Joel Snyder investigates auditory perception and cognition. Research questions include: How do listeners perceive objects and changes in complex environments, such as a crowded party or a forest filled with other animals? Furthermore, how does the ability to perceive in such situations change during normal aging, and how is this ability impacted by mental illness? His research employs the measurement techniques of experimental psychology (perceptual judgments and sensory-motor tasks) and cognitive neuroscience (especially event-related brain potentials). Specific topics of research are: 1) auditory scene analysis, 2) change deafness, 3) perception and production of musical rhythm, 4) neural basis of auditory learning, 5) effects of aging on auditory processing, and 6) perceptual abnormalities in schizophrenia.
Dr. Snyder teaches courses on Perception and Cognitive Neuroscience.