John Reynolds


Systems Neurobiology Laboratory

Fiona and Sanjay Jha Chair in Neuroscience

Salk Institute for Biological Studies - News


How attention helps the brain perceive an object

LA JOLLA—It’s easy to miss something you’re not looking for. In a famous example, people were asked to closely observe two groups of people—one group clad in black, the other …

Salk awarded $19.2 million by the American Heart Association-Allen Initiative to study Alzheimer’s and aging in the brain

LA JOLLA—A team of Salk Institute researchers led by President Rusty Gage has been awarded $19.2 million over eight years by the American Heart Association-Allen Initiative in Brain Health and …

When it comes to recognizing shapes, timing is everything

Salk scientists show how visual neurons encode temporal dynamic information. It was previously thought that visual neurons encode information by summing the number of action potentials within a static temporal …

Scientists help explain visual system’s remarkable ability to recognize complex objects

LA JOLLA, CA—How is it possible for a human eye to figure out letters that are twisted and looped in crazy directions, like those in the little security test internet …

Salk Institute promotes three top scientists

LA JOLLA, CA—The Salk Institute is pleased to announce the promotions of faculty members, John Reynolds to the rank of full professor and Clodagh O’Shea and Tatyana Sharpee to associate …

Gatsby Charitable Foundation awards $4 million to Salk-UC San Diego consortium to study brain circuitry

LA JOLLA—A new consortium of four research teams from the Salk Institute for Biological Studies and the University of California, San Diego has been selected by the Gatsby Charitable Foundation, …

Rising above the din: Attention makes sensory signals stand out amidst the background noise in the brain

LA JOLLA, CA—The brain never sits idle. Whether we are awake or asleep, watch TV or close our eyes, waves of spontaneous nerve signals wash through our brains. …

Visual attention: how the brain makes the most of the visible world

La Jolla, CA—The visual system has limited capacity and cannot process everything that falls onto the retina. Instead, the brain relies on attention to bring salient details …

From the corner of the eye: Paying attention to attention

La Jolla, CA – Every kid knows that moms have “eyes in the back of their heads.” We are adept at fixing our gaze on one object while …

The time it takes to reassemble the world

La Jolla, CA – A few glimpses are enough to perceive a seamless and richly detailed visual world. But instead of “photographic snapshots,” information about the color, shape …

We live in the past and our brain makes up for it

La Jolla, CA – For the first time, scientists have caught a glimpse of the brain as it predicted the future location of a fast moving object in real time.

Vision …


BS, Economics, University of Pennsylvania
PhD, Cognitive and Neural Systems, Boston University
Intramural Research Fellow, Laboratory of Neuropsychology, National Institute of Mental Health


Awards & Honors

  • 2002 Sloan Research Fellowship
  • 2001 McKnight Scholar Award
  • 2001 Frederick B. Rentschler Developmental Chair