Bruce Schneider

Professor Emeritus


Fields of Study

Areas of Interest

hearing, vision, sensory and cognitive aging, speech perception, signal processing in audition and vision

I am fascinated by how the auditory and visual systems gather, encode and organize information. Currently, I, and several colleagues, are studying how age related changes in hearing and vision affect an older adult’s ability to comprehend speech. I am also interested in the ways in which knowledge and expectations alter how the auditory and visual systems encode basic stimulus properties such as the intensity of a sound, or the degree of visual contrast in a scene.


Dr. Schneider arrived at the University of Toronto Mississauga (formerly Erindale College) in 1974, after having taught for 7 years at Columbia University in New York. He is the Director of the Centre for Research on Biological Communication Systems (CRBCS), and the leader of an eight-member, multi-university CIHR Research Group investigating "Sensory and Cognitive Aging." He also heads the CIHR Strategic Training Program on "Communication and Social Interaction in Healthy Aging," which recently won an award from the American Psychology Association for Innovation in Graduate Education.