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Adam C. Snyder, Ph.D.

Contact Information

Phone Numbers

Office: (585) 275-8453

Research Labs

Faculty Appointments

  • Assistant Professor - Department of Center for Visual Science A&S (RC) - Joint
  • Assistant Professor - Department of Neuroscience (SMD) - Joint



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.



BA | New York University

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

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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Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Research Fellowship Award

NARSAD Young Investigator Award

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

Ripple Promising Investigator Research Award

Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition Outstanding Paper Award

Neural Coding, Computation and Dynamics (NCCD) Travel Award

2014 - 2015
NIH NRSA Individual Postdoctoral (F32) Fellowship

COSYNE Travel Award

SfN Postdoctoral Fellow Travel Award

2012 - 2013
NIH NRSA Institutional Postdoctoral (T32) Fellowship

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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Journal Articles

Cowley BR, Snyder AC, Acar K, Williamson RC, Yu BM, Smith MA. "Slow Drift of Neural Activity as a Signature of Impulsivity in Macaque Visual and Prefrontal Cortex." Neuron.. 2020 Aug 12; Epub 2020 Aug 12.

Khanna SB, Snyder AC, Smith MA. "Distinct Sources of Variability Affect Eye Movement Preparation." The Journal of neuroscience : the official journal of the Society for Neuroscience.. 2019 Jun 5; 39(23):4511-4526. Epub 2019 Mar 26.

Snyder AC, Yu BM, Smith MA. "Distinct population codes for attention in the absence and presence of visual stimulation." Nature communications.. 2018 Oct 22; 9(1):4382. Epub 2018 Oct 22.