G. Elliott Wimmer

Department of Psychology

Stanford University

420 Jordan Hall

Stanford, CA 94305

gelliottwimmer at stanford dot edu

CV (pdf)

Positions and degrees

  • Post-doctoral researcher, 2016-present, Department of Psychology, Stanford University

  • Post-doctoral researcher, 2013-2015, Department of Systems Neuroscience, Hamburg

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

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

  • News

    - We have a new 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.

    - Aaron Bornstein and I organized a workshop at COSYNE in 2015 on "The role(s) of the hippocampus in decisions for reward," which the speakers and participants made a great success.


    - My research is focused on the cognitive and neural systems underlying learning and decision making.     

    - Currently, I am a post-doc with Prof. Russ Poldrack at Stanford University.

    I secured funding from the German research foundation (DFG) to investigate a project on the influence of temporal spacing on the cognitive and neural systems supporting feedback learning.

    - Recently, 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.

    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.

    Prior to my Ph.D. work at Columbia, I was the lab coordinator for
    Brian Knutson's SPAN lab at Stanford. As an undergraduate at UC Berkeley, I also assisted research in several labs in psychology and biological anthropology.