Michael Vesia, Ph.D.

Michigan Neuroscience Institute Affiliate
Assistant Professor, Movement Science Director
Director, Brain Behavior Laboratory, School of Kinesiology

School of Kinesiology
830 North University
Room 4140
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1048



Dr. Michael Vesia is an assistant professor of Movement Science and director of the Brain Behavior Laboratory at the University of Michigan School of Kinesiology. He received his Ph.D. in Kinesiology and Health Sciences from York University and was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Waterloo and Krembil Research Institute (University of Toronto) 

Dr. Vesia has published nearly 40 articles in peer-reviewed journals, including the Journal of Neurophysiology, Brain Stimulation, Neurology, Experimental Brain Research, and the Journal of Neuroscience. His research focuses on understanding brain network dynamics in cognition, perception, and movement after brain injuries and neurological disease. He hopes to improve movement and cognition in older adults through non-invasive brain stimulation and motor-cognitive interventions.

Dr. Vesia teaches sections of Neural Motor Control in Behavioral Bases of Human Movement.

Published Articles or Reviews

  • Baarbé, J, Vesia, M, Gunraj, C, Jegatheeswaran, G, Brown, MJN, Lizarraga, K, Weissbach, A, Drummond, N, Saravanamuttu, J, Rinchon, C, Kunaratnam, N, Chen, R (2021) Interhemispheric interactions between the right angular gyrus and the left motor cortex: a transcranial magnetic stimulation study. Journal of Neurophysiology, 125 (4), 1236-1250 [PubMed] [Google Scholar] 
  • Goldenkoff, ER, Logue, RN, Brown, SC, & Vesia, M (2021) Reduced facilitation of parietal-motor functional connections in older adults. Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience, 13, e595288 [PubMed] [Google Scholar] 
  • Goldenkoff, ER, McGregor, HR, Mergos, J, Gholizadeh, P, Bridenstine, J, Brown, MJN, & Vesia, M (2021) Reversal of visual feedback modulates somatosensory plasticity. Neuroscience, 452, 335-344 [PubMed] [Google Scholar] 
  • Vesia, M & Crawford, JD (2012). Specialization of reach function in human posterior parietal cortex. Experimental Brain Research, 221(1), 1-18

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