Michael Burman

Michael A Burman, Ph.D.

Professor of Psychology

Academic Director, School of Social and Behavioral Sciences


Decary Hall 328
Biddeford Campus
Eligible for Student Opportunities

I am broadly interested in studying negative emotionality and pain using behavioral neuroscience techniques using a developmental lens.  I enjoy teaching at both the introductory and upper levels.




Carleton College
University of Minnesota


  • Animal behavior
  • Animal learning and behavior
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Neuroscience
  • Pain

Post-Doctoral Training

Post-Doctoral Training, Behavioral Neuroscience
University of Delaware (Newark, )


Current research

My lab is currently investigating the long-term consquences of neonatal pain and stress on subsequent fear, anxiety and pain.   

Selected publications

Full publication record found here:

Davis S., Rice, M., Rudlong, J. Eaton, V., King T., Burman, M.A. (2018). Neonatal pain and stress disrupts later-life pavlovian fear condiitioning and sensory function in rats:  Evidence for a two-hit model.  Developmental Psychobiology. 60. 520-533.

Burman, M.A, Szolusha, K., Bind, R., Kerney, K., Boger, D. & Bilsky, E. (2016). FAAH Inhibitor OL-135 Disrupts Contextual, but not Auditory, Fear Conditioning in Rats. Behavioural Brain Research. 308, 1-5

Deal, A.L.; Erickson, K.J.; Shiers S.I. & Burman, M.A. (2016). Limbic system development underlies the emergence of classical fear conditioning during the 3rd and 4th weeks of life in the rat.  Behavioral Neuroscience

Deal, A.L., Erickson, K.J., Bilsky, E.J., Hillman, S.J. & Burman, M.A. (2014). K-12 Neuroscience education outreach program: Interactive activities for educating students about neuroscience.  Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education (JUNE). 

Burman, M.A., Erickson, K.J., Deal, A.L. & Jacobson, R.E. (2014) Contextual and Auditory Fear Conditioning Continue to Emerge during the Periweaning Period in Rats. PLoS ONE 9(6): e100807. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0100807.  

Burman, M.A., Simmons, C.A., Hughes, M., Lei, L.  (2014). Developing and validating trace fear conditioning protocols in C57BL/6 mice. Journal of neuroscience methods 222, 111-117. 

Foster, J. A., Burman, M.A. (2010). Evidence for Hippocampus-Dependent Contextual Learning at Postnatal Day 17 in the Rat. Learning and Memory. 17(5):259-66

Burman, M.A., Hamilton, K.L., & Gewirtz, J.C. (2010). The Role of Corticosterone in Trace and Delay Conditioned Fear-Potentiated Startle in Rats. Behavioral Neuroscience. 24(2):294-9

Burman, M.A., Murawski, N.J., Schiffino, F.L., Rosen, J., Stanton, M.E. (2009). Factors governing single-trial contextual fear conditioning in the weanling rat.  Behavioral Neuroscience. 123(5), 1148-1152.

Brown, K. L., Burman, M. A., Duong, H. B., & Stanton, M. E. (2009). Neonatal binge alcohol exposure produces dose dependent deficits in interstimulus interval discrimination eyeblink conditioning in juvenile rats. Brain Res, 1248, 162-175.

Burman, M.A., Gewirtz J.C. (2007).  Hippocampal activity, but not plasticity, is required for fear conditioning with a short trace interval.  European Journal of Neuroscience. 25(8), 2483-2490

Burman, M. A., Starr, M. J., & Gewirtz, J. C. (2006). Dissociable effects of hippocampus lesions on expression of fear and trace fear conditioning memories in rats. Hippocampus, 16(2), 103-113.

Burman, M.A., Gewirtz, J.C. (2004). Timing of Fear Expression in Trace and Delay Conditioning Measured by Fear-Potentiated Startle in Rats.  Learning and Memory 11: 205-212.

Neiworth, J., Burman, M., Basile, B., Lickteig, M.  (2002).  Use of Experimenter-Given Cues in Visual Co-Orienting and in an Object-Choice Task by a New World Monkey Species, Cotton Top Tamarins (Saguinus oedipus).  Journal of Comparative Psychology 116(1): 3-11.

Other scholarly activity

Member DANA allience for brain initiatives. 

Research interests

Ontogeny of limbic system function as it relates to negative emotionality including fear, anxiety and pain. 

Research topics

Animal Model
Animal Studies/ Human-animal Studies
Behavioral Neuroscience
Developmental Biology
Early Childhood
K-12 Education
Statistics and Experimental Designs
Transgenic Mice