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Walter Schneider

Professor, University of Pittsburgh Department of Psychology

Executive Committee Member, Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition

Senior Scientist, Learning Research & Development Center

Research Interests

  • Cognitive neuroscience
  • Cognitive control
  • Semantic representation
  • Attention and automaticity
  • Skill acquisition
  • Connectionist/hybrid modeling
  • Brain imaging
  • Brain activity interpretation

Guise, C., Fernandes, M. M., Nóbrega, J. M., Pathak, S., Schneider, W. and Fangueiro, R. (2016). Hollow Polypropylene Yarns as a Biomimetic Brain Phantom for the Validation of High-Definition Fiber Tractography Imaging. ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, 8(44), 29960-29967.

21 Attention and Automatism. Shiffrin, R.M., Schneider, W. (2016) In Sternberg, R. J., Fiske, S. T., Foss, D. J. (Eds.) Scientists Making a Difference. New York, NY: Cambridge University Press.

Faraji, A. H., Abhinav, K., Jarbo, K., Yeh, F.-C., Shin, S. S., Pathak, S., ...Schneider, W., ...Friedlander, R. M. (2015). Longitudinal evaluation of corticospinal tract in patients with resected brainstem cavernous malformations using high-definitions fiber tractography and diffusion connectometry analysis: preliminary experience. Journal of Neurosurgery.

Presson, N., Krishnaswamy, D., Wagener, L., Bird, W., Jarbo, K., Pathak, S., Puccio, A. M., Borasso, A., Benso, S., Okonkwo, D. O., & Schneider, W. (2015). Quantifying white matter structural integrity with high-definition fiber tracking in traumatic brain injury. Military Medicine, 180(3S), 122-134. 

Chmura, J., Presson, N., Benso, S., Puccio, A. M., Fissel, K., Hachey, R., Braun, E., Okonkwo, D. O., & Schneider, W. (2015). A high-definition fiber tracking HDFT-brain report for patients with traumatic brain injury and their doctors. Military Medicine, 180(3S), 122-134.

Presson, N., Beers, S. R., Morrow, L., Wagener, L. M., Bird, W. A., Eman, G. V., . . . Schneider, W.  (2015). An exploratory analysis linking neuropsychological testing to quantification of tractography using High Definition Fiber Tracking (HDFT) in military TBI.  Behavior. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11682-015-9386-4

Assessing the application of polypropylene multifilament yarns in brain phantoms. Guise, C., Fangueiro, R., Schneider, W., Nóbrega, J.M. (2015). Proceedings in the Comunicações em congressos internacionais com arbitragem científica english.

Richey, J. E., Phillips, J. S., Schunn, C. D., & Schneider, W. (2014). Is the link from working memory to analogy causal? No analogy improvements following working memory training gains. (2014). PLoS ONE, 9(9). 

Guise, C., Fangueiro, R., Nobrega, J. M., & Schneider, W. (2014). Study on fibrous materials for brain phantoms. Studies in health technology and informatics, 207, 163-72.

Krieger, D., McNeil, M., Zhang, J., Puccio, A., Schneider, W., Xin Li, X., & Okonkwo, D. O. (2014) Very high resolution neuroelectric brain imaging by referee consensus processing. Intl J Advd Comp Sci (4)1, 15-25.

Luo, W., Head, A., Schneider, W., & Wang, J. (2014). e-Chimera: Rapid in-situ mobile experimentation through integrated design, test, and deployment. ACM Transactions ACM 1539-

Shin, S. S., Pathak, S., Presson, N., Bird, W., Wagener, L., Schneider, W., & Okonkwo, D. O. (2014). Detection of White Matter Injury in Concussion Using High-Definition Fiber Tractography? Niranjan A, Lunsford LD (eds): Concussion. Prog Neurol Surg. Basel, Karger, 28, 1–8.

Verstynen, T., Weinstein, A., Rofey, D., Schneider, W., Jakicic, J., Erickson, K. (2013). Increased body mass index is associated with global decreases in white matter microstructural integrity. Psychosomatic Medicine.

Krieger, D., McNeil, M., Zhang, J., Schneider, W., Li, X., & Okonkwo, D. O. Referee Consensus: A Platform Technology for Nonlinear Optimization. Proceedings of the 2013 XSede Conference (Extreme Computing Consortium). July, 2013. (refereed proceedings).

Price R. B., Paul B., Schneider W., Siegle G. J. (2013) Neural Correlates of ThreeNeurocognitive Intervention Strategies: A Preliminary Step Towards PersonalizedTreatment for Psychological Disorders. Cognitive Therapy 37(4), 657-672.

Wang Y., Fernández-Miranda, J. C., Verstynen, T., Pathak S., Schneider, W., & Yeh, F. C. (2013). Rethinking the role of the middle longitudinal fascicle in language and auditory pathways. Cereb Cortex, 23(10), 2347-56. (Cover)

Moss, J., Schunn, C.D., Schneider, W., McNamara, D. S. (2013). The nature of mind wandering during reading varies with the cognitive control demands of the reading strategy. Brain Research, 1539, 48-60.

Phillips, J., Greenberg, A. S., Pyles, J. A., Pathak, S. K., Berhrmann, M., Schneider, W. & Tarr, M. J. (2012). Co-Analysis of Brain Structure and Function using fMRI and Diffusion-Weighted Imaging. Journal of Visualized Experiments.

Greenberg, A. S., Verstynen, T., Chiu, Y. C., Yantis, S., Schneider, W., & Behrmann, M. (2012). Visuotopic Cortical Connectivity Underlying Attention Revealed With High Resolution Tractography. Journal of Neuroscience 32 (8), 2773-2782.

Fernandez-Miranda, J. C., Pathak, S., Engh, J. A., Jarbo, K., Verstynen, T., Yeh, F., Mintz, A., Boada, F, E., Schneider W., & Friedlander, R. (2012). High-Definition Fiber Tractography of the Human Brain: Neuroanatomical Validation and Neurosurgical Applications. Journal of Neurosurgery EPUB ahead of print.

Chein, J. Schneider, W. (2012). The Brain's Learning and Control Architecture. Current Directions in Psychological Science 21 (2), 78-84.

Shinn, S., Verstynen, T., Pathak, S., Jarbo, K., Hricik, A., Maserati, M., Beers, S., Puccio, A., Okonkwo, D.,& Schneider, W. (2012). High Definition Fiber Tracking for Assessment of Neurologic Deficit in a Case of Traumatic Brain Injury: Finding, Visualizing, and Interpreting Small Sites of TBI Damage. Journal of Neurosurgery 116 (5), 1062-1069.

Shin, S., Okonkwo, D., Schneider, W., Verstynen, T. (2012). Using high resolution white matter mapping to detect traumatic brain injury. University of Pittsburgh Neurosurgery News. Winter 2012.

Verstynen, T., Badre, D., Jarbo, K., Schneider, W. (2012). Microstructural organizational patterns in the human corticostriatal system. Journal of Neurophysiology, EPUB Ahead of Print

Phillips, J., Greenberg, A.S., Pyles, JA., Pathak, S.K., Berhrmann, M., Schneider, W., Tarr, M.J. (2012). Co-Analysis of Brain Structure and Function using fMRI and Diffusion-Weighted Imaging." Journal of Visualized Experiments (69).

The September 2015 issue of Discover magazine features Walter Schneider’s High Definition Fiber Tracking (HDFT), in “Broken Cables: High-definition Imaging Helps Researchers Map the Damage from Traumatic Brain Injury with Unprecedented Accuracy (September 2015, pp. 53-59).

2015

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Walt Schneider was featured in the Next Pittsburgh article, "5 People Making Pittsburgh a Smarter City."

January 2015

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Walter Schneider and his colleague David Okonkwo have been awarded a grant from the DSF Charitable Foundation to support improved treatment of head trauma in veterans of the U.S. military. The DSF Charitable Foundation is the charitable-giving organization of the David Scaife family.

February 2014

Walter Schneider was Featured in Piece on Temple Grandin's New Book, 'The Autistic Brain'

May 7, 2013

USA Today

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Scientific American Published HDFT (corpus callosum) Images

January 10, 2013

Scientific American

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Walt Schneider's High Definition Fiber Tracking work and its application to veterans was featured at Pitt’s newly established Center for Military Medicine Research, in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, or Forbes Magazine.

November 2012

Walt Schneider's HDFT work was featured on the Discovery Channel's program Life Changing Medicine.

September 2012

Discovery Channel

Walter Schneider's work on high-definition fiber-tracking was featured in the article, "New Scanning Technology Could Pinpoint TBI Injuries and Aid Recovery"

May 2012

U.S. Medicine, The Voice of Federal Medicine

New brain imaging at Pitt gives a better picture

March 2, 2012

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

HDFT Could Help Diagnose TBI

March 2, 2012

The Huffington Post

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New Technology Offers High-Def Look at Brain Injuries

March 2, 2012

WTAE News

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New technology could change how TBI diagnosed

March 2, 2012

CBS News

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HDFT for assessment of neurological deficit in a case of TBI

March 2, 2012

Journal of Neurosurgery

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Pitt research unlocks secrets of brain

March 2, 2012

The Pittsburgh Tribune Review

First Lady Michelle Obama Announces Major Coordinated Effort by America's Academic Institutions to Combat PTSD & TBI

January 11, 2012

White House Brief

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Walter Schneider's High Definition Fiber Tracking Work was Published in Cerveau & Psycho

January/February 2012

Cerveau & Psycho

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Walter Schneider's High-Definition Fiber Tractography Images featured in Scientific American Mind

November/December 2011

Scientific American Mind

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An Exclusive Interview with Walter Schneider: "Temple Grandin's Unique Brain"

October 23, 2011

CBS's 60 Minutes

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Walter Schneider on 60 Minutes "Apps for Autism" October 23, 2011, 7 PM (EDT)

October 23, 2011

CBS's 60 Minutes

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LRDC Senior Scientist, Walter Schneider, Has Developed a New Way of Understanding the Workings of the Human Brain

Fall 2011

Pittsburgh Quarterly

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