PD Dr. Ullrich Wagner
PD Dr. Ullrich Wagner
research associate
Room 201
Fliednerstr. 21
Tel: +49 251 83-39197
Consultation hours: upon agreement
  • Curriculum Vitae

    since 2013 Senior Scientist at the University of Münster (Germany), with Habiliation in 2015 (Venia Legendi in "Psychology")

    Group Leader in Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience (SCAN), Charité - University Medicine Berlin (Germany)


    Research Officer, University of Bangor (UK)                                                                                                         


    Fellow of Excellence, University of Geneva (Switzerland)                                                                                 


    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. Yu, H., Koban, L., Chang, L.J., Wagner, U., Krishnan, A., Vuilleumier, P., Zhou, X., & Wager, T.D. (in press). A generalizable multivariate brain pattern for interpersonal guilt. Cerebral Cortex. https://doi.org/10.1093/cercor/bhz326
    2. Knausenberger, J., Wagner, U., Higgins, E. T., & Echterhoff, G. (2019). Epistemic authority in communication effects on memory: Creating shared reality with experts on the topic. Journal of Applied Research in Memory and Cognition, 8(4), 439-449. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jarmac.2019.07.002
    3. 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
    4. 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.
    5. 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
    6. 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
    7. 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)
    8. 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)
    9. 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)
    10. 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)
    11. 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)
    12. 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)
    13. 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).
    14. 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)
    15. 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)
    16. 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)
    17. 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)
    18. 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)
    19. 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)
    20. 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)
    21. 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)
    22. 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)
    23. 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)
    24. 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)
    25. 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)
    26. 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)
    27. Drosopoulos, S., Wagner, U. & Born, J. (2005). Sleep enhances explicit recollection in recognition memory. Learning & Memory, 12(1), 44-51. (ISI Impact: 4.607)
    28. Wagner, U., Gais, S., Haider, H., Verleger, R. & Born, J. (2004). Sleep inspires insight. Nature, 427(6972), 352-355. (ISI Impact: 36.104)
    29. 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)
    30. 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)
    31. 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)
    32. 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)
    33. 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)