Snyder's research career began in optical physics and he has published several important papers and books in this field. More recently, he has begun to work on mind sciences.
Snyder has appeared in several television programs promoting his idea that transcranial magnetic stimulation of the left temporal lobe can induce savant-like skills in typical people. For example, these studies claim that after TMS, a person can draw better or count the number of dots on a screen very fast. Despite widespread press coverage, many of these studies have yet to be published in mainstream scientific journals.
He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of London and the recipient of its 2001 Clifford Paterson Prize.
Previously, he was a Guggenheim Fellow at Yale University’s School of Medicine and a Royal Society Research Fellow at the Physiology Laboratories of Cambridge University. He is a graduate of Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and University College London.
Snyder has a DSc from the University of London, a PhD from University College, London, an MS from Harvard University and an SM from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.