Michael Murias, PhD

Assistant Research Professor, Duke Institute for Brain Sciences


Dr. Murias directs the Neurophysiology Laboratory at the Duke Center for Autism and Brain Development. He received his Ph.D. in Cognitive Sciences from the University of California, Irvine and completed postdoctoral training in Developmental Cognitive Science at the University of Washington. His research in developmental neuropathology describes atypical brain oscillations embedded within the electroencephalograms (EEG) of individuals with or at increased risk for neurodevelopmental disorders. EEG measures large-scale cortical activity in real time, and is one of the few neuroimaging tools particularly suited to minimally compliant populations because it is non-invasive and can be used in infants, children and adults. Accumulating evidence suggests a number of developmental brain disorders, including Tourette syndrome, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, schizophrenia and autism spectrum disorder, are associated with abnormal neural synchronization, suggesting a physiological substrate of how large populations of brain cells communicate (and fail to communicate).



Representative Publications

1. Darvas, F., Rao, R.P.N., Murias, M. (2013). Localized High Gamma Motor Oscillations Respond to Perceived Biologic Motion. Clinical Neurophysiology (3):299-307 PMCID:PMC3675661

2. Murias, M., Webb, S.J., Greenson, J. & Dawson, G. (2007). Resting state cortical connectivity reflected in EEG coherence in individuals with autism. Biological Psychiatry 62(3): 270-3 PMCID: PMC2001237

3. Bernier, R., Dawson, G., Webb, S., and Murias, M. (2007). EEG Mu rhythm and imitation impairments in individuals with autism spectrum disorder. Brain and Cognition 64(3) 228-37 PMCID: PMC2709976

4. Murias, M., Swanson, J. M., & Srinivasan, R. (2007). Functional connectivity of frontal cortex in healthy and ADHD children reflected in EEG coherence. Cerebral Cortex (8):1788-99 PMCID: PMC2084383