Prof. Dr.

Bianca Wittmann

Prof. Dr. Bianca Wittmann

Prof. Dr. Bianca Wittmann

My research aims to characterize how appetitive and aversive motivational events are processed in the human brain and how they shape cognitive functions such as memory and decision-making. I am especially interested in their interaction with contextual factors.

Contact details
Justus-Liebig University Giessen
FB 06 Psychology and Sports-Sciences
Otto-Behaghel-Straße 10F
35394 Giessen, Germany
+49 (0)641 99 26 160
+49 (0)641 99 26 159

  • Dal Mas, D. & Wittmann, B.C. (2017). Avoiding boredom: Caudate and insula activity reflects boredom-elicited purchase bias. Cortex, 92, 57-69. find paper
  • Schomaker , J. & Wittmann , B.C. (2017). Memory Performance for Everyday Motivational and Neutral Objects is Dissociable from Attention. Front. Behav. Neurosci., 11, 121. DOI find paper
  • Schomaker, J., Rau, E..M., Einhäuser, W., & Wittmann, B.C. (2017). Motivational Objects in Natural Scenes (MONS): A database of >800 objects. Frontiers in Psychology, 8, 1669. find paper
  • Schomaker, J., Walper, D., Wittmann, B.C., & Einhäuser, W. (2017). Attention in natural scenes: Affective motivational factors guide gaze independently of visual salience. Vision Research. 133, 161-175. DOI find paper
  • Wittmann , B. C., & D’Esposito, M. (2015). Levodopa administration modulates striatal processing of punishment-associated itemsin healthy participants. Psychopharmacology, 232(1), 135-144. find paper

former project-related publications

  • Düzel, E., Bunzeck, N., Guitart Masip, M., Wittmann, B., Schott, B.H., Tobler P.N. (2009). Functional imaging of the human dopaminergic midbrain. TiNS, 32:321-328
  • Wittmann, B. C., Bunzeck, N., Dolan, R. J., and Duzel, E. (2007). Anticipation of novelty recruits reward system and hippocampus while promoting recollection. Neuroimage, 38:194-202.
  • Wittmann, B. C., Daw, N. D., Seymour, B., Dolan, R. J. (2008). Striatal activity underlies noveltybased choice in humans. Neuron, 58:967-973.
  • Wittmann, B. C., Schiltz, K., Boehler, C. N., Duzel, E. (2008). Mesolimbic interaction of emotional valence and reward improves memory formation. Neuropsychologia, 46:1000-1008.
  • Wittmann, B. C., Schott, B. H., Guderian, S., Frey, J. U., Heinze, H. J., Duzel, E. (2005). Rewardrelated FMRI activation of dopaminergic midbrain is associated with enhanced hippocampus-dependent long-term memory formation. Neuron, 45:459-467.
  • 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.