Keith Schneider, Professor

PhD, Brain and Cognitive Sciences, University of Rochester, 2002
MA, Brain and Cognitive Sciences, University of Rochester, 2000
MA, Astronomy, Boston University, 1996
BS, Physics, California Institute of Technology, 1994

Research Interests

My research interest is the relationship between the architecture of the human visual system and the functions of attention, perception and awareness, both in normal and clinical populations. I have been primarily studying the visual subcortex—the lateral geniculate nucleus and pulvinar in the thalamus and the superior colliculus—with retinotopic mapping, spatial and feature-based attention and binocular rivalry experiments. Multiple streams of information arise from distinct ganglion cell populations in the retina; the subcortical nuclei play central roles in the recurrent regulation of visual function, and here, like nowhere else in the brain, these visual streams are spatially disjoint and their activity can be measured with high-resolution functional magnetic resonance imaging. Abnormalities in these structures may be important in clinical disorders such as dyslexia, which we are studying.

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Irem Yildirim, Graduate Student

MA, Psychological Sciences, Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey, 2016
BSc, Psychology, Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey, 2013

Research Interests

binocular rivalry

Qianli Meng, Postdoc

PhD, Neurobiology, Institute of Biophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, Chine, 2012
BSc, Biology, Hebei Normal University, Shijiazhuang, Hebei, China, 2004

Research Interests

conscious and unconscious processing in the cortical and subcortical pathway with psychophysics and fMRI methods







Former students

Debra Soh. Author

Kevin DeSimone. PhD. Senior Data Scientist at Statespace

Larissa McKetton. PhD. Scientific Associate with Cogniciti Inc. at the Rotman Research Institute

Anahit Grigorian. MSc. Research Analyst at CAMH

Joseph Viviano. MSc. Applied Research Scientist at the Mila Quebec AI Institute

Mónica (Giraldo) Keith. PhD. Software Engineer at the Medical College of Wisconsin


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