Markus Handal Sneve

Senior Engineer - Stab - LCBC
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Phone +47 22845216
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Room A04.009
Visiting address Forskningsveien 3A Department of Psychology 0373 OSLO
Other affiliations Department of Psychology

Academic Interests

Low level memory mechanisms in vision:

Early visual areas are sensitive to differences in basic stimulus features such as orientation, size (spatial frequency), and motion; so-called low-level features. The low-level feature coding neurons are highly active during the analysis of incoming perceptual information, and normally, when the stimulus disappears, their activity goes back to a pre-stimulus level. In a visual working memory task, however, the information about the low-level features of the stimulus to be remembered is probably retained and retrieved through activity in some of the areas of their encoding. Thus, under certain task-related demands the sensory role of the visual system can be utilized by and extended into other, often characterized as higher-level, cognitive domains. Using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) in combination with psychophysical paradigms, I investigate how the early visual system in the human cortex is recruited during memory for low-level visual features.

Neural mechanisms of filling-in:

Some regions of the visual field are blind as a consequence of the normal organization of the visual system, e.g. the blind spot which is caused by the lack of photoreceptors at the point where the optic nerve leaves the retina. Such constantly blind regions of the visual field are normally not noticed because of filling-in processes; one perceive the brightness, color, and texture of the adjacent areas as if they were genuine visual inputs to the blind area. Again, using a combination of fMRI and psychophysics, I try to elucidate the mechanisms behind such filling-in processes.


Higher education and employment history

Higher education

  • 2006-2008: Neuro-Cognitive Psychology, Master's Program. Ludwig-Maximilians University, Munich, Germany

  • 2003-2005: Clinical Psychology, University of Oslo, Norway

Employment history

  • 2009 - Present: PhD research fellow - Center for the Study of Human Cognition

  • 2006 - 2009: E-Prime lecturer and consultant - at Sneve's Prime Time Services

  • 2004 - 2009: Research assistant to Professor Svein Magnussen and Associate Professor Tor Endestad

  • 2008: Research assistant to Professor Bruno Laeng and Dr. Thomas Espeseth


  • Mark W. Greenlee, University of Regensburg, Germany

  • Gianluca Campana, University of Padova, Italy

  • Lothar Spillmann, University of Freiburg, Germany

  • John S. Werner, University of California, Davis, USA

Tags: Cognitive psychology, Neuropsychology, Neuroscience


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  • Sneve, Markus Handal (2021). fMRI ved LCBC, en oversikt.
  • Sneve, Markus Handal (2021). Hvorfor glemmer vi.
  • Sneve, Markus Handal (2021). fMRI som verktøy i pre-operativ kartlegging. En case-study.
  • Storsve, Andreas Berg; Walhovd, Kristine B; Sneve, Markus Handal; Tamnes, Christian Krog; Krogsrud, Stine Kleppe & Fjell, Anders Martin (2013). Hukommelse gjennom livet - Nevrovitenskapelige perspektiver.
  • Espeseth, Thomas; van de Pavert, Steven; Jynge, Slije; Sneve, Markus Handal & Laeng, Bruno (2010). The pupil dilates as a function of attentional effort in multiple object tracking.
  • Sneve, Markus Handal; Alnæs, Dag; Endestad, Tor; Greenlee, Mark W. & Magnussen, Svein (2010). Retrieval-related activity in early visual areas. Perception. ISSN 0301-0066. 39, p. 38–38.
  • Alnæs, Dag; Endestad, Tor; Magnussen, Svein; Sneve, Markus Handal; Spillmann, Lothar & Werner, John S. (2010). Perceptual filling-in of the blind spot: an fMRI study. Perception. ISSN 0301-0066. 39, p. 175–175.
  • Sneve, Markus Handal; Magnussen, Svein; Endestad, Tor & Greenlee, Mark W. (2009). Memory modulation of area V1. Perception. ISSN 0301-0066. 38, p. 178–178.
  • Emaus, Nina; Omsland, Tone Kristin; Ahmed, Luai Awad; Grimnes, Guri; Sneve, Markus Handal & Berntsen, Gro (2009). BONE MINERAL DENSITY AND PREVALENCE OF OSTEOPOROSIS AT THE HIP IN WOMEN AND MEN AGED 30-85 YEARS - THE TROMSO STUDY. Osteoporosis International. ISSN 0937-941X. 20, p. 64–65.

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Published Oct. 1, 2010 6:02 PM - Last modified Nov. 4, 2016 1:45 PM