Brandon Forys

PhD Student
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Research Area
Education

B.A. Honours, University of British Columbia, 2020
M.A., University of British Columbia, 2022


About

I am a PhD student in the cognitive area co-supervised by Dr. Rebecca Todd and Dr. Alan Kingstone. I investigate the neural correlates and behavioural mechanisms that underpin how people apply cognitive and physical effort to obtain rewards and avoid unpleasant situations. I am also interested in computationally modelling biases and affective states that contribute to evaluations of effort cost, with the aim of better understanding the roles that differing cognitive mechanisms play in people’s perception of effort. Beyond my research, I also help organize and co-teach an annual fMRI brain camp for undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty from UBC and SFU, and have helped organize the annual PsychFest conference for UBC Psychology graduate students.


Research

I’m interested in the cognitive processes and neural representations underpinning how people make choices about cognitive effort for reward, or deploying physical effort to avoid unpleasant outcomes and approach pleasant ones – from behavioural and neuroimaging perspectives. Separately, I also collaborate on a variety of fMRI data analysis projects, and have developed computer vision methods for closed-loop mouse behavioural analysis and mesoscale calcium imaging of the mouse cortex as well as statistical models of glucocortioids in mouse brain and immune tissues.


Publications

Forys, B. J., Winstanley, C. A., Kingstone, A., & Todd, R. M. (2024). Short-term memory capacity predicts willingness to expend cognitive effort for reward. eNeuro. https://doi.org/10.1523/ENEURO.0068-24.2024

Kryklywy, J. H., Forys, B. J., Vieira, J. B., Quinlan, D. J., Culham, J. C., & Mitchell, D. G. V. (2023). Dissociating representation of affect and motion in visual cortices. Cognitive, Affective, & Behavioural Neuroscience, 1-24. https://doi.org/10.3758/s13415-023-01115-2

Forys, B. J., Tomm, R. J., Stamboliyska, D., Terpstra, A. R., Clark, L., Chakrabarty, T., Floresco, S. B., & Todd, R. M. (2023). Gender impacts the relationship between mood disorder symptoms and effortful avoidance performance. eNeuro, 10(2). https://doi.org/10.1523/ENEURO.0239-22.2023

Forys, B. J., Tomm, R. J., Stamboliyska, D., Terpstra, A. R., Clark, L., Chakrabarty, T., Floresco, S. B., & Todd, R. M. (2022). Gender and comorbidity moderate the relationship between mood disorder symptoms and effortful avoidance performance. BioRxiv. https://doi.org/10.1101/2022.06.21.497075

Ehlers, M. R., Kryklywy, J. H., Beukers, A. O., Moore, S. R., Forys, B. J., Anderson, A. K., & Todd, R. M. (2021).
Reactivation of hedonic but not sensory representations in human emotional learning. BioRxiv. https://doi.org/10.1101/2021.11.25.469891

Xiao, D., Forys, B. J., Vanni, M. P., & Murphy, T. H. (2021). MesoNet: automated scaling and segmentation of mouse mesoscale cortical maps using machine learning. Nature Communications, 12(1), 5992. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-021-26255-2

Hamden, J.E., Salehzadeh, M., Gray, K. M., Forys, B. J., & Soma, K. K. (2021). Isoflurane stress induces glucocorticoid production in mouse lymphoid organs. Journal of Endocrinology, 251(2), 137-148. https://doi.org/10.1530/JOE-21-0154

Hamden, J. E., Gray, K., Saledzadeh, M., Kachkovski, G. K., Forys, B. J., Ma, C., Austin, S., Soma, K. K. (2021). Steroid profiling of glucocorticoids in microdissected mouse brain across development. Developmental Neurobiology81(2), 189–206. https://doi.org/10.1002/dneu.22808

Forys, B. J., Xiao, D., Gupta, P., & Murphy, T. H. (2020). Real-time selective markerless tracking of forepaws of head-fixed mice using deep neural networks. eNeuro, 7(3). https://doi.org/10.1523/ENEURO.0096-20.2020

Forys, B., Xiao, D., Gupta, P., Boyd, J. D., & Murphy, T. H. (2018). Real-time markerless video tracking of bodyparts in mice using deep neural networks. BioRxiv, 482349. https://doi.org/10.1101/482349


Awards

  • Faculty of Arts Graduate Award, UBC, 2023
  • Stanley Coren Prize in Psychology, UBC, 2023
  • Four Year Fellowships (4YF) For PhD Students, UBC, 2022-2026
  • President’s Academic Excellence Initiative PhD Award, UBC, 2022-2026
  • Canada Graduate Scholarship – Doctoral, NSERC, 2022-2025
  • Canada Graduate Scholarship – Master’s, NSERC, 2020-2022
  • NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award, NSERC/UBC (2020)
  • Faculty of Arts Graduate Award, UBC (2020)
  • Trek Excellence Scholarship for Continuing Students, UBC (2019)
  • ARTA Scholarship, Alberta Retired Teachers’ Association (2019)
  • Wesbrook Scholar, UBC (2019)
  • HSBC Emerging Leader Scholarship, UBC (2019)
  • Suedfeld Scholar Award, UBC Psi Chi (2019)
  • PSYC 217 Poster Award, 1st Place, UBC Psychology (2018)
  • Student Scholarship in Arts, UBC Faculty of Arts (2018)
  • Trek Excellence Scholarship for Continuing Students, UBC (2017)
  • Stephen Straker Arts One Prize, UBC Arts One Program (2017)
  • University of BC Sopron Memorial Scholarship, UBC (2016)
  • Dean’s List, UBC Faculty of Arts (2016-17, 2017-18, 2018-19, 2019-20)

Brandon Forys

PhD Student
location_on Kenny Room 3510 - 2136 West Mall, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4, Canada
file_download Download CV
Research Area
Education

B.A. Honours, University of British Columbia, 2020
M.A., University of British Columbia, 2022


About

I am a PhD student in the cognitive area co-supervised by Dr. Rebecca Todd and Dr. Alan Kingstone. I investigate the neural correlates and behavioural mechanisms that underpin how people apply cognitive and physical effort to obtain rewards and avoid unpleasant situations. I am also interested in computationally modelling biases and affective states that contribute to evaluations of effort cost, with the aim of better understanding the roles that differing cognitive mechanisms play in people’s perception of effort. Beyond my research, I also help organize and co-teach an annual fMRI brain camp for undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty from UBC and SFU, and have helped organize the annual PsychFest conference for UBC Psychology graduate students.


Research

I’m interested in the cognitive processes and neural representations underpinning how people make choices about cognitive effort for reward, or deploying physical effort to avoid unpleasant outcomes and approach pleasant ones – from behavioural and neuroimaging perspectives. Separately, I also collaborate on a variety of fMRI data analysis projects, and have developed computer vision methods for closed-loop mouse behavioural analysis and mesoscale calcium imaging of the mouse cortex as well as statistical models of glucocortioids in mouse brain and immune tissues.


Publications

Forys, B. J., Winstanley, C. A., Kingstone, A., & Todd, R. M. (2024). Short-term memory capacity predicts willingness to expend cognitive effort for reward. eNeuro. https://doi.org/10.1523/ENEURO.0068-24.2024

Kryklywy, J. H., Forys, B. J., Vieira, J. B., Quinlan, D. J., Culham, J. C., & Mitchell, D. G. V. (2023). Dissociating representation of affect and motion in visual cortices. Cognitive, Affective, & Behavioural Neuroscience, 1-24. https://doi.org/10.3758/s13415-023-01115-2

Forys, B. J., Tomm, R. J., Stamboliyska, D., Terpstra, A. R., Clark, L., Chakrabarty, T., Floresco, S. B., & Todd, R. M. (2023). Gender impacts the relationship between mood disorder symptoms and effortful avoidance performance. eNeuro, 10(2). https://doi.org/10.1523/ENEURO.0239-22.2023

Forys, B. J., Tomm, R. J., Stamboliyska, D., Terpstra, A. R., Clark, L., Chakrabarty, T., Floresco, S. B., & Todd, R. M. (2022). Gender and comorbidity moderate the relationship between mood disorder symptoms and effortful avoidance performance. BioRxiv. https://doi.org/10.1101/2022.06.21.497075

Ehlers, M. R., Kryklywy, J. H., Beukers, A. O., Moore, S. R., Forys, B. J., Anderson, A. K., & Todd, R. M. (2021).
Reactivation of hedonic but not sensory representations in human emotional learning. BioRxiv. https://doi.org/10.1101/2021.11.25.469891

Xiao, D., Forys, B. J., Vanni, M. P., & Murphy, T. H. (2021). MesoNet: automated scaling and segmentation of mouse mesoscale cortical maps using machine learning. Nature Communications, 12(1), 5992. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-021-26255-2

Hamden, J.E., Salehzadeh, M., Gray, K. M., Forys, B. J., & Soma, K. K. (2021). Isoflurane stress induces glucocorticoid production in mouse lymphoid organs. Journal of Endocrinology, 251(2), 137-148. https://doi.org/10.1530/JOE-21-0154

Hamden, J. E., Gray, K., Saledzadeh, M., Kachkovski, G. K., Forys, B. J., Ma, C., Austin, S., Soma, K. K. (2021). Steroid profiling of glucocorticoids in microdissected mouse brain across development. Developmental Neurobiology81(2), 189–206. https://doi.org/10.1002/dneu.22808

Forys, B. J., Xiao, D., Gupta, P., & Murphy, T. H. (2020). Real-time selective markerless tracking of forepaws of head-fixed mice using deep neural networks. eNeuro, 7(3). https://doi.org/10.1523/ENEURO.0096-20.2020

Forys, B., Xiao, D., Gupta, P., Boyd, J. D., & Murphy, T. H. (2018). Real-time markerless video tracking of bodyparts in mice using deep neural networks. BioRxiv, 482349. https://doi.org/10.1101/482349


Awards

  • Faculty of Arts Graduate Award, UBC, 2023
  • Stanley Coren Prize in Psychology, UBC, 2023
  • Four Year Fellowships (4YF) For PhD Students, UBC, 2022-2026
  • President’s Academic Excellence Initiative PhD Award, UBC, 2022-2026
  • Canada Graduate Scholarship – Doctoral, NSERC, 2022-2025
  • Canada Graduate Scholarship – Master’s, NSERC, 2020-2022
  • NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award, NSERC/UBC (2020)
  • Faculty of Arts Graduate Award, UBC (2020)
  • Trek Excellence Scholarship for Continuing Students, UBC (2019)
  • ARTA Scholarship, Alberta Retired Teachers’ Association (2019)
  • Wesbrook Scholar, UBC (2019)
  • HSBC Emerging Leader Scholarship, UBC (2019)
  • Suedfeld Scholar Award, UBC Psi Chi (2019)
  • PSYC 217 Poster Award, 1st Place, UBC Psychology (2018)
  • Student Scholarship in Arts, UBC Faculty of Arts (2018)
  • Trek Excellence Scholarship for Continuing Students, UBC (2017)
  • Stephen Straker Arts One Prize, UBC Arts One Program (2017)
  • University of BC Sopron Memorial Scholarship, UBC (2016)
  • Dean’s List, UBC Faculty of Arts (2016-17, 2017-18, 2018-19, 2019-20)

Brandon Forys

PhD Student
location_on Kenny Room 3510 - 2136 West Mall, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4, Canada
Research Area
Education

B.A. Honours, University of British Columbia, 2020
M.A., University of British Columbia, 2022

file_download Download CV
About keyboard_arrow_down

I am a PhD student in the cognitive area co-supervised by Dr. Rebecca Todd and Dr. Alan Kingstone. I investigate the neural correlates and behavioural mechanisms that underpin how people apply cognitive and physical effort to obtain rewards and avoid unpleasant situations. I am also interested in computationally modelling biases and affective states that contribute to evaluations of effort cost, with the aim of better understanding the roles that differing cognitive mechanisms play in people’s perception of effort. Beyond my research, I also help organize and co-teach an annual fMRI brain camp for undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty from UBC and SFU, and have helped organize the annual PsychFest conference for UBC Psychology graduate students.

Research keyboard_arrow_down

I’m interested in the cognitive processes and neural representations underpinning how people make choices about cognitive effort for reward, or deploying physical effort to avoid unpleasant outcomes and approach pleasant ones – from behavioural and neuroimaging perspectives. Separately, I also collaborate on a variety of fMRI data analysis projects, and have developed computer vision methods for closed-loop mouse behavioural analysis and mesoscale calcium imaging of the mouse cortex as well as statistical models of glucocortioids in mouse brain and immune tissues.

Publications keyboard_arrow_down

Forys, B. J., Winstanley, C. A., Kingstone, A., & Todd, R. M. (2024). Short-term memory capacity predicts willingness to expend cognitive effort for reward. eNeuro. https://doi.org/10.1523/ENEURO.0068-24.2024

Kryklywy, J. H., Forys, B. J., Vieira, J. B., Quinlan, D. J., Culham, J. C., & Mitchell, D. G. V. (2023). Dissociating representation of affect and motion in visual cortices. Cognitive, Affective, & Behavioural Neuroscience, 1-24. https://doi.org/10.3758/s13415-023-01115-2

Forys, B. J., Tomm, R. J., Stamboliyska, D., Terpstra, A. R., Clark, L., Chakrabarty, T., Floresco, S. B., & Todd, R. M. (2023). Gender impacts the relationship between mood disorder symptoms and effortful avoidance performance. eNeuro, 10(2). https://doi.org/10.1523/ENEURO.0239-22.2023

Forys, B. J., Tomm, R. J., Stamboliyska, D., Terpstra, A. R., Clark, L., Chakrabarty, T., Floresco, S. B., & Todd, R. M. (2022). Gender and comorbidity moderate the relationship between mood disorder symptoms and effortful avoidance performance. BioRxiv. https://doi.org/10.1101/2022.06.21.497075

Ehlers, M. R., Kryklywy, J. H., Beukers, A. O., Moore, S. R., Forys, B. J., Anderson, A. K., & Todd, R. M. (2021).
Reactivation of hedonic but not sensory representations in human emotional learning. BioRxiv. https://doi.org/10.1101/2021.11.25.469891

Xiao, D., Forys, B. J., Vanni, M. P., & Murphy, T. H. (2021). MesoNet: automated scaling and segmentation of mouse mesoscale cortical maps using machine learning. Nature Communications, 12(1), 5992. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-021-26255-2

Hamden, J.E., Salehzadeh, M., Gray, K. M., Forys, B. J., & Soma, K. K. (2021). Isoflurane stress induces glucocorticoid production in mouse lymphoid organs. Journal of Endocrinology, 251(2), 137-148. https://doi.org/10.1530/JOE-21-0154

Hamden, J. E., Gray, K., Saledzadeh, M., Kachkovski, G. K., Forys, B. J., Ma, C., Austin, S., Soma, K. K. (2021). Steroid profiling of glucocorticoids in microdissected mouse brain across development. Developmental Neurobiology81(2), 189–206. https://doi.org/10.1002/dneu.22808

Forys, B. J., Xiao, D., Gupta, P., & Murphy, T. H. (2020). Real-time selective markerless tracking of forepaws of head-fixed mice using deep neural networks. eNeuro, 7(3). https://doi.org/10.1523/ENEURO.0096-20.2020

Forys, B., Xiao, D., Gupta, P., Boyd, J. D., & Murphy, T. H. (2018). Real-time markerless video tracking of bodyparts in mice using deep neural networks. BioRxiv, 482349. https://doi.org/10.1101/482349

Awards keyboard_arrow_down
  • Faculty of Arts Graduate Award, UBC, 2023
  • Stanley Coren Prize in Psychology, UBC, 2023
  • Four Year Fellowships (4YF) For PhD Students, UBC, 2022-2026
  • President’s Academic Excellence Initiative PhD Award, UBC, 2022-2026
  • Canada Graduate Scholarship – Doctoral, NSERC, 2022-2025
  • Canada Graduate Scholarship – Master’s, NSERC, 2020-2022
  • NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award, NSERC/UBC (2020)
  • Faculty of Arts Graduate Award, UBC (2020)
  • Trek Excellence Scholarship for Continuing Students, UBC (2019)
  • ARTA Scholarship, Alberta Retired Teachers’ Association (2019)
  • Wesbrook Scholar, UBC (2019)
  • HSBC Emerging Leader Scholarship, UBC (2019)
  • Suedfeld Scholar Award, UBC Psi Chi (2019)
  • PSYC 217 Poster Award, 1st Place, UBC Psychology (2018)
  • Student Scholarship in Arts, UBC Faculty of Arts (2018)
  • Trek Excellence Scholarship for Continuing Students, UBC (2017)
  • Stephen Straker Arts One Prize, UBC Arts One Program (2017)
  • University of BC Sopron Memorial Scholarship, UBC (2016)
  • Dean’s List, UBC Faculty of Arts (2016-17, 2017-18, 2018-19, 2019-20)