G. Elliott Wimmer

Wellcome Trust Centre for NeuroImaging

Max Planck UCL Centre for Computational Psychiatry and Ageing

10-12 Russell Square

London, WC1B 5EH

e.wimmer (at) ucl.ac.uk

CV (pdf)

Positions and degrees

  • Research Associate, 2017-present, Max Planck UCL Centre for Computational Psychiatry and Ageing, University College London

  • Post-doctoral researcher, 2016-2017, Department of Psychology, Stanford University
  • Post-doctoral researcher, 2013-2015, Department of Systems Neuroscience, University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf

  • Ph.D., 2012, Psychology, Columbia University

  • B.A., 2005, Cognitive Science, University of California, Berkeley

  • Brief

    - From my work on the effect of spacing on reward-based learning with Russ Poldrack funded by the DFG, we have a new preprint - now with fMRI data - on bioRxiv.  Spaced training establishes longer-lasting value associations, while typical "massed" single-session learning is related to working memory capacity.

    - We have a paper in the Journal of Neuroscience on how single episodes of reward experience are represented in the brain and how they can affect later decision making: Wimmer & Büchel, 2016.


    - My research is focused on the cognitive and neural systems underlying learning and decision making. I am supported by the German research foundation (DFG) to investigate the influence of temporal spacing on the cognitive and neural systems supporting feedback learning.

    - Currently, my fellowship is based with Prof. Ray Dolan at the Max Planck UCL Centre for Computational Psychiatry and Ageing. Previously, my fellowship was based with Prof. Russ Poldrack at Stanford University.

    - Previously, I was a post-doctoral researcher with Prof. Christian Büchel at the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf in Hamburg, Germany.                                                        

    - My doctoral research was conducted in the Psychology Department of Columbia University with Prof. Daphna Shohamy.

    Prior to my Ph.D., I was the lab coordinator for Brian Knutson's SPAN lab at Stanford.

    Recent publications

    Wimmer, G.E., Büchel, C. (2016). Reactivation of reward-related patterns from single past episodes supports memory-based decision making. Journal of Neuroscience, 36(10): 2868-2880.

    Wimmer, G.E., Braun, E.K., Daw, N.D., Shohamy, D. (2014). Episodic memory encoding interferes with reward learning and decreases striatal prediction errors. Journal of Neuroscience, 34(45): 14901-14912.

    Gerraty, R.T.*, Davidow, J.Y.*, Wimmer, G.E., Kahn, I., Shohamy, D. (2014). Transfer of learning relates to intrinsic connectivity between the hippocampus, ventromedial prefrontal cortex, and large-scale networks. Journal of Neuroscience, 4(34): 11297-11303.

    Wimmer, G.E., Shohamy, D. (2012). Preference by association: How memory mechanisms in the hippocampus bias decisions. Science, 338: 270-273.