Prof. Dr. Erik Malte Müller

Erik Malte Müller

Leiter, Universitätsprofessor


+49 6421 28-23659 erik.mueller@staff 1 Gutenbergstraße 18
35032 Marburg
G|01 Institutsgebäude (Raum: 02004 bzw. +2004)


Philipps-Universität Marburg Psychologie (Fb04) AG Persönlichkeit und Diagnostik Differentielle Psychologie

Sprecher Graduiertenkolleg 2271 "Breaking Expectations"

Sekretariat: Elaine Gurich-Hahn

Sprechstunde: Dienstags 11:30-12:30

Twitter: @mellr_erek


  • Neurobiologische Grundlagen von Neurotizismus und Ängstlichkeit
  • Entwicklung eines hinreichend falsifizierbaren Modells zu biopsychologischen Grundlagen von Neurotizismus
  • Intraindividuelle Regulationsprozesse (insb. Hirn-Herz-Kopplung)
  • Interindividuelle Unterschiede in Erwartungen und im Umgang mit Erwartungsverletzungen
  • Handlungsüberwachung und Persönlichkeit
  • Furchtkonditionierung, -konsolidierung und -extinktion
  • Persönlichkeit und Erleben und Verhalten im Schlafzustand/Traum
  • Replikations- und Theoriekrise der Psychologie


Habilitation (venia legendi for Psychology), Justus-Liebig Universität Gießen (Gießen, Germany), Department of Psychology

Dr. rer. nat (summa cum laude), Philipps-Universität Marburg (Marburg, Germany), Department of Psychology

Diplom, Philipps-Universität Marburg and Pennsylvania State University (visiting graduate student; GPA: 4.0)

Vordiplom, Philipps-Universität Marburg, Department of Psychology


2014    Young Scientist Award of the German Society for Psychophysiology and its Application (DGPA, € 1.000)
2013    Young Scientist Award for a Distinguished Contribution in EEG Research 2013 (Brain Products, € 1.000)
2013    G.-A. Lienert Stipend (€ 3.200)
2012    Travel scholarship, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD, € 1.200)
2011    Poster award, Society for Psychophysiological Research ($ 300)
2010    Poster award, Society for Psychophysiological Research ($ 300)
2009    Research-Training Award, Society for Psychophysiological Research ($ 5.000)
2007    Outstanding Academic Achievement Award, Pennsylvania State University International Program
2006    Exceptional Academic Achievement Award, Pennsylvania State University International Program
2006    Full-tuition scholarship (two semesters), Pennsylvania State University
2006    One semester scholarship for studying abroad, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)


Paul, K., Short, C. A., Beauducel, A., Per Carsten H., Härpfer, K., Hennig, J., Hewig, J., Hilde-brandt, A., Kührt, C. Mueller, E.M., Osinsky, R. Porth, E., Riesel, A., Rodrigues, J., Scheffel, C., Stahl, J., Strobel, A., Wacker, J. (in press) The Methodology and Dataset of the CoScience EEG-Personality Project - A Large-Scale, Multi-Laboratory Project Grounded in Cooperative Forking Paths Analysis. Personality Science

Brandt, A., & Mueller, E. M. (2022). Negative affect related traits and the chasm between self-report and neuroscience. Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences, 43, 216-223.

Exner, A., Tapia León, I., Mueller, E.M., & Klucken, T., (2021). Cardiac responses in aver-sive and appetitive olfactory conditioning: evidence for a valence-independent CS-elicited bradycardia. Psychophysiology, 58, e13912.

Panitz, C., Endres, D. M., Buchholz, M., Khosrowtaj, Z., Sperl, M. F., Mueller, E. M., ... & Pinquart, M. (2021). A revised framework for the investigation of expectation update versus maintenance in the context of expectation violations: the ViolEx 2.0 model. Frontiers in psychology, 5237.

Rief, W., Nestoriuc, Y., Mueller, E. M., Hermann, C., Schmidt, K., & Bingel, U. (2021). Generic rating scale for previous treatment experiences, treatment expectations, and treatment effects (GEEE). PsychArchives.

Sperl, M. F., Wroblewski, A., Mueller, M., Straube, B., & Mueller, E. M. (2021) Learning dynamics of electrophysiological brain signals during human fear conditioning. NeuroImage, 226, 117569.

Schredl, M., Schramm, F., Valli, K., Mueller, E. M., & Sandman, N. (2021). Nightmare Dis-tress Questionnaire: Associated Factors. Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, 17, 61-67.

Panitz, C., Keil, A., & Mueller, E. M. (2019). Extinction-resistant attention to long-term conditioned threat is indexed by selective visuocortical alpha suppression in humans. Scientific reports, 9(1), 1-9.

Mueller, E. M., Sperl, M. J. F., & Panitz, C. (2019). Aversive imagery causes de novo fear conditioning, Psychological Science.

Petereit, P., Rinn, C., Stemmler, G., & Mueller, E.M. (2019). Oxytocin reduces the link between neural and affective responses after social exclusion, Biological Psychology, 145, 224-235.

Stolz, C., Endres, D., & Mueller, E.M. (2019). Threat-conditioned contexts modulate the late positive potential to faces – a mobile EEG/virtual reality study. Psychophysiology, 56, e13308

Sperl, M. F. J., Panitz, C., Rosso, I. M., Dillon, D. G., Kumar, P., Hermann, A., Whitton, A. E., Hermann, C., Pizzagalli, D. A., & Mueller, E. M. (2018). Fear extinction recall modulates human fronto-medial theta and amygdala activity. Cerebral Cortex, 29, 701-715.

Lueckel, M., Panitz, C., Nater, U. M., & Mueller, E. M. (2018). Reliability and robustness of feedback-evoked brain-heart coupling after placebo, dopamine, and noradrenaline challenge. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 132, 298-310.

Sperl, M. F., Panitz, C., Hermann, C., & Mueller, E. M. (2016). A pragmatic comparison of noise burst and electric shock unconditioned stimuli for fear conditioning research with many trials. Psychophysiology, 53(9), 1352-1365.

Klucken, T., Kruse, O., Schweckendiek, J., Kuepper, Y., Mueller, E. M., Hennig, J., & Stark, R. (2016). No evidence for blocking the return of fear by disrupting reconsolidation prior to extinction learning. Cortex, 79, 112-122.

Mueller, E. M., & Pizzagalli, D. A. (2016). One-year-old fear memories rapidly activate human fusiform gyrus. Social cognitive and affective neuroscience, 11(2), 308-316.

Munk, A. J., Wielpuetz, C., Osinsky, R., Mueller, E. M., Grant, P., & Hennig, J. (2016). Specific Reaction Patterns to Distinct Positive Emotional Cues Related to Incentive Motivation in Dependence of the Taq1A-Polymorphism: Molecular Genetic Associations of Early and Late Event-Related Potentials. Neuropsychobiology, 73(1), 23-34.

Panitz, C., Hermann, C., & Mueller, E. M. (2015). Conditioned and extinguished fear modulate functional corticocardiac coupling in humans. Psychophysiology, 52(10), 1351-1360.

Auerbach, R. P., Stewart, J. G., Stanton, C. H., Mueller, E. M., & Pizzagalli, D. A. (2015). Emotion processing biases and resting EEG activity in depressed adolescents. Depression and anxiety, 32(9), 693.

Mueller, E.M., Panitz, C., Pizzagalli, D., Hermann, C., & Wacker, J. (2015). Midline theta dissociates agentic extraversion and anhedonic depression. Personality and Individual Differences, 79, 172-177.

Mueller, E.M., Pechtel, P., Cohen, A.L., Douglas, S.R., & Pizzagalli, D. (2015). Potentiated processing of negative feedback in depression is attenuated by anhedonia. Depression and Anxiety, 32, 296-305.

Mueller, E.M., Burgdorf, C., Chavanon, M.-L., Schweiger, D., Wacker, J., & Stemmler, G. (2014). Dopamine blockade eliminates differences in failure processing between agentic introverts and extraverts in an incentive context. Cognitive Affective and Behavioral Neuroscience, 14, 756-768.

Mueller, E.M., Burgdorf, C., Chavanon, M.-L., Schweiger, D., Hennig, J., Wacker, J., Stemmler, G. (2014). The COMT Val158Met polymorphism regulates the effect of a dopamine antagonist on the feedback-related negativity. Psychophysiology, 51. 805-809.

Mueller, E.M., Panitz, C., Hermann, C., Pizzagalli, D.A., (2014). Prefrontal Oscillations during Recall of Conditioned and Extinguished Fear in Humans. Journal of Neuroscience, 34, 7059-7066

Mueller, E.M., Panitz, C., Nestoriuc, Y., Stemmler, G., & Wacker, J. (2014). Panic disorder and serotonin reuptake inhibitors predict coupling of cortical and cardiac activity. Neuropsychopharmacology, 39, 507-514.

Mueller, E.M., Stemmler, G., Hennig, J. & Wacker, J. (2013). 5-HTTLPR and anxiety modulate brain-heart covariation. Psychophysiology, 50, 441-453.

Panitz, C.P., Wacker, J., Stemmler, G. & Mueller, E.M. (2013). Brain-heart coupling at the P300 latency is linked to anterior cingulate cortex and insula - a cardio-electroencephalographic covariance tracing study. Biological Psychology, 94, 185-191.

Wacker, J., Mueller, E. M., Pizzagalli, D. A. Hennig, J., Stemmler, G. (2013). Dopamine D2 receptor blockade reverses the association between trait BAS and frontal asymmetry in an approach motivational context. Psychological Science, 24, 489-497.

Wacker, J., Mueller, E., Stemmler, G. (2013). Prenatal testosterone and personality: Increasing the specificity of trait assessment to detect consistent associations with digit ratio (2D:4D). Journal of Research in Personality, 47, 171-177.

Mueller, E.M., Evers, E.A., Wacker, J., & van der Veen, F. (2012). Acute tryptophan depletion attenuates brain-heart coupling following external feedback. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 6, 77.

Seemüller, A., Mueller, E. M., & Rösler, F. (2012). EEG-power and -coherence changes in a unimodal and a crossmodal working memory task with visual and kinesthetic stimuli. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 83, 87-95.

Wacker, J., Mueller, E. M., Hennig, J., & Stemmler, G. (2012). How to consistently link extraversion and intelligence to the Catechol-O-Methyltransferase (COMT) Gene: On defining and measuring psychological phenotypes in neurogenetic research. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 102, 427-444.

Mueller, E.M., Makeig, S., Stemmler, G., Hennig, J.,& Wacker, J. (2011). Dopamine effects on human error processing depend on COMT VAL158MET genotype. Journal of Neuroscience, 31, 15818-15825.

Mueller, E. M., Hofmann, S.G., & Cherry, J. (2010). The type IV phosphodiesterase inhibitor rolipram disturbs expression and extinction of conditioned fear in mice. Neuropharmacology, 59,  1 – 8.

Mueller, E. M., Nguyen, J., Ray, W., & Borkovec, T. D. (2010). Future oriented decision-making in Generalized Anxiety Disorder is evident across different versions of the Iowa Gambling Task. Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, 41, 165-171.

Mueller, E. M., Stemmler, G., & Wacker, J. (2010). Single-trial EEG predicts cardiac acceleration: A time-lagged P-correlation approach for studying neurovisceral connectivity. Neuroscience, 166, 491-500.

Mueller, E. M., Hofmann, S. G., Santesso, D. L., Meuret, A. E., Bitran, S., & Pizzagalli, D. A. (2009). Electrophysiological evidence of attentional biases in social anxiety disorder. Psychological Medicine, 39, 1141-1152.

Santesso, D. L., Meuret, A. E., Hofmann, S. G., Mueller, E. M., Ratner, K. G., Roesch, E. B., & Pizzagalli, D.A. (2008). Electrophysiological correlates of spatial orienting towards angry faces: A source localization study. Neuropsychologia, 46, 1338-1348.

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