PD Dr. Ullrich Wagner
PD Dr. Ullrich Wagner
research associate
Room 217c
Fliednerstr. 21
Tel: +49 251 83-39197
Consultation hours: upon agreement
  • Curriculum Vitae

    since 2010

    Group Leader in Social, Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience (SCAN), Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin, since Nov. 2013 additionally affiliated to University of Münster, Germany


    Research Officer, University of Bangor, UK


    Fellow of Excellence, University of Geneva, Switzerland

      2005- 2007

    Postdoctoral researcher, University of Lübeck, Germany

  • Research Interests

    • Memory (social memory, emotional memory, false memories, interplay of explicit and implicit memory, neurobiology of memory, particularly sleep-associated memory consolidation and reorganization)

    • Emotions (particularly emotions in social contexts and interplay of emotions with memory processes)
    • Biological methods in psychology

  • Publications

    Original articles (peer-review)

    1. Wagner, U., & Echterhoff, G. (2018). When Does Oxytocin Affect Human Memory Encoding? The Role of Social Context and Individual Attachment Style. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 12, 349. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2018.00349
    2. Wagner, U., Giesen, A. , Knausenberger, J., & Echterhoff, G. (2017). The joint action effect on memory as a social phenomenon: The role of cued attention and psychological distance. Frontiers in Psychology, 8, 1697. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2017.01697.
    3. Wagner, U., Handke, L., & Walter, H. (2015). The relationship betweeen trait empathy and memory formation for social vs. non-social information. BMC Psychology, 3, Art 2. doi: 10.1186/s40359-015-0058-3
    4. Wagner, U., Galli, L., Schott, B. H., Wold, A., van der Schalk, J., Manstead, A. S. R., Scherer, K., & Walter, H. (2015). Beautiful friendship: Social sharing of emotions improves subjective feelings and activates the neural reward circuitry. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 10, 801-808. doi: 10.1093/scan/nsu121
    5. Diekelmann, S., Wilhelm, I., Wagner, U., & Born, J. (2013). Sleep to implement an intention. Sleep, 36 (1), 149-153doi: 10.5665/sleep.2322 (ISI Impact: 5.051)
    6. Wagner, U., Handke, L., Dörfel, D. & Walter, H. (2012). An experimental decision-making paradigm to distinguish guilt and regret and their self-regulating function via loss-averse choice behavior. Frontiers in Psychology – Frontiers in Emotion Science, Vol.3, Article 431. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2012.00431 (ISI Impact: not yet available)
    7. Wagner, U., N’Diaye, K., Ethofer, T. & Vuilleumier, P. (2011). Guilt-specific processing in the prefrontal cortex. Cerebral Cortex, 21(11), 2461-2470. (ISI Impact: 6.844)
    8. Verleger, R., Ludwig, J., Kolev, V., Yordanova, J. & Wagner, U. (2011). Sleep effects on slow-brain-potential reflections of associative learning. Biological Psychology, 86 (3), 219-229. (ISI Impact: 3.348)
    9. Yordanova, J., Kolev, V., Wagner, U., Born, J. & Verleger, R. (2011). Increased alpha (8-12 Hz) activity during slow-wave sleep as a marker for the transition from implicit knowledge to explicit insight. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 24 (1), 119-132. (ISI Impact: 5.375)
    10. Wilhelm, I., Wagner, U. & Born, J. (2011). Opposite effects of cortisol on consolidation of temporal sequence memory during waking and sleep. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 23(12), 3703-3712. (ISI Impact: 5.375)
    11. Darsaud, A., Wagner, U., Balteau, E., Desseilles, M., Sterpenich, V., Vandewalle, G., Albouy, G., Dang-Vu, T., Collette, F., Boly, M., Schabus, M., Degueldre, C., Luxen, A. &, Maquet, P. (2011). Neural precursors of delayed insight. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 23(8), 1900-1910.  (ISI Impact: 5.375).
    12. Diekelmann, S., Wilhelm, I., Wagner, U., & Born, J. (2011). Elevated cortisol at retrieval suppresses false memories in parallel with correct memories. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 23 (4), 772-781. (ISI Impact: 5.375)
    13. Yordanova, J., Kolev, V., Wagner, U. & Verleger, R. (2010). Differential associations of early- and late-night sleep with functional brain states promoting insight into abstract task regularity. PLoS ONE, 5(2), e9442. (ISI Impact: 4.411)
    14. Yordanova, J., Kolev, V., Wagner, U. & Verleger, R. (2010). Patterns of implicit learning below the level of conscious knowledge. Journal of Psychophysiology, 24(2), 91-101. (ISI Impact: 0.913)
    15. Diekelmann, S., Born, J. & Wagner, U. (2010). Sleep enhances false memories depending on general memory performance. Behavioural Brain Research;208(2),425-429. (ISI Impact: 3.393)
    16. Yordanova, J., Kolev, V., Wagner, U. & Verleger, R. (2009). Covert reorganization of implicit task representations by slow wave sleep. PLoS ONE, 4(5), e5675. (ISI Impact: 4.411)
    17. Yordanova, J., Kolev, V., Verleger, R., Bataghva, Z., Born, J. & Wagner, U. (2008). Shifting from implicit to explicit knowledge: Different roles of early and late night sleep. Learning & Memory, 15(7), 508-515. (ISI Impact: 4.607)
    18. Verleger, R., Schuknecht, S.-V., Jaskowski, P. & Wagner, U. (2008). Changes in processing of masked stimuli across early- and late-night sleep: A study on behavior and brain potentials. Brain and Cognition, 68, 180-192. (ISI Impact: 2.838)
    19. Gais, S., Rasch, B. Wagner, U. & Born, J. (2008). Visual-procedural memory consolidation during sleep blocked by glutamatergic receptor antagonists. Journal of Neuroscience, 28(21), 5513-5518. (ISI Impact: 7.271)
    20. Diekelmann, S., Landolt, H.-P., Lahl, O., Born, J. & Wagner, U. (2008). Sleep loss produces false memories. PLoS ONE, 3(10), e3512. (ISI Impact: 4.411)
    21. Wagner, U., Kashyap, N., Diekelmann, S. & Born, J. (2007). The impact of post-learning sleep vs. wakefulness on recognition memory for faces with different facial expressions. Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, 87(4), 679-687. (ISI Impact: 3.701)
    22. Drosopoulos, S., Windau, E., Wagner, U. & Born, J. (2007). Sleep enforces the temporal order in memory. PLoS ONE, 2(4), e376. (ISI Impact: 4.411)
    23. Wagner, U., Hallschmid, M., Rasch, B. & Born, J. (2006). Brief sleep after learning keeps emotional memories alive for years. Biological Psychiatry, 60(7), 788-790. (ISI Impact: 8.674)
    24. Wagner, U., Degirmenci, M., Drosopoulos, S., Perras, B. & Born, J. (2005). Effects of cortisol suppression on sleep-associated consolidation of neutral and emotional memory. Biological Psychiatry, 58(11), 885-93. (ISI Impact: 8.674)
    25. Drosopoulos, S., Wagner, U. & Born, J. (2005). Sleep enhances explicit recollection in recognition memory. Learning & Memory, 12(1), 44-51. (ISI Impact: 4.607)
    26. Wagner, U., Gais, S., Haider, H., Verleger, R. & Born, J. (2004). Sleep inspires insight. Nature, 427(6972), 352-355. (ISI Impact: 36.104)
    27. Wagner, U., Hallschmid, M., Verleger, R. & Born, J. (2003). Signs of REM sleep dependent enhancement of implicit face memory: a repetition priming study. Biological Psychology, 62(3), 197-210. (ISI Impact: 3.348)
    28. Perras, B., Wagner U., Born, J. & Fehm, H.L. (2003). Improvement of sleep and pituitary-adrenal inhibition after subchronic intranasal vasopressin treatment in elderly humans. Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology, 23(1), 35-44. (ISI Impact: 4.857)
    29. Wagner, U., Fischer, S. & Born, J. (2002). Changes in emotional responses to aversive pictures across periods rich in slow wave sleep versus rapid eye movement sleep. Psychosomatic Medicine, 64(4), 627-634. (ISI Impact: 3.974)
    30. Wagner, U., Gais, S. & Born, J. (2001). Emotional memory formation is enhanced across intervals with high amounts of rapid eye movement sleep. Learning & Memory, 8(2), 112-119. (ISI Impact: 3.701)
    31. Gais, S., Plihal, W., Wagner, U. & Born, J. (2000). Early sleep triggers memory for early visual discrimination skills. Nature Neuroscience, 3(12), 1335-1339. (ISI Impact: 14.191)


    Review articles in peer-reviewed Journals


    1. Verleger, R., Rose, M., Wagner, U., Yordanova, J., Kolev, V. (2013). Insights into sleep’s role in insight: Studies with the Number Reduction Task. Advances in Cognitive Psychology, in press.
    2. Wagner, U. & Born, J. (2008). Memory consolidation during sleep: Interactive effects of sleep stages and HPA regulation. Stress,11(1), 28-41. (ISI Impact: 2.553)
    3. Born, J. & Wagner, U. (2007). Sleep, hormones, and memory. Sleep Medicine Clinics, 2(2), 209-224. (ISI Impact: -)
    4. Born, J. & Wagner U. (2004). Memory consolidation during sleep: The role of cortisol feedback. In: Biobehavioral stress response: Protective and damaging effects. R. Yehuda &  B. McEwen (Eds.). Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1032, 198-201. (ISI Impact: 2.847)


    Book chapters


    1. Wagner, U. & Walter, H. (2013). Neuroscientific Approaches to ‚Mens Rea‘ Assessment. In: J. Grafman & F. Krueger (Eds.), The Neural Basis of Human Belief Systems (pp. 137-157). Hove/New York: Psychology Press.
    2. Wagner, U. & Born, J. (2010). Psychoendokrine Aspekte neuropsychologischer Funktionen. [Psychoendocrine aspects of neuropsychological functions.] In: S. Lautenbacher & S. Gauggel (Eds.), Die Neuropsychologie psychischer Störungen. (pp.121-143). Springer: Heidelberg (Germany).
    3. Wagner, U., Diekelmann, S. & Born, J. (2010). Neuropsychologie des Schlafs. [Neuropsychology of sleep.] In: S. Lautenbacher & S. Gauggel (Eds.), Die Neuropsychologie psychischer Störungen. (pp.165-188). Springer: Heidelberg (Germany).
    4. Wagner, U. & Born, J. (2008). Neurochemie der Emotion [Neurochemistry of emotion]. In: V. Brandstätter & J. Otto (Eds.), Handbuch der Allgemeinen Psychologie: Motivation und Emotion. Hogrefe: Göttingen (Germany).
    5. Born, J. & Wagner, U. (2008). Emotionale Gedächtnisbildung im Schlaf und die vermeintliche kathartische Rolle des Träumens. [Emotional memory formation and the alleged cathartic function of dreaming.] In: W. Janke, G. Debus, & M. Schmidt-Daffy (Eds.), Experimentelle Emotionspsychologie. (pp. 821-845). Springer: Heidelberg (Germany).
    6. Wagner, U. (2007). The brain never sleeps. How sleep improves our memory performance. In: H. Raulff, M. Dorrmann, J. Peto, & K. Arnold (Eds.), Sleep and Dreaming. Black Dog Publishing Ltd.: London (UK).
    7. Wagner, U. & Born, J. (2000). Neurochemische Emotionssysteme [Neurochemical emotion systems]. In: J.H. Otto, H.A. Euler & H. Mandl (Eds.), Emotionspsychologie: Ein Handbuch. (pp. 498-518). Psychologie Verlags Union: Weinheim (Germany).




    1. Wagner, U. & Vuilleumier, P. (2009). Brain reflections. Nature Neuroscience, 12(2), 101. (ISI Impact: 14.191)
    2. Wagner, U., Gais, S., Born, J. (2005). Refinements and confinements in a two-stage model of memory consolidation. Behavioural and Brain Sciences, 28(6), 857-858. (ISI Impact: 21.952)
    3. Born, J. & Wagner U. (2004). Awareness in memory: Being explicit about the role of sleep. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 8(6), 242-244. (ISI Impact: 9.686)
    4. Born, J. & Wagner U. (2001). Memory formation in sleep: Giving a wave to dreams. Neuropsychobiology, 44(4), 212-214. (ISI Impact: 2.567)