Michele R. Brumley, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Experimental Psychology - Department Chair




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 maternal-infant interactions, and 3.) how posture and locomotion development in human infants relates to development in other domains (language development, socioemotional development) in the context of mother-infant reciprocity. My research has been funded by the NIH, NIH INBRE (Idaho Network for Biomedical Research Excellence) Program of the National Center for Research Resources, NSF WeLEAD, and internal grants from ISU.

Dr. Michele Brumley's Research on ResearchGate

Selected Publications

Brumley, M.R., Kauer, S.D., & Swann, H.E. (2015). Developmental plasticity of coordinated action patterns in the perinatal rat. Developmental Psychobiology, 57, 409-420.

Belnap, S.C., Allmond, J., Boomhower, S., Roberto, M.E., & Brumley, M.R. (2014). Sensorimotor training of the leg extension response in one-day-old rats. Developmental Psychobiology, 56, 1553-1563.

Strain, M.M., & Brumley, M.R. (2014). Range of motion restriction influences quipazine-induced limb activity in postnatal day one and day ten rats. Behavioral Brain Research, 274, 365-381.

Strain, M.M., Kauer, S.D., Kao, T., & Brumley, M.R. (2014). Inter- and intralimb adaptations to a sensory perturbation during activation of the serotonin system after a low thoracic spinal cord transection in neonatal rats. Frontiers in Neural Circuits, 80.

Roberto, M.E., & Brumley, M.R. (2014). Prematurely delivered rats show improved motor coordination during sensory evoked motor responses compared to age-matched controls. Physiology & Behavior, 130, 75-84.

Strain, M.M., Roberto, M.E., Vineyard, M.A., & Brumley, M.R. (2014). Effectiveness of topical anesthetics on reducing tactile sensitivity in the paws of newborn rats. Developmental Psychobiology, 56, 126-132.

Brumley, M.R., & Robinson, S.R. (2013). Sensory feedback alters spontaneous limb movements in newborn rats: effects of unilateral forelimb weighting. Developmental Psychobiology, 55, 323-333.

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. & 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

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