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David M Schnyer

Ph.D., University of Arizona

Associate Professor
David M Schnyer

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Biography

Much of human mental capacity is driven by our ability to monitor and then control our behavior. In the past, my research has explored metamemory- the monitoring and control processes that contribute to memory functioning. I focused this work primarily at the role of monitoring in memory functioning by examining the algorithms and functional neural anatomy that underlie this process. While metamemory work continues in my lab, more recently I have also begun to expand this work by looking at the function of cognitive control more generally – its role in memory and mood regulation, as well as genetic influences, individual differences and aging. In addition, we examine disruption to control systems due to fatigue, brain injury, and psychopathology, such as depression.

Across all this work, I primarily take a Cognitive Neuroscience approach - testing well founded cognitive theories using several complimentary research methodologies including, (a) task dissociations in neurologically damaged patients and healthy controls, (b) human electro and magneto encephalograhic recordings (EEG and MEG), (c) functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI), and (d) the multimodal integration of fMRI and EEG/MEG.

Interests

Cognitive neuroscience in healthy and disordered populations, especially aging and depression; EEG, MEG, fMRI methodologies.
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