Dr. Patrick Foo

Dr. Patrick Foo is a Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at the University of North Carolina Asheville, and the Coordinator of the Neuroscience Minor.  Dr. Foo received his Ph.D. in Complex Systems and Brain Sciences from Florida Atlantic University, holds a M.S. in Kinesiology from the University of Colorado, and a B.A. in Physical Education from UC Berkeley. Dr. Foo’s primary research interests include investigating the links between perception and action in humans, how people control and plan their movements, and the role that nonlinear dynamics plays in Neuroscience. Though best known for a 2005 Journal of Experimental Psychology article on Cognitive Maps in Virtual Reality, he is also actively involved in the applied research of preventing falls in seniors, investigating the merits of cognitive brain training programs like Lumosity, contemplative neuroscience, and neuroscience pedagogy. He has won the UNCA Distinguished Teacher of the Year Award (2017), Award for Teaching Excellence in the Social Sciences (2014), and the Distinguished Teaching Award for Untenured Faculty (2006).

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