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Welcome to the Division of Biological Psychology and Affective Science

Our research focuses on the interplay between emotion, attention, and memory. We are particularly interested in the mechanisms underlying formation and retrieval of emotional memories and emotional associates (e.g., neutral cues associated with emotional events) using peripherphysiological and neuroscience measures (ERPs and fMRI). Furthermore, this research also involves the study of factors mediating these processes, such as stress, anticipatory anxiety, retrieval context (i.e., intentional or spontaneous remembering) and inter-individual differences (e.g., aging). We recently started studies on neurostimulation (transcutaneous vagus nerve stimulation) to change already existing memory representations.

We are also interested in visual attention to social and phobic stimuli and in the dynamics of the emotional defensive (and appetitive) system in the face of proximate threat (or reward).

Overarching goal is to translate basic findings on neural mechanisms associated with emotional and contextual stimuli processing and memories to clinical populations (e.g., anxiety disorders, trauma- and stressor-related disorders and mood disorders).




Recent publications:
Wendt, J., Weymar, M., Junge, M., Hamm, A.O., & Lischke, A. (in press). Heartfelt memories: Cardiac vagal tone correlates with increased memory for untrustworthy faces. Emotion. (October 22, 2017)
Dolcos, F., Katsumi, Y., Weymar, M., Moore, M., Tsukiura, T., & Dolcos, S. (in press). Emerging Directions in Emotional Episodic Memories. Frontiers in Psychology (Emotion Science). (October 9, 2017)
Lang, P.J., Herring, D.R., Duncan, C., Richter, J., Sege, C.T., Weymar, M. , Limberg, A., Hamm, A.O., & Bradley, M.M. (in press). The startle evoked potential: Negative affectivity and severity of pathology in anxiety/mood disorders. Biological Psychiatry: Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging. (August 8, 2017)
Wendt, J., Löw, A., Weymar, M., Lotze, M., & Hamm, A.O. (in press). "Active avoidance and attentive freezing in the face of approaching threat" in NeuroImage. (June 29, 2017)
Lischke, A., Junge, M., Hamm, A.O., & Weymar, M. (in press): "Enhanced processing of untrustworthiness in natural faces with neutral expressions" in Emotion. (March 29, 2017)
Wirkner, J., Weymar, M., Löw, A., Hamm, C., Struck, A., & Hamm, A.O. (in press): "Cognitive functioning and emotion processing in breast cancer survivors and controls: An ERP pilot study" in Psychophysiology. (March 15, 2017)
Sege, C.T., Bradley, M.M., Weymar, M., & Lang, P.J. (in press): "A direct comparison of appetitive and aversive anticipation: Overlapping and distinct neural activation" in Behavioural Brain Research. (March 4, 2017)