Encyclopedia of Personality and Individual Differences

Living Edition
| Editors: Virgil Zeigler-Hill, Todd K. Shackelford

Wacker, Jan

  • Jan WackerEmail author
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-28099-8_2067-1

Early Life and Educational Background

Wacker was born in 1977 in the town of Kronberg im Taunus near Frankfurt, Germany. After graduating from a Catholic school (St. Lioba-Schule, Bad Nauheim, Germany), he studied psychology at the University of Marburg, Germany, where he received his diploma (M.Sc. equivalent) in psychology in 2001 after visiting Richard Davidson’s Laboratory for Affective Neuroscience at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, for a research internship in 2000. He then opted for a career in academia rather than counseling and obtained his Ph.D. (Dr. rer. nat.) in 2005 from the University of Marburg under the supervision of Gerhard Stemmler.

Professional Career

Wacker worked as a postdoctoral researcher and lecturer in Gerhard Stemmler’s group at the University of Marburg in the years 2005 through 2013. In 2008 he spent a short-term research fellowship at Harvard University working with Diego Pizzagalli. Since 2013 Wacker holds a professorship at the University of...


Catholic School Stable Individual Difference Alpha Asymmetry Frontal Midline Reinforcement Sensitivity 
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Selected Bibliography

  1. Mueller, E. M., Stemmler, G., Hennig, J., & Wacker, J. (2013). 5-HTTLPR and anxiety modulate brain-heart coupling. Psychopyhsiology, 50, 441–453.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  2. Wacker, J., & Smillie, L. D. (2015). Trait extraversion and dopamine function. Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 9(6), 225–238.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  3. Wacker, J., Heldmann, M., & Stemmler, G. (2003). Separating emotion and motivational direction in fear and anger: Effects on frontal asymmetry. Emotion, 3, 167–193.CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar
  4. Wacker, J., Chavanon, M.-L., & Stemmler, G. (2006). Investigating the dopaminergic basis of extraversion in humans: A multilevel approach. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 91(1), 171–187.CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar
  5. Wacker, J., Dillon, D. G., & Pizzagalli, D. A. (2009). The role of the nucleus accumbens and rostral anterior cingulate cortex in anhedonia: Integration of resting EEG, fMRI, and volumetric techniques. NeuroImage, 46, 327–337.CrossRefPubMedPubMedCentralGoogle Scholar
  6. Wacker, J., Mueller, E. M., & Stemmler, G. (2013). Dopamine D2 receptor blockade reverses the associations between trait BAS and frontal asymmetry in an approach motivational context. Psychological Science, 24, 489–497.CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of HamburgHamburgGermany

Section editors and affiliations

  • Christopher Holden
    • 1
  1. 1.Oakland UniversityRochesterUSA