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Schnyer, David

David M Schnyer

Department Chair, Psychology, Professor
College of Liberal Arts, Department of Psychology

Wayne H. Holtzman Regents Chair in Psychology (Fellow)


Phone: 512-475-8499

Office Location
SEA 5.246

Postal Address
AUSTIN, TX 78712

David Schnyer is a Professor in the Department of Psychology and the Institute for Neuroscience at the University of Texas, Austin. He completed a Ph.D. in Clinical Neuropsychology from the University of Arizona in 1998. In 2001, he was awarded an NIH K-award in multimodal neuroimaging techniques and trained at the Memory Disorders Research Center, Boston University School of Medicine. Work from Dr. Schnyer’s lab has been published in high profile journals, including Nature, Nature Neuroscience, Journal of Neuroscience, Sleep, Neuroimage and Annals of Neurology. All work has been funded through grants from NIH, DOD and Department of the Army.

My research is focused on the Cognitive Neuroscience of mental processes. Particularly, we have examined the neural structures and computational algorithms that contribute to non-declarative memory, associative memory, metamemory and attention/cognitive control. These studies are approached with a range of methodological tools – lesion studies, fMRI and MEG/EEG. More recently we have begun to examine the neurobiological basis of attention control as a contributing factor to mental illness and changes as a result of sleep patterns and traumatic brain injury. This has lead to the development of therapeutic techniques that target the attention dysfunction seen in many psychological and neurological disorders. 


Yang, S., Chen, Y., Nicolini, L., Pasupathy, P., Sacks, J., Su, B., Yang, R., Sanchez, D., Chang, Y., Wang, P., Schnyer, D., Neikirk, D. & Lu, N. (accepted). "Cut-and-Paste" Manufacture of Multiparametric Epidermal Sensor Systems (ESS). Advanced Materials.


Sherman, S.M., Mumford, J. & Schnyer, D.M. (accepted). Hippocampal activity mediates the relationship between circadian activity rhythms and memory in aging. Neuropsychologia.


Sanguinetti, J.L., Trujillo, L.T., Schnyer, D.M., Allen, J.B., & Peterson, M.A. (accepted). Increased alpha band activity indexes inhibitory competition across a border during figure assignment. Vision Research.


Korley, F.K., Diaz-Arrastia, R., Wu, A.H.B., Yue, J.K., Manley G.T., Sair, H.I., Van Eyk, J., Everett, A.D., Okonkwo D.O., Valadka A.B., Gordon W.A., Maas A.I.R., Mukherjee P., Yuh E.L., Lingsma H. F., Puccio, A.M. & Schnyer D.M (Accepted). Circulating Brain Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF) Has Diagnostic and Prognostic Value in Traumatic Brain Injury. Journal of Neurotrauma.


Schnyer, D.M, Beevers, C.G., deBettencourt, M.T., Sherman, S., Cohen, J.D., Norman, K.A. & Turk-Browne, N.B. (2015). Neurocognitive therapeutics: From concept to application in the treatment of negative attention bias. Biology of Mood and Anxiety Disorders.


McMahon, P. J., Panczykowski, D. M., Yue, J. K., Puccio, A. M., Inoue, T., Sorani, M. D., Lingsma H. F., Maas A.I.R., Valadka A.B., Yuh E.L., Mukherjee P., Manley G.T., Okonkwo D.O., TRACK-TBI investigators including:, Casey S.S., Cheong M., Cooper S.R., Dams-O'Connor K., Gordon W.A., Hricik A.J., Lawless K., Menon D., Schnyer D.M., and Vassar M.J. (2015). Measurement of the Glial Fibrillary Acidic Protein and Its Breakdown Products GFAP-BDP Biomarker for the Detection of Traumatic Brain Injury Compared to Computed Tomography and Magnetic Resonance Imaging. Journal of Neurotrauma. 32(8), 527-533.


Sherman, S.M., Cheng, Y., Fingerman, K.L., & Schnyer, D.M. (2015). Social support, stress, and the aging brain. Social Cognitive & Affective Neuroscience.