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Meine, L. E., Schüler, K., Richter-Levin, G., Scholz, V., & Wessa, M. (2020). A Translational Paradigm to Study the Effects of Uncontrollable Stress in Humans. International Journal of Molecular Sciences, 21(17), 6010.

Schneider, E. E., Schönfelder, S., Domke-Wolf, M., & Wessa, M. (2020). Measuring stress in clinical and nonclinical subjects using a German adaptation of the Perceived Stress Scale. International Journal of Clinical and Health Psychology, 20 (2), 173-181.


Kröhler, A. & Berti, S. (2019): Taking action or thinking about it? Failure-related action orientation and rumination are correlated in elite athletes. Frontiers in Psychology, 10, 576. doi:10-3389/fpsyg.2019.00576

Ascheid, S., Wessa, M. & Linke, J. O. (2019). Effects of valence and arousal on implicit approach/ avoidance tendencies: A fMRI study. Neuropsychologia, [Epub]

Berti, S., Haycock, B., Adler, J. & Keshavarz, B. (2019). Early cortical processing of vection-inducing visual stimulation as measured by event-related brain potentials (ERP). Displays, 58, 56-65. doi: 10.1016/j.displa.2018.10.002

Favre, P., Pauling, M., Stout, J., Hozer, F., Sarrazin, S., Abé, C., Alda, M., Alloza, C., Alonso-Lana, S., Andreassen, O. A., Baune, B. T., Benedetti, F., Busatto, G. F., Canales-Rodríguez, E. J., Caseras, X., Chaim-Avancini, T. M., Ching, C. R. K., Dannlowski, U., Deppe, M., Eyler, L. T., Fatjo-Vilas, M., Foley, S. F., Grotegerd, D., Hajek, T., Haukvik, U. K., Howells, F. M., Jahanshad, N., Kugel, H., Lagerberg, T. V., Lawrie, S. M., Linke, J.O., McIntosh, A., Melloni, E. M. T., Mitchell, P. B., Polosan, M., Pomarol-Clotet, E., Repple, J., Roberts, G., Roos, A., Rosa, P. G. P., Salvador, R., Sarró, S., Schofield, P. R., Serpa, M. H., Sim, K., Stein, D. J., Sussmann, J. E., Temmingh, H. S., Thompson, P. M., Verdolini, N., Vieta, E., Wessa, M., Whalley, H. C., Zanetti, M. V., Leboyer, M., Mangin, J. F., Henry, C., Duchesnay, E. & Houenou, J. ENIGMA Bipolar Disorder Working Group. (2019). Widespread white matter microstructural abnormalities in bipolar disorder: evidence from mega- and meta-analyses across 3033 individuals. Neuropsychopharmacology, [Epub].

Kampa, M., Schick, A., Sebastian, A., Wessa, M., Tüscher, O., Kalisch, R. & Yuen, K. (2019). Replication of fMRI group activations in the neuroimaging battery for the Mainz Resilience Project (MARP). Neuroimage, [Epub].

Kollmann, B., Yuen, K., Scholz, V. & Wessa, M. (2019). Cognitive variability in bipolar I disorder: A cluster-analytic approach informed by resting-state data. Neuropharmacology, 156, 1-14.

Laidi, C., Hajek, T., Spaniel, F., Kolenic, M., d'Albis, M. A., Sarrazin, S., Mangin, J. F., Duchesnay, E., Brambilla, P., Wessa, M., Linke, J., Polosan, M., Favre, P., Versace, A. L., Phillips, M. L., Manjon, J. V., Romero, J. E., Hozer, F., Leboyer, M., Coupe, P. & Houenou, J. (2019). Cerebellar parcellation in schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Acta Psychiatrica Scandiavica, [Epub].

Scott, J., Hidalgo-Mazzei, D., Strawbridge, R., Young, A., Resche-Rigon, M., Etain, B., Andreassen, O. A., Bauer, M., Bennabi, D., Blamire, A. M., Boumezbeur, F., Brambilla, P., Cattane, N., Cattaneo, A., Chupin, M., Coello, K., Cointepas, Y., Colom, F., Cousins, D. A., Dubertret, C., Duchesnay, E., Ferro, A., Garcia-Estela, A., Goikolea, J., Grigis, A., Haffen, E., Høegh, M. C., Jakobsen, P., Kalman, J. L., Kessing, L. V., Klohn-Saghatolislam, F., Lagerberg, T. V., Landén, M., Lewitzka, U., Lutticke, A., Mazer, N., Mazzelli, M., Mora, C., Muller, T., Mur-Mila, E., Oedegaard, K. J., Oltedal, L., Pålsson, E., Papadopoulos Orfanos, D., Papiol, S., Perez-Sola, V., Reif, A., Ritter, P., Rossi, R., Schulze, T., Senner, F., Smith, F. E., Squarcina, L., Steen, N. E., Thelwall, P. E., Varo, C., Vieta, E., Vinberg, M., Wessa, M., Westlye, L. T. & Bellivier, F. (2019). Prospective cohort study of early biosignatures of response to lithium in bipolar-I-disorders: overview of the H2020-funded R-LiNK initiative. International Journal of Bipolar Disorders, 7.

Zeier, P., Sandner, M. & Wessa, M. (2019). Script-based Reappraisal Test introducing a new paradigm to investigate the effect of reappraisal inventiveness on reappraisal effectiveness. Cognition & Emotion, published online: 09 Sep 2019.


Frenken, M. & Berti, S. (2018): Exploring the switching of the focus of attention within working memory: a combined event-related potential and behavioral study. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 126, 30-41.

Berti, S. (2018). Visual mismatch negativity (vMMN) is elicited with para-foveal hemifield oddball stimulation: an event-related brain potential (ERP) study. Neuroscience Letters, 672, 113-117. doi: 10.1016/j.neulet.2018.02.030

Chmitorz, A., Kunzler, A., Helmreich, I., Tüscher, O., Kalisch, R., Kubiak, T., Wessa, M. & Lieb, K. (2018). Corrigendum to "Intervention studies to foster resilience - A systematic review and proposal for a resilience framework in future intervention studies". Clinical Psychology Review, [Epub].

Frenken, M. & Berti, S. (2018). Exploring the switching of the focus of attention within working memory: a combined event-related potential and behavioral study. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 126, 30-41. 10.1016/j.ijpsycho.2018.01.012

Kaurin, A., Heil, L., Wessa, M., Egloff, B., Hirschmüller, S. (2018). Selfies reflect actual personality – Just like photos or short videos in standardized lab conditions. Journal of Research in Personality, 76, 154-164.

Kaurin, A., Schönfelder, S. & Wessa, M. (2018). Self-compassion buffers the link between self-criticism and depression in trauma-exposed firefighters. Journal of Counseling Psychology, [Epub].

Lois, G., Kirsch, P., Sandner, M., Plichta, M. M. & Wessa, M. (2018). Experimental and methodological factors affecting test-retest reliability of amygdala BOLD responses. Psychophysiology, [Epub].

Sarrazin, S., Cachia, A., Hozer, F., McDonald, C., Emsell, L., Cannon, D. M., Wessa, M., Linke, J., Versace, A., Hamdani, N., D'Albis, M. A, Delavest, M., Phillips, M. L., Brambilla, P.,Bellani, M., Polosan, M., Favre, P., Leboyer, M., Mangin, J. F. & Houenou, J. (2018). Neurodevelopmental subtypes of bipolar disorder are related to cortical folding patterns: An international multicenter study. Bipolar Disorder, [Epub].

Schabinger, N., Gillmeister, H., Berti, S., Michal, M., Beutel, M.E., & Adler, J. (2018). Detached and distracted: ERP correlates of altered attentional function in depersonalisation. Biological Psychology, 134, 64-71. doi: 10.1016/j.biopsycho.2018.02.014

Kaurin, A., Heil, L., Wessa, M., Egloff, B., & Hirschmüller, S. (in press). Selfies reflect actual personality – just like portraits, full-body images and videos in standardized in-lab conditions. Journal of Research in Personality. doi: 10.1016/j.jrp.2018.08.007

Kaurin, A., Schönfelder, S. & Wessa, M. (2018). Self-compassion buffers the link between self-criticism and depression in trauma-exposed firefighters. Journal of Counseling Psychology, Vol 65(4), 453-462. doi: 10.1037/cou0000275


Berti, S., Gamer, M. & Vossel, G. (2017): The orienting response in healthy aging: Novelty P3 indicates no general decline but reduced efficacy for fast stimulation rates. Frontiers in Cognitive Science, 8, 1780. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2017.01780

Berti, S., Gamer, M. & Vossel, G. (2017). The orienting response in healthy aging: Novelty P3 indicates no general decline but reduced efficacy for fast stimulation rates. Frontiers in Cognitive Science, 8, 1780. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2017.01780

Chmitorz, A., Kunzler, A., Helmreich, I., Tüscher, O., Kalisch, R., Kubiak, T., Wessa, M. & Lieb, K. (2017). Intervention studies to foster resilience - A systematic review and proposal for a resilience framework in future intervention studies. Clinical Psychology Review, [Epub].

Houenou, J., Boisgontier, J., Henrion, A., d'Albis, M. A., Dumaine, A., Linke, J., Wessa, M., Daban, C., Hamdani, N., Delavest, M., Llorca, P. M., Lançon, C., Schürhoff, F., Szöke, A., Le Corvoisier, P., Barau, C., Poupon, C., Etain, B., Leboyer, M. & Jamain, S. (2017). A Multilevel Functional Study of a SNAP25 At-Risk Variant for Bipolar Disorder and Schizophrenia. Journal

Kalisch, R., Baker, D. G., Basten, U., Boks, M. P., Bonanno, G. A., Brummelman, E., Chmitorz, A., Fernàndez, G., Fiebach, C. J., Galatzer-Levy, I., Geuze, E., Groppa, S., Helmreich, I., Hendler,T., Hermans, E. J., Jovanovic, T., Kubiak, T., Lieb, K., Lutz, B., Müller, M. B., Murray, R. J., Nievergelt, C. M., Reif, A., Roelofs, K., Rutten, B. P. F., Sander, D., Schick, A., Tüscher, O.,Diest, I. V., Harmelen, A. V., Veer, I. M., Vermetten, E., Vinkers, C. H., Wager, T. D., Walter, H., Wessa, M., Wibral, M. & Kleim, B. (2017). The resilience framework as a strategy to combat stress-related disorders. Nature Human Behaviour, 11, 784-790.

Keshavarz, B., Speck, M., Haycock, B., Berti, S. (2017). Effect of different presentation displays on vection and its interaction with motion direction and field dependence. i-Perception, 8, 1-18. doi: 10.1177/2041669517707768

Kollmann, B., Scholz, V., Linke, J., Kirsch, P., & Wessa, M. (2017). Reward anticipation revisited-evidence from an fMRI study in euthymic bipolar I patients and healthy first-degree relatives. Journal of Affective Disorder, 219, 178-186.

Kröhler, A. & Berti, S. (2017). Rumination im Zusammenhang mit der Erreichung selbst gesetzter Ziele bei leistungssportlich-orientierten Schwimmern. Zeitschrift für Sportpsychologie, 24, 161-166. doi: 10.1026/1612-5010/a000200

Linke, J. & Wessa, M. (2017). Mental imagery training increases wanting of rewards and reward sensitivity and reduces depressive symptoms. Behavior Therapy, 48, 695-706.

Lois, G., Gerchen, M. F., Kirsch, P., Kanske, P., Schönfelder, S. & Wessa. M. (2017). Large-scale network functional interactions during distraction and reappraisal in remitted bipolar and unipolar patients. Bipolar Disorder, 19, 487-495.

Schönfelder, S., Langer, J., Schneider, E. E., & Wessa, M. (2017). Mania risk is characterized by an aberrant optimistic update bias for positive life events. Journal of Affective Disorders, 218, 313 - 321.

Sun, Z. Y., Houenou, J., Duclap, D., Sarrazin, S., Linke, J., Daban, C., Hamdani, N., d'Albis, M. A., Le Corvoisier, P., Guevara, P., Delavest, M., Bellivier, F., Bellivier, F., Almeida, J., Versace, A., Poupon, C., Leboyer, M., Phillips, M., Wessa, M. & Mangin, J. F. (2017). Impaired cognitive control over emotional material in euthymic bipolar disorder. Journal of Psychiatry & Neuroscience, 42, 27-36.

Wolkenstein, L., Kanske, P., Bailer, J., Wessa, M., Hautzinger, M. & Joormann, J. (2017). Impaired cognitive control over emotional material in euthymic bipolar disorder. Journal of Affective Disorders, 214, 108-114.


Diener, S. J., Nees, F., Wessa, M., Wirtz, G., Frommberger, U., Penga, T., Ruttdorf, M., Ruf, M., Schmahl, C. & Flor, H. (2016). Reduced amygdala responsivity during conditioning to trauma-related stimuli in posttraumatic stress disorder. Psychophysiology, 53, 1460-1471.

Kaurin, A., Egloff, B., Stringaris, A. & Wessa, M. (2016). Only complementary voices tell the truth: A reevaluation of validity in multi-informant approaches. Journal of Neural Transmission, 123, 981–990. doi: 10.1007/s00702-016-1543-4

Lois, G., & Wessa, M. (2016). Differential association of Default Mode Network connectivity and rumination in healthy individuals and remitted MDD patients. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience. (epub ahead of print; July 12, 2016)

Berti, S. (2016). Switching Attention Within Working Memory is Reflected in the P3a Component of the Human Event-Related Brain Potential. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 9, 701.

Scholz, V., Houenou, J., Kollmann, B., Duclap, D., Poupon, C. & Wessa, M. (2016). Dysfunctional decision-making related to white matter alterations in bipolar I disorder. Journal of Affective Disorders, 194, 72-79.


Kanske, P., Schönfelder, S., Forneck, J. & Wessa, M. (2015). Impaired regulation of emotion: neural correlates of reappraisal and distraction in bipolar disorder and unaffected relatives. Translational Psychiatry, 5, 1-9.

Keshavarz B, Campos J & Berti S (2015). Vection lies in the brain of the beholder: EEG parameters as an objective measurement of vection. Front. Psychol. 6:1581. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2015.01581

Laidi, C., d’Albis, M.-A., Wessa, M., Linke, J., Phillips, M., Delavest, M., Bellivier, F., Versace, A., Almeida, J., Sarrazin, S., Poupon, C., Le Dudal, K., Daban, C., Hamdani, N., Leboyer & M., Houenou, J. (2015). Cerebellar volume in schizophrenia and bipolar I disorder with and without psychotic features. Acta Psychiatrica Scandiavica, 131, 223-233

Sarrazin, S., D'Albis, M. A,. McDonald, C., Linke, J., Wessa, M., Phillips, M., Delavest, M., Emsell, L., Versace, A., Almeida, J., Mangin, J. F., Poupon, C., Le Dudal, K., Daban, C., Hamdani, N., Leboyer, M. & Houenou, J. (2015). Corpus callosum area in patients with bipolar disorder with and without psychotic features: an international multicentre study. Journal of Psychiatry & Neuroscience, 40, 352-359.

Schick, A., Adam, R., Vollmayr, B., Kuehner, C., Kanske, P. & Wessa, M. (2015). Neural correlates of valence generalization in an affective conditioning paradigm. Behavioural Brain Research, 292, 147-156.

Wheeler, A. L., Wessa, M., Szeszko, P. R., Foussias, G., Chakravarty, M. M., Lerch, J. P., DeRosse, P., Remington, G., Mulsant, B. H., Linke, J., Malhotra, A. K. & Voineskos, A. N. (2015). Further neuroimaging evidence for the deficit subtype of schizophrenia: a cortical connectomics analysis. JAMA Psychiatry, 72, 446-455.

Wessa, M., King, A.V., Meyer, P., Frölich. L., Flor, H., Poupon, C., Hoppstädter, M. & Linke, J. (2015). Impaired and preserved aspects of feedback learning in aMCI: contributions of structural connectivity. Brain Structure and Function, [Epub].

Wessa, M., Kollmann, B., Linke, J., Schönfelder, S. & Kanske, P. (2015). Increased impulsivity as a vulnerability marker for bipolar disorder: evidence from self-report and experimental measures in two high-risk populations. Journal of Affective Disorders, 178, 18-24.

Wessa, M. & Lois, G. (2015). Brain Functional Effects of Psychopharmacological Treatment in Major Depression: a Focus on Neural Circuitry of Affective Processing. Current
Neuropharmacology, 13, 466-479.

Wessa, M., Perlini, C. & Brambilla, P. (2015). Neuropsychological underpinnings of the dynamics of bipolar disorder. Epidemiology and Psychiatric Sciences, 9, 1-5.


Adam, R., Schönfelder, S., Forneck, J. & Wessa, M. (2014). Regulating the blink: Cognitive reappraisal modulates attention. Frontiers in Psychology, 5, 143.

Adler, J., Beutel, M., Knebel, A., Berti, S., Unterrainer, J. & Michal, M. (2014). Altered orientation of spatial attention in depersonalization disorder. Psychiatry Research, 216, 230-235.

Christmann, C.A., Berti, S., Steinbrink, C. & Lachmann, T. (2014): Differences in sensory processing of German vowels and physically matched non-speech sounds as revealed by the mismatch negativity (MMN) of the human event-related brain potential (ERP). Brain and Language, 136, 8-18.

Christmann, C. A., Lachmann, T., & Berti, S. (2014). Earlier timbre processing of instrumental tones compared to equally complex spectrally rotated sounds as revealed by the mismatch negativity. Neuroscience letters, 581, 115-119.

Heissler, J., Kanske, P., Schönfelder, S. & Wessa, M. (2014). Inefficiency of emotion regulation as vulnerability marker for bipolar disorder: Evidence from healthy individuals with hypomanic personality. Journal of Affective Disorders, 152-154, 83-90.

Keshavarz, B. & Berti, S. (2014). The role of peripheral and central visual stimulation in the perception of vection: a combined behavioral and event-related brain potential study. Behavioural Brain Research, 259, 131-136.

Kröhler, A. & Berti, S. (2014): Anwendung der sport- und bewegungsbezogenen Selbstkonkordanz auf den Leistungssport. Zeitschrift für Sportpsychologie, 21, 119-126.

Lois, G., Linke, J. & Wessa, M. (2014). Altered Functional Connectivity between Emotional and Cognitive Resting state Networks in Euthymic Bipolar I Disorder Patients. PLOS ONE, 9, 1-9.

Sarrazin, S., Poupon, C., Linke, J., Wessa, M., Phillips, M., Delavest, M., Versace, A., Almeida, J., Guevara, P., Duclap, D., Duchesnay, E., Mangin, J. F., Le Dudal, K., Daban, C., Hamdani, N., D'Albis, M. A,. Leboyer, M. & Houenou, J. (2014). A Multicenter Tractography Study of Deep White Matter Tracts in Bipolar I Disorder: Psychotic Features and Interhemispheric Disconnectivity. JAMA Psychiatry, Feb 12 [Epub ahead of print].

Schönfelder, S., Kanske, P., Heissler, J. & Wessa, M. (2014). Time course of emotion-related responding during distraction and reappraisal. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 9, 1310-1319.

Wessa, M., Kanske, P. & Linke, J. (2014). Bipolar disorder: a neural network perspective on adisorder of emotion and motivation. Restorative Neurology and Neuroscience, 32, 51-62.


Berti, S. & Roeber, U. (2013). Encoding into visual working memory: Event-related brain potentials reflect automatic processing of seemingly redundant information. Neuroscience Journal. Article ID: 172614. doi: 10.1155/2013/172614

Berti, S. (2013). The role of auditory transient and deviant processing in distraction of task performance: a combined behavioral and event-related brain potential study. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 7, 352. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2013.00352

Berti, S., Grunwald, M. & Schröger, E. (2013). Age dependent changes of distractibility and reorienting of attention revisited: an event-related potential study. Brain Research, 1491, 156-166.
Domsch, S., Linke, J., Heiler, P. M. , Kroll, A., Flor, H., Wessa, M. & Schad, L. R. (2013). Increased BOLD sensitivity in the orbitofrontal cortex using slice-dependent echo times at 3T. Magnetic Resonance Imaging, 31, 201–211.

Hoppstädter, M., King, A.V., Frölich, L., Wessa, M., Flor, H. & Meyer, P. (2013). A combined electrophysiological and morphological examination of episodic memory decline in amnestic mild cognitive impairment. Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience, 5, 51.

Kanske, P., Heissler, J., Schönfelder, S., Forneck, J. & Wessa, M. (2013). Neural correlates of emotional distractibility in bipolar disorder, unaffected relatives and individuals with hypomanic personality. American Journal of Psychiatry, 170, 1487-1496.

Kanske, P., Schönfelder, S. & Wessa, M. (2013). Emotional modulation of the attentional blink and the relation to interpersonal reactivity. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 7, 641

Linke, J., King, A.V., Poupon, C. Hennerici, M. G., Gass, P. & Wessa, M. (2013). Impaired anatomical connectivity and related executive functions: Differentiating vulnerability and disease marker in bipolar disorder. Biological Psychiatry, 74, 908-916.

Meinhardt-Injac, B., Persike, M. & Berti, S. (2013). Encoding of faces and objects into visual working memory: an event-related brain potential study. NeuroReport, 24, 735-740.

Meyer, P., Feldkamp, H., Hoppstädter, M., King, A. V., Frölich, L., Wessa, M. & Flor, H. (2013). Using Voxel-Based Morphometry to Examine the Relationship between Regional Brain Volumes and Memory Performance in Amnestic Mild Cognitive Impairment. Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, 7, 1-8.

Schick, A., Wessa, M., Vollmayr, B., Kuehner, C. & Kanske, P. (2013). Indirect assessment of an interpretation bias in humans: neurophysiological and behavioral correlates. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 7, 1-11.

Schönfelder, S., Kanske, P., Heissler, J. & Wessa, M. (2013). Time course of emotion-related responding during distraction and reappraisal. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, Sep 2 [Epub ahead of print].

Wessa, M., Heissler, J., Schönfelder, S. & Kanske, P. (2013). Goal-directed behavior under emotional distraction is preserved by enhanced task-specific activation. Social, Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 8, 305-12.


Berti, S. & Wühr, P. (2012). Using redundant visual information from different dimensions for attentional selection. Journal of Psychophysiology, 26, 99-104.

Berti, S. (2012). Automatic processing of rare vs. novel auditory stimuli reveal different mechanisms of auditory change detection. NeuroReport, 23, 441-446.

Diener S.J., Wessa, M., Ridder, S., Lang, S., Diers, M., Steil, R. & Flor, H. (2012). Enhanced stress analgesia to a cognitively demanding task in patients with posttraumatic stress disorder. Journal of Affective Disorders, 136, 1247-1251.

Diener, C., Kuehner, C., Brusniak, W., Ubl, B., Wessa, M. & Flor, H. (2012). A meta-analysis of neurofunctional imaging studies of emotion and cognition in major depression. Neuroimage, 61, 677-85.

Gamer, M. & Berti, S. (2012). P300 amplitudes in the Concealed Information Test are less affected by depth of processing than electrodermal responses. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 6, 308. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2012.00308

Kanske, P. Heissler, J., Schönfelder, S. & Wessa, M. (2012). Neural correlates of emotion regulation deficits in remitted depression: The influence of regulation strategy, habitual regulation use, and emotional valence. Neuroimage, 61, 686-93.

King, A. V., Linke, J., Gass, A., Hennerici, M. G., Tost, H., Poupon, C. & Wessa, M. (2012). Microstructure of a three-way anatomical network predicts individual differences in response inhibition: A tractography study. Neuroimage, 59, 1949-1959.

Linke, J., King, A.V., Rietschel, M., Strohmaier, J., Hennerici, M.G., Gass, A., Meyer-Lindenberg, A. & Wessa, M. (2012). Increased medial orbitofrontal and amygdala activation: evidence for a systems-level endophenotype of bipolar I disorder. American Journal of Psychiatry, 169, 316-325.

Linke, J., Witt, S. H., King, A. V., Nieratschker, V., Poupon, C., Gass, A., Hennerici, M. G., Rietschel, M. & Wessa, M. (2012). Genome-wide supported risk variant for bipolar disorder alters anatomical connectivity in the human brain. Neuroimage, 59, 3288-3296.

Ridder, S., Treutlein, J., Nees, F., Lang, S., Diener, S., Wessa, M., Kroll, A., Pohlack, S., Cacciaglia, R., Gass, P., Schütz, G., Schumann, G. & Flor, H. (2012). Brain activation during fear conditioning in humans depends on genetic variations related to functioning of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis: first evidence from two independent subsamples. Psychological Medicine, 42, 2325–2335.


Berti, S. (2011). The attentional blink demonstrates automatic deviance processing in vision. NeuroReport, 22, 664-667.

Griebe, M., Förster, A., Wessa, M., Rossmanith, C., Bäzner, H., Sauer, T., Zohsel, K., Blahak, C. King, A.V., Linke, J., Hennerici, M.-G., Gass, A. & Szabo, K. (2011). Loss of callosalfibre integrity in healthy elderly with age-related white matter changes. Journal of Neurology, 258, 1451-1459.

Houenou, J., Frommberger, J., Carde, S., Glasbrenner, M., Diener, C., Leboyer, M. & Wessa, M. (2011). Neuroimaging-based markers of bipolar disorder: Evidence from two meta-analyses. Journal of Affective Disorders, 132, 344-355.

Kanske, P., Heissler, J., Schönfelder, S. & Wessa, M. (2011). How to regulate emotion? Neural networks for reappraisal and distraction. Cerebral Cortex, 21, 1379-1388.

Linke, J., Sönnekes, C. & Wessa, M. (2011). Sensitivity to positive and negative feedback in euthymic patients with bipolar I disorder: the last episode makes the difference. Bipolar Disorders, 13, 638-650.

Vederine, F., Wessa, M., Leboyer, M. & Houenou, J. (2011). A meta-analysis of whole-brain diffusion tensor imaging studies in bipolar disorder. Progress in Neuro-Psychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry, 35, 1820-1826.


Berti, S. (2010). Arbeitsgedächtnis: Vergangenheit, Gegenwart und Zukunft eines theoretischen Konstruktes. Psychologische Rundschau, 61, 3-9.

Diener, S.J., Flor, H. & Wessa, M. (2010). Learning and consolidation of verbal declarative memory in patients with posttraumatic stress disorder. Journal of Psychology, 218, 135-140.

Gamer, M. & Berti, S. (2010). Task relevance and recognition of concealed information have different influences on electrodermal activity and event-related brain potentials. Psychophysiology, 47, 355-364.

Hölig, C. & Berti, S. (2010). To switch or not to switch: Brain potential indices of attentional control after task-relevant and task-irrelevant changes of stimulus features. Brain Research, 1345, 164-175.

Linke, J., Kirsch, P., King, A.V., Gass, A., Hennerici, M.G., Bongers, A. & Wessa, M. (2010). Motivational orientation modulates the neural response to reward. Neuroimage, 49, 2618-2625.

Müller J., Wessa, M., Rabe, S., Dörfel, D., Knaevelsrud, C., Flor, H., Maercker, A., & Karl, A. (2010). Psychometric properties of the Posttraumatic Cognitions Inventory (PTCI) in a German sample of individuals with a history of trauma. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice and Policy, 2, 116-125.

Wessa, M., Linke, J., Witt, S., Nieratschker, V., Esslinger, C., Kirsch, P., Grimm, O., Hennerici, M.G., Gass, A., King, A.V. & Rietschel, M. (2010). The CACNA1C risk variant for bipolar disorder influences limbic activity. Molecular Psychiatry, 15, 1126-1127.

Yilmaz, P., Diers, M., Diener, S., Rance, M., Wessa, M. & Flor H. (2010). Brain correlates of stress-induced analgesia. Pain, 151, 522-529.


Berti, S. (2009). Position but not color deviants result in visual MMN in an active oddball task. NeuroReport, 20, 702-707.

Boll, S. & Berti, S. (2009). Distraction of task-relevant information processing by irrelevant changes in auditory, visual and bimodal stimulus features: a behavioral and event-related potential study. Psychophysiology, 46, 645-654.

Chanraud, S., Reynaud, M., Wessa, M., Cachia, A., Artiges, E., Delain, F., Perrin, M., Pentillä, J., Aubin, H.-J., Cointepas, Y., Martelli, C. & Martinot, J.-L. (2009). Diffusion tensor tractography in mesencephalic bundles: relation to executive dysfunction in detoxified alcohol-dependent subjects. Neuropsychopharmacology, 34, 1223-1232.

Lang, S., Kroll, A., Lipinski, S.J., Wessa, M., Ridder, S., Christmann, C., Schad, L.R. & Flor, H. (2009). Context conditioning and extinction in humans: Differential contribution of the hippocampus, amygdala and prefrontal cortex. European Journal of Neuroscience, 29, 823-332.

Penttilä, J. Cachia, A., Martinot, J.-L., Ringuenet, D., Wessa, M., Houenou, J., Galinowski, A., Bellivier, F., Gallarda, T., Leboyer, M., Olié, J.-F. & Paillère-Martinot, M.-L. (2009). Cortical folding difference between patients with early-onset and patients with intermediate-onset bipolar disorder. Bipolar Disorders, 11, 361-370.

Penttilä, J., Paillère-Martinot, M.-L., Martinot, J.-L., Ringuenet, D., Wessa, M., Houenou, J., Gallarda, T., Bellivier, F., Galinowski, A., Bruguière, P., Pinabel, F., Leboyer, M., Olié, J.P., Duchesnay, E., Artiges, E., Mangin, J.-F. & Cachia, A. (2009).Cortical folding in patients with unipolar or bipolar depression. Journal of Psychiatry and Neuroscience, 34, 127-135.

Roeber, U., Berti, S., Müller, D., Widmann, A. & Schröger, E. (2009). Disentangling effects of auditory distraction and of stimulus-response sequence. Psychophysiology, 46, 425-438.

Wessa, M., Houenou, J., Leboyer, M., Chanraud, S., Poupon, C., Martinot, J.-L. & Paillère-Martinot, M.-L. (2009). Microstructural white matter changes in euthymic bipolar patients: a whole-brain diffusion tensor imaging study. Bipolar Disorders, 11, 504-514.


Berthoz, S., Wessa, M., Kedia, G., Wicker, B. & Grèzes, J. (2008). Cross-cultural validation of the empathy quotient in a French-speaking sample. The Canadian Journal of Psychiatry, 53, 469-477.

Berti, S. (2008). Object switching within working memory is reflected in the human event-related brain potential. Neuroscience Letters, 434, 200-205.

Berti, S. (2008). Cognitive control after distraction: event-related brain potentials (ERPs) dissociate between different processes of attentional allocation. Psychophysiology, 45, 608-620.

Kédia, G., Berthoz, S., Wessa, M., Hilton, D. & Martinot, J.-L. (2008). An agent harms a victim: an fMRI study on distinct moral emotions. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 20, 1788-1798.

Horvath, J., Maess, B., Berti, S., & Schröger, E. (2008). Primary motor area contribution to attentional reorienting following distraction. NeuroReport, 19, 443-446.


Houenou, J.*, Wessa, M.*, Douaud, G., Leboyer, M., Chanraud, S., Perrin, M., Martinot, J.-L. & Paillère-Martinot, M.-L. (2007). Increased white matter connectivity in euthymic bipolar patients: Diffusion tensor tractography between the subgenual cingulate and the amygdalo-hippocampal complex. Molecular Psychiatry, 12, 1001-1010. *joint first authors

Jankowiak, S. & Berti, S. (2007). Behavioral and event-related potential distraction effects with regularly occurring auditory deviants. Psychophysiology, 44, 79-85.

Wessa, M. & Flor, H. (2007).Failure of Extinction of Fear Responses in Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: Evidence From Second-Order Conditioning. American Journal of Psychiatry, 164, 1684-1692.

Wessa, M., Houenou, J., Paillère, M. L., Berthoz, S., Artiges, E., Leboyer, M. & Martinot, J.L. (2007). Fronto-striatal overactivation in euthymic bipolar patients during an emotional go/nogo task. American Journal of Psychiatry, 164, 638-646.


Berti, S., Münzer, S., Schröger, E. & Pechmann, T. (2006). Different interference effects in musicians and a control group. Experimental Psychology, 53, 111-116.

Berti, S. & Schröger, E. (2006). Visual Distraction: a behavioral and event-related brain potential study in humans. NeuroReport, 17, 151-156.

Griesel, D., Wessa, M. & Flor, H. (2006). Psychometric qualities of a German translated Posttraumatic Diagnostic Scale (PTDS). Psychological Assessment, 18, 262-268.

Jatzko, A., Rothenhöfer, S., Schmitt, A., Gaser, C., Demiracka, T., Weber-Fahr, W., Wessa, M., Magnotta, V. & Braus, D.F. (2006). Hippocampal volume in chronic posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD): MRI study using two different evaluation methods. Journal of Affective Disorders, 94, 121-126.

Munka, L. & Berti, S. (2006). Examining task-dependencies of different attentional processes as reflected in the P3a and reorienting negativity component of the human event-related brain potential. Neuroscience Letters, 396, 177-181.

Wessa, M., Jatzko, A., & Flor, H. (2006). Retrieval and emotional processing of traumatic memories in posttraumatic stress disorder: peripheral and central correlates. Neuropsychologia, 44, 1683-1696.

Wessa, M., Rohleder, N., Kirschbaum, C. & Flor, H. (2006) Altered cortisol awakening response in posttraumatic stress disorder. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 31, 209–215.

Wetzel, N., Widmann, A., Berti, S., & Schröger, E. (2006). The development of involuntary and voluntary attention from childhood to adulthood: a combined behavioral and event-related potential study. Clinical Neurophysiology, 117, 2191-2203.


Lachmann, T., Berti, S., Kujala, T. & Schröger, E. (2005). Diagnostic subgroups of developmental dyslexia have different deficits in neural processing of tones and phonemes. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 56, 105-120.

Raabe, A., Grüsser, S.M., Wessa, M., Podschus, J. & Flor, H. (2005). The Assessment of Craving: Psychometric Properties, Factor Structure and a Revised Version of the Alcohol Craving Questionnaire (ACQ). Addiction, 100, 227-34.

Roeber, U., Berti, S., Widmann, A. & Schröger, E. (2005). Response repetition vs. alternation modulates behavioral and electrophysiological effects of distraction. Cognitive Brain Research, 22, 451-456.

Wessa, M., Karl, A., & Flor, H. (2005). Central and peripheral psychophysiological responses to trauma-related cues in subclinical posttraumatic stress disorder: a pilot study. Experimental Brain Research, 167, 56-65.


Berti, S. & Schröger, E. (2004). Distraction effects in vision: behavioral and event-related potential indices. NeuroReport, 15, 665-669.

Berti, S., Roeber, U. & Schröger, E. (2004). Bottom-up influences on working memory: behavioral and electrophysiological distraction varies with distractor strength. Experimental Psychology, 51, 249-257.

Wetzel, N., Berti, S., Widmann, A. & Schröger, E. (2004). Distraction and reorientation in children: a behavioral and ERP-study. NeuroReport, 15, 1355-1358.


Berti, S. & Schröger, E. (2003). Die Bedeutung sensorischer Verarbeitung und Aufmerksamkeitssteuerung für Arbeitsgedächtnisfunktionen. Zeitschrift für Psychologie, 211, 193-201.

Berti, S. & Schröger, E. (2003). Working memory controls involuntary attention switching: evidence from an auditory distraction paradigm. European Journal of Neuroscience, 17, 1119-1122.

Roeber, U., Berti, S. & Schröger, E. (2003). Auditory distraction with different presentation rates: An event-related potential and behavioral study. Clinical Neurophysiology, 114, 341-349.


Grüsser, S.M., Heinz, A., Raabe, A., Wessa, M., Podschus, J. & Flor, H. (2002). Stimulus-induced craving and startle potentiation in abstinent alcoholics and controls. European Psychiatry, 17, 1-6.

Münzer, S., Berti, S. & Pechmann, T. (2002). Encoding of timbre, speech, and tones: Musicians vs. non-musicians. Psychologische Beiträge, 44, 187-202.


Berti, S. & Schröger, E. (2001). A comparison of auditory and visual distraction: behavioral and event-related indices. Cognitive Brain Research, 10, 265-273.


Berti, S., Schröger, E., & Mecklinger, A. (2000). Attentive and preattentive periodicity analysis in the auditory system: an event-related potential study. NeuroReport, 11, 1883-1887.

Berti, S., Geißler, H.-G., Lachmann, T., & Mecklinger, A. (2000). Event-related potentials dissociate visual memory processes under categorial and identical comparison conditions. Cognitive Brain Research, 9, 147-155.


Peer-Reviewed Reviews


Houenou, J., d'Albis, M.A., Vederine, F.E., Henry, C., Leboyer, M. & Wessa, M. (2012). Neuroimaging biomarkers in bipolar disorder. Frontiers in Bioscience, E4, 593-606.

Wessa, M. & Linke, J. (2009). Emotional processing in bipolar disorder: Behavioural and neuroimaging findings. International Review of Psychiatry, 21, 357–367.

Wessa, M. & Rohleder, N. (2007). Endocrine and inflammatory alterations in posttraumatic stress disorder. Expert Review of Endocrinology and Metabolism, Vol 2, No 1, 91-122.

Wessa, M. & Flor, H. (2002). Posttraumatische Belastungsstörung und Traumagedächtnis – eine psychobiologische Perspektive. [Posttraumatic stress disorder and trauma memory – a psychobiological perspective]. Zeitschrift für Psychosomatische Medizin und Psychotherapie, 48, 28-37.


Book Chapters


Corvin, A., Buchanan, R.W., Carpenter, Jr., W.T., Kennedy, J.L., Keshavan, M.S., MacDonald III, A.W., Sass, L. & Wessa, M. (2013). Which Aspects of Heterogeneity Are Useful to Translational Success? (pp. 77-83). In: S.M. Silverstein, B. Moghaddam &T. Wykes (Eds.): Schizophrenia: Evolution and Synthesis. The MIT Press.

Berthoz, S., Pouga, L. & Wessa, M. (2011). Alexithymia from the Social Neuroscience Perspective (pp. 906- 934). In: J. Decety & J. Cacioppo (Eds.): The Handbook of Social Neuroscience. Oxford University Press.

Wessa, M. & Houenou, J. (2009). Imagerie cérébrale dans le trouble bipolaire [Neuroimaging in bipolar disorders]. In: M. Leboyer (Ed.). Troubles Bipolaires, de la recherche à la pratique. Issy les Moulineaux: Elsevier Masson

Wessa, M. & Flor, H. (2006). Psychobiologische Perspektiven und Therapiekonsequenzen (pp. 18-24). In: A. Maercker & R. Rosner (Hrsg.), Psychotherapie der Posttraumatischen Belastungsstörung: Krankheitsmodelle, und Therapiepraxis – störungsspezifisch und schulenübergreifend. Stuttgart: Thieme Verlag.

Flor, H. & Wessa, M. (2001). Kortikale und subkortikale Plastizität, Lernprozesse und ihre Bedeutung für das Verständnis psychosomatischer Erkrankungen (pp. 161-168). In: H.-C. Deter (Hrsg.). Psychosomatik am Beginn des 21. Jahrhunderts. Bern: Hans Huber.

Berti, S. (2009). Hören – Behalten – Reden: Über kognitionspsychologische Grundlagen flexiblen Verhaltens. In: Ahrens, B., Creny, L., Krein-Kühle, M. & Schreiber, M. (Hrsg.). Translationswissenschaftliches Kolloquium I = Publikationen des Fachbereichs Angewandte Sprach- und Kulturwissenschaft der Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz, Reihe A – Abhandlungen und Sammelbände, Bd. 50, S. 295-314, Frankfurt: Peter Lang Verlag.

Berti, S., Roeber, U., & Schröger, E. (2000). Periodicity analysis in the auditory system: an event-related potential study. In: Schick, A., Meis, M. & Reckhardt, C. (Hrsg.). Contributions to Psychological Acoustics. Results of the Eight Oldenburg Symposium on Psychological Acoustics, S. 243-250, Bibliotheks- und Informationssystem der Universität Oldenburg, Oldenburg.

Schröger, E. & Berti, S. (2000). Distracting working memory by automatic deviance-detection in audition and vision. In: Schröger, E., Mecklinger, A. & Friederici, A.D. (Hrsg.). Working on Working Memory: Workshop at the Center for Cognitive Sciences of the University of Leipzig. Leipzig Series in Cognitive Sciences 1, S. 1-21, Leipzig University Press, Leipzig.



Keshavarz, B., Campos, J. L., & Berti, S. (2019). Visually induced motion sensations: Preface to a special issue. Displays, 58, 1-2. doi: 10.1016/j.displa.2019.04.003

Flor, H. & Wessa, M. Memory and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. A Matter of Context? Zeitschrift für Psychologie / Journal of Psychology (2010), Vol 218(2):61-63.