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Jacqueline Snow



Jacqueline Snow joined the cognitive and brain sciences group in the Department of Psychology at the University of Nevada, Reno in fall 2013.

She completed her graduate training in clinical neuropsychology and cognitive neuroscience at the University of Melbourne, Australia, under the supervision of professor Jason Mattingley. Her doctoral work focused on how attention breaks down in patients with unilateral neglect and extinction following parietal lobe lesions.

Snow completed two years of post-doctoral research in the United Kingdom working with professor Glyn Humphreys of University of Birmingham examining attentional processes in patients with parietal and pulvinar lesions. During this time, she developed a strong interest in functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI).

She subsequently moved to Canada where she completed a further five years of post-doctoral research in the laboratories of professors Jody Culham and Melvyn Goodale at the University of Western Ontario. During this time, she developed a range of special fMRI techniques to study how objects are represented in the human brain.

Now an assistant professor at the University of Nevada, Reno, Snow teaches undergraduate psychology students about the theory and practice of science and graduate student seminars in functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and clinical neuropsychology. She also heads a research laboratory that consists of four doctoral students and a group of Honors Program students and undergraduate trainees. Together, they examine how humans recognize and make decisions about objects. They are particularly interested in studying the behavioral significance of real-world 3-D objects that one can reach out and interact with, such as tools and snack foods, and how neural structures in the brain code and represent action-relevant information. Other research topics include how object information is integrated across sensory modalities, such as vision and touch. They use a range of methodological approaches, including fMRI, psychophysics and the study of neuropsychological patients with brain damage. The lab is supported by a pilot project grant from the Center of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE).

Research interests

  • Object perception
  • Real-world objects
  • Attention
  • fMRI
  • Neuropsychology


  • Psychology 240.1001: Introduction to Research Methods
  • Psychology 761.1001: Contemporary Issues in Psychology - Clinical Neuropsychology
  • Psychology 762.1001: Contemporary Issues in Psychology - Introduction to Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging


  • Master in Psychology/Ph.D. (Clinical Neuropsychology), University of Melbourne, Australia, 2006
  • B.S. with honors, Monash University, Australia, 1997
  • B.A., Monash University, Australia, 1995


  • Snow, J.C., Skiba, R.M., Coleman, T.L., & Berryhill, M.E. (2014). Real-world objects are more memorable than photographs of objects. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 8 (Article 837): 1-11. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2014.00837.
  • Snow, J.C., Strother, L., & Humphreys, G.W. (2014). Haptic shape representation in visual cortex. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 26(5): 1154-67. doi: 10.1162/jocn_a_00548. PMID: 24345179.
  • Podrebarac, S., Goodale, M.A., & Snow J.C. (2014). Are visual texture-selective areas recruited during haptic texture discrimination? Neuroimage, 94: 129-37. doi: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2014.03.013. PMID: 24650604.
  • Podrebarac, S., Goodale, M.A., van der Zwan, R., & Snow, J.C. (2013) Gender-selective neural populations: evidence from event-related fMR repetition suppression. Experimental Brain Research, 226(2), 241-252. doi: 10.1007/s00221-013-3429-0. PMID: 23435496.
  • Snow, J.C., Miranda, R.R. & Humphreys, G.W. (2013). Impaired visual sensitivity within the ipsilesional hemifield following unilateral parietal damage. Cortex, 49, 158-171. Doi: 10.1016/j.cortex.2011.07.005. PMID: 21889133.
  • Snow, J.C., Pettypiece, C.E., McAdam, T.D., McLean, A.D., Stroman, P.W., Goodale, M.A. & Culham, J.C. (2011). Bringing the real world into the fMRI scanner: Repetition effects for pictures versus real objects. Scientific Reports, 1(130), DOI: 10.1038/srep00130. PMID: 22355647.
  • Snow, J.C., Allen, H.A., Rafal, R.D., & Humphreys, G.W. (2009). Impaired attentional selection following lesions to human pulvinar: Evidence for homology between human and monkey. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA, 106 (10), 4054 - 4059. Doi: 10.1073/pnas.0810086106. PMID: 19237580.
  • Snow, J.C, & Mattingley, J.B. (2008). Central perceptual load does not reduce ipsilesional flanker interference in parietal extinction. Neuropsychology, 22(3), pp. 371-382. Doi: 10.1037/0894-4105.22.3.371. PMID: 18444715.
  • Snow, J.C, & Mattingley, J.B. (2006). Goal-driven selective attention in patients with right hemisphere lesions: How intact is the ipsilesional field? Brain, 129, 168-181. doi: 10.1093/brain/awh690. PMID: 16317021.