Mark S. Blumberg, PhD

F. Wendell Miller Distinguished Professor
Psychological & Brain Sciences

Every developing animal must learn to function within the context of an ever-changing body. Typically, investigations of sensorimotor development focus on waking movements. We consider another class of behavior: Twitching movements that occur exclusively during active (or REM) sleep. Twitches are particularly abundant in early infancy when critical sensorimotor networks and topographic maps are established. Based on behavioral, electrophysiological, neurophysiological, and computational investigations of this unique behavior, we argue that twitches are critical for the development and maintenance of the sensorimotor system, as well as its repair after injury or disease.

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Research areas
  • Systems neuroscience
  • Behavioral neuroscience
  • Developmental Behavioral Neuroscience
  • Autism and intellectual disabilities
  • Motor disorders
  • Hippocampus
  • Cerebellum
  • Thalamus
  • Brainstem
  • Sensorimotor Cortex
  • Sleep
  • Developmental neuroscience
  • Motor
  • In vivo electrophysiology
  • Transgenic models
  • Animal behavior
  • Anatomical tracing
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