Camosun expresses its sorrow and stands alongside the Tk’emlúps te Secwepemc

Camosun College is horrified by the news that the remains of 215 children have been found in the grounds of the former Kamloops Residential School, which sat on the traditional territory of the Tk’emlúps te Secwepemc. Our hearts go out to the families and communities who were and are directly affected by this news and by the original loss of their children. We are all affected. This affirms Camosun’s commitment to redressing the impact of our shared history. In memory of these children, Camosun flags on both campuses will be lowered.

Michael Pollock

Faculty/staff profile


Michael Pollock



F 308B

BA with Honours, MA, PhD

Associate of Arts Degree in Psychology

School of Arts and Science

I was born in Port Alberni, British Columbia. I earned a BA with Honours in psychology from the University of Victoria in 1998, where for my Honours thesis I tested a novel treatment for epilepsy that involved microstimulation of the brainstem in an animal model of epilepsy. I then worked as a research technician for my former Honours supervisor, Dr. Michael Corcoran, in a medical research facility at the University of Saskatchewan where he served as Vice-President of Research. During my time in the Corcoran lab I was trained in various methods of behavioral assessment, including tests of memory and emotions.

In 2001, I moved to Vancouver to study under Dr. Ralph Mistlberger at Simon Fraser University (SFU), investigating the brain mechanisms and functions of sleep and circadian rhythms. For my MA thesis I located the area of the brain which controls REM sleep in the rat, and for my PhD thesis I investigated the mechanism of how sleep deprivation produces a rapid antidepressant response. During my time as a graduate student at SFU, I also had the opportunity to work as a teaching assistant for many of the faculty members in the psychology department, to teach my own courses there, and was contracted by the biomedical company NeuroDetective International to conduct pre-clinical trials of novel medications.

After completion of my PhD I continued to teach as a sessional instructor at SFU as well as the University of the Fraser Valley and the Fraser International College. In 2012, I accepted a full time continuing position at Camosun College where I am currently a faculty member of the psychology department.

Teaching Courses

Areas of Study

Cognitive & neural sciences 

Research Interests

Sleep, dreams, consciousness, memory and emotions.

Selected Publications

Mueller, A. D., Pollock, M. S., Lieblich, S. E., Epp, J. R., Galea, L. A., & Mistlberger, R. E. (2008). Sleep deprivation can inhibit adult hippocampal neurogenesis independent of adrenal stress hormones. American Journal of Physiology-Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology, 294(5), R1693-R1703.

Hannesson, D. K., Pollock, M. S., Howland, J. G., Mohapel, P., Wallace, A. E., & Corcoran, M. E. (2008). Amygdaloid kindling is anxiogenic but fails to alter object recognition or spatial working memory in rats. Epilepsy & Behavior, 13(1), 52-61.

Webb, I. C., Pollock, M. S., & Mistlberger, R. E. (2006). Modafinil [2-[(diphenylmethyl) sulfinyl] acetamide] and circadian rhythms in syrian hamsters: assessment of the chronobiotic potential of a novel alerting compound. Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, 317(2), 882-889.

Pollock, M. S., & Mistlberger, R. E. (2005). Microinjection of neostigmine into the pontine reticular formation of the mouse: further evaluation of a proposed REM sleep enhancement technique. Brain research, 1031(2), 253-267.

Pollock, M. S., & Mistlberger, R. E. (2003). Rapid eye movement sleep induction by microinjection of the GABA-A antagonist bicuculline into the dorsal subcoeruleus area of the rat. Brain research, 962(1), 68-77.