Michael Foy is a Professor of Psychology in the Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts. Dr. Foy received his B.S. in Biology from the University of California at Irvine, and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Neurobiology from Kent State University. Following his post-doctoral training in the Department of Psychology at Stanford University, he began his academic career at Loyola Marymount University.
Dr. Foy has taught multiple courses within the field of neuroscience, including brain and behavior, neuropsychology, psychobiology of aging, psychobiology of disease, learning and memory, and behavioral neuroscience.
He investigates the brain mechanisms and structures through which learning and memory occur. Dr. Foy has published scientific reports on changes in brain function in animals during conditioning, how behavioral stress influences synaptic plasticity (cellular model of memory), and the impact of sex hormones and aging on learning and memory processing. Current research involves an examination of EEG brain recordings during cognitive tasks in humans.
Stanford University: Post-Graduate Studies
Kent State University: Ph.D, Graduate Studies
Kent State University: M.S., Graduate Studies
University of California, Irvine: B.S., Undergraduate Studies
Areas of Expertise (5)
Hormone Action On Brain
Eeg Recording and Analysis
Association for Psychological Science
Western Psychological Association
Brain and Behavior
Brain and Behavior
Dynamic changes in EEG power spectral densities during NIH-Toolbox Flanker, dimensional change card sort test and episodic memory tests in young adultsFrontiers in Human Neuroscience
Foy, J.G. & Foy, M.R. (2020). Dynamic changes in EEG power spectral densities during NIH-Toolbox Flanker, dimensional change card sort test and episodic memory tests in young adults, Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2020.00158
Impaired cerebellar plasticity and eye-blink conditioning in calpain-1 knock-out miceNeurobiology of Learning and Memory
Heysieattalab, S.M., Lee, K-H., Liu, Y., Wang, Y.L., Foy, M.R., Bi, X. & Baudry, M. (2020). Impaired cerebellar plasticity and eye-blink conditioning in calpain-1 knock-out mice, Neurobiology of Learning and Memory. doi: 10.1016/j.nlm.2019.02.005
Conditioned taste aversionNeuroscience and Biobehavioral Psychology
Foy, M.R. & Foy, J.G. (2017). Conditioned taste aversion, Reference Module inNeuroscience and Biobehavioral Psychology. (pp. 1-8). Elsevier Inc. doi: 10.1016/B978-0-12-809324-5.02599-2
The search for the engram in eyeblink conditioning: A synopsis of past and present perspectives on the role of the cerebellumBehavioral Neuroscience
Foy, M.R. & Foy, J.G. (2016). The search for the engram in eyeblink conditioning: A synopsis of past and present perspectives on the role of the cerebellum, Behavioral Neuroscience, 130, 547-552. doi: 10.1037/bne0000124
Estrogen, progesterone and hippocampal plasticity in rodent modelsAnimal Models of Alzheimer’s Disease
Foy, M.R., Baudry, M., Brinton, R.D. & Thompson, R.F. (2011). Estrogen, progesterone and hippocampal plasticity in rodent models. In G. Casadesus (Ed), Animal Models of Alzheimer’s Disease. (pp. 109-127). IOS Press.
Ovarian hormones, aging and stress on hippocampal synaptic plasticityNeurobiology of Learning and Memory
Foy, M.R. (2011). Ovarian hormones, aging and stress on hippocampal synaptic plasticity, Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, 95, 134-144.