Marco K. Wittmann

Honorary Fellow
Max Planck UCL Centre for Computational Psychiatry and Ageing Research

Curriculum Vitae

  • BSc and MSc in Psychology (German: "Diplom in Psychologie), 2011, Universities of Constance and Freiburg, Germany
  • MSc in Neuroscience, 2012, University of Oxford, UK
  • DPhil in Neuroscience, 2017, University of Oxford, UK
  • Since April 2024, MRC Career Development Fellow, Dept of Experimental Psychology, UCL

Research interests

Marco is an MRC Career Development Fellow at UCL's Department of Experimental Psychology. His research focuses on the cognitive and neural mechanisms of adaptive human behavior, particularly in social interactions. After completing his undergraduate degree in Germany and a Wellcome Trust-funded MSc and DPhil at Oxford, he conducted his postdoctoral work in Oxford and at UCL. Marco established his current group in 2024. He combines computational modelling, neuroimaging, and brain stimulation in his research. His goal is to characterize and causally understand the latent mechanisms and brain processes that enable navigation of complex social environments.

Selected publications

Wittmann, M. K., Fouragnan, E., Folloni, D., Klein-Flügge, M. C., Chau, B. K. H., Khamassi, M., & Rushworth, M. F. S. (2020, Jul 28). Global reward state affects learning and activity in raphe nucleus and anterior insula in monkeys. Nat Commun, 11(1), 3771.

Wittmann, M. K.*, Lockwood, P. L.*, & Rushworth, M. F. S. (2018, Jul 8). Neural Mechanisms of Social Cognition in Primates. Annu Rev Neurosci, 41, 99-118.

Wittmann, M. K.*, Trudel, N.*, Trier, H. A., Klein-Flügge, M. C., Sel, A., Verhagen, L., & Rushworth, M. F. S. (2021, 2021/07/21/). Causal manipulation of self-other mergence in the dorsomedial prefrontal cortex. Neuron, 109(14), 2353-2361.e2311.

* shared authorship

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