Prof. Dr.

Bianca Wittmann

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 send e-mail visit website


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.

project-related publications
former project-related publications
Dal Mas, D. & Wittmann, B.C. (2017). Avoiding boredom: Caudate and insula activity reflects boredom-elicited purchase bias. Cortex, 92, 57-69. find paper
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
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
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.