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Prof. Dr. Bianca Wittmann

Prof. Dr. Bianca Wittmann
Prof. Dr. Bianca Wittmann

Research interests

- Processing of motivational events
- Episodic memory
- Value-based decision making
- Novelty processing
- Interaction of motivation and attention

 

CV

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

 

Publications

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. http://dx.doi.org/10.1101/lm.047738.118

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. http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2017.01669

Schomaker, J., Wittmann, B.C. (2017). Memory performance for everyday motivational and neutral objects is dissociable from attention. Front Behav Neurosci 11:121. http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fnbeh.2017.00121

Dal Mas, D.E., Wittmann, B.C. (2017) Avoiding boredom: Caudate and insula activity reflects boredom-elicited purchase bias. Cortex 92, 57-69. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cortex.2017.03.008

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. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.visres.2017.02.003

Bulganin, L., Wittmann, B.C. (2015) Reward and novelty enhance imagination of future events in a motivational-episodic network. PLoS ONE 10(11), e0143477. http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0143477

Wittmann, B., D’Esposito, M. (2015) Levodopa administration modulates striatal processing of punishment-associated items in healthy participants. Psychopharmacology 232, 135-144. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00213-014-3646-7

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. https://dx.doi.org/10.3389%2Ffnbeh.2014.00067

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. https://dx.doi.org/10.1016%2Fj.neuropsychologia.2013.07.018

Wittmann, B.C., D’Esposito, M. (2012) Functional magnetic resonance imaging. In: APA Handbook of Research Methods in Psychology (American Psychological Association) http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/13619-029

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. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2011.04.026

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. https://dx.doi.org/10.1101%2Flm.1996811

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. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.tins.2009.02.005

Wittmann, B.C., Daw, N.D., Seymour, B., Dolan, R.J. (2008) Striatal activity underlies novelty-based choice in humans. Neuron 58, 967-973. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.neuron.2008.04.027

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. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2007.11.020

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. https://doi.org/10.1093/brain/awm147

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. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.neuroimage.2007.06.038

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. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.neuron.2005.01.010