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Adam C. Snyder, Ph.D.

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Office: (585) 275-8453

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Biography

Research

Our lab is focused on understanding the neural mechanisms of Attention Dynamics And Memory Systems. One essential challenge faced by the brain is a fundamental limitation on the amount of information that can be accessed, processed, stored or recalled from moment to moment. To address this challenge, humans and animals have evolved abilities to prioritize which pieces of information are processed based on context and goals. Disruptions of this crucial ability are implicated in nearly every neurological disease and disorder; frankly, everybody often wishes for an improved ability to handle the information needed to successfully navigate our complex daily lives.

We use electrophysiological methods (EEG, neural population recordings, electrical stimulation) and computational models to investigate the mechanisms of attention and memory and potential avenues for intervention. We employ approaches that measure neural activity across a wide range of scales, from the micrometer scale (neuronal population recordings) to the centimeter scale (scalp-recorded EEG).

Understanding how the brain operates across these scales simultaneously is a central challenge of contemporary neuroscience. Therefore, another pillar of our research program is to improve our basic understanding of how EEG signals and population spiking activity are related to each other. This is important not only for understanding attention and memory (in which disparate brain areas interact to control the information processing of small populations of neurons), but also for understanding other cognitive functions involving interactions across scales, such as learning, language, and decision-making.

Credentials

Education

2006
BA | New York University
Languages/Linguistics

2011
PhD | City University of NY, Graduate School & University Center
Neuroscience

Post-doctoral Training & Residency

2015 - 2018
Postdoctoral Fellow Advisor: Byron M. Yu, Ph.D. Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA

2012 - 2015
Postdoctoral Fellow Advisor: Matthew A. Smith, Ph.D. University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA

2011 - 2012
Postdoctoral Fellow Advisor: Sophie Molholm, Ph.D. Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Pittsburgh, PA

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Awards

2020
Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Research Fellowship Award

2019
NARSAD Young Investigator Award

2015 - Present
NIH Pathway to Independence (K99/R00) Award

2015
Ripple Promising Investigator Research Award

2015
Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition Outstanding Paper Award

2015
Neural Coding, Computation and Dynamics (NCCD) Travel Award

2014 - 2015
NIH NRSA Individual Postdoctoral (F32) Fellowship

2014
COSYNE Travel Award

2013
SfN Postdoctoral Fellow Travel Award

2012 - 2013
NIH NRSA Institutional Postdoctoral (T32) Fellowship

2011
NIH National Graduate Student Conference Travel Fellowship

2010 - 2011
NIH NRSA Individual Predoctoral (F31) Fellowship

2007 - 2011
CUNY Science Research Fellowship

2002 - 2006
NYU Presidential Honors Scholarship

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Publications

Journal Articles

5/19/2022
Johnston R, Snyder AC, Schibler RS, Smith MA. "EEG signals index a global signature of arousal embedded in neuronal population recordings." eNeuro.. 2022 May 19; Epub 2022 May 19.

12/29/2021
Johnston R, Snyder AC, Khanna SB, Issar D, Smith MA. "The Eyes Reflect an Internal Cognitive State Hidden in the Population Activity of Cortical Neurons." Cerebral cortex.. 2021 Dec 29; Epub 2021 Dec 29.

9/27/2021
Snyder AC, Yu BM, Smith MA. "A stable population code for attention in prefrontal cortex leads a dynamic attention code in visual cortex." The Journal of neuroscience : the official journal of the Society for Neuroscience.. 2021 Sep 27; Epub 2021 Sep 27.

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