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Keith Schneider
Associate Professor
Director, Center for Biomedical and Brain Imaging
Accepting graduate students for 2018-2019
Office Hours:
By Appointment
University of Delaware
77 E. Delaware Ave. Room 233
Newark, DE 19716

Background and Interests

​I study the relationship between the architecture of the human visual system and the functions of attention, perception and awareness, in both normal and clinical populations.  I specialize in measuring the visual subcortex—the lateral geniculate nucleus, pulvinar and thalamic reticular nucleus in the thalamus, and the superior colliculus—using structural and functional magnetic resonance imaging.  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. 


​Ph.D., 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

Courses Regularly Taught

​PSYC667 Introduction to functional magnetic resonance imaging

Recent and Representative Publications

​McKetton L, Williams J, Viviano JD, Yücel YH, Gupta N, Schneider KA. 2015. High-resolution structural magnetic resonance imaging of the human subcortex in vivo and postmortem.  Journal of Visualized Experiments 106: e53309. 

DeSimone K, Viviano JD, Schneider KA. 2015. Population receptive field analysis reveals new retinotopic maps in the human subcortex. Journal of Neuroscience 35: 9836–9847. 

Giraldo-Chica M, Hegarty JP, Schneider KA. 2015. Morphological differences in the lateral geniculate nucleus associated with dyslexia. NeuroImage: Clinical 7: 830–836. 

Viviano JD, Schneider KA. 2015. Interactions of the human thalamic reticular nucleus. Journal of Neuroscience 35: 2026–2032. 

McKetton L, Kelly KR, Schneider KA. 2014. Abnormal lateral geniculate nucleus and optic chiasm in human albinism. Journal of Comparative Neurology 522: 2680–2687. 

Schneider KA. 2011. Attention alters decision criteria but not appearance: A reanalysis of Anton-Erxleben, Abrams & Carrasco (2010). Journal of Vision 11(13):7, 1–8. 

Schneider KA. 2011. Subcortical mechanisms of feature-based attention. Journal of Neuroscience 31: 8643–8653.



Characterizing the responses of the human visual subcortexSchneider, Keithkschneider<img alt="" src="/Images%20Bios/Human%20subcortex.png" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />
Visual attentionSchneider, Keithkschneider<img alt="" src="/Images%20Bios/thalamic%20reticular%20nucleus.png" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />
Temporal perceptionSchneider, Keithkschneider<img alt="" src="/Images%20Bios/graphs.png" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />
Attention and appearanceSchneider, Keithkschneider<img alt="" src="/content-sub-site/PublishingImages/attention%20and%20appearance%20A.png" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />
DyslexiaSchneider, Keithkschneider<img alt="" src="/Images%20Bios/dyslexia%20a.png" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />

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