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Dr. Joel Snyder

Dr. Joel Snyder

Joel Snyder is an Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV). He began studying perception as an undergraduate at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), where he did an honor's thesis on plasticity in the visual system. While at UCSD, Joel was exposed to two excellent courses on music psychology and these inspired him to pursue this area of research. Following his Ph.D. study at Cornell University, he was a post-doctoral fellow at the Rotman Research Institute in Toronto and in the Departments of Psychiatry and Psychology at Harvard University. Along the way, Joel pursued interests in a variety of topics related to auditory perception, which you can read about in his publications.

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Graduate Students


Vanessa Irsik

Vanessa Irsik

Vanessa Irsik is a fifth-year PhD student in the Experimental Psychology program studying with Dr. Joel Snyder. She received a B.A. in Psychology in 2012 and a M.A. in Experimental Psychology in 2015, both from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Vanessa’s research has been centered on using a combination of behavioral measures and EEG to explore what factors contribute to the occurrence of auditory change detection failures (change deafness), and to uncover what learning and attentional strategies result in perceptual enhancement. More recently, she has begun incorporating the auditory brainstem response (ABR) in her research to further an understanding of the neural state present during successful change detection.

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Jessica Nave-Blodgett

Jessica Nave-Blodgett

Jessica Nave-Blodgett is a fourth-year graduate student working with Dr. Joel Snyder and Dr. Erin Hannon. Her current research interests focus on temporal processing, sequence processing, music cognition, and attention to hierarchical structures in time (meter). Jessica uses behavioral measures and EEG/ERP recordings to investigate how we attend to rhythmic patterns in time with sight and sound. She is also researching dance perception and how watchers make sense of the movement patterns in time. Jessica holds a BA in Music Theory and Composition from McDaniel College and a BA in Psychology from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking and rock scrambling in the mountains surrounding the Vegas Valley, and visiting National Parks and wilderness areas for hiking, camping, and photography. Jessica is a musician and a dancer, playing the clarinet and dancing Egyptian Raqs Sharqi.

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Breanne Yerkes

Breanne Yerkes

Breanne Yerkes is a fourth-year graduate student in the Experimental Psychology program at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She graduated with her BA in Psychology from UNLV and is a member of the Auditory Cognitive Neuroscience lab working with Dr. Joel Snyder. Her current research interests include studying the neural mechanisms involved in auditory processing, auditory context effects and auditory scene analysis. Her future research goals are to study these same processes as well as speech perception in individuals with autism.

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Karli Nave

Karli Nave

Karli Nave a third-year Ph.D. student in Experimental Psychology with a Developmental Emphasis, and she is studying with both Dr. Joel Snyder in the Auditory Cognition and Neuroscience lab and Dr. Erin Hannon in the Auditory Cognition and Development lab. Her current research interests include studying auditory perception and cognition in both adults and young children. Specifically, she is currently researching how adults and children perceive beat and meter in music, and how this is evident in listeners' brain activity. In addition, she is interested in how rhythm perception relates to language abilities in young children. Before attending UNLV, Karli graduated from Michigan State University with a BS in Psychology and a BS in Neuroscience. During her time at MSU, she worked in the Timing, Attention, and Perception lab with Dr. Devin McAuley. In her free time, Karli enjoys playing the French Horn, hiking, and watching Big Ten college football.

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Samantha O'Connell

Samantha O'Connell

Samantha O'Connell is a second-year graduate student in the Experimental Psychology program studying under Dr. Snyder and Dr. Hannon as a member of the Auditory Cognitive Neuroscience Lab. Hailing from the Windy City, Sam completed her undergraduate studies at Northwestern University receiving a BA and BMus in Psychology and Violin Performance, respectively. Samantha's research interests are in the domains of music and dance, particularly using behavioral and EEG techniques to understand why "groovy" music makes people want to dance. When not in the lab, Sam is an active violinist and tap dancer, performing this past year at the Las Vegas Tap Festival, the Smith Center, and on Las Vegas CW News. Learn more about Sam here.

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Undergraduate Students


Christin Nance

Christin Nance

Christin Nance is a recent graduate of UNLV with her B.A. in Psychology. Her interests are in the neuroscience of music and nutrition, and she hopes to pursue either a career in medicine or work towards a Ph.D. in neuropsychology. Recently, she has contributed to a national replication project in her independent research on the Facial Feedback Hypothesis.

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Katie Randolph

Katie Randolph

Katie Randolph is double-majoring in psychology and biology. She hopes to eventually purse a PhD in neuroscience. Her research interests are understanding the neural components of developmental delays, specifically how speech perception and production are disturbed.

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CheRenee Zaragoza

Che'Renee Zaragoza

Che'Renee Zaragoza is currently attending her senior year at UNLV. In Spring 2016 she will be receiving her B.A in Psychology with a minor in neuroscience. She intends to receive her Ph.D. in neuroscience. Her research interests include children’s neurodevelopment disorders and cognitive neuroscience.

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Angie Rubio

Angie Rubio

Angie Rubio is majoring in psychology and minoring in human services. She is currently a senior at UNLV. After receiving her B.A. in psychology, Angie will work towards a master’s degree in Speech Language Pathology. This is her second semester as an RA.

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Taylor Guthrie

Taylor Guthrie

Taylor Guthrie is currently in his senior year at UNLV. He is majoring in psychology and minoring in biology and neuroscience. After completing his degree at UNLV, he plans on continuing on to graduate school to pursue a Ph.D. in neuroscience. His research interests revolve around imaging studies that look at how cognitive executive control impacts the rest of the brain.

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Current Research Assistants Not Pictured: Shaun Dyreng, April Alder, Evan Clarkson, Lauren Holloway, Sandra Oviedo

Alumni


Former Post-Doctorate Students: Melissa Gregg, Sachiko Koyama, Davi Vitela

Former Graduate Students: Nicole Bies-Hernandez, Charles Li, Trent Holder, David Weintraub, Christina Vanden Bosch der Nederlanden

Former Undergraduate Students: David Weintraub, Dmitriy Kazakov, Sandy Fung, Sally Barney, Erik Ringdahl, Giselle Howard, Tara Farah, Nicole Roberts, Aramazd Kolsuzyan, Amanda Bergman, Van Tran, Katarina Zakay, Gabriella Taylor, Anthony Anguille, Aaron Boren, Ricardo Strahle, Ashlea Patterson, Arianna Rodriguez, Afton Beckner, Brian Metzger, Vanessa Irsik, Amanda Flores, Chase Stevens, Stephanie Nagl, Ashley Henard, Nedka Klimas , Breanne Yerkes, Evan Vidal, Gambino Granada, Amir Hill-Shafeeq, Acamy Menson, Anthony Wilson, Kelsey Brunner, Orville Johnson, Faviola Dadis, Jocelyn Zafra, Lindsay Foster, Diana Padilla, Hayley Jukanovich, Mackenzy Keller, Roslyn Foreman, Briana Carbajal, Nicole Morrison, Ailie Finsland, Erick Rodgers, MacKenzie Leavitt

 

Auditory Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory
Department of Psychology / University of Nevada Las Vegas
Phone: (702) 895-2951 / Email: ACNLofUNLV (at) gmail.com