Otto-von-Guericke-Universität Magdeburg

University Department of Neurology
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Experimental Neurology


Prof. Dr. med. Mircea Ariel Schoenfeld


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Dr. rer. nat. Christian Merkel
Dipl.-Inf. Kristian Löwe
Dr. Sarah Donohue
Dr. Joseph Harris
M.Sc. Judith Wesenberg
Cand. med. Robert Steinbach



Our work focuses on two research topics. The first topic concerns basic research in the visual system in which we characterize the neural mechanisms underlying human perception. We investigate perceptual and cognitive processes in different sensory systems (Figure 1) with a focus on visual attention and the processing of visual motion.

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Selected References

Barleben M, Stoppel CM, Kaufmann J, Merkel C, Wecke T, Goertler M, Heinze HJ, Hopf JM, Schoenfeld MA. Neural correlates of visual motion processing without awareness in patients with striate cortex and pulvinar lesions. Hum Brain Mapp. 2015 Apr;36(4):1585-94. doi: 10.1002/hbm.22725. Epub 2014 Dec 19.

Becke A, Müller N, Vellage A, Schoenfeld MA, Hopf JM. Neural sources of visual working memory maintenance in human parietal and ventral extrastriate visual cortex. Neuroimage. 2015 Apr 15;110:78-86. doi: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2015.01.059. Epub 2015 Feb 7.

Dettmers C, Nedelko V, Schoenfeld MA. Impact of left versus right hemisphere subcortical stroke on the neural processing of action observation and imagery. Restor Neurol Neurosci. 2015 Apr 2.

Merkel C, Stoppel CM, Hillyard SA, Heinze HJ, Hopf JM, Schoenfeld MA. Spatio-temporal patterns of brain activity distinguish strategies of multiple-object tracking. J Cogn Neurosci. 2014 Jan;26(1):28-40.

Schoenfeld MA, Hopf JM, Merkel C, Heinze HJ, Hillyard SA. Object-based attention involves the sequential activation of feature-specifi c cortical modules. Nat Neurosci. 2014 Feb 23 Apr;17(4):619-24.

Claros-Salinas D, Greitemann G, Hassa T, Nedelko V, Steppacher I, Harris JA, Schoenfeld MA. Neural correlates of traininginduced improvements of calculation skills in patients with brain lesions. Restor Neurol Neurosci. 2014 Jan 1;32(4):463-72.

Stoppel CM, Vielhaber S, Eckart C, Machts J, Kaufmann J, Heinze HJ, Kollewe K, Petri S, Dengler R, Hopf JM, Schoenfeld MA. Structural and functional hallmarks of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis progression in motor- and memory-related brain regions. Neuroimage Clin. 2014 Jul 22;5:277-90

Liepert J, Heller A, Behnisch G, Schoenfeld A. Catechol-O-methyltransferase polymorphism influences outcome after ischemic stroke: a prospective double-blind study. Neurorehabil Neural Repair. 2013 Jul-Aug;27(6):491-6.

Doñamayor N, Schoenfeld MA, Münte TF. Magneto- and electroencephalographic manifestations of reward anticipation and delivery. Neuroimage. 2012 Aug 1;62(1):17-29. doi: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2012.04.038. Epub 2012 Apr 26.

Stoppel CM, Boehler CN, Strumpf H, Krebs RM, Heinze HJ, Hopf JM, Schoenfeld MA. Distinct Representations of Attentional Control During Voluntary and Stimulus-Driven Shifts Across Objects and Locations. Cereb Cortex. 2012 May 15.

Stoppel CM, Boehler CN, Strumpf H, Krebs RM, Heinze HJ, Hopf JM, Schoenfeld MA. Spatiotemporal dynamics of feature-based attention spread: evidence from combined electroencephalographic and magnetoencephalographic recordings. J Neurosci. 2012 Jul 11;32(28):9671-6.

Kau S, Strumpf H, Merkel C, Stoppel CM, Heinze HJ, Hopf JM, Schoenfeld MA. Distinct neural correlates of attending speed vs. coherence of motion. Neuroimage. 2012 Sep 4;64C:299-307. doi: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2012.08.080.

Stoppel CM, Boehler CN, Strumpf H, Heinze HJ, Noesselt T, Hopf JM, Schoenfeld MA. (2011) Feature-based attention modulates direction-selective hemodynamic activity within human MT. Human Brain Mapping (epub Feb 8)

Schoenfeld MA, Hassa T, Hopf JM, Eulitz C, Schmidt R (2011) Neural Correlates of Hysterical Blindness. Cereb Cortex 2011 Mar2 (Epub)

Krebs RM, Woldorff MG, Tempelmann C, Bodammer N, Noesselt T, Boehler CN, Scheich H, Hopf JM, Duzel E, Heinze HJ, Schoenfeld MA (2010) High-field FMRI reveals brain activation patterns underlying saccade execution in the human superior colliculus. PLoS One 5:e8691.

Schoenfeld MA, Hopf JM. (2010) The attentional selection in visual search within short-term memory representations. Front Neurosci doi:10.3389/neuro.01.005.2010

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