluctuating isometric force production with force tracking tasks. International Journal of Biomedical Engineering and Technology, 2009. in press.

Sterr, A. , K. Herron, and J.C. Sanders, Constraint-induced movement therapy, in International Handbook of Occupational Therapy. 2008. p. in press.

Sterr, A. , K. Herron, D.J. Dijk, and J. Ellis, Time to wake-up: sleep problems and daytime sleepiness in long-term stroke survivors. Brain Inj, 2008. 22(7-8): p. 575-9.

Sterr, A. , P.J.A. Dean, and S. Mathews, Preparing the unlikely event - when no-response priming activates the motor system, in Progress in Biological Psychology Research, G.A. Conti, Editor. 2008, Nova Science Publishers: New York. p. 1-9.

Sterr, A. and P. Dean, Neural correlates of movement preparation in healthy ageing. Eur J Neurosci, 2008. 27(1): p. 254-60.

Shen, S., A.J. Szameitat, and A. Sterr, Detection of infarct lesions from single MRI modality using inconsistency between voxel intensity and spatial location--a 3-D automatic approach. IEEE Trans Inf Technol Biomed, 2008. 12(4): p. 532-40.

Kranczioch, C., S. Athanassiou, S. Shen, G. Gao, and A. Sterr, Short-term learning of a visually guided power-grip task is associated with dynamic changes in EEG oscillatory activity. Clin Neurophysiol, 2008. 119(6): p. 1419-30.

Jehoel, S., P.T. Sowden, S. Ungar, and A. Sterr, Tactile elevation perception in blind and sighted participants and its implications for tactile map creation. Human Factors, 2008: p. in press.

Herron, K., D. Dijk, J. Ellis, J. Sanders, and A. Sterr, Sleep correlates of motor recovery in chronic stroke: a pilot study using sleep diaries and actigraphy. Journal of Sleep Research, 2008. 17: p. 103-103.

Herron, K., D. Dijk, J. Ellis, J. Sanders, and A. Sterr, Sleep actigraphy in brain injured patients with chronic low functioning upper limb hemiparesis. Journal of Sleep Research, 2008. 17: p. 102-102.

Szameitat, A.J., S. Shen, and A. Sterr, Motor imagery of complex everyday movements. An fMRI study. Neuroimage, 2007. 34(2): p. 702-13.

Szameitat, A., S. Shen, and A. Sterr, Left premotor cortex activity is modulated by performing hand in motor imagery. European Journal of Neuroscience, 2007. 26: p. 3303-3308.

Sterr, A., S. Shen, A. Zaman, N. Roberts, and A. Szameitat, Activation of SI is modulated by attention: A random effects fMRI study using mechanical stimuli NeuroReport, 2007: p. in press.

Sterr, A., K. Herron, A. Szameitat, and S. Shen. Sleep disturbances in chronic stroke: An MRI-based characterization of lesion volume. in 5th Congress of the World Federation of Sleep Research and Sleep Medicine Societies. 2007. Cairns (Australia): Sleep and Biological Rhythms.

Sterr, A., Neuroplasticity, in Handbook of Neurophysiology, S. Gauggel and M. Herrmann, Editors. 2007, Springer Verag: Berlin.

Shen, S., A.J. Szameitat, and A. Sterr, VBM lesion detection depends on the normalization template: a study using simulated atrophy. Magnetic Resonance Imaging, 2007. 25(10): p. 1385-96.

Herron, K., C. Khurana, J. Ellis, D.j. Dijk, and A. Sterr. A pilot study to assess the relationship between sleep disturbance and rehabilitation outcome in chronic stroke patients undergoing Constrained Induced Movement Therapy (CIT). in 5th Congress of the World Federation of Sleep Research and Sleep Medicine Societies. 2007. Cairns (Australia): Sleep and Biological Rhythms.

Szameitat, A.J., J. Lepsien, D.Y. Cramon, A. Sterr, and T. Schubert, Task-order coordination in dual-task performance and the lateral prefrontal cortex: an event-related fMRI study. Psychol Res, 2006. 70(6): p. 541-52.

Sterr, A., A. Szameitat, S. Shen, and S. Freivogel, Application of the CIT concept in the clinical environment: hurdles, practicalities, and clinical benefits. Cogn Behav Neurol, 2006. 19(1): p. 48-54.

Sterr, A. and A. Saunders, CI therapy distribution: theory, evidence and practice. NeuroRehabilitation, 2006. 21(2): p. 97-105.

Sterr, A., K. Herron, C. Hayward, and D. Montaldi, Are mild head injuries as mild as we think? Neurobehavioral concomitants of chronic post-concussion syndrome. BMC Neurol, 2006. 6(1): p. 7.

Sterr, A., Preparing not to move: does no-response priming affect advance movement preparation processes in a response priming task? Biol Psychol, 2006. 72(2): p. 154-9.

Mathews, S., P.J.A Dean, and A. Sterr, EEG dipole analysis of motor-priming foreperiod activity reveals separate sources for motor and spatial attention components. Clin Neurophysiol, 2006. 117(12): p. 2675-2683.

Shen, S., A. Sterr, and A. Szameitat. A Template Effect Study on Voxel-Based Morphometry in Statistic Parametric Mapping. in Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. 2005. Shanghai, China: Ieee.

Shen, S., W. Sandham, M. Granat, and A. Sterr. Intensity Non-Uniformity Correction of Magnetic Resonance Images Using a Fuzzy Segmentation Algorithm. in Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. 2005. Shanghai, China: Ieee.

Shen, S., W. Sandham, M. Granat, and A. Sterr, MRI fuzzy segmentation of brain tissue using neighborhood attraction with neural-network optimization. IEEE Trans Inf Technol Biomed, 2005. 9(3): p. 459-67.

Hou, W., S. Shen, and A. Sterr. An MRI Compatible Visual Force-Feedback System for the Study of Force Control Mechanics. in Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. 2005. Shanghai, China: Ieee.

Halder, P., A. Sterr, S. Brem, K. Bucher, S. Kollias, and D. Brandeis, Electrophysiological evidence for cortical plasticity with movement repetition. Eur J Neurosci, 2005. 21(8): p. 2271-7.

Sterr, A. and S. Freivogel, Intensive training in chronic upper limb hemiparesis does not increase spasticity or synergies. Neurology, 2004. 63(11): p. 2176-7.

Sterr, A., Attention performance in young adults with learning disabilities. Learning and Individual Differences, 2004. 14(2): p. 125-133.

Sterr, A., Training-based interventions in motor rehabilitation after stroke: theoretical and clinical considerations. Behav Neurol, 2004. 15(3-4): p. 55-63.

Sterr, A., L. Green, and T. Elbert, Blind Braille readers mislocate tactile stimuli. Biol Psychol, 2003. 63(2): p. 117-27.

Sterr, A. and S. Freivogel, A practical version of CI therapy for the clinical environment. Neurology, 2003. 61: p. 842-844.

Sterr, A. and S. Freivogel, Motor-improvement following intensive training in low-functioning chronic hemiparesis. Neurology, 2003. 61(6): p. 842-4.

Sterr, A., S. Freivogel, and A. Voss, Exploring a repetitive training regime for upper limb hemiparesis in an in-patient setting: a report on three case studies. Brain Inj, 2002. 16(12): p. 1093-107.

Sterr, A., S. Freivogel, and D. Schmalohr, Neurobehavioral aspects of recovery: assessment of the learned nonuse phenomenon in hemiparetic adolescents. Arch Phys Med Rehabil, 2002. 83(12): p. 1726-31.

Sterr, A., T. Elbert, and B. Rockstroh, Functional reorganization of the human cerebral cortex and ints perceptual concommitants, in Perceptual Learing, Fahle and Poggio, Editors. 2002, MIT press: Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. p. 125-144.

Sterr, A., T. Elbert, I. Berthold, S. Kolbel, B. Rockstroh, and E. Taub, Longer versus shorter daily constraint-induced movement therapy of chronic hemiparesis: an exploratory study. Arch Phys Med Rehabil, 2002. 83(10): p. 1374-7.

Elbert, T., A. Sterr, B. Rockstroh, C. Pantev, M.M. Muller, and E. Taub, Expansion of the tonotopic area in the auditory cortex of the blind. J Neurosci, 2002. 22(22): p. 9941-4.

Sterr, A., D. Schmalohr, S. Kolbel, and S. Freivogel, Functional reorganization of motor areas following forced-use rehabilitation training in hemiparetic patients: A TMS study. Biomedical Engineering, 2001. 46: p. 102-108.

Sterr, A., M. Muller, T. Elbert, B. Rockstroh, and E. Taub, Development of cortical reorganization in the somatosensory cortex of adult Braille students. Electroencephalogr Clin Neurophysiol Suppl, 1999. 49: p. 292-8.

Roder, B., W. Teder-Salejarvi, A. Sterr, F. Rosler, S.A. Hillyard, and H.J. Neville, Improved auditory spatial tuning in blind humans. Nature, 1999. 400(6740): p. 162-6.

Elbert, T., A. Sterr, B. Rockstroh, and E. Taub. Plasticity of representational maps in human cerebral cortex and perception. in German Neuroscience Conference. 1999. Goettingen, Germany: Thieme Verlag, Stuttgart.

Sterr, A., M.M. Muller, T. Elbert, B. Rockstroh, C. Pantev, and E. Taub, Changed perceptions in Braille readers. Nature, 1998. 391(6663): p. 134-5.

Sterr, A., M.M. Muller, T. Elbert, B. Rockstroh, C. Pantev, and E. Taub, Perceptual correlates of changes in cortical representation of fingers in blind multifinger Braille readers. J Neurosci, 1998. 18(11): p. 4417-23.

Rockstroh, B., B.A. Clementz, C. Pantev, L.D. Blumenfeld, A. Sterr, and T. Elbert, Failure of dominant left-hemispheric activation to right-ear stimulation in schizophrenia. Neuroreport, 1998. 9(17): p. 3819-22.

Kolbel, S., T. Elbert, B. Rockstroh, A. Sterr, T. Jahn, and E. Taub, Constraint-induced (CI) movement therapy in patients treated according to German rehabilitation programs. Journal of Psychophysiology, 1998. 12(2): p. 206-206.

Elbert, T., V. Candia, E. Altenmuller, H. Rau, A. Sterr, B. Rockstroh, C. Pantev, and E. Taub, Alteration of digital representations in somatosensory cortex in focal hand dystonia. Neuroreport, 1998. 9(16): p. 3571-5.

Rockstroh, B., H. Watzl, Z.J. Kowalik, R. Cohen, A. Sterr, M. Muller, and T. Elbert, Dynamical aspects of the EEG in different psychopathological states in an interview situation: a pilot study. Schizophr Res, 1997. 28(1): p. 77-85.

Elbert, T., A. Sterr, H. Flor, B. Rockstroh, S. Knecht, C. Pantev, C. Wienbruch, and E. Taub, Input-increase and input-decrease types of cortical reorganization after upper extremity amputation in humans. Exp Brain Res, 1997. 117(1): p. 161-4.