- Allan Snyder
name = Allan W. Snyder
field = Mind Sciences, Visual Neurobiology, Communications and Optical Physics
work_institution = Director,
Centre for the Mind, University of Sydney
alma_mater = University of London (DSc), University College London (PhD), Harvard (MS), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (SM), Pennsylvania State University (BS), Central High School Philadelphia (BA).
prizes = 1996 Harrie Massey Medal of the British Institutes of Physics, 1997 International Australia Prize, 2001 Marconi Prize, 2001 Clifford Paterson Prize, Royal Society
Allan Snyder is the director of the
Centre for the Mindand a co-founder of Emotiv Systems. He holds the 150th Anniversary Chair of Science and the Mind at the University of Sydney, Australia.
Snyder's research career began in optical physics and he has published several important papers and books in this field. [ [http://wwwrsphysse.anu.edu.au/osc/PB/ProfSnyder.html Allan Snyder ] ] More recently, he has begun to work on mind sciences.
Snyder has appeared in several television programs promoting his idea that
transcranial magnetic stimulationof the left temporal lobecan induce savant-like skills in typical people. For example, these studies claim that after TMS, a person can draw better or count the number of dots on a screen very fast. Despite widespread press coverage, many of these studies have yet to be published in mainstream scientific journals.
In December 2001 he received the
Marconi Prizein New York City.
He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of London and the recipient of its 2001 Clifford Paterson Prize.
Previously, he was a Guggenheim Fellow at
Yale University’s School of Medicine and a Royal Society Research Fellow at the Physiology Laboratories of Cambridge University. He is a graduate of Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technologyand University College London.
Snyder has a DSc from the
University of London, a PhD from University College, London, an MS from Harvard University and an SM from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
* [http://www.centreforthemind.com Centre for the Mind]
* [http://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/antenna/neurobotics/smart/112.asp London Science Museum]
* [http://www.marconifoundation.org/pages/dynamic/fellows/fellow_details.php?roster_id=31 Marconi Foundation]
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