Professor Dr. Bernd Weber

Heisenberg Professor
Department of Epileptology
Head – Neurocognition | Imaging
Life & Brain Center
Sigmund-Freud-Str. 25
D- 53127 Bonn

Phone +49  (0) 228 6885-262
Fax +49  (0) 228 6885-261

and
Board of Directors
Department of Epileptology
Center for Economics and Neuroscience
Nachtigallenweg 86
D- 53127 Bonn

Phone +49  (0) 228 73-8290
Fax +49  (0) 228 73-8299

Email: bernd.weber@ukb.uni-bonn.de | Website

Curriculum vitae Professor Dr. Bernd Weber

Research Interest

Different scientific disciplines, as cognitive neuroscience, psychology and economics investigate individual decision making from their perspective and with their methodology. Within the field of “Neuroeconomics” these different approaches try to find a common vocabulary and theories to better understand human behavior. A more detailed understanding of the biological basis (and determinants) of human behaviour will lead to new and hopefully better models of human decisions and ultimately better prognoses in new situations. We apply methods from cognitive neuroscience to investigate human decision making with a special focus on value-based decision making. In that we combine functional and structural neuroimaging methods with behavorial experiments and genetics. In a second line of research my group investigates methods to improve the detection and quantification of pathological brain and behavior changes in neurological changes in neurological and psychiatric diseases.

Techniques

Functional and structural MRI, diffusion tensor imaging, behavorial experiments, genetics.

5 most important publications

1. Enax L, Trautner P, Hu Y, Weber B. (2015) Nutrition labels influence value computation of food products in the ventromedial prefrontal cortex. Obesity, 23(4): 786-792.

2. Strombach T, Weber B, Hangebrauk Z, Kenning P, Karipidis, II, Tobler PN, Kalenscher T. (2015) Social discounting involves modulation of neural value signals by temporo-parietal junction. PNAS, 112(5): 1619-1624.

3. Plassmann H, Weber B. Individual Differences in Marketing Placebo Effects: Evidence from Brain Imaging and Behavioral Experiments. J Marketing Res, 52(4): 493-510.

4. Rudorf S, Preuschoff K, Weber B. (2012) Neural Correlates of Anticipation Risk Reflect Risk Preference. J Neurosci, 32(47): 16683-16692.

5. Fließbach K, Weber B, Trautner P, Dohmen T, Sunde U, Elger CE, Falk A. (2007) Social comparison
affects reward-related brain activity in the human ventral striatum. Science, 318(5854): 1305-1308.