JOINED THE SCIENTIFIC COUNCIL IN 2011
Associate Professor, Department of Psychology
University of British Columbia
Dr. Floresco’s research focuses on neural circuits that facilitate different forms of learning, cognition and executive functioning. Using rodents as a model system, his work has a particular emphasis on interactions between the different brain regions that facilitate cognitive processes, including behavioral flexibility, cost-benefit decision making and reward-related learning. His research integrates psychopharmacological, in-vivo neurophysiological and neurochemical techniques to elucidate the interactions between the prefrontal cortex and its key subcortical targets. Dysfunction in these systems has been implicated in a variety of disorders, including schizophrenia, depression and drug addiction. Dr. Floresco’s work attempts to model how the normal brain solves certain types of problems, and then use this information to clarify the mechanisms that may underlie the impairments in cognitive and emotional functioning associated with these disorders.
Dr. Floresco received his bachelor’s degree and doctorate at the University of British Columbia and started teaching there as an Assistant Professor in 2003.
NARSAD Grants: Young Investigator 2003