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Prof. Dr. Bernd Weber





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Center for Economics and Neuroscience
Zentrale wissenschaftliche Einrichtung der Universität Bonn
Nachtigallenweg 86
53127 Bonn
Tel: +49 228 73-8290
Fax: +49 228 73-8299

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Life & Brain GmbH Head of NeuroCognition

Deutsches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung (DIW) Research affiliate

German society of Neuroscience Member

Society of Neuroeconomics Member

Association for Neuropsychoeconomics Member

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Main Research Interests

  • Individual decision-making
  • Diffusion weighted imaging
  • Structural brain connectivity

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Curriculum Vitae

since 2010 Heisenberg-professorship at the University of Bonn (Grant by the DFG)
since 2009 Board of Directors, Center for Economics and Neuroscience (CENs), University of Bonn
2008 "Habilitation" in experimental neurology
2007 Founding member of the Neuroeconomics Lab at the University of Bonn
since 2005 Provisional Head of the Department of NeuroCognition-Imaging at the Life&Brain Center Bonn
since 2004 Postdoctoral Fellow at the Department of Epileptology, University Hospital Bonn
2004 Dr. med., University of Bonn, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology
2003 M.D., University of Bonn


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Kathmann M, Weber B, Schlicker E. Cannabinoid CB-1 receptor-mediated inhibition of acetylcholine release in the brain of NMRI, CD-1 and C57BL/6J mice. Naunyn-Schmiedeberg´s Archives of Pharmacology, 2001, 363:50-56 

Weber B, Schlicker E, Sokoloff P, Stark H. Identification of the dopamine-autoreceptor in the guinea-pig retina as D2 receptor using novel subtype-selective antagonists. British Journal of Pharmacology, 2001, 133:1243-1248

Kathmann M, Weber B, Zimmer A, Schlicker E. Enhanced acetylcholine release in the hippocampus of cannabinoid CB-1 receptor deficient mice. British Journal of Pharmacology, 2001, 132:1169-1179

Weber B, Schlicker E. Modulation of dopamine release in the guinea-pig retina by Gi- but not by Gs- or Gq-protein-coupled receptors. Fundamental & Clinical Pharmacology, 2002, 15:1-8

Voermans NC, Petersson KM, Daudey L, Weber B, Spaendock KP, Kremer HPH, Fernández G. Interaction between the human hippocampus and the caudate nucleus during route recognition. Neuron, 2004, 43: 427-435

Meulenbroek O, Petersson KM, Voermans N, Weber B, Fernández G. Age differences in neural correlates of route encoding and route recognition. Neuroimage, 2004, 22:1503-1514

Mormann F, Fell J, Axmacher N, Weber B, Lehnertz K, Elger CE, Fernández G. Phase/amplitude reset and theta-gamma interaction in the human medial temporal lobe during a continuous word recognition memory task. Hippocampus, 2005, 15:890-900



Fliessbach K, Weis S, Klaver P, Elger CE Weber B. The effect of word concreteness in recognition memory. Neuroimage 2006, 32(3):1413-21 

Helmstaedter C, Fritz NE, Gonzalez Perez PA, Weber B. Shift-back of right into left hemisphere language dominance after control of epileptic seizures: Evidence for epilepsy driven functional cerebral organization. Epilepsy Research, 2006, 70(2-3):257-62

Jansen A, Menke R, Sommer J, Förster AF, Bruchmann S, Hemplemann J, Weber B, Knecht S. The assessment of hemispheric language dominance in fMRI - Robustness and Reproducibility. Neuroimage, 2006, 33(1):204-17

Weber B, Fliessbach K, Elger CE. Highly Functional Ipsilateral Motor Control after Extensive Left Hemispheric Damage during Gestation. NeuroCase, 2006, 12(5):292-5

Weber B, Hoppe C, Faber J, Axmacher N, Fliessbach K, Mormann F, Weis S, Ruhlmann J, Elger CE, Fernández, G. Association between scalp hair-whorl direction and hemispheric language dominance. Neuroimage, 2006, 30:539-543

Weber B, Wellmer J, Reuber M, Mormann F, Weis S, Urbach H, Ruhlmann J, Elger CE, Fernández G. Left hippocampal pathology is associated with atypical language lateralisation in patients with focal epilepsy. Brain, 2006, 129:346-351

Weber B, Wellmer J, Schür S, Dinkelacker V, Ruhlmann J, Mormann F, Axmacher N, Elger CE, Fernández G. Presurgical Language fMRI in patients with drug-restistant epilepsy: Effects of task performance. Epilepsia, 2006, 47:880-6



Cohen M, Krohn-Grimberghe A, Elger CE, Weber B. Dopamine gene predicts the brain’s response to dopaminergic drug. European Journal of Neuroscience, 2007, 26(12):3652-60 

Fliessbach K, Trautner P, Quesada CM, Elger CE, Weber B. Cerebellar contributions to episodic memory encoding as revealed by fMRI. Neuroimage, 2007, 35(3):1330-7

Fliessbach K, Weber B, Trautner P, Dohmen T, Sunde U, Elger CE, Falk A. Social comparison affects reward-related brain activity in the human ventral striatum. Science, 2007, 318(5854):1305-8

Mormann F, Fernández G, Klaver P, Weber B, Elger CE, Fell, J. Declarative memory formation in hippocampal sclerosis: An intracranial ERP study. Neuroreport, 2007, 18(4): 317-21

Weber B, Aholt A, Neuhaus C, Trautner P, Elger CE, Teichert T. Neural evidence for Reference-Dependence in Real-Market-Transactions. Neuroimage, 2007, 35(1):441-7

Weber B, Fliessbach K, Lange N, Kügler F, Elger CE. Material specific memory processing is related to language dominance. Neuroimage, 2007, 37(2):611-17

Weber B, Kügler F, Elger CE. Comparison of implicit memory encoding paradigms for the activation of mediotemporal structures. Epilepsy & Behavior, 2007, 10(3):442-8

Weber B, Luders E, Faber J, Richter S, Quesada CM, Urbach H, Thompson PM, Toga AW, Elger CE, Helmstaedter C. Distinct regional atrophy in the corpus callosum of patients with temporal lobe epilepsy. Brain, 2007, 130(Pt 12):3149-54



Cohen M, Elger CE, Weber B. Amygdala tractography predicts functional connectivity and learning during reward-guided decision-making. Neuroimage, 2008, 39(3):1396-407 

Döhler F, Mormann F, Weber B, Elger CE, Lehnertz K. A cellular neural network based method for classification of magnetic resonance images: towards an automated detection of hippocampal sclerosis, Journal of Neuroscience Methods, 2008, 170(2):324-331

Huppertz HJ, Kröll-Seger J, Danek A, Weber B, Dorn T, Kassubek J. Automatic striatal volumetry allows for identification of patients with chorea-acanthocytosis at single subject level. Journal of Neural Transmission, 2008, 115(10):1393-400

Montag C, Reuter M, Newport B, Elger CE, Weber B. The BDNF Val66Met polymorphism affects amygdala activity in response to emotional stimuli: evidence from a genetic imaging study. Neuroimage, 2008, 42(4):1554-9

Mormann F, Osterhage H, Andrzejak EG, Weber B, Fernandez G, Fell J, Elger CE, Lehnertz K. Independent delta/theta rhythms in the human hippocampus and entorhinal cortex. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 2008, 2:3. doi:10.3389/neuro.09.003.2008

Wellmer J, Weber B, Weis S, Klaver P, Urbach H, Reul J, Fernandez G, Elger CE. Strongly lateralized activation in language fMRI of atypical dominant patients – Implications for presurgical work-up. Epilepsy Res., 2008, 80(1):67-76



Axmacher, N, Bialleck, KA, Weber B, Helmstaedter C, Elger CE, Fell J. Working memory representation in atypical language dominance. Human Brain Mapping, 2009, 30(7):2032-43 

Cohen MX, Schoene-Bake C, Elger CE, Weber B. Connectivity-based segregation of the human striatum predicts personality characteristics. Nature neuroscience, 2009, 12(1):32-4

Montag C, Weber B, Fliessbach K, Elger CE, Reuter M. The BDNF Val66Met polymorphism impacts parahippocampal and amydala volume in healthy humans: Incremental support for a genetic risk factor for depression. Psychological Medicine, 2009, 39(11):1831-9

Reuter M, Weber B, Fiebach CJ, Elger CE, Montag C. The biological basis of anger: Associations with the gene coding for DARPP-32 (PPP1R1B) and with amygdala volume. Behavioural Brain Research, 2009, 202(2):179-83

Schoene-Bake C, Faber J, Trautner P, Kaaden S, Tittgemeyer M, Elger CE, Weber B. Widespread affections of large fibre tracts in postoperative temporal lobe epilepsy. Neuroimage, 46(3):569-76

Weber B, Rangel A, Wibral M, Falk A. The medial prefrontal cortex exhibits money illusion. PNAS, 2009, 106(13):5025-8

Wellmer J, Weber B, Urbach H, Reul K, Fernandez G, Elger CE. Cerebral lesions can impair fMRI-based language lateralization. Epilepsia, 2009, 50(10):2213-24



Fliessbach K, Buerger C, Trautner P, Elger CE, Weber B. Differential effects of semantic processing on memory encoding. Human Brain Mapping, 2010, 31(11):1653-1664 

Fliessbach K, Rohe T, Linder N, Trautner P, Elger CE, Weber B. Retest Reliability of Reward-Related BOLD Signals. Neuroimage, 2010, 50(3):1168-78

Heinemann T, Hoppe C, Weber B, Elger CE. Ethically Appropriate Handling of Incidental Findings in Human Neuroimaging Research. Clinical Neuroradiology, 2010, 19(3):242-243

Linder N, Uhl G, Fliessbach K, Trautner P, Elger CE, Weber B. Organic labeling influences food-valuation and choice. Neuroimage, 2010, 53(1):215-20

Mende J, Schindler J, Ulucay D, Radicke M, Kofahl AL, Weber B, Krieg R, Maier K. Acoustic radiation force contrast in MRI: detection of calcifications in tissue-mimicking phantoms. Medical Physics, 2010, 37(12):6347-6356

Montag C, Schoene-Bake JC, Faber J, Reuter M, Weber B. Genetic variation on the BDNF gene and differences in white matter tracts in healthy humans. Genes, Brain and Behavior, 2010, 9(8):886-891

Montag C, Weber B, Jentgens E, Elger CE, Reuter M. An epistasis effect of functional variants on the BDNF and DRD2 genes modulates gray matter volume of the anterior cingulate cortex in healthy humans. Neuropsychologia, 2010, 48(4):1016-21

Reimann M, Zaichowsky J, Neuhaus C, Bender T, Weber B. Aesthetic package design: A behavioral, neural, and psychological investigation. Journal of Consumer Psychology, 2010, 20(4):432-441

Riedl R, Banker RD, Benbasat I, David FD, Dennis AR, Dimoka A, Gefen D, Gupta A, Ischebeck A, Kenning P, Müller-Putz G, Paylou PA, Straub DW, Brocke J, Weber B. On the Foundation of NeuroIS: Reflections on the Gmunden Retreat 2009. Communications of the Association for Information Systems, 2010, 27(15)

Schoene-Bake JC, Parpaley Y, Weber B, Panksepp J, Hurwitz TA, Coenen VA. Tractographic analysis of historical lesion-surgery for depression. Neuropsychopharmacology, 2010, 35(13):2553-2563

Schonlau M, Reuter M, Schupp J, Montag C, Weber B, Dohmen T, Siegel NA, Sunde U, Wagner GG, Falk A. Collecting Genetic Samples in Population Wide (Panel) Surveys: Feasibility, Nonresponse and Selectivity. Survey Research Methods, 2010, 4(2) 



Dohmen T, Falk A, Fliessbach K, Sunde U, Weber B. Relative versus Absolute Income, Joy of Winning, and Gender: Brain Imaging Evidence. Journal of Public Economics, 95(3-4):279-285 

Greven M, Otsuka T, Zutz L, Weber B, Elger CE, Sato S. The Amount of TMJ Displacement Correlates with Brain Activity. Cranio - the Journal of Craniomandibular Practice, 2011, 29:291-296

Huppertz HJ, Wagner J, Weber B, House P, Urbach H. Automated quantitative FLAIR analysis in hippocampal sclerosis. Epilepsy Research, 2011, 97:146-156

Kaaden S, Quesada CM, Urbach H, Koenig R, Weber B, Schramm J, Rudinger G, Helmstaedter C. Neurodevelopmental disruption in early-onset temporal lobe epilepsy: Evidence from a voxel-based morphometry study. Epilespy & Behavior, 2011, 20(4):694-699

Ma Q, Shen Q, Xu Q, Li D, Shu L, Weber B. Empathic responses to others' gains and losses: an electrophysiological investigation. Neuroimage, 54(3):2472-2480

Minnerop M+, Weber B+, Schoene-Bake JC, Roeske S, Mirbach S, Ansbach C, Schneider-Gold C, Betz RC, Helmstaedter C, Tittgemeyer M, Klockgether T, Kornblum C. The brain in Myotonic Dystrophy 1 and 2: evidence for a predominant white matter disease. Brain, 2011, 134:3527-3543

Raab G, Elger CE, Neuner M, Weber B. A neurological study of compulsive buying behavior. Journal of Consumer Policy, 2011, 34:401-413

Radicke M, Mende J, Kofahl AL, Wild J, Ulucay D, Habenstein B, Deimling M, Trautner P, Weber B, Maier K. Acoustic Radiation Contrast in MR Images for breast Cancer Diagnostics – Initial Phantom Study. Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology, 2011, 36(2):253-261

Reimann M, Aholt A, Neuhaus C, Schilke O, Teichert T, Zaichowsky J, Weber B. Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging in Consumer Research: A Review and Application. Psychology and Marketing, 2011, 28(6):608-637

Wagner J, Weber B, Urbach H, Elger CE, Huppertz HJ. Morphometric MRI improves detection of focal cortical dysplasias in comparison to conventional visual inspection. Brain, 2011, 134:2844-2854



Dimoka A, Banker RD, Benbasat I, Davis FD, Dennis AR, Gefen D, Gupta A, Ischebeck A, Kenning P, Müller-Putz G, Pavlou P, Riedl R, vom Brocke J, Weber B. On the Use of Neurophysiological Tools in IS Research: Developing a Research Agenda for NeuroIS, MIS Quaterly, 2012, 36(3) 

Fliessbach K, Philips CB, Trautner P, Schnabel M, Elger CE, Falk A, Weber B. Neural responses to advantageous and disadvantageous inequity. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 2012, 6:165

Hoppe C, Fliessbach K, Stausberg S, Stojanovic J, Trautner P, Elger CE, Weber B. A key role for experimental task performance: effects of math talent, gender and performance on the neural correlates of mental rotation. Brain and Cognition, 2012, 78(1):14-27

Keller SS, Schoene-Bake JC, Gerdes JS, Weber B, Deppe M. Concomitant Fractional Anisotropy and Volumetric Abnormalities in Temporal Lobe Epilepsy: Cross-Sectional Evidence for Progressive Neurologic Injury. PLOS One, 2012, 7(10):e46791

Markett S, Reuter M, Montag C, Weber B. The dopamine D2 receptor gene DRD2 and the nicotinic acetylcholine receptor gene CHRNA4 interact on striatal gray matter volume: Evidence from a genetic imaging study. Neuroimage, 2012, 64C:167-172

Montag C, Reuter M, Weber B, Markett S, Schoene-Bake JC. Individual differences in trait anxiety are associated with white matter tract integrity in the left temporal lobe in healthy males but not females, Neuroscience, 2012, 217:77-83

Montag C, Weber B, Trautner P, Newport B, Markett S, Walter NT, Reuter M. Does excessive play of violent first-person-shooter-video-games dampen brain activity in response to emotional stimuli? Biological Psychology, 2012, 89(1):107-111

Rohe T, Weber B, Fliessbach K. Dissociation of BOLD Responses to Reward Prediction Errors and Reward Receipt by a Model Comparison. European Journal of Neuroscience, 2012, 36(3):2376-82

Rudorf S, Preuschoff K, Weber B. Neural Correlates of Anticipation Risk Reflect Risk Preference. The Journal of Neuroscience, 2012, 32(47):16683–16692

Wagner J, Schoene-Bake JC, Bien CG, Urbach H, Elger CE, Weber B. Automated 3D MRI volumetry reveals regional atrophy differences in Rasmussen Encephalitis. Epilepsia, 2012, 53(4):613-621

Weber B. Neuroscience: The case for brain imaging technology. Nature, 2012, 483(7487):7

Wibral M, Dohmen T, Klingmueller D, Weber B, Falk A. Testosterone administration reduces lying in men. PLOS One, 2012, 7(10):e46774



Ortner GR, Wibral M, Becker A, Dohmen T, Klingmueller D, Falk A, Weber B. No evidence for an effect of testosterone administration on delay discounting in male university students. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 2013, 38(9), 1814-1818 

Ivo R, Nicklas A, Sobottke R, Delank KS, Eysel P, Weber B. Brain structural and psychometric alterations in chronic low back pain. European Spine Journal, 2013, 22(9), 1958-1964

Liu WY, Weber B, Reuter M, Markett S, Chu WC, Montag C. The Big Five of Personality and structural brain imaging revisited: a VBM-DARTEL study. Neuroreport, 2013, 24(7), 375-380

Markett S, Weber B, Voigt G, Montag C, Felten A, Elger CE, Reuter M. Intrinsic Connectivity Networks and Personality: The temperament dimension harm avoidance moderates functional connectivity in the resting brain. Neuroscience, 2013, 240:98-105.

Feis DL, Schoene-Bake JC, Elger CE, Wagner J, Tittgemeyer M, Weber B. Prediction of post-surgical seizure outcome in left mesial temporal lobe epilepsy, NeuroImage: Clinical, 2013, 2:903-11

Wagner J, Schoene-Bake JC, Malter M, Urbach H, Huppertz HJ, Elger CE, Weber B. Quantitative FLAIR analysis indicates predominant affection of the amygdala in antibody-associated limbic encephalitis. Epilepsia, 2013, 54(9):1679-87

Montag C, Eichner M, Markett S, Quesada CM, Schoene-Bake JC, Melchers M, Plieger T, Weber B, Reuter M. An interaction of a NR3C1 polymorphism and antenatal sunspot activity impacts both hippocampus volume and neuroticism in adulthood. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 2013, 7:243

Neeb H, Schenk J, Weber B. Multicentre Absolute Myelin Water Content Mapping: Development of a Whole Brain Atlas and Application to Low-Grade Multiple Sclerosis. NeuroImage: Clinical, 2013, 1(1):121-130.

Faber J, Schoene-Bake JC, Trautner P, von Lehe M, Elger CE, Weber B. Progressive fibre tract affections after temporal lobe surgery. Epilepsia, 2013, 54(4):e53-7

Montag C, Schoene-Bake JC, Wagner J, Reuter M, Markett S, Weber B, Quesada CM. Volumetric hemispheric ratio as a useful tool in personality psychology. Neuroscience Research, 2013, 75(2):157-9

Keller SS, Ahrens T, Mohammadi S, Gerdes JS, Möddel G, Kellinghaus C, Kugel H, Weber B, Ringelstein EB, Deppe M. Voxel-Based Statistical Analysis of Fractional Anisotropy and Mean Diffusivity in Patients with Unilateral Temporal Lobe Epilepsy of Unknown Cause. Journal of Neuroimaging, 2013, 23(3):352-9

Kuss K, Falk A, Trautner P, Elger CE, Weber B, Fliessbach K. A reward prediction error for charitable donations reveals outcome orientation of donators. Social Cognitive & Affective Neuroscience, 2013, 8(2):216-23


Strang S, Utikal V, Fischbacher U, Weber B, Falk A. Neural correlates of receiving an apology and active forgiveness: An fMRI study. PLOS One, 2014, 9(2):e87654

Schneider C, Helmstaedter C, Luders E, Thompson PM, Toga AW, Elger CE, Weber B. Relation of callosal structure to cognitive abilities in temporal lobe epilepsy. Frontiers in Neurology, 2014, 5:16

Leue A, Weber B, Beauducel A. How do working-memory-related demand, reasoning ability and aversive reinforcement modulate conflict monitoring? Frontiers in human neuroscience, 8:210

Cornil Y, Ordabayeva N, Kaiser U, Weber B, Chandon P. The Acuity of Vice: Attitude Ambivalence Improves Visual Sensitivity to Increasing Portion Sizes. Journal of Consumer Psychology, 24(2): 177-187

Markett S, Reuter M, Voigt G, Montag C, Lachmann B, Rudorf S, Walter NT, Felten A, Elger CE, Weber B. Assessing the function of the fronto-parietal attention network: Insights from resting-state fMRI and the attentional network test. Human Brain Mapping, 35(4):1700-9

Strombach T, Jin J, Weber B, Kenning P, Shen Q, Ma Q, Kalenscher T. Charity begins at home – cultural differences in social discounting and generosity. Journal of Behavioral Decision Making, 27(3):235-245

Aimone J, Houser D, Weber B. Neural Signatures of Betrayal Aversion. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 281(1782):20132127

Albrecht K, Abeler J, Weber B, Falk A. The brain correlates of monetary and verbal rewards on intrinsic motivation, Frontiers in Neuroscience, 8:303

Hoppe C, Splittstoesser C, Fliessbach K, Trautner P, Weber B. Silent music reading: auditory imagery and visuotonal modality transfer in singers and non-singers. Brain and Cognition, 91:35-44

Herweg NA, Weber B, Kasparbauer A, Meyhoefer I, Steffens M, Smyrnis N. Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging of Sensorimotor Transformations in Saccades and Antisaccades. Neuroimage, 102(2):848-60


Meyhöfer I, Steffens M, Kasparbauer A, Weber B, Ettinger U. Neural Mechanisms of Smooth Pursuit Eye Movements in Schizotypy, Human Brain Mapping, 36(1):340-53

Kuss K, Falk A, Trautner P, Montag C, Weber B and Fliessbach K (2015) Neuronal correlates of social decision making are influenced by social value orientation—an fMRI study. Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience 9:40. doi: 10.3389/fnbeh.2015.00040


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