Prof. Dr.

Bianca Wittmann

Justus-Liebig University Giessen FB 06 Psychology and Sports-Sciences
Otto-Behaghel-Straße 10F
35394 Giessen, Germany

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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.