Department of Psychology

Michele R. Brumley, Ph.D.

Michele R. Brumley, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Experimental Psychology


B.A (1999) DePaul University; Ph.D. (2005)
University of Iowa; Postdoctoral Fellow
(2005-2007) The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.

Research Interests

My research program examines the development of coordinated action in perinatal rats, and explores the role of the brain, spinal cord, sensory feedback, and experience in the modulation of motor behavior during ontogeny. Currently, my lab is examining 1.) how locomotor behavior in the rat is controlled by the spinal cord and is shaped by sensorimotor experience, 2.) how motor coordination during the perinatal period is shaped by naturally occurring events such as labor, delivery, and maternal-infant interactions, and 3.) how touch sensitivity in newborn rats is influenced by application of topical anesthetics. My research is funded by the NIH, the NIH INBRE (Idaho Network for Biomedical Research Excellence) Program of the National Center for Research Resources, and internal grants from ISU.

Selected Publications

Brumley, M.R., & Robinson, S.R. (in press). Sensory feedback alters spontaneous limb movements in newborn rats: effects of unilateral forelimb weighting. Developmental Psychobiology.

Brumley, M.R., Roberto, M.E., & Strain, M.M. (2012). Sensory feedback modulates quipazine-induced stepping behavior in the neonatal rat. Behavioural Brain Research, 229, 257-264.

Brumley, M.R. (2011). An early look at human fetal behavior. Developmental Psychobiology, 53, 413-415.

Brumley, M.R. & Robinson, S.R. (2010). Experience in the perinatal development of action systems. In Blumberg, M.S., Freeman, J.H. & Robinson, S.R. (Eds.), Oxford Handbook of Developmental Behavioral Neuroscience (pp. 181-209). New York: Oxford University Press.
B&R 2010.pdf

Robinson, S.R., Kleven, G.A., & Brumley, M.R. (2008). Prenatal development of interlimb motor learning in the rat fetus. Infancy, 13, 204-228.

Brumley, M.R., Hentall, I.D., Pinzon, A, Kadam, B.H., Blythe, A., Sanchez, F.J., Taberner, A.M., & Noga, B.R. (2007). Serotonin concentrations in the lumbosacral spinal cord of the adult rat following microinjection or dorsal surface application. Journal of Neurophysiology, 98, 1440-1450.

Brumley, M.R. & Robinson, S.R. (2005). The serotonergic agonists quipazine, CGS-12066A and a-Methylserotonin alter motor activity and induce hindlimb stepping in the intact and spinal rat fetus. Behavioral Neuroscience, 119, 821-833.

Robinson, S.R. & Brumley, M.R. (2005). Chapter 24: Prenatal Behavior, in Whishaw, I.Q. & Kolb, B. (Eds.), The Behavior of the Laboratory Rat: A Handbook with Tests, (pp.257-265). Oxford Press: New York, NY.
Chapter 24.pdf