Dr Floresco is a full professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of British Columbia. He obtained his Ph.D. in 2000 from the University of British Columbia and engaged in post-doctoral studies at the University of Pittsburgh until 2003. His research interests focuse on neural circuits that facilitate different forms of learning and cognition using rodents as a model system, with a particular interest in the interactions between different brain regions within the mesocorticolimbic dopamine system that facilitate cognitive processes, such as behavioural flexibility, cost/benefit decision making and reward-related learning.
His work also focuses on modeling dysfunction in these brain circuits and corresponding impairments in different forms of cognition associated with different diseases, such as stimulant addiction, schizophrenia and depression. His approach here is to understand how the normal brain solves these types of problems, and then assess how certain manipulations that model these diseases can alter both neural activity and behaviour mediated by these circuits.
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