IntroductionWelcome to the academic website of Darryl W. Schneider. I conduct research on Cognitive Psychology and teach courses in the Department of Psychological Sciences at Purdue University.
Most of my research falls under the general topics of attention and cognitive control. I have a longstanding and multifaceted interest in task switching, seeking to understand the cognitive processes that enable people to rapidly and flexibly switch between different tasks in dynamic situations. I am also interested in the relationship between alertness and cognitive control, especially in contexts requiring selective attention. My research on these topics typically involves behavioral experimentation, sometimes supplemented by computational modeling.
I was born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. I received my B.Sc. (Honors) in Psychology from the University of Alberta in 2003. I then moved to the United States to attend graduate school and I received my Ph.D. in Psychology from Vanderbilt University in 2008. From 2008 to 2013, I conducted postdoctoral research at Carnegie Mellon University. I have been a faculty member at Purdue University since 2013. I was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in 2019.