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Prof. Dr. Bianca Wittmann

Prof. Dr. Bianca Wittmann

Phone: +49 641 99 26160

Fax:      +49 641 99 26169


Building F, Room 21a


Prof. Dr. Bianca Wittmann

Research interests

- Processing of motivational events
- Episodic memory
- Value-based decision making
- Novelty processing


2016 – present Professor at the University of Giessen
2010 – 2016 Assistant professor at the University of Giessen
2009 – 2010 Postdoctoral fellow at the Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute, University of California, Berkeley, USA
2006 – 2008 Postdoctoral fellow at the Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging and the Institute of
Cognitive Neuroscience, University College London, UK
2003 – 2005 PhD student at the University of Magdeburg, Germany
1998 – 2003 Biology degree, University of Tübingen, Germany



Wittmann, B.C., Satirer, Y. (2022). Decreased associative processing and memory confidence in aphantasia. Learn Mem 29, 412-420.

Schomaker, J., Wittmann, B.C. (2021). Effects of active exploration on novelty-related declarative memory enhancement. Neurobiol Learn Mem 179, 107403.

Frank, D., Montaldi, D., Wittmann, B., & Talmi, D. (2018). Beneficial and detrimental effects of schema incongruence on memory for contextual events. Learning & Memory 25(8), 352-360.

Schomaker, J., Rau, E.M., Einhäuser, W., Wittmann, B.C. (2017). Motivational Objects in Natural Scenes (MONS): A Database of >800 Objects. Front Psychol 8:1669.

Schomaker, J., Wittmann, B.C. (2017). Memory performance for everyday motivational and neutral objects is dissociable from attention. Front Behav Neurosci 11:121.

Dal Mas, D.E., Wittmann, B.C. (2017) Avoiding boredom: Caudate and insula activity reflects boredom-elicited purchase bias. Cortex 92, 57-69.

Schomaker, J., Walper, D., Wittmann, B.C., Einhäuser, W. (2017) Attention in natural scenes: Affective-motivational factors guide gaze independently of visual salience. Vision Res 133, 161-175.

Bulganin, L., Wittmann, B.C. (2015) Reward and novelty enhance imagination of future events in a motivational-episodic network. PLoS ONE 10(11), e0143477.

Wittmann, B., D’Esposito, M. (2015) Levodopa administration modulates striatal processing of punishment-associated items in healthy participants. Psychopharmacology 232, 135-144.

Bulganin, L., Bach, D.R., Wittmann, B.C. (2014) Prior fear conditioning and reward learning interact in fear and reward networks. Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience 8, 67.

Wittmann, B.C., Tan, G.C., Lisman, J.E., Dolan, R.J., Düzel, E. (2013) DAT genotype modulates striatal processing and long-term memory for items associated with reward and punishment. Neuropsychologia 51, 2184-2193.

Wittmann, B.C., D’Esposito, M. (2012) Functional magnetic resonance imaging. In: APA Handbook of Research Methods in Psychology (American Psychological Association)

Djamshidian, A., O'Sullivan, S.S., Wittmann, B.C., Lees, A.J., Averbeck, B.B (2011) Novelty seeking behaviour in Parkinson's disease. Neuropsychologia 49, 2483-2488.

Wittmann, B.C., Dolan, R.J., Düzel, E. (2011) Behavioral specifications of reward-associated long-term memory enhancement in humans. Learn Mem 18, 296-300.

Düzel, E., Bunzeck, N., Guitart Masip, M., Wittmann, B.C., Schott, B.H., Tobler P.N. (2009) Functional imaging of the human dopaminergic midbrain. TiNS 32, 321-328.

Wittmann, B.C., Daw, N.D., Seymour, B., Dolan, R.J. (2008) Striatal activity underlies novelty-based choice in humans. Neuron 58, 967-973.

Wittmann, B.C., Schiltz, K., Boehler, C.N., Düzel, E. (2008) Mesolimbic interaction of emotional valence and reward improves memory formation. Neuropsychologia 46, 1000-1008.

Schott, B.H., Niehaus, L., Wittmann, B.C., Schütze, H., Seidenbecher, C.I., Heinze, H.J., Düzel, E. (2007) Ageing and early-stage Parkinson's disease affect separable neural mechanisms of mesolimbic reward processing. Brain 130, 2412-2424.

Wittmann, B.C., Bunzeck, N., Dolan, R.J., Düzel, E. (2007) Anticipation of novelty recruits reward system and hippocampus while promoting recollection. Neuroimage 38, 94-202.

Wittmann, B.C., Schott, B.H., Guderian, S., Frey, J.U., Heinze, H.J., Düzel, E. (2005) Reward-related FMRI activation of dopaminergic midbrain is associated with enhanced hippocampus-dependent long-term memory formation. Neuron 45, 459-467.