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Welcome

Mark Blumberg is a faculty member in the Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience (BCN) and Developmental Science (DS) training programs in the Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences at the University of Iowa. He is the Director of the DeLTA Center and a member of the Neuroscience Graduate Program and the Department of Biology. He has served as Editor-in-Chief of the APA journal, Behavioral Neuroscience, and is a Past-President of the International Society for Developmental Psychobiology

Sleep—particularly its development, functions, and neural control—is the current focus of research in the Blumberg Lab. If you are an undergraduate interested in joining the lab, please email Cassandra Coleman. You can also call the lab at 319.335.3975.

Position Open: We are looking for a computational neuroscientist (M.A. or Ph.D.) to join the laboratory to investigate the contributions of spontaneous motor activity during active sleep to the development of neural circuits. Our data come from in vivo recordings of brain activity (LFPs, spike data) as well as high-speed video recordings. A related project in human newborns is also beginning soon. Working with large, unique datasets that we have been building over the past decade, we seek a talented and creative scientist to apply established methods and devise novel ones to further our understanding of these processes across early development. The candidate will collaborate with laboratory scientists and students to refine analytical techniques, develop computational models, and help design experiments. If you are interested in the position, see the ad on NeuroJobs or contact Prof. Blumberg directly. 

Books

Freaks of Nature

Freaks of Nature
What Anomalies Tell Us About Development and Evolution 
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Oxford Handbook of Developmental Behavior Neurscience

The Oxford Handbook of Developmental Behavioral Neuroscience 
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Recent Publications

A new view of "dream enactment" in REM sleep behavior disorder. Sleep Medicine Reviews, 2016. pdf

Twitch-related and rhythmic activation of the developing cerebellar cortex. Journal of Neurophysiology, 2015. pdf

The developmental origins of spatial navigation: Are we headed in the right direction? Trends in Neurosciences, 2015. pdf

Development of twitching in sleeping infant mice depends on sensory experience. Current Biology, 2015. pdf

Developing sensorimotor systems in our sleep. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 2015. pdf