Prof. Dr. Mathias Weymar


Wirkner, J., Ventura-Bort, C., Hamm, A.O, & Weymar, M. (in press). Glancing at the “sunny side of life”: Emotion processing and memory in middle-aged women. Psychology & Neuroscience.

Ventura-Bort, C., Wendt, & Weymar, M. (in press). The role of interoception and conceptualization for the experience of emotions. Frontiers in Psychology.

Kohn, N., Morawetz, C., Weymar, M., Yuan, J., & Dolcos, F. (2021): Editorial: Cognitive Control of Emotions in Challenging Contexts. Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience. doi:10.3389/fnbeh.2021.785875.

D’Agostini, M., Burger, A.M., Franssen, M., Claes, N., Weymar, M., Von Leupoldt, A., & Van Diest, I. (2021). Effects of transcutaneous auricular vagus nerve stimulation on reversal learning, tonic pupil size, salivary alpha-amylase, and cortisol. Psychophysiology58, e13885.

Weymar, M. & Zaehle, T. (2021): Editorial: New Frontiers in Noninvasive Brain Stimulation: Cognitive, Affective and Neurobiological Effects of Transcutaneous Vagus Nerve Stimulation. Frontiers in Psychology, 12:694723. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2021.694723. 

Ventura-Bort, C., Wirkner, J., Wendt, J., Hamm, A.O., & Weymar, M. (2021). Establishment of emotional memories is mediated by vagal nerve activation: Evidence from non-invasive taVNS. The Journal of Neuroscience, 41, 7636-7648.

Szeska, C., Richter, J., Wendt, J., Weymar, M., & Hamm, A.O. (2021). Attentive immobility in the face of inevitable distal threat – startle potentiation and fear bradycardia as an index of emotion and attention. Psychophysiology, 58: e13812.

Farmer, A. D., Strzelczyk, A., Finisguerra, A., Gourine, A. V.,  Gharabaghi, A., Hasan, A., Burger, A. M., Jaramillo, A. M., Mertens, A., Majid, A.,  Verkuil, B.,  Badran, B. W., Ventura-Bort, C., Gaul, C.,  Beste, C., Warren, C. M., Quintana, D. S., Hämmerer, D., Freri, E., Frangos, E., Tobaldini, E., Kaniusas, E., Capone, F., Rosenow, F., Panetsos, F.,  Ackland, G., Kaithwas, G., O’Leary, G. H., Genheimer, H., IL Jacobs, H.,  Van Diest, I., Schoenen, J., Redgrave, J., Fang, J.,  Deuchars, J., Széles, J. C., Thayer, J. F., More, K., Vonck, K., Steenbergen, L., Vianna, L. C., McTeague, L., Ludwig, M., Veldhuizen, M. G., De Couck, M., Casazza, M., Keute, M., Bikson, M., Andreatta, M., D’Agostini, M., Weymar, M., Betts, M., Prigge, M., Kaess, M., Roden, M.,  Thai, M., Schuster, N. M., Montano, N., Hansen, N., Kroemer, N. B., Rong, P., Fischer, R., Howland, R. H., Sclocco, R., Sellaro, R., Garcia, R. G., Bauer, S:, Gancheva, S., Stavrakis, S., Kampusch, S., Deuchars, S. A., Wehner, S., Laborde, S., Usichenko, T., Polak, T., Zaehle, T., Borges, U., Teckentrup, V., Jandackova, V. K., Napadow, V., & Koenig, J. (2021). International Consensus Based Review and Recommendations for Minimum Reporting Standards in Research on Transcutaneous Vagus Nerve Stimulation (Version 2020). Frontiers in Human Neuroscience 14:568051. doi:10.3389/fnhum.2020.568051.

Bertonatti, M., Weymar, M., Sommer, W., & Fischer, H. F. (2021). Reaching out for food: How food incentives modulate peripersonal space perception. Journal of Cognition4, 21. https://doi. org/10.5334/joc.148

Koenig, J., Abler, B., Agartz, I., Åkerstedt, T., Andreasson, O.A., Anthony, M., Bertsch, K., Brown, R.C., Brunner, R., Carnevali, L., Critchley, H.D., Cullen, K.R., de Geus, E.J.C., Dziobekl, I., Fischer, H., Flor, H., Gaebler, M., Gianaros, P.J., Giummarra, M.J., Greening, S.G., Guendelman, S., Heathers, J.A.J., Herpertz, S.C., Hu, M.X., Jentschke, S., Kaess, M., Kaufmann, T., Klimes-Dougan, B., Koelsch, S., Krauch, M., Kumral, D., Lamers, F., Lee, Tae-Ho, Lekander, M., Lin, F., Lotze, M., Makovac, E., Mancini, M., Mancke, F., Månsson, K.N.T., Manuck, S.B., Mather, M., Meeten, F., Min, J., Mueller, B., Muench, V., Nees, F., Nga, L., Nilsonne, G., Ordonez Acuna, D., Osnes, B., Ottaviani, C., Penninx, B.W.J.H., Ponzio, A., Poudel, G.R., Reinelt, J., Ren, P., Sakaki, M., Sørensen, L., Specht, K., Straub, J., Tamm, S., Thayer, J.F., Ubani, B., van der Mee, D.J., van Velzen, L.S., Ventura-Bort, C., Villringer, A., Watson, R.R., Wei, L., Wendt, J., Westlund Schreiner, M., Westlye, L.T., Weymar, M., Winkelmann, T. Wu, G.-R., Yoo, H.J., & Quintana, D.S. (2021). Cortical thickness and resting state cardiac function across the lifespan: a cross-sectional pooled mega analysis. Psychophysiology, 58: e13688. (preregistered 2018 at OSF


Michalowski, J., Wiwatowska, E., & Weymar, M. (2020): Brain potentials reveal reduced attention and error-processing during a monetary Go/NoGo task in procrastination. Scientific Reports, 10:19678.

Ventura-Bort, C., Wendt, J., Wirkner, J., König, J., Lotze, M., Hamm, A.O., Dolcos, F., & Weymar, M. (2020). Neural substrates of long-term item and source memory for emotional associates: An fMRI study. Neuropsychologia, 107561.

Giraudier, M., Ventura-Bort, C., & Weymar, M. (2020). Transcutaneous Vagus Nerve Stimulation (tVNS) improves High Confidence Recognition Memory but not Emotional Word Processing. Frontiers in Psychology, 11, 1276.

Meier, J., Weymar, M., & Schwabe, L. (2020).Stress alters the neural context for building new memories. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 32, 2226-2240.

Szeska, C., Richter, J., Wendt, J., Weymar, M., & Hamm, A.O. (2020). Promoting long-term inhibition of human fear responses by non-invasive transcutaneous vagus nerve stimulation during extinction training. Scientific Reports10:1529.

Dolcos, F., Katsumi, Y., Bogdan, P., Shen, C., Jun, S., Buetti, S., Lleras, A., Freeman Boste, K., Weymar, M. & Dolcos, S. (2020). The impact of Focused Attention on subsequent emotional recollection: A functional MRI investigation. Neuropsychologia, 107338.

Dolcos, F., Katsumi, Y., Moore, M., Berggren, N., de Gelder, B., Derakshan, N., Hamm, A. O., Koster, E. H. W., Ladouceur, C. D., Okon-Singer, H., Pegna, A. J.. Richter, T., Schweizer, S., Van den Stock, J., Ventura-Bort, C., Weymar, M. & Dolcos, S. (2020). Neural Correlates of Emotion-Attention Interactions: From perception, learning, and memory to individual differences and training interventions. Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews, 108, 559-601.

Ventura-Bort, C., Dolcos, F., Wendt, J., Wirkner, J., Hamm, A.O., & Weymar, M. (2020). Item and source memory for emotional associates is mediated by different retrieval processes: An ERP study. Neuropsychologia.145: 106606 (Epub 2017 Dec 12).


Weymar, M., Ventura-Bort, C., Wendt, J. & Lischke, A. (2019). Behavioral and neural evidence of enhanced long-term memory for untrustworthy faces. Scientific Reports9:19217

Ventura-Bort, C., Wirkner, J., Dolcos, F., Wendt, J., Hamm, A. O. & Weymar, M. (2019). Enhanced spontaneous retrieval of cues from emotional events: An ERP study. Biological psychology148, 107742.

 Wirkner, J., Ventura-Bort, C., Schwabe, L., Hamm, A.O. & Weymar, M. (2019). Chronic stress and emotion: Differential effects on attentional processing and recognition memory. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 107, 93-97.

 Schinkoeth, M., Weymar, M. & Brand, R. (2019). Listen to the heart. Getting closer to the somatic core of affective valuations of exercise through heart rate variability analysis. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 45:101541.

Pahnke, R., Mau-Moeller, A., Junge, M., Wendt, J., Weymar, M., Hamm, A.O. & Lischke,  A. (2019). Oral Contraceptives Impair Complex Emotion Recognition in  Healthy Women. Frontiers in Neuroscience, 12:1041. doi: 10.3389/fnins.2018.01041 

Wendt, J., Weymar, M., Junge, M., Hamm, A. O. & Lischke, A. (2019). Heartfelt memories: Cardiac vagal tone correlates with increased memory for untrustworthy faces. Emotion, 19(1), 178-182.


Ventura-Bort, C., Wirkner, J., Genheimer, H., Wendt, J., Hamm, A. O. & Weymar, M. (2018). Effects of transcutaneous vagus nerve stimulation (tVNS) on the P300 and alpha-amylase level: A pilot study. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 12:202.

Fischer, R., Ventura-Bort, C., Hamm, A. O. & Weymar, M. (2018). Transcutaneous vagus nerve stimulation (tVNS) enhances conflict-triggered adjustment of cognitive control. Cognitive, Affective, and Behavioral Neuroscience, 18, 680-693.

Weymar, M., Bradley, M. M., Sege, C. T. & Lang, P. J. (2018). Neural activation and memory for natural scenes: Explicit and spontaneous retrieval. Psychophysiology, e13197, 1-12.

Wirkner, J., Schulz, P., Ventura-Bort, C., Hamm, A. O & Weymar, M. (2018). Event-related potentials of emotional and neutral memories: The role of encoding position and delayed testing. Psychophysiology, 55: e13069, 1-12.

Wendt, J., Weymar, M., Junge, M., Hamm, A. O. & Lischke, A. (2018). Heartfelt memories: Cardiac vagal tone correlates with increased memory for untrustworthy faces. Emotion,

Lang, P. J., Herring, D. R., Duncan, C., Richter, J., Sege, C. T., Weymar, M., Limberg, A., Hamm, A. O. & Bradley, M. M. (2018). The startle evoked potential: Negative affectivity and severity of pathology in anxiety/mood disorders. Biological Psychiatry: Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging, 3, 626-634.

Lischke, A., Junge, M., Hamm, A. O. & Weymar, M. (2018). Enhanced processing of untrustworthiness in natural faces with neutral expressions. Emotion18, 181-189.

Wieser, M., Hambach, A. & Weymar, M. (2018). Neurophysiological correlates of an attentional bias for emotional faces in socially anxious individuals – Evidence from a visual search task and N2pc. Biological Psychology, 132, 192-201.


Dolcos, F., Katsumi, Y., Weymar, M., Moore, M., Tsukiura, T. & Dolcos, S. (2017). Emerging Directions in Emotional Episodic Memories. Frontiers in Psychology, 8:1867

Wendt, J., Weymar, M., Junge, M., Hamm, A.O. & Lischke, A. (2017). Heartfelt memories: Cardiac vagal tone correlates with increased memory for untrustworthy faces. Emotion.

Lang, P.J., Herring, D.R., Duncan, C., Richter, J., Sege, C.T., Weymar, M., Limberg, A., Hamm, A.O. & Bradley, M.M. (2017). The startle evoked potential: Negative affectivity and severity of pathology in anxiety/mood disorders. Biological Psychiatry: Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging, 3(7), 626-634.

Wendt, J., Löw, A., Weymar, M., Lotze, M. & Hamm, A. O. (2017). Active avoidance and attentive freezing in the face of approaching threat. NeuroImage, 158, 196-204

Lischke, A. Junge, M., Hamm, A.O. & Weymar, M. (2017). Enhanced processing of untrustworthiness in natural faces with neutral expressions. Emotion, 18(2), 181-189.

Wirkner, J., Weymar, M., Löw, A., Hamm, C., Struck, A.-M. & Hamm, A.O. (2017). Cognitive functioning and emotion processing in breast cancer survivors: An ERP pilot study. Psychophysiology, 54, 1209-1222.

Sege, C.T., Bradley, M.M., Weymar, M. & Lang, P.J. (2017). A direct comparison of appetitive and aversive anticipation: Overlapping and distinct neural activation. Behavioural Brain Research, 326, 96-102.

Neubert, J., Hillbrandt, K., Weymar, M., Hamm, A.O. & Wendt, J. (2017). Acquisition and Inhibition of Conditioned Fear in Spider Fearful Individuals. Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, 137, 114-122.


Ventura-Bort, C., Löw, A., Wendt, J., Dolcos, F., Hamm, A. O. & Weymar, M. (2016). When neutral turns significant: brain dynamics of rapidly formed associations between neutral stimuli and emotional contexts. European Journal of Neuroscience, 44, 2176-2183.

Weymar, M. & Schwabe, L. (2016). Amygdala and emotion: The bright side of it. Frontiers in Neuroscience, 10:224. doi: 10.3389/fnins.2016.00224

Ventura-Bort, C., Löw, A., Wendt, J., Molto, J., Poy, R., Dolcos, F., Hamm, A.O. & Weymar, M. (2016). Binding neutral information to emotional contexts: Brain dynamics of long-term recognition memory. Cognitive, Affective, and Behavioral Neuroscience, 2, 234-247.


Löw, A., Weymar, M. & Hamm, A.O. (2015). When threat is near get out of here: Dynamic of defensive behavior during freezing and escape. Psychological Science, 26, 1706-1716.

Wirkner, J., Löw, A., Hamm, A.O. & Weymar, M. (2015). New learning disrupts reconsolidation in the human brain: Targeting emotional memories through RSVP. Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, 119,  63-68.


Michalowski, J.M., Weymar, M. & Hamm, A.O. (2014). Remembering the object you fear: Brain potentials during recognition of spiders in spider phobics. PlosOne. 9(10): e109537.

Jaworek, A., Weymar, M., Löw, A. & Hamm, A. O. (2014). Brain potentials reflecting spontaneous retrieval of emotional long-term memories. Cognitive Neuroscience5, 168-176.

Weymar, M., Bradley, M.M., Hamm, A.O. & Lang, P.J. (2014). Encoding and reinstatement of threat: Recognition potentials. Neurobiology of Learning and Memory107, 87-92.

Weymar, M., Keil A. & Hamm, A.O. (2014). Timing the fearful brain: Hypervigilance and spatial attention in early visual perception. Social, Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience. 9, 723-729, doi: 10.1093/scan/nst044. Epub 2013 Apr 1


Wirkner, J., Weymar, M., Löw, A. & Hamm, A.O. (2013). Effects of pre-encoding stress on brain correlates associated with the long-term memory for emotional scenes. PlosOne, 8, e68212.

Weymar, M., Bradley, M. M., El-Hinnawi, N. & Lang, P. J. (2013). Explicit and spontaneous retrieval of emotional scenes: Electrophysiological correlates. Emotion, 13, 981-988.

Weymar, M., Gerdes, A.B.M., Löw, A., Alpers, G. & Hamm, A.O. (2013). Specific fear modulates attentional selectivity during visual search: Electrophysiological insights from the N2pc. Psychophysiology, 50, 139-148.

Weymar, M., Bradley, M.M., Hamm, A.O. & Lang, P.J. (2013). When fear forms memories: Threat of shock and brain potentials during encoding and retrieval. Cortex, 49, 819-826.


Weymar, M., Schwabe, L., Löw, A. & Hamm, A.O. (2012). Stress sensitizes the brain: Increased processing of unpleasant pictures after exposure to acute stress. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience24, 1511-1518.

Michalowski, J.M., Melzig, C.A., Löw, A., Weymar, M. & Hamm, A.O. (2012). Modulation of the ERP repetition effects during exposure to phobia-relevant and other affective pictures in spider phobia. International Journal of Psychophysiology,85, 55-61.


Weymar, M., Löw, A. Öhman, A. & Hamm, A.O. (2011). The face is more than its parts – Brain dynamics of enhanced spatial attention to spatial threat. NeuroImage58, 946-954.

Weymar, M., Löw, A. & Hamm, A.O. (2011). Emotional memories are resilient to time: Evidence from the parietal ERP old/new effect. Human Brain Mapping32, 632-640.


Weymar, M., Löw, A., Schwabe, L., & Hamm, A.O. (2010). Brain dynamics associated with recollective experiences of emotional events. NeuroReport21, 827-831.

Weymar, M., Löw, A., Modess, C., Engel, G., Gründling, M., Petersmann, A., Siegmund, W., & Hamm, A.O. (2010). Propranolol selectively blocks the enhanced parietal old/new effect during long-term recollection of unpleasant pictures: A high density ERP study. NeuroImage49, 2800-2806.


Weymar, M., Löw, A., Melzig, C.A. & Hamm, A.O. (2009). Enhanced long-term recollection for emotional pictures: Evidence from high-density ERPs. Psychophysiology, 46, 1200-1207. 

Bandt, C., Weymar, M., Samaga, D. & Hamm, A.O. (2009). Single-trial analysis of ERP components in a visual oddball experiment. Psychophysiology46, 474-757.

Book chapter

Dolcos, F., Katsumi, Y., Denkova, E., Weymar, M., & Dolcos, S. (2017, in press). Current Issues and Emerging Directions in the Impact of Emotion on Memory: A Review of Evidence from Brain Imaging Investigations. An invited book chapter to appear in Memory in Social Context. Edited by Takashi Tsukiura and Satoshi Umeda. Springer.

Weymar, M., & Hamm, A.O. (2013). Electrophysiological signature of emotional memories. In M. Linden & K. Rutkowski, (Eds.), Hurting memories and beneficial forgettingElsevier Insights, 21-35.